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Laboratories and facilities

Currently, we are located in Wing 3 of the Chemistry and Biochemistry Complex. However, in 2023 our offices and laboratory will be moving into the new Chemistry laboratory! The image above is the newly planned building.

Synthesis laboratories


Glove boxes

  • Two MBraun glove boxes used as "dry boxes" for powder synthesis

  • VAC glove box used as a wet box for air-free syntheses involving solvents


Furnances and ovens

  • Mellen 1200 °C large volume box furnace.

  • Mellen 1600 °C small volume box furnace.

  • Carbolite 1500 °C single zone tube furnace


Sealing station

  • Stainless steel fast vacuum line for torch sealing ampoules

  • Turbo Pump


Binder furnaces

  • Binder convection ovens for regular heating and hydrothermal synthesis


Air-free line

  • Schlenk line with trap and vacuum system consisting of an all-glass diffusion pump attached to an Edwards rotary vane pump


Furnaces for gas flow

Two Lindberg tube 1100 °C furnaces with quartz retort systems.


Thermo Gravimetric Analyzer


Ball Mill Grinder


More tube furnances

  • Carbolite 1200 °C triple zone tube furnace

Shared instrumentation

Located in XCC (Chemistry) and CNAM (Physics)

Center for Nanophysics and Advanced Physics (CNAM) Link


  • Magnetic Properties Measurement System from Quantum Design

    • SQUID with helium recovery system

    • Vertical field up to 7 T

    • Temperature ranging from 1.8 K to 310 K

    • Furnace insert for temperatures up to 800 K

  • Physical Properties Measurement Systems from Quantum Design

    • Electrical resistivity measurements below 300 K

    • Maximum field up to 9 T for magnetotransport

    • Heat capacity measurements

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Quantum Design SQUID MPMS3 with fields up to 7 T and temperatures ranging from 1.8 K to 400 K

Single Crystal Laue Diffractometer

Single crystal Laue x-ray diffractometer used primarily to align single crystals


C2 powder diffractometer

  • C2 Bruker Discover with Vantec area detector for maximizing intensity, useful for parameteric studies and small samples

  • Variable temperature stage up to 900 °C for C2


D8 powder diffractometer

  • D8 Bruker Advance powder diffractometer (Cu K-alpha) with LynxEye detector and automated 9-sample changer

  • Databases include the ICDD powder patterns, ICSD for inorganic crystal structures, and CSD for organic crystal structures

  • Full TOPAS software for structural refinements


Single crystal diffractometer

Apex2 Bruker single-crystal diffractometer (Mo K-alpha) with graphite monochromator and CryoStream for temperatues between 80 K and 400 K

NIST Center for Neutron Research

BT1 Neutron Diffractometer

  • High resolution powder diffraction

  • 32 detectors with Soller collimation

  • Ge(311), Cu(311), and Ge(733) monochromators for 2.079 ? 1.54 ? and 1.197 ?respectively

  • Temperatures ranging from 0.3 to 2000 K

  • Available with magnet fields up to 7 T

Located about 30 miles from UMD

In order to elucidate the magnetic and nuclear structure of our inorganic materials, we heavily utilize neutron diffraction. Neutron scattering is a true bulk technique since it interacts with the nuclei of your sample instead of the electron cloud as in X-rays. A handy link to help you know the scattering power, known as the scattering length, of the nuclei in your sample is the NIST site on isotopes (Link) . Just as important is knowing whether any of these have a high absorption or incoherent cross section, which would be detrimental to a good powder pattern

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