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Renewable Materials Laboratory

Solar Simulator

  • Model: Class AAA Am1.5G, 55 x 55 mm
  • 50 X 50 mm Cells Vacuum Test Station
  • Tracer IV measurement software
  • Keithly 2400 Source Meter - 1 Amp
  • QE System wit dark enclosure including LED "light engine" with fiber bundle output

Microwave Synthesizer

  • Model: Biotage Initiator Microwave System
  • Temperature range: 40-250 °C
  • Temperature increase: 2-5 °C/sec
  • Pressure Range: 0-20 bar
  • Power Range: 0-400 W at 2.45 GHz
  • Reaction Vials: 4 sizes: 0.2-0.5, 0.5-2, 2-5, 10-20 mL
  • Agitation: Variable magnetic stirrer (300-900 RPM)
  • Existing Accessories: Robot Sixty for Initiator System

Laser Diffraction Particle Size Analyzer

  • Model: Beckman Coulter Inc., LS 13 320 Series
  • Particle Size Range: 0.017 µm - 2000 µm
  • Illuminating Source: Diffraction: Solid State (780 nm) PIDS: Tungsten lamp with high quality band-pass filters (450, 600 and 900 nm)
  • Temperature Range: 10 - 40°C

Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA)

  • Model: TA Instruments Q50
  • Temperature range: Ambient +5°C to 1000°C
  • Linear Heating rates of 0.1 to 100°C/min
  • Sensitivity: 0.1 µg
  • Pan types: Ceramic and platinum
  • Max sample weight: 100 mg
  • Purge gases: Nitrogen, air
  • Accessories: TGA/FT-IR Interface

Differential Scanning Calorimeter (DSC)

  • Model: TA Instruments Q 100
  • Has autosampler for Hermetically sealed pan
  • Temperature range: -90 to 550°C
    (with Refrigerated cooling system 90)
  • Heating rate: 0.1 to 200°C/min
  • Calorimetric precision: +/- 1%
  • Sample weight: 5-20 mg
  • Purge gas: Nitrogen with flow rate 50 ml/min

Gel Permeation (GPC)

  • Model: Agilent 1100 series
  • Molecular weight range: 500 to 1,000,000 Da
  • Temperature range: Ambient to 85°C
  • Mobile phase: Chloroform, Dimethylformamide

Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometer (FT-IR)

  • Model: Nicolet 4700
  • Wavelength range: 400 to 4000 cm-1
  • Capable of measuring solid, liquid and gas samples

UV-Visible Spectrophotometer

  • Model: Agilent 8453
  • Wavelength range: 190 to 1100 nm
  • Slit width: 1nm
  • Wavelength accuracy: < +/- 0.5 nm
  • Photometric accuracy: < +/- 0.005A
  • Typical scan time: 1.5 second

Pyrolysis Combustion Flow Calorimetry

  • Model:
  • Temperature: up to 900°C
  • Heating rates: C/min
  • Purge gases: Nitrogen and oxygen (80:20 % by Vol.)