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  • August 15, 2014

    New Instrumentation in MAF

    The Molecular Engineering and Science Institute and Clean Energy Institute have partnered to invest dollars and allocate space to more than $1.5M of new instrumentation. The instrumentation is primarily located in the Molecular Analysis Facility, the Photonics Research Center, and the newly established scale-up and synthesis labs in Roberts Hall. See below for a description of each, its location and the expected date of installation.

     NEW INSTRUMENTATION

     AFM: Asylum Cypher ES Environmental AFM system SLD-DD

    Uses small cantilevers to dramatically increase scan speed and resolution and a unique system design approach that makes it immune to ordinary vibrations and temperature fluctuations. Has full environmental control features that allow high resolution, speed and stability while easily operating in controlled gas or liquid environments, at temperatures from 0 – 250°C, and in harsh chemical environments.

    Status: In development/Cost center established (part time booking possible)

    Location: Molecular Analysis Facility (Ginger Lab)

    Contact: Micah Glaz/David Ginger

     

    Fiber Laser: Supercontinuum Pulsed Light Source

    Provides ability to study micron size samples at cryogenic temperature. Others could use it based on the specific needs of the measurements. My plan is to use the laser for ultrafast pump-probe measurements (combined with all the other optics, modulators, and delay-line), for PLE type measurements with a spectrometer, and wavelength selected photocurrent measurements.

    Will be installed with ultrafast laser equipment for TA experiments.

    Status: In development

    Location: Molecular Analysis Facility (Optics Lab), light source portable, will be available for check-out for scanning photocurrent and PLE experiments

    Contact: Xiadong Xu

     

    Fs-TA system: Ultrafast Femtosecond transient absorption spectroscopy system

    Femtosecond transient absorption spectroscopy system will be used to measure the fundamental kinetics of charge generation, recombination, and energy relaxation in novel optoelectronic materials and devices, especially organic materials.

    Status: In development

    Location: Molecular Analysis Facility (Optics Lab)

    Contact: Cody Schlenker

     

    Pilot Scale-up Synthesis Lab

    Intended to facilitate scale up of champion polymers, nanocrystals, chromophores, etc., this lab will allow UW researchers to make enough materials to be tested in the roller coating process.

    Status: In development, ready for use in Fall 2014

    Location: Roberts Hall

    Contact: Alex Jen/Hanson Fong

     

    Roll-to-Roll Coating Lab 

    Desktop size roller coater that can handle inks as small size as 0.5-10 ml. Rollers, accessories, Class II Biosafety Cabinet for HEPA filtered air and chemical vapor exhaust customized to fit blade coater and accessories

    Status: In development, ready for use in Fall 2014

    Location: Roberts Hall

    Contact: Alex Jen/Hanson Fong

     

    Integrated Plug-and-Play Spectroelectrochemistry System

    This system integrates electrochemical characterization with O2 + enhanced spectral coverage from 200 nm – 2500 nm in one single user-friendly plug-and-play package. This will help us make better-informed peak assignments in our excited state spectroscopy studies.

    Status: In development

    Location: Photonics Research Center (Bagley)

    Contact: Micah Glaz/Cody Schlenker

     

    Profilometer: Bruker Dektak XT Stylus Profiler

    Allows nanometer level surface measurements including topography and thickness of samples up to 200mm in size. The diamond-tip stylus profiler offers step height repeatability of approximately 5 angstroms. It can be used for stress testing, surface roughness and trace analysis. The system includes a true-color HD optical camera and uses 64-bit parallel processing computing for fast results and high resolution imaging.

    Status: Available for use

    Location: Molecular Analysis Facility (Ginger Group/ Photonics Research Center)

    Contact: Micah Glaz/David Ginger

     

    UVO Cleaner: Jelight UV/Ozone Cleaning System

    Will allow creation of atomically clean substrates (similar in cleanliness to using piranha) within a few minutes. This will be useful for virtually all devices as it will result in a more reliable and consistently clean substrate. Additionally, the larger size systems will accommodate substrates up to 12”x12″, which goes well with the recent focus on large area organic electronics. An additional feature is these systems can also be used for UV curing should be need arise.

    Status: Available for use

    Location: Photonics Research Center

    Contact: Micah Glaz/David Ginger

     

    XANES

    A Modern Laboratory XANES System (5 – 10 keV) for Transition-Metal and Lanthanide Nanophase and Electrical Energy Storage Studies

    Status: In development

    Location: Molecular Analysis Facility

    Contact: Jerry Seidler

     

    UPGRADES

    EDS Detectors for Dual Beam FIB/SEM

    Adding an EDS detector to the Dual Beam System allows users to expose a cross section of their thin-film device in the vacuum chamber and then scan for elemental composition without exposing the sample to air or switching machines. This will add new capabilities and increase throughput for materials characterization projects that use our electron microscopy tools.

    Status: Installed

    Location: Molecular Analysis Facility

    Contact: Dave Castner/Scott Braswell

     

    LV-STEM Upgrade for Dual Beam FIB/SEM

    Adds STEM capabilities in our SEM (so-called “Low-voltage STEM” or “STEM

    in SEM”)

    Status: Installed

    Location: Molecular Analysis Facility

    Contact: Dave Castner/Scott Braswell


    IR APD for IR PL Lifetimes and Accessories

    Adding IR lifetime capabilities to the photonics center PL lifetime system. Count-Q (InGaAs/InP) single photon counting module compatible with Picoquant setup in the Photonics Center. Range is 900-1600nm and timing resolution is ~350ps.

    Status: Available for use

    Location: Photonics Research Center (Bagley)

    Contact: Micah Glaz/David Ginger

     

    XPS Upgrade

    Upgrade existing SSI XPS instrument in the Molecular Analysis Facility (NESAC/BIO) with new lens/analyzer/detector, which will provide x3 higher count rates along with extended scan ranges to improve our detection and quantification of a wider range of elements at the surface of materials.

    Status: Installed

    Location: Molecular Analysis Facility (NESAC/BIO)

    Contact: Dave Castner/Dan Graham

     

    UPS Upgrade

    Add Ultra-violet photoelectron spectroscopy source to existing Kratos XPS instrument in the Molecular Analysis Facility (NESAC/BIO). Will allow researchers to acquire XPS and UPS data from the sample on the same instrument.

    Status: Installed

    Location: Molecular Analysis Facility

    Contact: Dave Castner/Dan Graham