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Shared Research Resources

A series of state of the art centralized facilities for Materials Research are located within the department and across campus. The following equipment and technologies are available for use in Materials Science Research.

Singh Center for Nanotechnology

The Singh Center is centered around four major research facilities, all featuring state-of-the-art equipment for nanoscale characterization, measurement, and fabrication: the Quattrone Nanofabrication Facility, the Nanoscale Characterization Facility, the Scanning and Local Probe Facility, and the Material Property Measurement Facility.

Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter (LRSM):

The Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter, the LRSM, is the center for materials research at the University of Pennsylvania. It was established in 1960 as one of the first Materials Research Laboratories to be funded by the forerunner of DARPA. In 1972 funding was taken over by the National Science Foundation's Division of Materials Research, NSF-DMR under the aegis of the MRL program. In 1996, the core of the materials research program at the LRSM was supported as a Materials Research Science and Engineering Center, MRSEC, funded by an NSF-DMR.

MSE Departmental Resources:

Thermal Analysis Facility: Perkin-Elmer differential scanning calorimeter, thermal gravimetric analyzer, and differential thermal analyzer. Dynamic mechanical analyzer with measuring systems for 3-point bending, parallel plate, dual cantilever, single cantilever and extension testing.

Metallography/Optical Microscopy: Struers RotoPol-22/RotoForce-4 systems for automatic grinding and polishing; RotoCom/Multidoser unit for automatic polishing with diamond suspensions. Olympus nine station optical teaching microscope with magnifications up to 1000x and digital camera system.

Powder X-ray Diffraction: Rigaku GiegerFlex D/Max-B diffractometer with horizontal goniometer and diffracted beam curved crystal monochrometer; Scintag PAD diffractometer with high temperature/controlled atmosphere stage for in-situ studies. ICCD powder diffraction files and µPDSM search/match software for data analysis. Silicon graphics workstation with Cerius 2-4.2 modeling software for structure visualization, calculation and modeling. GE x-ray generator for Laue x-ray diffraction single crystal orientation studies.

Particle Processing Lab: Dispersion processing and sol-gel processing, powder size distributions, dilatometer (Dilatronic, Theta Industries), Adsorption measurements (Quantasorb Jr.); density/porosity measurements (Multipicnometer, Quantachrome), surface area measurement.

High Temperature Materials Processing Facility: A range of furnaces for high temperature synthesis under controlled atmosphere and vacuum environments. Single Crystal Growth: Asgal Optical Imaging Zone Melting Furnace for single crystal growth up to 2200°C; Czochralski Vacuum Crystal Puller. Thin Film Preparation; high vacuum evaporators with residual gas analyzers. Mechanical Working; Fenn rotary swager and rolling mill; cold isostatic hydraulic press to 100,000 psi; hot pressing furnace to 2300°C and 20,000 psi. Brother programmable wire electrical discharge machine, drop casting chamber, button arc melters, ball grinding mills, vibrating shaker mills.

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