Bio/Functional Nanocomposites Synthesis and Characterisation Facility

Location: Bio & Nano Systems Laboratories, Craig Building 33A

Responsible Academics:
Antonio Tricoli

David Nisbet

Takuya Tsuzuki

Flame Spray Pyrolysis Setup

Flame synthesis is a scalable, robust and low-cost synthetic aerosol route currently utilized for the commercial production of many nanoparticle commodities. In particular, liquid-fed spray flames are a versatile option offering a large spectrum of precursors and able to synthesize metal, salt, and oxides nanoparticles. Most of the flame-made particles are nano-sized (< 100 nm) and highly crystalline.

Contacts: Thanh Tran

Nitrogen Adsorption: Tristar II 3020

The TriStar II 3020 is a fully automated, three-station, surface area and porosity analyzer that delivers high-quality data. It is capable of increasing the speed and efficiency of routine quality control analyses, yet has the accuracy, resolution, and data reduction capability to meet most research requirements. The TriStar II also features a new Krypton Option, allowing measurements in the very low surface area range.

Contacts: Thanh Tran

Nexis GC-2030: Gas Chromatography

Gas chromatography is an invaluable analytical tool for an unltra-precise separation, measure and analysis of gaseous molecules in very small concentrations. The Nexus GC provides real time detection and analysis of complex gaseous mixtures along with an accurate quantitative analysis is very advantageous for applications including hydrogen production, catalysis and characterization.

Contacts: Thanh Tran

D2 Phaser X-Ray Diffractometer

The D2 Phaser is the latest in desktop analyzers that utilizes X-ray powder diffraction for qualitative, quantitative and structure analysis of crystalline phases. The D2 Phaser is equipped with an integrated PC and a flat screen monitor and integrated cooling loop requiring no external water supply or water chiller. The very easy-to-use workflow software Diffrac.Suite allows measurement and analysis right out of the box.

Contacts: Alishba John

SEO Phoenix T Contact Angle Analyser

The contact angle goniometer uses an optical subsystem to capture the profile of a pure liquid on a solid substrate. It is a fundamental tool to investigate and assess the surface properties and wettability of our hierarchical coatings. The Phoenix T can perform static and dynamic contact angle measurements, both in captive and tilting methodology. Additionally, it enables surface energy calculations as well as surface and interfacial tension by pendent drop method.

Contacts: Puneet Garg

Biologic VMP-3 Electrochemical Workstation

The VMP3 is a multi-channel electrochemical station with 8 channels and upgradable to a max of 16 channels, allowing the simultaneous measurmement of different systems with high accuracy. Two channels are also equipped with electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) which are fundamental to study the detailed electrochemical behaviours of batteries, capacitors and electrochemical devices.

Contacts: Borui Liu

Rheometer: Kinexus Pro

Targeted at the rheological characterization of dispersions and other complex fluids and soft solids, the Kinexus pro rheometer has unprecedented dual-action capabilities for both shear and vertical testing. A modular rheometer with 'plug and play' functionality for all measuring systems and environmental control units.

Contacts: David Nisbet

Multi-Mode Microplate Reader: Infinite M200 PRO

The monochromator technology used in the Infinite M200 PRO will allow discrete selection of any wavelength from 230nm to 1000nm for absorbance measurements. Additionally, the monochromators also facilitate fluorescence measurements from 230nm (excitation) to 600nm (emission) with the 'standard' Photo-Multiplier Tube (PMT) or 230nm (excitation) to 850nm (emission) with the 'enhanced' PMT. The Infinite M200 PRO also facilitates spectral scanning in both microplates and cuvettes.

Contacts: David Nisbet

Optoelectronic Gas Sensor Testing Rig

Our gas sensor testing rig is made up a thermal regulated air sealed chamber that allows an accurate setting of temperature. Microprocessor program is used to control every valve and to calculate gas flows and gas mixtures at desired concentration. Three mass flow controllers with a valve system are used to distribute exact gas mixture to the sensing chambers. Additionally, the sensing rig is implemented in an linear transmittance setup, which allows simultaneous optical and conductometric sensing measurement.

Contacts: Himadri Shekhar Mondal

Updated:  21 August 2021/ Responsible Officer:  Head of Group/ Page Contact:  Webmaster