A good research group is a good research group because of the people within it…but, here’s a list, if you want to know what equipment our team use to do their science.
Update: Since August 2015, the group have expanded, to set up the new Advanced Imaging of Materials (AIM) research facility through an EPSRC grant Dr Johnston. The full list of our equipment can be found on the AIM website.
AIM is an £9M EPSRC/Welsh Government funded integrated scientific imaging facility for Wales that can provide imaging and analytical capabilities across several length scales from Angstroms to centimetres.
The Centre provides a fully-coupled micro/nano-analysis workflow via a state-of-the-art advanced correlative imaging (combining different data sets across length scales) with capability in transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Ion beam nanofabrication, X-ray Diffraction (XRD), X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS), Energy-Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy (EDS), and micro and nano X-ray computed tomography (microCT). The facility is Co-Directed by Dr Johnston and Dr Pleydell-Pearce.
A summary of our equipment is provided below:
Zeiss Xradia 520 Versa, with in-situ compression/tension/heating.
Nikon XTH225 X-Ray Microtomography
Open Tube UltraFocus Reflection Target and 180kV NanoTech Transmission Target
Maximum kV: 225kV
Power Rating: 225W
X-Ray Spot Size: 3μm with reflection target, 1μm with transmission target
Multi-metal target for varying anode material
Visualisation Workstations and Specialised Software
Several high-spec custom-built workstations for 3D visualisation and modelling
VGStudioMAX, Drishti, ImageJ, Avizo, NetFabb, among others.
MakerBot Replicator 2
Enables rapid reproduction of X-Ray scan architectures, and prototyping of structures. Uses ABS and PLA in a variety of colours.
Layer thickness of prints can be varied between 0.1mm and 0.3mm
Wireless Handheld Microscope
Creates its own wireless network, which you can connect to and view live images on handheld devices (iPhone, iPod, iPad), or via the 55-inch 3DTV
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