Two fully equipped laboratories for inorganic, molecular and colloidal synthesis
Schlenk linesFor the synthesis of highly air-sensitive inorganic and metalorganic compounds
Complete equipment for hydrothermal synthesisFor the preparation of inorganic materials under non-conventional conditions
Conventional Memmert UNE-400For hydrothermal synthesis
Ball miller Retsch MM200For the milling/grinding of samples and for mechanosynthesis, up to 60 Hz.
Centrifuge Hermle Z366Universal table top centrifuge. Equipped with 6 x 50 ml and 6 x 10 ml vial holders. 200-15000 RPM speed range
UV lamps Helios Italquartz 125 W and 400 WFor UV-activated reactions (e.g. polymerization processes)
Sonicator Laborsonic P Sartorius Stedim ultrasonicatorFor the homogeneization of miniemulsions. Maximum acustic power 400 W/cm2, equipped with a 3 mm titanium tip
Custom made spin, dip and spray coatersFor the deposition of inorganic and hybrid films and coatings
Mini Ultrasonic spray coaterThe lab is equipped with an ultrasonic spraying system (Mini Ultrasonic spray coater, Nadetech, Spain) that allows the fabrication of thin and uniform films for different applications. The spray gun can process both liquid and colloidal solutions creating micrometric drops on the surface. Furthermore, the deposition is performed in a dedicated climate chamber and, optionally, the sample can be heated up to 500 degrees by a precise titanium hotplate (Harry Gestigkeit GmbH, Germany).
Perkin-Elmer Φ 5600ci XPS spectrometerThis technique, which is widely used for the surface characterization of powder, bluk samples and thin films, are powerful and versatile tools for qualitative and quantitative analysis because of their surface specificity and sensitivity to the chemical state of elements. The in-depth distribution of the species can be also investigated by controlled erosion (sputtering) of the material by an ionic beam (e.g. Ar+) and concomitant analysis of the photopeak intensities.
Custom made contact angle measurements instrumentHigh resolution camera, Peltier cell for temperature (-15-120°C) dependent measurements, LabView based software
UV-Vis Cary 5E spectrophotometerCary 5E with interface-diffuse reflectance accessory Cary 4/5- extension samples; Comp’t 4/5 for the optical characterization of the solutions and of the nanocomposite systems either in the form of thin films or bulk materials.
FT-IR Nicolet spectrometer (Thermo Optek - Nicolet) spectrophotometerEquipped with accessories for ATR measurements (Smart iTR)
Thermo Scientific DXR MicroRamanThe available configuration and optics allow high-resolution depth profiling and characterization of surface areas with x-y area maps and x-z maps
DurometerFor gauging the hardness of materials
Viscometer Cannon-FenskeFor the analysis of the viscosity of transparent newtonian liquids
SEM Zeiss Supra V40Equipped with secondary electrons, backscattered, variable pressure and EDX detectors
Bruker D8 Advance diffractometerEquipped with film accessory (GI-XRD)