NCCRD Equipment

Many instruments are at NCCRD and the multi-user facility located at Engineering Hall including:


Jobin Yvon T64000 Raman System
The system can be used for measuring the vibrational modes of different samples that include in gas, liquid and solid form such as graphene. Raman experiments at NCCRD include carbon nanotubes, hexagonal boron nitride and graphite. Different lasers are available such as 532nm and 632.8nm.

Atomic Force Microscopy

Asylum Research MFP-3D-BIO AFM
It is the most accurate and sensitive AFM available with inverted optical microscope. The Inverted microscope allows for fluorescence microscopy and many other types of optical investigation including Raman, ANSOM, and most other optical microscopy techniques (DIC, TIRF, etc.) It has a 90 x 90 um maximum window (0.5 nm resolution) and 15 um Z-range (0.25 nm resolution). It is fully-enclosed in an acoustic chamber and placed on top of an active vibration-damping table. It is located in EGH clean room.

Nanosurf Easyscan 2 AFM
This is a portable AFM system with travel case. It offers custom translation stage and acoustic chamber (placed on air table). The Nanosurf has interchangeable scan heads with varying specifications and attached optional camera for easy monitor of AFM tip. Has 10 x 10 um maximum window (0.15 nm resolution) and 2 um Z-range (0.027 nm resolution). It is located at NCCRD labs in Ottensman Hall.

Electron Microscopy

UW-Platteville has three SEMs. Two are located at Engineering Hall and the other is located on the third floor of Ottensman Hall.  All three are available for use pending user agreement and training.

Amray 1810 Tungsten Filament SEM
This SEM has 7 nm attainable spot size, EDAX LN2 detection system, and Robinson BSE (backscattered electrons) detector with selected phase imaging. It also has secondary electron imaging, Orion 6.60.4 digital image capture, and frame grabber allowing instant still images or videos recording the user session. Opperates on Windows XP with LabVIEW 2009 and Microsoft Office. 20x – 200,000x zoom. It is located on the third floor, Ottensman Hall.

Leo 982 Field Emission SEM (FESEM)
The Leo offers 1.4 nm attainable spot size, secondary and backscatter electron imaging, silicon drift detector system for energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), Digital image capture, Field emission filament, and 20x – 250,000x zoom. It is located in Engineering Hall characterization facility.

Hitachi TM-1000 Desktop Tungsten SEM
This is a portable SEM that allows an engaging classroom experience and educational benefit. No sample preparation is required (non-charging mode). It has secondary electron imaging (no BSE), point and shoot operation, and a 20x – 10,000x soom. It is located in the Engineering Hall EP department.

UW-Platteville's NCCRD also has many other instruments:

  • Scanning electron microscopes (SEM)
  • Atomic force microscopes (AFM)
  • Raman spectrometers
  • Optical microscopes
  • Sputter coating
  • Reactive ion etcher (RIE)
  • Evaporative coating
  • Dynamic and static light scattering (DLS, SLS)
  • Contact angle goniometer
  • Robotic thermogravimetric analyzer (TGA)
  • Plasma cleaning
  • Scanning tunneling microscope (STM)
  • Spin coating, dip coating, spray coating
  • Ultra-high precision scales
  • Zeta potential measurement
  • Laser laboratory with various high and low resolution spectrometers
  • Laser damage testing apparatus (LDT)
  • Surface quality monitor (SQM)
  • Centrifuge (ultra-large and small volume)
  • Sonication baths, circulators and probes

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