The Department of Chemistry houses a glove box for the air sensitive synthesis and a suite of high temperature furnaces for synthesis at temperatures up to 1500 °C.
The two top of the range diffractometers (Panalytical X’Pert Powder and Empyrean powder diffractometers) are used for phase identification and investigation of crystal structure via Rietveld refinement.
A Carl Zeiss Gemini SEM 300 was recently installed in the Department and is used to determine the microstructures of samples in addition to EDX measurements.
Thermogravimetric analysis is performed using a Mettler Toledo TGA 2 coupled with a Hiden Quadrupole Mass Spectrometer.
Impedance spectra can be recorded up to 1000 °C using a Solartron SI 1260 Impedance/Gain-Phase Analyser.