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Chobotix - chemical robotics

Equipment

Laboratory

We operate from two recently refurbished, fully air-conditioned laboratories of approximately 90 m² total floor area. The smaller “wet” chemistry lab is adjacent to a larger “clean” physical and characterisation lab (see CAD drawing of the labs and a photo).

Major Instruments
    JCM-5700
  1. Horiba Partica LA-950 S2 particle size analyser
    • dual laser source of 650 nm and 405 nm
    • particle size range of 10 nm to 3000 μm
    • three measuring cells: dry, wet, and fraction cell
  2. Jeol JCM-5700 Scanning Electron Microscope
    • high and low vacuum mode
    • secondary and backscatter electron imaging
    • spatial resolution up to 5 nm
  3. SkyScan Micro-CT SEM attachment
    • x-ray microtomography in SEM
    • spatial resolution of up to 800 nm
    • 3D volume visualisation and analysis
  4. Specord 205 BU uv-vis spectrophotometer
    • double beam
    • spectral range 190-1100 nm, slit width 1.4 nm
    • turbid samples
  5. Malvern Zetasizer Nano-ZS
    • Dynamic Light Scattering, Static Light Scattering
    • Particle size range 0.6 nm - 6 μm
    • Zeta potential - in aqueous and non-aqueous dispersions
  6. Laser Scanning Confocal Microscope
    • Olympus Fluoview FV1000 confocal system
    • Olympus IX81 inverted microscope base
  7. FTIR system
    • Nicolet iN10 infrared microscope
    • Nicolet iZ10 FTIR module with ATR accessory
Smaller Equipment
  • Olympus stereo microscope and inverted microscope with CCD cameras
  • Precision balances
  • Vacuum drying owen
  • Ultrasound generator
  • Colloid mill
  • Vibration ball mill
  • Drop-on-demand print head
  • Centrifuge
  • Spin coater
  • Demineralised water generator
  • Freeze dryer
  • Rotary evaporator