We have a new laboratory in the Horizon I building to carry out state-of-the-art scientific research. Our lab is equipped for polymer synthesis, nanoparticle synthesis, and device fabrication. We have a glovebox for air-free synthesis and device testing as well as atomic layer deposition (ALD). We also have potentiostats for electrochemistry and photoelectrochemistry when combined with the solar simulator and monochromator.

Doing good science requires good equipment, and that can be quite expensive. We take a do-it-yourself approach and build much of what we use. We have built our own Dip Coater, Spin Coater, Humidity Controller,  Mini Hotplate, Solar Simulator, and Schlenk line. By popular request, we have a DIY guide to build your own humidity controlled spin coater.

As part of the Polymer Nanocomposite program, we have access to shared facilities including gel permeation chromatography (GPC), dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA), thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), atomic force microscopy (AFM), and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR).  On campus we have addition access to shared facilities, including electron microscopy (SEM, TEM, HR-TEM, STEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR), mass spectrometry, and small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS).



Horizon I Building, completed in 2010

IMG_5081New Lab, 600 Square-Foot


Spin Coater for Thin-Films

With Humidity Control

DIY Build Instructions

Dip Coater for Thin-Films

With Humidity Control

Photoelectrochemical Setup

Quantum Efficiency and Solar Simulation

Vacuum Oven for Polymer Annealing

Atomic Layer Deposition
8 precursor capability

LC Tech Glovebox with Argon atmosphere

Feedthroughs for Electrochemical Measurements

Colnatec Quartz Crystal Microbalance for insitu ALD

Deposition of single atomic layers in real time

Colnatec Quartz Crystal Microbalance for nanostructured films

Optional insitu electrochemical setup

Fume Hoods for General Chemistry

Schlenk Line for Air-free Chemistry


Tube Furnace for Controlled Calcination

1100 °C limit


Muffle Furnace

1100 °C limit