Overview of instrumentation

Below are brief details of the types of analysis and instruments that are available to users of the Characterisation Small Research Facility.

More detailed instrument specifications and typical applications, can be found under the 'Further Details' links to the right.

Thermal Analysis

Analysis type

Instruments

Measurement

Range

Thermo-Gravimetric Analysis (TGA) PerkinElmer Pyris 1 TGA

Weight change as a function of temperature or time

RT - 1000°C

Simultaneous Thermal Analysis (STA)

-Combined Differential Thermal Analysis DTA & TGA

TA Instruments Q600 SDT

Weight change as a function of temperature or time

Thermal events

RT - 1500°C
Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC)

PerkinElmer DSC 6

PerkinElmer DSC 7

PerkinElmer Diamond DSC

PerkinElmer DSC4000 (+ Autosampler)

Thermal events

RT - 445°C

RT - 600°C

-90 - 600°C (with use of Intracooler III)

-40°C  - 445°C

Thermal Mechanical Analysis (TMA)
PerkinElmer Diamond TMA Thermal expansion, compression

RT - 600°C

Sub-ambient via N2(l)

Particle Characterisation

Analysis Type

Instruments

Measurement

Range

Laser Diffraction Particle Size Analysis

Malvern Mastersizer 3000

Particle size distribution

0.01 μm - 2mm (wet dispersion), 0.01μm - 3mm (dry dispersion)

Helium Gas Pycnometry

Micromeritics AccuPyc 1340 Volume / Density

Mercury Porosimetry

Micromeritics AutoPore V (60,000psi) Pore size distribution (meso-macro) 3nm - 500μm
Surface area analysis Micromeritics 3Flex gas sorption analyser Surface area (BET), total pore volume, pore size distribution (micro-meso) 0.5m2/g and up, 0.3 - 300nm pore size

Spectroscopy

Analysis type

Instruments

Measurement

Range

UV/Vis Spectroscopy PerkinElmer Lambda 900 UV/Vis Spectrophotometer UV - Visable - Near Infra-red range 175 - 3300nm
FTIR Spectroscopy PerkinElmer Frontier FTIR & GoldenGate Diamond ATR Mid Infra-red range. Via direct transmission (KBr disc), specular reflectance, ATR 7500 - 400cm-1