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Synthesis and Processing Facility



A foundation of many great Nanotechnology and Quantum Materials programs is the growth and characterization of nanoscale structures. 

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nanoMaterials created here


(top left) "Chinese Coins" made from BiTe.

(top mid) "Degas in SrTiO3" dynamic restructuring of a surface.

(top right) "Silver Forest" highly branched silver nano rods released from a template.

(bot. left) "Star of David" in SbTe.

(bot. mid.) "Source" a ZnO nanoparticle inducing nucleation of lamella with a pollymer host. 

Polymer Synthesis

The Center has a synthesis lab for conjugated polymers used in OLED and OPV device studies. Instrumentation includes:


Multiple solvent stills

Glovebox for air/moisture sensitive reactions

Biotage Flash 100 Flash Chromotagraphy system


Ultra-fine glovebox Scales

A large assortment of glassware and reactors

Cold chemical storage


Closed circuit chiller system

microwave reactors

Chemical Vapor Deposition

Most of the growth efforts focus on doped nanomaterials such as carbon nanotubes, nanowires, etc. Our continuous flow systems operate at temperatures between 750 C and 1400 C.  


Pulsed Ablation

High energy, pulsed laser/plasma ablation and growth of nanostructures is currently under development at the Center.  Based on high power YAG lasers and pulsed plasma torch: carbon, oxide, and other ceramic materials can be created in nanophase.

Methods of arc growth 

BN, Carbon, and doped carbon nanotubes are grown within the facility.  Equipment includes a "Large scale" kratchmer system capable of gm/day quantities in both MWNT and SWNT formats.

Bridgman Furnace

standard crystal growth techniques including zone refining

High Temperature Ovens/Furnaces

for the growth of nano crystalline thin films


Single injector electrospinning with mandrel or plate takeup system.

3D printing

In addition to typical materials synthesis and processing, the synthesis lab has a section for 3D printing technologies including multiple polymer extrusion and laser 3D resin printers.

Electronic printing

The Center also maintains a DIMATIX electronics grade printer capable fo micron line widths and printing anything from conducting polymers to small molecule circuits./

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