Research Equipment

Imaging

  • Phantom High Speed Camera
    • Used to capture a variety of high speed phenomenon such as fast moving droplets
    • Up to 100,000 frames per second
  • IR Camera (FLIR SC6000)
    • Used for thermal imaging
    • High-speed (125Hz Full Frame Rate), 640x512 Resolution
    • Temperature range (room to ~700°C), Mid-wave sensitivity (3-5 microns)
  • Quantum Focus Instruments Infrascope II Infrared Microscope
    • Used for non-contact temperature measurement/mapping via infrared radiation
    • Up to 3 µm spatial resolution and ± 1°C temperature resolution
  • Confocal Microscope
  • Canon EOS 50D SLR Camera
    • Used for general imaging
  • Pixelink CCD Camera (Color and BW)
    • Used for general video capture
    • Up to around 400 fps depending on resolution
  • Kyowa MCA-3 Contact Angle Meter
    • Used to measure contact angle of fluids on surfaces
    • Completely automatic operation
    • Able to dispense droplets as small as a few nanoliters

Material Characterization

  • Kyowa Interface Science MCA-3 Micro Goniometer
    • Used for measuring dynamic/equilibrium contact angles
    • Top and side views
    • Ink jet head allows for droplets as small as 10 µm
  • Autosorb IQ2 Surface Sorption Analyzer
    • Textural analysis of porous materials by use of liquid N2 sorption
    • Water vapor sorption analysis
  • TA Instruments Q5000SA, Thermogravimetric Vapor Analysis
    • Used to measure water adsorption capacity of any material
    • Measures uptake from 0% - 98% RH at temperatures of 25°C to 80°C
  • Mettler Toledo – Polymer DSC R, dynamic scanning calorimeter
    • Used to measure the heat capacity, heats of phase change and other various thermodynamic properties of various materials and mixtures
    • -90 °C to 500 °C range with ± 300 mW heat flux capacity

Experimental

  • Solar Simulator and Concentrating Optics
    • Used to generate a simulation of the AM1.5 standard solar spectrum
    • Capable of concentrating light greater than 200x that of normal incident solar radiation
  • Vacuum/Environmental Chamber
    • Low vacuum capability (1 mtorr)
    • Feedthroughs: power, thermocouple, liquid/gas, optical, IR
    • Instrumentation: source-meter, power source, digital multi-meter, data acquisition
    • Uses: condensation on nano-structured surface, solar thermophotovoltaic energy conversion, thin film evaporation, adsorption/desorption
  • Boiling Rig
    • Used to perform boiling experiments on flat samples
    • Heated area measures 2 cm x 2 cm

Sample Preparation and Fabrication

  • Haas CNC MiniMill
    • Used for machining metals and plastics
    • 3 axis control and spindle speeds up to 10,000 RPM
  • Zing Laser Cutter
    • Used cut 2D plastic parts rapidly
    • 60 W laser
  • CEM Mars 5 Microwave Accelerated Reaction System
    • Microwave accelerated reaction system designed for digesting, dissolving, hydrolyzing a wide variety of materials
    • Operates at 0–1200 Watts at temperatures up to 250°C
  • Plasma Cleaner
    • Used to clean samples with Oxygen, Air, or Argon plasma
    • Vacuum down to <100 µmHg
  • Adixen Helium Leak Detector
    • Used to check vacuum seals necessary for high purity evaporation and condensation
    • Detects leaks between 10^-2 and 10^-11 sccm of helium
  • De-Gassing Rig
    • Used to purify water or other liquids of dissolved non-condensible gases
    • Operates by freeze-pump-thaw cycle for de-gassing liquids
    • Includes rotary vane pump and turbo-pump for ultra high vacuum