The lab consists of ~1800 square feet on the first floor of the newly renovated north half of the Chemistry building. The space has a high hood density, as well as open areas for large pieces of equipment, such as glove boxes. Student office space adjoins the lab and features a shared coffee bar.
The laboratory is well equipped for pursuing inorganic solution phase and solid-state chemistry. The lab contains three inert atmosphere glove boxes, one PlasLab box, eight Schlenk lines, a high vacuum line, a glass bench, a dozen furnaces, a centrifuge and critical point dryer.
A fluorimeter (Varian Olin Eclipse), a thermal gravimetric analyzer (TGA, Perkin Elmer Pyris-1), and surface area analyzers (Micromeritics ASAP 2010 and Tristar 3020).
(1) Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM): JEOL FasTEM 2010 HR with a LaB6 thermoelectric emission gun working at 200 kV and an in situ EDAX unit. Peripherals include double tilt beryllium sample holder for chemical analysis and double tilt cryogenic and high temperature (up to 1100 ºC) probes.
(2) Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM): Hitachi S-2400 with an in situ EDAX unit.
(3) X-ray Powder Diffraction (XRD): Rigaku RU 200B equipped with a rotating anode copper source and Jade analysis software.
(4) Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) Spectroscopy: Bruker EMX model EPR spectrometer with 9.43 GHz (X-band) microwave frequency and cryogenic capabilities (liquid N2 or He).
(5) Single Crystal X-ray Diffraction: Bruker SMART APEX 4K CCD diffractometer with Mo target.
(6) Nuclear Magnetic Resonance: Four Fourier NMR spectrometers for routine solution-phase analysis (including multinuclear measurements and temperature-dependent studies): a QE-300, Unity-300, Mercury-400, and Unity-500; additionally, a Bruker 700 MHz NMR for biomolecular studies.
(7) Mass Spectrometry: Magnetic sector (Kratos MS80RFA, Kratos MS80, Kratos MS50TC), quadrupole (Hewlett-Packard GC/MS 5988A and a new Micromass Quatro LC) and TOF (Bruker Uniflex MALDI-TOF and Micromass Exact Mass) instruments.
(8) Small Instrumentation: UV-visible/NIR, Infrared and CD analyses, Fluorescence Microscope, Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer
DC and AC magnetic susceptibility, thermal property, electron transport measurements and Raman analysis conducted in collaboration with Professor Gavin Lawes, Department of Physics, Wayne State University;
Atomic force microscopy (AFM) measurements conducted in collaboration with Professor Guangzhao Mao, Department of Chemical Engineering.
(1) Dynamic Light Scattering (DLS): The instrument is temporarily housed in our lab during the renovation of the other half of the chemistry building.