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Downard Electrochemistry and Surface Chemistry Research Group

The Downard Electrochemistry and Surface Chemistry Research Group ResourcesCarbon nanotube bundles

The Downard group has access to excellent facilities within the Departments of Chemistry, Electrical and Computer Engineering and Mechanical Engineering and the school of Biological Sciences here at the University of Canterbury.

Our research group benefits from daily access to world-class electrochemistry, wet chemistry, nanofabrication, and microscopy laboratories . All of these state-of-the-art facilities (see below for details) are no more than 10 minutes walk from each other. We also have excellent access to instrumentation, obtained with MacDiarmid Institute funding, at other sites.

The MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology

Nanofabrication Lab

Electron Microscopy Centre

Training and assistance for use of equipment in the nanofabrication lab is provided by Ms Helen Devereux and Mr Gary Turner. Training courses for TEM and SEM (Mechanical Engineering) are provided by Mr Mike Flaws.

Facilities we use at the University of Canterbury
Chemistry Instrument Lab

  • Eco Chemie Autolab PGSTAT 302 potentiostat, using GPES v 4.9 software
  • Eco Chemie Autolab PGSTAT 302-N potentiostat, using GPES v 4.9 software
  • Computer-controlled EG & G PAR model 362 and model 273A potentiostats (A number of older potentiostats and power supplies are also available)
  • 2 x Faraday Cages
  • EG & G Parc Model 616 rotating disk electrode system
  • Contact angle goniometer (with Edmund Scientific Camera)
  • 2 x Digitech QM 3120 multimeters
  • Photoresist spinner (EMS Ltd)
  • Low temperature furnace (< 200° C) no flow system
  • High temperature furnace (< 1200° C) used for CVD growth of nanotubes and fabrication of pyrolysed photoresist film electrodes
  • Oscilloscopes
  • Pressure Sensor (MKS instruments)
  • Manual flow injector system (Sage Model M362, Thermo Orion)

Chemistry Wet Lab and Temperature Controlled Lab

  • 2 x Fume hoods for chemical synthesis
  • 2 x IKA RH IKAMAG Magnetic Stirrer with Heating
  • 1 x IKA thermocouple for heater
  • Ultrasonicator (Elmasonic S 30H, Elma Hans Schmidbauer GmbH & Co KG, Germany)
  • Ultrasonicator (Bransonic 220)
  • Gilson pipetman pippettes
  • ThermoFisher CPA balance (SarcPA225D): Minimum readability of 0.01 mg
  • Mettler Toledo balance (204-S): Minimum readability of 0.1 mg
  • Pipetman pipettes
  • Orbital Shaker (Edwards Instruments)
  • Fluorometer

Other facilities also available within the Department of Chemistry

Nanofabrication Lab (Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering)

  • Emitech K1050X plasma asher (Emitech, UK)
  • PWM32-PS-R790 spinner system (Headway Research Inc., USA)
  • MA6 mask aligner (Suess Microtec, Germany)
  • Atomic Force Microscope [Dimension 3100 and Nanoscope IIIa controller (Digital Instruments, Veeco, USA)]
  • Fluorescence microscope [Eclipse 80i microscope equipped with a D-FL universal epi-fluorescence attachment and a 100 W mercury lamp (Nikon Instruments, Japan)]
  • Electron Beam Lithography (Raith 150 system with SEM imaging)
  • E5000 SEM coating unit (Quorum Technologies, Ringmer, UK)

Department of Mechanical Engineering Facilities

  • Scanning electron microscope (JEOL JSM 7000F field emission, high resolution SEM)
  • Transmission electron microscope (Philips CM200, high resolution TEM)
  • Quartz Crystal Microbalance with frequency and dissipation monitoring (QCM-D) (Q-sense Q-4 model). Electrochemical cell is available for EQCM-D
  • Contact Angle Goniometer
  • Phone: +64 3 364 2100
    Fax: +64 3 364 2110
  • Department of Chemistry
    University of Canterbury
    Private Bag 4800, Christchurch
    New Zealand
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