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Major Research Facilities

FacilityStatusAvailableComments
AFM Probe Functionalization Station
Centorr Arc Melter
Creep Frame with In Line Furnace
Cryogenic MTS Load FrameCurrently being used for SPARC tests
Electropolisher - Struers LectroPol 5On permanent loan from NW22, not yet tested in its new environment
Filmetrics White Light Thin FIlm Analyzer
Hardness Tester - Tukon Model LL
HP-AFM (High-Pressure, High-Temperature Atomic Force Microscope)Built, undergoing absolute standard calibrations and testing
Instron 1332 Load Frame
Instron 8501 Load FrameCurrently testing SPARC specimens
Internally Heated TestLoop For PWRs (IHTFP)Currently running third generation Exelon and Statoil/Equinor anti-fouling coatings
Laser Scanning Microscope - Model 1LM21W
Metallurgical Sample Preparation Station
Mettler-Toledo Flash DSC-1 (nanoDSC)
Micro/Nanoparticle Placement System
Molten Salt Glovebox
Netzsch 404 F3 Pegasus DSC (Differential Scanning Calorimeter)Currently testing irradiated Ti-nuts from the MIT nuclear reactor
PAS (Positron Annihilation Spectroscopy)Currently analyzing baseline PAS spectra for Julie's wide bandgap semiconductors
Pellet Press
PhenomXL Radioactive SEMAwaiting NanoSciences maintenance & repair visit
Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD) - Kurt Lesker 75We're back, baby!
Polaron E5100 Sputter Coater
Radial-Axial Laser Scanning Profilometer
Radioactive Sample Prep Station
Rolling Mill - Flat, Miniature, Electric Drive
The Snake Pit (Computing Cluster)Check real-time cluster status here
Thermal Evaporator - Denton Vacuum DV-502A
TOPCON SEM with EDXLeaky chiller, last confirmed operation in 2018
Transient Grating Spectroscopy (TGS) System 1 - Reflection
Transient Grating Spectroscopy (TGS) System 2 - TransmissionAlmost all parts here, awaiting the virus attack to subside before building
Vacuum AFM with Argon Cleaning
Vacuum Annealing Furnace
Vibrating Sample Magnetometer (VSM)
Zeiss Digital Stereo Microscope
Zeiss Inverted Metallograph
Zeiss ML-100 Optical Metallurgical Microscope
Zeiss NVision 40 SEM/FIBNew Ga ion source installed, awaiting a sticky valve and goofy ion beam scan board. SEM part is good to go!

AFM Probe Functionalization Station
Status: Operational, Available
Stewards: Max Carlson

Facility Description: A combination of an optical microscope with a 3D nanomanipulator, a UV sintering microscope, and a microfurnace for functionalizing AFM cantilevers with microspheres for colloidal probe force spectroscopy.
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Centorr Arc Melter
Status: Operational, Available
Stewards: Samuel McAlpine

Facility Description: The Centorr Arc Melter uses a single tungsten electrode and a TIG welder power supply to melt anything, literally anything, in excess of 3500C. Samples up to 25g in weight can be melted, either from pieces or pressed powder pellets.
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Creep Frame with In Line Furnace
Status: Operational, Available
Stewards: Peter Stahle

Facility Description: An old fashioned creep frame, which works simply by hanging a weight from a fulcrum attached to the sample. Has a swing-in furnace with vacuum/atmosphere controlled retorts capable of testing at up to 800C.
Cryogenic MTS Load Frame
Status: Operational, In Use
Comments: Currently being used for SPARC tests
Stewards: Peter Stahle

Facility Description: A customized MTS load frame with a liquid helium dewar, capable of performing mechanical property tests at temperatures as low as 4 Kelvin.
Electropolisher - Struers LectroPol 5
Status: Testing, Not Yet Operational
Comments: On permanent loan from NW22, not yet tested in its new environment

Facility Description: A self-contained electropolisher for the ultimate in cold-work free smoothness
Filmetrics White Light Thin FIlm Analyzer
Status: Operational, Available
Stewards: Max Carlson

Facility Description: Determines thin film thicknesses given refractive spectra, or vice versa
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Hardness Tester - Tukon Model LL
Status: Operational, Available

Facility Description: Swappable tips include Vickers, Knoop, and Rockwell B hardness tests. Weights ranging from 100-1000g force.
HP-AFM (High-Pressure, High-Temperature Atomic Force Microscope)
Status: Testing, Not Yet Operational
Comments: Built, undergoing absolute standard calibrations and testing
Stewards: Max Carlson

Facility Description: Performs stickiness measurements at up to 320C, 150MPa, in fluid at reactor/geothermal conditions.
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Instron 1332 Load Frame
Status: Operational, Available
Stewards: Peter Stahle

Facility Description: A versatile load frame capable of tensile testing and compression testing (with available adapters). 50,000lb. load capacity, tons of grips and fittings available. Room temperature tests only at the moment.
Instron 8501 Load Frame
Status: Operational, In Use
Comments: Currently testing SPARC specimens
Stewards: Peter Stahle

Facility Description: A 20,000lb. capable load frame with relatively new controls, for generating tensile, compression, and fracture toughness data.
Internally Heated TestLoop For PWRs (IHTFP)
Status: Operational, In Use
Comments: Currently running third generation Exelon and Statoil/Equinor anti-fouling coatings
Stewards: Max Carlson

Facility Description: The IHTFP simulates all the conditions inside a pressurized water reactor (PWR), except the radiation. It is used to grow CRUD (porous corrosion deposits) in realistic conditions, and study the growth rate in-situ.

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Laser Scanning Microscope - Model 1LM21W
Status: Testing, Not Yet Operational

Facility Description: A LaserTec 1LM21W laser scanning microscope, perfect for generating wide-area profilometry/topology scans of surfaces. A 0.5mW HeNe laser is coupled to a highly precise Z-axis stage for capturing vertical slices of a sample all in focus, for infinite depth of field.
Metallurgical Sample Preparation Station
Status: Operational, Available
Stewards: Samuel McAlpine, Weiyue Zhou

Facility Description: Our metallurgical sample preparation station consists of the following:
  • A low-speed diamond saw, for precise, deformation-free sectioning of materials
  • Mounting equipment, to encase samples in moulds of both epoxy and Bakelite
  • A pneumatically driven auto-polishing machine with central and single force applicability, for grinding and polishing samples to a mirror finish
  • Mettler-Toledo Flash DSC-1 (nanoDSC)
    Status: Operational, Available
    Comments:
    Stewards: Charlie Hirst

    Facility Description: A nanoscale differential scanning calorimeter (nanoDSC) capable of heating rates up to 40,000 K/s, and cooling rates of 4,000 K/s. Temperature range from -90 to 450 Celsius. Uses FlashDSC MEMS chips.

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    Micro/Nanoparticle Placement System
    Status: Operational, Available
    Stewards: Max Carlson

    Facility Description: A home-made system to pick-and-place nano/microparticles onto substrates and affix them using a nanomanipulator and microscope
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    Molten Salt Glovebox
    Status: Operational, Available

    Facility Description: A four-glove box with atmosphere control to <1ppm moisture and oxygen, equipped with a 700C furnace for molten salt static corrosion experiments
    Netzsch 404 F3 Pegasus DSC (Differential Scanning Calorimeter)
    Status: Operational, In Use
    Comments: Currently testing irradiated Ti-nuts from the MIT nuclear reactor
    Stewards: Charlie Hirst

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    PAS (Positron Annihilation Spectroscopy)
    Status: Operational, In Use
    Comments: Currently analyzing baseline PAS spectra for Julie's wide bandgap semiconductors
    Stewards: Julie Logan

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    Pellet Press
    Status: Operational, Available
    Stewards: Samuel McAlpine

    Facility Description: The Carver Pellet Press allows one to create mostly dense pellets for melting from powders. It is equipped with a vacuum pump to help reduce porosity and remove trapped gases. The press can apply 18,000 pounds of force to a 13mm diameter pellet. This is usually used just before arc melting.
    PhenomXL Radioactive SEM
    Status: Operational, Under Repair
    Comments: Awaiting NanoSciences maintenance & repair visit
    Stewards: Weiyue Zhou

    Facility Description: SEM with secondary electron, backscattered electron, and elemental dispersion X-ray spectroscopy
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    Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD) - Kurt Lesker 75
    Status: Operational, Available
    Comments: We're back, baby!
    Stewards: Max Carlson

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    Polaron E5100 Sputter Coater
    Status: Operational, Available
    Stewards: Max Carlson

    Facility Description: A ring-type sputter coater, currently with a gold target for fast, uniform coating of specimens with gold for enhancing conductivity or reflectivity.
    Radial-Axial Laser Scanning Profilometer
    Status: Operational, Available
    Stewards: Akshay Dave

    Facility Description: Determines the variation in thickness along a tubular sample, particularly useful for analyzing variations in thickness of porous media (such as crud) on sample rings or tubes
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    Radioactive Sample Prep Station
    Status: Operational, Available

    Facility Description: Enough tables, polishing stuff, and free space to prepare and polish mildly radioactive specimens for microscopy and similar
    Rolling Mill - Flat, Miniature, Electric Drive
    Status: Operational, Available
    Stewards: Kangpyo So, Myles Stapelberg

    Facility Description: Pepe Tools rolling mill with flat rolls and electric drive
    The Snake Pit (Computing Cluster)
    Status: Operational, Available
    Comments: Check real-time cluster status here
    Stewards: Miaomiao Jin

    Facility Description: Our groups has a PSSC Labs computing cluster for performing multiphysics finite element, molecular dynamics, density functional theory, and MATLAB calculations. It currently has 8 nodes (plus the head node), with 12 cores per node for a total of 140 cores, and 4GB RAM per core.
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    Thermal Evaporator - Denton Vacuum DV-502A
    Status: Operational, Available

    Facility Description: A vacuum chamber with an evaporation source for either boiling metals or arc-depositing carbon
    TOPCON SEM with EDX
    Status: Testing, Under Repair
    Comments: Leaky chiller, last confirmed operation in 2018

    Facility Description: A radioactive-capable SEM with secondary electron detection and energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) spectroscopy
    Transient Grating Spectroscopy (TGS) System 1 - Reflection
    Status: Operational, Available
    Stewards: Benjamin Dacus

    Facility Description: Our LSAW system, inspired mainly by a similar setup in the Nelson Group at MIT, induces transient surface Rayleigh waves using two lasers, interference patterns, transient diffraction gratings, and heterodyne diffraction signal amplification. We are using our LSAW system to characterize and deconvolute the effects of separate modes of radiation damage, in support of a new fundamental unit of radiation damage measurement.
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    Transient Grating Spectroscopy (TGS) System 2 - Transmission
    Status: Under Construction, Not Yet Operational
    Comments: Almost all parts here, awaiting the virus attack to subside before building
    Stewards: Benjamin Dacus, Sean Robertson

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    Vacuum AFM with Argon Cleaning
    Status: Operational, Available
    Comments:
    Stewards: Max Carlson

    Facility Description: We are modifying a NanoMagnetics ezAFM AQUA to be housed in a vacuum chamber, along with an argon sputtering gun to clean specimens before performing force spectroscopy. Measurements can be taken in vacuum, air, inert gases, or any gaseous environment up to one atmosphere of pressure. Argon cleaning by sputtering and subsequent AFM can be performed on the samples without breaking vacuum.

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    Vacuum Annealing Furnace
    Status: Operational, Available

    Facility Description: A furnace with two quartz vacuum tubes, for annealing materials up to 1200C
    Vibrating Sample Magnetometer (VSM)
    Status: Operational, Available
    Stewards: Sean Robertson

    Facility Description: A vibrating, 2 Tesla system for deducing the magnetic properties of materials. Built principally thanks to plans, parts, and guidance from David Bono of DMSE.
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    Zeiss Digital Stereo Microscope
    Status: Operational, Available

    Facility Description: An extremely well-lit stereo microscope with a digital camera, perfect for capturing wide field-of-view images of metallurgical or other specimens.
    Zeiss Inverted Metallograph
    Status: Operational, Available

    Facility Description: An oldie, but a goodie. 1990's vintage Zeiss inverted metallograph with an AxioCam 105 digital camera, objectives ranging from 5-100x with a 10x eyepiece.
    Zeiss ML-100 Optical Metallurgical Microscope
    Status: Operational, Available

    Facility Description: An optical microscope with magnifications from 50-500x connected to a color camera and computer
    Zeiss NVision 40 SEM/FIB
    Status: Operational, Under Repair
    Comments: New Ga ion source installed, awaiting a sticky valve and goofy ion beam scan board. SEM part is good to go!
    Stewards: Charlie Hirst

    Facility Description: A dual-beam SEM/FIB with an Omniprobe liftout system. Deposits Pt, C, H2O, SiO2. Ga-ion focused ion beam (FIB) system. EDX capability can be added on.

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    MIT-SUTD International Design Centre (IDC)
    Dept. of Nuclear Science & Engineering
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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