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Facilities for soft materials characterization

We have at our disposal a broad range of state of the art characterization tools, as listed below. Besides, the laboratory based techniques, we are frequent users of large scale synchrotron and neutron facilities, and we are strongly active in both the MAX IV and ESS projects. Useful instrumentation and large facility access is also available within the ESMI project. Most relevant in-house based equipment is listed below.

Scattering and diffraction methods

  1. A long pin-hole collimation SAXS instrument with variable sample-to-detector distance.
  2. A compact slit collimation (Kratky) SAXS instrument.
  3. Several instruments for static and dynamic light scattering, including cross-correlation techniques for turbid samples.
  4. X-ray diffraction (XRD) (Materialkemi)

Imaging methods

  1. Electron microscopy within the National Centre for High Resolution Electron Microscopy.
  2. Confocal Microscopy.
  3. Optical Microscopy.

Fluid and solid mechanical characterization

  1. Stress and strain controlled rheometers, including possibility for in situ small angle light scattering or microscopy characterization.
  2. Dynamic Mechanical Analysis (DMA) (polymer materials).
  3. Tensile stress (Solid Mechanics).
  4. X-ray tomography, 3D and 4D tomographic imaging (Solid Mechanics).

Spectroscopy methods

  1. Several NMR instruments including accessories for microimaging, solid state NMR and high resolution magic angle spinning.
  2. Mass spectrometry.
  3. Several instruments for UV-vis, FTIR, CD and fluorescence spectroscopy.

Additional facilities, available for materials research at Lund University, are listed here.