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NANOSCOPY FACILITIES


Facilities available in the University of Puerto Rico at Rio Piedras:

  • Two Raman Microprobe Systems T64000, a Spex Double Grating Spectrometer, with
    capabilities of investigating Raman scattering and photoluminescence in UV/VIS/NIR regions
  • FTIR Spectrometer PE 2000 (15000 -200 cm-1) and UV-VIS-NIR Lambda 2 Spectrometer
  • Film growth using chemical solution deposition (CSD), Sol-gel, pulse laser deposition (PLD),
    and RF/DC/AC magnetron sputtering systems
  • Programmable furnaces for sintering and annealing the samples (up to 1800o C)
  • Rapid Thermal Processing system for temperatures up to 1300o C
  • Calorimetric systems (DTA/DSC/TGA) from Shimadzu Corp.
  • Photolithography system for depositing planar electrodes
  • Atomic force microscope (AFM) with Piezo force measuring accessory, from Veeco, Inc.
  • Equipment for magnetoelectric measurements and VSM from Lakeshore Electronics, Inc.
  • Surface analysis lab equipped with scanning Auger microprobe, XPS, SIMS, STM, and AFM.
  • Chemical vapor deposition (CVD) system for thin film synthesis and doping
  • NIR-VIS-UV Monochromator with a 1600 W Xenon lamp and fiber optics.
  • Bruker-AXS SMART 1K CCD single crystal X-ray diffractometer.
  • Bruker DRX-500 NMR spectrometer.
  • ThermoNicolet FT-IR with IR-microscope and FT-Raman modules


Facilities available in the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez:

  • Two pulsed laser deposition systems with substrate heater capable of reaching 1,000 oC, equipped with a 4-pocket mini electron gun evaporation source suitable for doping and a RHEED system for monitoring surface growth; DC sputtering systems
  • Equipment for magnetic characterization (Walker-LDJ BH Magnetometer), Quantum Design
    MPMS-XL7 Superconducting Quantum Interference Device (SQUID)
  • RF sputtering with UV-Ellipsometer mounted for in-situ characterization of films
  • Plasma assisted-CVD for oxide and nitride based semicomductors
  • Siemens D-5000 high-resolution triple-axis diffractometer equipped for thin film studies
  • Home-built electronically compensated interferometer capable of sub-Angstrom resolution for the measurement of piezoelectric properties of films
  • An AFM/STM system with 100:m and 10:m scanners
  • Tencor AS-100 stylus profilometer for film thickness measurements
  • Woollam 44-wavelength ellipsometer for measuring optical properties of the films
  • A differential scanning calorimeter (-50 oC to 750 oC) from TA Instruments

Facilities available in the University of Puerto Rico at Cayey:

  • Two HV sputtering chambers for the deposition of metals and ceramics with rf, dc, and pulsed dc magnetron systems, in-situ substrate heater up to 1000°C, IC-4 Inficon quartz crystal controller and Langmuir probe for plasma analysis
  • IBAD chamber with mini-electron beam evaporator, Kaufman and End-Hall ion sources and
    kSA Multi-beam optical sensor for in-situ, real-time stress monitoring of thin films
  • Electrospinner system with 30kV Power, spin coater and high temperature furnace
  • JSM-6360 research grade SEM with EDS for composition identification and nanometer pattern
    generation system for state-of-the-art electron beam lithography
  • Alpha Step 500 profilometer to measure film thickness and surface roughness.

Facilities available through the Institute for Functional Nanomaterials (IFN)

The IFN is making a major investment in the following state-of-the-art nanoscopy tools that will service the academic research and industry of the Jurisdiction. This Nanoscopy Facility was initiated by the 2003-2008 CNM-NASA-URC. The instruments are expected to be installed by Spring of 2009 and fully-operational by Summer of 2009.

  • High Resolution Transmission Electron Microscope to be located in UPR-M
  • High Resolution Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscope to be located in UPR-RP
  • High Resolution Energy Filtered Transmission Electron Microscope with sub-angstrom
    imaging resolution, sub-nanometer analytical resolution, imaging tomography and 3D
    reconstruction to be located in UPR-RP


IFN also provides capacity for Computational Nano Science through the High Performance
Computing Facility (HPCf), a shared research facility providing high performance computing
resources, Internet2 connectivity, technical support, training, and application development
services to researchers at all UPR campuses. The HPCf houses the Internet2 GigaPOP for PR. All
UPR campuses are directly connected to the HPCf with high-bandwidth connections, UPR-RP
and UPR-M at OC-3 (155 Mbps) and UPR-C at DS-3 (45 Mbps) speeds. HPCf also houses
supercomputers with different architectures and performance characteristics.