The SAF is a suite of equipment housed in several purpose built laboratories in the basement of the Chemistry Research Laboratory. It is primarily used by chemists, however researchers from, amongst others, materials, engineering, physics, biochemistry, glycobiology and medicine use its resources. The SAF contains a wide variety of state of the art scientific equipment capable of many experimental methods including: atomic force microscopy, scanning tunnelling microscopy, Fourier transform infra-red spectroscopy (including IRRAS, PMIRRAS and ATR spectroscopy), ellipsometry, X-ray reflectometry, X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy, Scanning Tunneling Microscopy, surface characterisation by gas adsorption (surface area, pore size distribution etc.) and dynamic surface tension and contact angle measurements. In addition there is a high vacuum metal evaporator, plasma etcher, ozone lamp and potentiostat for sample preparation and modification.
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