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Center for Nanoscale Materials

Nanophotonics and Biofunctional Structures Capabilities

Imaging, Characterization/Analysis and Synthesis


  • Field emission scanning electron microscope: JEOL JSM7500F
  • Laser scanning confocal fluorescence microscope:  Zeiss LSM 510 Meta
  • Raman spectroscopy: Renishaw inVia


  • Circular dichroism spectrometer: Jasco J-815
  • Electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy: Bruker
  • Fluorescence spectroscopy: Horiba Jobin-Yvon Nanolog Spectrofluorimeter
  • Electrochemical workstation (BASi Epsilon) potentiostat/galvanostat with rotating electrode capability
  • Gas chromatography/mass spectrometry: Agilent 5975C Series GC/MSD
  • FTIR: Thermo-Nicolet Fourier transform spectrometer
  • Malvern ZetaSizer Nano (particle size potential)
  • Picosecond time-resolved emission spectroscopy
  • Raman spectroscopy: Renishaw inVia
  • UV/VIS: Cary-50spectrophotometer
  • Ultrafast time-resolved absorption spectroscopy:
    • UV-NIR probe with UV-NIR excitation
    • THz probe with 800nm or 400nm excitation 
  • Visible and near-infrared microscopy:
    • Single particle and ensemble optical measurements
    • Visible and near-infrared laser excitation
    • Absorption, transmission, reflectance, and emission spectroscopy 400-1600nm
    • Microscope-compatible cryostat 4K-475K
    • Time-correlated single photon counting detection (TCSPC):
          - Photoluminescence lifetime measurements
          - Photon antibunching/correlation measurements
          - Avalanche photodiode detection (APD) 350-900nm
          - Quantum entanglement with single photons microscope (QESP; superconducting nanowire single photon detector, SNSPD). 900nm – 2um. This is a single photon microscope for studying quantum optics.
          - Temporal resolution 50-200ps depending on laser source/detector combination


  • Biological safety cabinets [Labconco Purifier Delta Series (Class IIB2)]
  • Centrifuges (Beckman Coulter Optima L-100XP Ultracentrifuge and Avanti J-E Centrifuge)
  • Glovebox (MBraun LabMaster 130)
  • Harrick plasma cleaner
  • Lyophilizer
  • Schlenk lines
  • Solvent purification (MBraun Auto SPS)
  • UVOsurface cleaner


  • Would you like Theory with that? Joint experimental-theory proposals are possible and encouraged; visit the Theory & Modeling group’s webpage for more information about their capabilities.

Please contact a Nanophotonics and Biofunctional Structures group staff member (non-postdoc) with any questions.