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Dry synthetic labs: The group possesses two argon-filled glove boxes for air-sensitive manipulations. There are several rigs for the safe reaction of solids with ammonia gas (for nitridation) and CS2 vapour (for sulfurisation). Vacuum lines are used for the handling of volatile solvents such as liquid ammonia.
The "one man" glove box The "two man" glove boxSulfurisation reaction Vacuum line

Wet synthetic labs: As well as containing bench space for each group member, these labs are equipped with Schlenk lines for air-sensitive solution chemistry, vacuum lines for sealing silica reaction vessels and equipment for chemical analysis.
Bench space in the wet lab  Sealing a silica tube under dynamic vacuumSealing a glass capillary  Light microscope

Furnace room: The group is equipped with several chamber and tube furnaces capable of reaching temperatures of up to 1500 °C. For higher temperatures an arc-welding furnace and induction furnaces are used. There is also an area used for high pressure solvothermal work.


Furnace room FurnaceTube furnace Arc-welding furnace

X-ray powder diffraction: The group uses both transmission and flat plate diffractometers. Suitable holders or glass capillaries are used for containing air-sensitive samples used in the machines.

Transmission X-ray diffractometer  Flat plate X-ray diffractometer

Apparatus to align a glass capillary with the goniometer head New flat plate X-ray machine

Single crystal X-ray diffraction: The Chemical Research Laboratory, houses single crystal X-ray diffractometers, which are used by the group.
Single crystal X-ray diffractometer Close-up of diffractometer

Electron microscopy: The group uses a scanning electron microscope (SEM) for chemical analysis of individual crystals by energy dispersive X-ray analysis. A tunnelling electron microscope (TEM) is used for electron diffraction studies.
Electron micrograph   Electron microscope

Magnetometry: The two SQUID (Superconducting QUantum Interference Device) magnetometers in the department enable very accurate magnetic susceptibility measurements. These measurements can be carried out at up to 5 Tesla and from 2 to 800K.
Squid magnetometer

Offices: The group has two communal offices, which are equipped with the relevant software for the group's research.
office    office

External Facilities: The external facilities used by the group include:

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