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Institute for Materials Research

Processing of materials

• Argon Arc-melter.
• Silica encapsulation rig.
• Horizontal tube furnace (max temp. 1200°C) for processing in controlled atmosphere.
• Range of furnaces.
• Container-less melting furnace (electromagnetic levitation/glass fluxing) with growth front velocity measurement option.
• 6m drop tube.
• Inert gas condensation facility for production of nanocrystalline materials and nanocomposites (unique in UK).
• Mechanical alloying , SPEX 8000 mixer mill.
• Pulsed Laser Deposition of thick and thin layers.
• Hydrothermal synthesis reactors.
• Quorum Technologies Q300TD Dual beam sputter coater.
• Comminution of ceramic powders by a variety of routes.
• Small-scale spray drying and freeze-drying.
• Die and iso-pressing.
• Injection moulding.
• Tape casting.
• Rate-controlled sintering dilatometer.
• Fast-firing equipment.
• Range of controlled furnaces up to 1600°C
• Sol-gel synthesis and thin film deposition.
• Hydrothermal synthesis of nanopowders.
• Spin coating facilities.
• Centrifuge.
• Solution-based oxide powder synthesis, including nanoparticle synthesis.
• Semi Automatic Screen Printing facility.
• Single Crystal Furnace (flux growth and Bridgeman).Range of carbonisation furnaces to 2573 K.
• Instrumented fibre spinning rig and special winding drums for laminate lay-up.
• Controlled atmosphere melting furnace for Oxide Glasses (1550 °C).
• Air melting Furnace (1600 °C).
• Carbolite controlled gas flow furnace for atmosphere control (1700 °C).