NanoTools Facility

The NanoTools facility comprises sophisticated characterization instrumentation, and it serves the research and teaching needs of faculty, researchers, and students in the physical and biological sciences at Brown University.  It is also available for use by outside academic and industry users.  The current state-of-the-art NanoTools instrumentation consists of:
 

Park Scientific XE-Bio AFM and ICM (Ion Conductance Microscope) 

The Park Scientific XE-Bio AFM and ICM (Ion Conductance Microscope) is for biological research. ICM is capable of imaging cells alive in liquid with minimum damage to the cells.


Asylum MFP-3D Origin AFM 

The Asylum MFP-3D Origin AFM is for materials research, including magnetic force microscopy, conductive AFM, and viscoelastic mapping.

Witec alpha 300R Confocal Raman Microscope.

The Witec alpha 300R Confocal Raman Microscope acquires local Raman spectra and distribution of different phases within a sample.











Bruker D8 Discover X-ray Diffraction System 1

The Bruker D8 Discover X-ray Diffraction System includes reflectometry, high-resolution diffraction
in-plane grazing incidence diffraction (IP-GID), as well as residual stress and texture investigations.  One of the systems has the tube configured as a point focus, with a poly-cap optic, and a Vantec-500 area detector. This system is used mostly for powder diffraction, stress, and texture measurements.







Bruker D8 Discover X-ray Diffraction System 2

The second system is in a line focus, and can either be run in a Bragg-Brentano set-up, or as a parallel beam using a Gobel mirror. This arrangement is better for X-Ray Reflectropmetry (XRR), High resolution diffraction, as well as grazing incidence diffraction (GI-XRD) 

 



Bruker EMXPlus Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) Spectrometer

The  Bruker EMXPlus Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) Spectrometer is for the detection and identification of free radicals and paramagnetic centers. 

For Further Information contact:
Guanglai Li
Staff scientist, IMNI
Guanglai_Li@Brown.EDU 
P: (401) 863-2140
Box M, Brown University

Paul Waltz
Senior Technical Assistant
Nanotools Facility, XRD Annex
P: (401) 863-2662
Box D, Brown University