The CMR is a "virtual" organisation that does not maintain any central facilities; however, major capabilities for materials synthesis and characterisation exist throughout the college. Some of these exist within individual participants' laboratories and others are developed and maintained within various centres and institutes. Some equipment and facilities are accessed by formal sign-up and established charging schemes: access to others is arranged through development of personal collaboration.

We are building a database including main equipment/facility types and how to gain access to them, along with email addresses or websites linked to the main contacts. We expect that this contact list will evolve continuously.

If you have specialised facilities or equipment that you believe might be useful to a wider community and you would welcome wider interactions, then please send a brief description and contact details to:

A current selection of available facilities and contact information is given below:

Materials Chemistry Centre

Located within the Chemistry department
(Christopher Ingold building, 20 Gordon St, WC1H 0AJ).

Main contact:

Wide range of facilities and expertise for materials spectroscopy (micro-Raman scattering with several incident wavelengths, adapted for in situ studies under high pressure-high temperature conditions, catalysis etc ; microbeam FTIR and UV-visible spectroscopy); TEM (100 keV JEOL) and SEM (in collaboration with Archaeology research centre: see below); thermal analysis (DTA/TGA/DSC between liquid N2 to T=1600 K); powder and thin film X-ray diffraction (in collaboration with Chemistry dept); access to materials synthesis facilities including air-sensitive sample handling, precursor synthesis, solid state synthesis, high pressure synthesis; electronic/magnetic materials properties investigations (in collaboration with LCN and Chemistry researchers. Also interaction with wide range of multi-scale computational facilities, researchers and resources. Some joint-use equipment available for use via local charging schemes: other projects can be developed in collaboration with MCC/Chemistry research groups.     


Department of Earth Sciences

Main Contacts:

The department of Earth Sciences has a wide range of facilities for characterizing natural and synthetic ceramic materials including: Philips Xpert Pro powder X-ray diffractometer (90-1200K); variable pressure analytical SEM; JEOL superprobe (energy and wavelength dispersive modes); large-volume rock-physics equipment (uni-axial, tri-axial and true-triaxial rigs with AE, seismic wavespeed and electrical conductivity instrumentation, and porosity/permeability monitoring); solid-media devices for synthesis and physical property (rheology, phase relations, transport properties) measurements to 25 GPa. Experimental facilities are complimented by a large ab initio molecular dynamics simulations group for predicting properties under extreme conditions and understanding bulk properties at an atomistic level.

Other facilities, institutes, centres with contacts to be developed below ......