Equipment and facilities in the Department of Materials, University of Oxford supported by the Henry Royce Institute
Royce equipment and facilities across the Department of Materials at the University of Oxford
Royce facilities are hosted in numerous research groups across the Department of Materials at the University of Oxford.
The equipment associated with the investigation of air-sensitive battery materials is hosted by research groups in the Rex Richards building. These capabilities are shown in more detail on the electrochemical energy storage pages.
Advanced battery electrode fabrication and test equipment are housed at the Begbroke Science Park, in the Advanced Processing Laboratory.
Begbroke is also the home of the Oxford Materials Characterisation Service.
The David Cockayne Centre for Electron Microscopy is home to a wide range of state-of-the-art sample preparation and characterisation tools. The center includes workflows for handling air-sensitive materials.
The facilities in the superconductor and quantum materials research groups include patterning and deposition capabilities.
The atom probe tomography group is host to three atom probes, which can reveal sample composition in exquisite detail.
The David Cockayne Centre for Electron Microscopy (DCCEM) has a dedicated staff of research support scientists and technical support staff. The center offers services to industry, develops new techniques to improve understanding, provides
training, and aims to help researchers obtain the highest possible quality data from the instruments.
Highlights of the DCCEM
FIB sections and nanomill, for preparation of TEM samples with extremely low beam energies
SIMS for elemental profiles
Imaging of light elements in S/TEM with 4D canvas
Testing mechanical properties of individual grains
Workflow for the handling of air-sensitive materials
The Oxford Materials Characterisation Service (OMCS) offers materials characterisation and analysis, training, and support. Training can enable booked access to key equipment on an hourly or daily basis, where appropriate.
Particle size determination
Example work is undertaken for electrochemical energy storage devices
Weld analysis and qualification
Investigation of photonic and microelectronic device assemblies
The Centre for Applied Superconductivity at Oxford includes a pulsed laser deposition chamber with load-lock and RHEED. This Royce-funded equipment complements new experimental facilities, to address identified industry needs.
The deposition chamber sits alongside an Empyrean X-Ray Diffractometer^, for analysis of powder and textures, and an Attocube magnetic force microscope^.
Please take a look at a few photos of Centre for Applied Superconductivity facilities at Oxford
Research into nanomaterials and quantum effects is undertaken using deposition in a Plassys MEDB550S electron beam evaporator, and patterning with a reactive ion etch (Oxford Instruments PlasmaPro 80 Cobra) and electron beam lithography (EOL JBX-5500FS EBL).
Please use the links to explore further details of the equipment and facilities on offer - and for more on the research activities of groups. ^ Some equipment was not funded through a Royce grant.
A wider range of capabilities and expertise can be accessed through Royce partners. The partners' major Royce-supported equipment and facilities are listed here.