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Centre for Integrated Materials, Processes & Structures facilities and equipment

We have a wide range of equipment to measure the chemical, physical, and mechanical properties of materials.

We have invested in the latest laboratory infrastructure to support our research. Our equipment and facilities are available for academic and commercial use.

If you're interested in using our equipment, please email Dr Matthew Cole at

Additive Manufacturing, 3D Printing & 3D Scanning

  • Dimatix
  • FDM makerbot
  • 3DS HD3500Max
  • Stratasys F270
  • PP3DP
  • Anycubic I3 Mega
  • Digital Light Processing (DLP) 3D printer [Titan 3, microSLA]
  • Extrusion 3D Printer [Lutum 5, VormVrij]
  • Digital Light Processing (DLP) unit
  • 3D Scanner [Matter & Form]
  • Additive manufacture for polymers and metals

Mass Spectrometry & Chromatography

  • Gel permeation chromatography (GPC) size-exclusion chromatography (SEC) Multi-Detection System (GPC/SEC MDS) [Agilent 1260 Infinity]
  • GPC [PL-GPC 50]
  • Matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization Tim of Flight (MALDI-TOF) Mass Spectrometer [Bruker Autoflex Speed]
  • Headspace gas mass spectrometer (headspace gas MS)
  • μHPLC coupled to Electrospray Time-of-Flight Mass Spectromet (ESI-TOF) [Ultimate 300]
  • 2D GC/MS [Agilent 7200 Accurate-Mass QTOF]
  • Ultra performance liquid chromatography (UPLC) equipped with UV detector and DReam instruments [Acquity Xevo TQD, ]
  • Electrospray ionisation quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometry for high-performance liquid chromatography (ESI-QTOF HPLC) [Bruker MicroTOFQ Ultimate 3000]
  • Walk-up Liquid Chromatography Electrospray quadrupole Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometer (LC-ESI-QTOF MS)
  • MaXis-QTOF
  • High performance liquid chromatography evaporative light scattering detector (HPLC-ELSD) [Agilent 1260 Infinity]
  • TD-mCTE
  • Gas Chromatography [Shimadzu]
  • Liquid Chromatography Mass Spectroscopy (LC-MS) [Agilent 1260 Infinity ii Quaternary Pump with ESI MS]
  • HPLC DAD/RI (x2)
  • Ion Chromatography
  • Bespoke-Gas GC, GC1, GC2, GC3
  • UHPLC Maxis QTOF MS coupled to an ultra high-pressure Liquid Chromatography system
  • Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS) with Thermal desorption
  • Nano Liquid Chromatography coupled to Electrospray quadrupole Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometer (nanoLC-ESI-QTOF MS)
  • High Pressure Gas Absorption Apparatus
  • High Performance Adsorption Analyzer [Micrometrics 3FLEX 3500]
  • Gel Permeation Chromatography (GPC)
  • Size Exclusion Chromatography (SEC)

Materials Processing

Thermal & Polymer Characterisation

  • Bomb calorimeter [IKA C1]
  • Microcalorimeter
  • Thermalc conductivity measurement [TPS 3500 Hot Disk Regular, FOX600]
  • Thermal Imaging Cameras [FLIR T620]
  • Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) [SETARAM Calvet 3D μSc]
  • Gas sorption [ASAP 2020, Micromeritics 3 Flex, & Autosorb-iQ]
  • High-pressure volumetric gas sorption [HTP-1]
  • Hydrogen isotope exchange
  • Thermal Analyser [STA 441 F1 Jupiter Simultaneous]
  • Intelligent gravimetric analyzer
  • Isothermal calorimetry
  • Indirect calorimeter [GEM]
  • Total Organic Carbon (TOC) & Total Nitrogen (TN) analyser
  • Mercury intrusion [Pascal 140 & 440 Series]
  • Dilatometer [Netzsch DIL 402C]
  • Porolux 1000
  • Nanoparticle analyser [Nanosight NS500]
  • shaker systems for energy harvesting characterisation
  • DMA [Triton 2000 & Mettler-Toledo DMA-1]
  • Vapour sorption [DVS advantage 1]


  • Vacuum Helium Leak Detector (UL 200, Inficon)
  • Various vacuum chambers capable of achieveing base pressures of 10-9 mbar to atompsheric pressure


  • Direct Laser Write (DLW) [Heidelberg MPG101]
  • NanoImprint Lithography [EVG 620]
  • Mask Aligner [mutliple Karl Suss MJB-3]
  • Electron Beam Lithography (EBL)/SEM [Raith Elphy Plus]
  • Displacement Talbot Lithography (DTL) [Phable 100M]

Coating, Etching & Material Growth

  • Sputter Coaters [Edwards S150B, HHV500]
  • Thermal Evaporators [Edwards E306, Moorfield Minilab]
  • Electron beam Evaporators [Edwards FL400, Moorfield Minilab,]
  • Thin Film Deposition System [AUTO 500]
  • Photoresist spinners (various)
  • Dry photoresist laminator
  • Plasma Enhanced Chemical Vapour Deposition (PE-CVD) reactors [Aixtron Black Magic x2, Oxford Instruments, Plasma Therm 790]
  • Metal Organic CVD (MOCVD) reactor (x2) [Oxford Instruments]
  • Inductively Coupled Plasma (ICP) Reactive Ion Etchers (RIE) [ICP80, ICP100, Plasmapro System 100 Cobra, Leica EM RES 102, Diener]
  • ceramics processing and freeze casting
  • A comprehensive range of tube and chamber furnaces capable of heating to 1700° C Automated Flexible Electronics Measurement System (Precision Atomics)
  • A wide range of stirring hotplates
  • Filmetrics reflectrometry system
  • Plasma Treatment / etcher [Diener Zepto]
  • Caster [Elcometer 4340]
  • Hollor fiber spinneret
  • Anodic alumina membrane synthesis
  • Tube Vacuum Furnance [Carbolite, Red Devil G]
  • Alumina Tube Furnace
  • Vacuum ovens
  • Binder ovens
  • Muffle furnace [Gallenkamp]
  • Spincoaters [Laurell WS-650MZ-23 NPP, Headway & others]
  • Dessicator units [various]
  • Freeze driers [various]
  • Vacuum Ovens [various]
  • Ultrasonicator (GT Sonic, 100W)
  • Numerous analytical micorbalance
  • Nanofilm vacuum filtrater
  • Nanofilm inkjet printer
  • Nanofilm spray coater
  • Centrifuges [various, Hettich, Thermoscientific Megafuge16, Eppendorf]
  • Fume hood [various, Esco Ascent]
  • Optical Fibre Drawing Tower
  • Integrating Sphere


Performance Testing

  • Pervaporation rig
  • Liquid permeation test for ceramic membrane
  • Dead-end & crossflow cell

Surface Testing

  • Conductivity Meter [Jandel RM3000]
  • Impedance analyser [Solatron S1 1260]
  • Impedance spectroscopy (with temperature)
  • Dielectric interface [Solatron 1296]
  • Potentiometer/galvanometer [metrohm AUTOLAB]
  • Contact angle goniometry [OCA15 & OCA25]
  • Porometer [Porolux 1000, Pascal 140 Mercury]
  • High-performance adsorption analyser [3Flex+ 1MP Analyser with flow degasser]
  • Physisorption Analyser (BET) [3Flex]


Electron Microscopy

  • Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) [JEOL JSM 6301F, FE-SEM7900F, Hitachi S4300]
  • Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM) [JEOL 1200 EX & TEM 2100+]
  • TEM equipped with Energy Dispersive X-Ray analyser (EDX) (JEOL JSM-2100PLUS)
  • SEM equipped EDX [JEOL JSM-6480LV & Hitachi]
  • EM and cryo-EM preparation system (Leica EM TXP)

Scanning Probe & Atomic Force Microscopy

  • Atomic force microscopes (AFM) [Veeco multimode nanoscope III, Asylum Jupiter XR with various mode additions]
  • Non-contact surface profilometer [Proscan 2000, Veeco 6M Dektak]
  • Nanoindenter [Anton Paar, NHT3]
  • Presion motion controller [Thror Lab]
  • Nanodrives [Madcity lab]

Optical Microscopy

  • Non inverted microscopy [Microeconomique]
  • 3D optical microscope [Keyence, VHX]
  • Inverted fluorescence-equipped microscope [Nikon]
  • Optical micrscopes [Leica M205C]
  • Widefield Fluorescent Microscope [Leica Dmi8]
  • Multiphoton Confocal Laser Scanning Fluorescence Microscope [Zeiss LSM880]
  • Confocal Laser Scanning Microscope Zeiss LSM-880 with Airyscan and multiphoton laser
  • Light Sheet Microscope [Zeiss Z.1]
  • Upright fluorescence-equipped microscope [Olympus]
  • Confocal Laser Scanning Fluorescence Microscope [Zeiss CellDiscoverer 7 with LSM900 Multiplex Airyscan]
  • Two-Photon Time Domain Fluorescence Lifetime imaging microscopy (FLIM)
  • High-throughput automated multiple frequency domain Fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy
  • Inverted microscope [EVOS M5000]

Non-Destructive Testing

  • X-ray computed tomography system (CT) [Nikon]
  • Peripheral quantitative computed tomograph [pQCT XCT 3000]
  • Ultrasonic phased array system with National Instrument software/hardware
  • High-performance cooled InSb detector [Flir Systems]
  • Uncooled IR detector based on microbolometer technology
  • Polytec 2D laser vibrometer
  • Non-linear ultrasonics
  • Ultrasonic C scanning
  • Thermography
  • Thermal wave imaging thermoscope
  • Ultrasonic sciences C-scan system (2.5 x 1.2m scan area)


  • Raman Spectrometer [REINSHAW inVia, iRaman BTC161E]
  • NMW Spectrometer [AVANCE III 400 & AVANCE III 500]
  • UV-Vis Spectrometer [Numerous Cary 100 UV-Vis, DReam equipped, Andor, Shimadzu UV 1800, Jenway Nanodrop] -SPR Spectrometer [Reichert]
  • General use Spectrometer [Ocean Optics]
  • FT-IR Spectrometer [Perkin Elmer Frontier, Bruker FT-IR Spectrometer INVENIO]
  • Optical Spectrum Analyser [Agilent, Ando]
  • Residual Gas Analyser (rRGA) [Stanford Research]
  • TGA [SETARAM SETSYS Evolution]
  • TOC analyzer [shimadzu TOC-VCPN]
  • MALDI-TOF Mass Spectrometer
  • Spectral Flow Cytometer
  • Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometer/Microscope (FTIR) -Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Spectrometer [Advance 300, Advance III 400, Advance III 500, Advance III HD 500, Avance NEO 400 (x2), Avance NEO 500, Propulse 500]

Structures Characterisation

  • 10 kN [Instron E10000]
  • 50kN testing machine [Instron 3369, TriScan Pro Advanced]
  • 100kN testing machine [Instron 1195, Multi-Axis 8800]
  • 100 kN hydraulic actuator
  • 200 kN Mayes machine [Retrofitted 8800 Control Tower]
  • 250kN testing machine [Instron 5585H]
  • 2000 kN Frame [Retrofitted 8800 Controller]
  • Force Plates [Kistler portable 9260AA6]
  • Servohydraulic fatigue testing stystem [Instron 8803]
  • Isokinetic dynamometer [Humac Norm]
  • Fluid Dynamic Gauging (FDG)
  • CT load cell [Deben, CT5000]
  • Screw Extruder [Process 11 Twin]
  • KIPP Pyranometer
  • IR and rain exposure systems
  • Environmental cabinet [Instron 3111]
  • Digital image correlation/ doppler laser vibrometry
  • Dynamic Mechanical Analyser (DMA)
  • Limess VIC3D high-speed digital image correlation system
  • Motion Tracker System [XSENS Wireless, Qualisys, Near-infrared Camera equipped]
  • GPS Ionospheric Scintillation
  • 3 x 1.5m Airbus autoclave for composites (100psi; 250°C)
  • Bertec split belt force instrumented treadmill
  • Armfield open channel research flume

X-ray Diffractometry

  • Single Crystal Xray Diffraction (XRD) [Agilent Technologies Xcalibur]
  • Single Crystal XRD [Agilent Technologies Supernova Dual]
  • Transmission and Reflection Powder XRD (PXRD) [Bruker D8-Advance and a STOE STADI P]
  • Small-Angle X-ray Scattering (SAXS) [Anton-Paar SAXSpoint 2.0]

Computing & Software

  • Structural modelling software [ABAQUS / VICONOPT / ANSYS]
  • Electronic circuit design software [Cadence suite]
  • Material Simulation software [COMSOL Multiphysics]
  • Data processing software [Matlab, Maple]
  • Mechanical design software [AutoCAD, Autodesk Inventor, Fusion, Sketchup, Solidworks]
  • Analytical and quantitative research software [ChemOffice, SPSS, Spectragryph, Nvivo, CCDC]
  • Digital twinning software [ARENA]
  • VSimulators [Bi-Axial Motion, Climate Controlled Room, Virtual Reality Equipment]
  • Balena, Anatra (cluster), Isambard and Nimbus (Cloud) High Performance Computing (HPC) System

Particle & Powder Characterisation

  • Nanoparticle characterisation [Nanosight NS300]
  • Zeta Potential, Particle Size, Concentration characterisation [Zetasizer & DLS Mastersizer 3000, Nanosizer & Malvern lasersizer]
  • Pycnometer [AccuPyc 1330]

Electrical Charcaterisation

  • Wedge bonder [K & S]
  • Conductivity Meter [Jandel, Various]
  • Probe station [Karl Suss]
  • Semiconductor Device Analyser [Agilent B1500 A]
  • Vector Network Anlyser
  • Potentiostat [Autolab FRA32M]
  • 30K Dry Cryostat for HTS Magnet Testing
  • Custom-built 3 kV and 5 kV Source Measure Units
  • 5 kV High Voltage High Frequency Switch [Behlke HTS 61-03-GSM]
  • Four point probe [Jandel]
  • Low Voltage Source Measure Unit [Keithley 2611, Keithley 2602B]
  • Hight Current Source Measure Units [Keithley 238]
  • Digital Oscilloscope [Agilent DSO5032A]
  • Induction Coil Magnetometers
  • 80MHz Arbitrary Waveform Generator [Agilent 33250A]
  • Digial Multimeters [HP 34410A]
  • Spectrum Analyser [FSW13]
  • High Voltage Source Measure Units [Keithley 237]
  • Auto-Ranging PicoAmmeters [Keithley 485]
  • Superconducting Motor Test Cryostat
  • Liqui Nitrogen Cryostate [Various]


  • Rheometer [Brookfield DV III Ultra]
  • Hybrid Rheometer [HR-2 Discovery]

Bio-Imaging & Biotech

  • Microplate readers [BMG Labtech CLARIOstar, Phosphorimager Plus Plates]
  • Flourescene microscopes [Dmi8 Microscope, LSM-880, Z.1 Lightsheet, FACS Aria, FACS Canto, CLARIO star]
  • Microtomes [various]
  • Autolan
  • Millipore Ultrapure (Type1) water -(Direct-Q 5UV)
  • Auto Clave [MDS Medical Lts]
  • Syringe pumps [Various]
  • Bio Analyser [Cedex]
  • Multifunction Process Control Teaching System and Bath Enzyme Reactor
  • PalmSens4
  • Flow Cytometers [FACS Aria, FACS Canto]
  • Biosensors [MP160]
  • Clinical chemistry analyser [RX4041 RXDaytona+ Analyser]
  • Hypoxic cabinet
  • Protein purification [AKTA Go]
  • Fast protein liquid chromatography (FPLC) [AKTA]
  • Biological Safety Cabinet [MSC Advantage Class II]
  • Electrochemiluminescently-labeled detection [Meso Quickplex SQ 120]
  • Incubators [various]
  • Metabolic Cart [CareFusion Vyntus]
  • ASA-LAB EEG System
  • Flow Cytometer [Guava EasyCyte 6-2L System]
  • Flow Reactor
  • Bone denseometer [Hologic DEXA Scanner]
  • Treadmill [HP Cosmos]
  • Climate Chambers [DY110]
  • Controlled Temperature Room
  • Hypoxic cabinet equipped with epi-fluorescent microscope Leica Dmi8
  • Hypoxic workstation Baker [Ruskinn Sci-tive Duo]
  • InCell Analyser Plate Reader with High Content Microscope [InCell Analyser]
  • Eye tracker [Eyelink 1000]
  • EEG actiCHamp Plus 64 System with actiCAP
  • Fermentation Systems [Labscale]
  • Large Environmental Chamber


  • Laser Cutting Machine [Epiglog Fusion M2 60 Watt]
  • A1 Laser Cutter
  • Abraisive saw [Buehler discutom]
  • Diamond Wire Saw
  • Precision Composite Plate Saw [Compcut 500]
  • Wafer Lapping/Polishing Machine [15VS Variable Speed]

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