Facilities

Softmatter Nanotechnology and Advanced Spectroscopy Team Main Facility
This facility includes the main nanomaterial synthesis laboratories, two rooms dedicated and fully equipped for air-sensitive organic, inorganic, organometallic, hydrothermal and colloidal synthesis and basic optical characterization, especially of nanocrystals, thin films and composites. It also houses the Advanced Spectroscopy laboratory, a large, single room containing a completely integrated suite of spectroscopic capabilities, specializing in ultrafast transient absorption and photoluminescence techniques. This facility will be completely available for the proposed work, and has machine and electronics shops, and an NMR Laboratory located nearby.

Clean Room and TEM Facility
A class 10,000 clean room facility (installed in 2007) containing facilities dedicated to fabrication of all-nanocrystal and hybrid devices, with co-located high-resolution transmission electron microscope.

Center for Integrated NanoTechnolgies (CINT) Los Alamos Gateway
The CINT Gateway Facility houses a number of unique capabilities associated directly with CASP collaborators. This includes a large, dedicated laboratory fully equipped for air-sensitive organic, organometallic and colloidal synthesis, with a particular focus on nanowire materials. Conveniently located within the same building is the Single-nanostructure Spectroscopy Laboratory, a dedicated facility for both static and time-resolved spectroscopy and imaging of single nanostructures, including at low temperatures and under applied magnetic fields.

CINT Headquarters, Albuquerque, NM
This main facility for CINT is located in Albuquerque, approximately 90 miles from Los Alamos. In addition to complete synthetic capabilities, it houses a number of unique materials characterization tools that are of particular interest for CASP.

National High Magnetic Field Laboratory
The first and only high pulsed field user facility in the United States. Researchers at this facility have access to the world's largest magnetic fields, up to and in excess of 90 Tesla (0.9 megagauss). Space and equipment available for a wide range of magneto-optical studies. Available subject to the scheduling of users nationwide; our ongoing work at this facility keeps us apprised of frequent short-notice openings which can be used very effectively.

Materials Science Complex
This complex contains the main LANL user facility for TEM and STEM instruments, with elemental analysis capability and supplemental equipment for preparation of TEM samples. The instruments are generally available to trained LANL users. This site also houses our dedicated Polymer-Assisted Deposition laboratory, including equipment for coating and heating/annealing under controlled environments, and advanced instrumentation for elemental and advanced x-ray analysis.

High-performance computing
This is a special capability of LANL. The computational modeling and quantum-chemical theoretical calculations will be performed on a range of high-performance computing facilities, including Road Runner, the world’s first petaflop system.

National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, CO
The research activities are carried out with equipment currently operational at NREL’s laboratories located in Golden, Colorado, primarily within the following facilities: Solar Energy Research Facility (SERF), Field Test Laboratory Building (FTLB), and Science and Technology Facility (S&TF). NREL offers extensive chemical and physical characterization instrumentation, ranging in scope from fundamental surface, structural and electro-optical properties to advanced performance characterization of device-level photon conversion structures. NREL houses several critical and unique capabilities supporting research on fundamental properties of, and photon conversion processes in, organic, inorganic, polymeric, molecular, nanostructured, and biological solar energy conversion components and hybrid systems.

University of California-Irvine, Irvine, CA
At UCI, CASP has access to a combination of collaborator owned and some departmental
facilities and capabilities. These include a state-of-the-art nanocrystal synthesis and characterization lab, including extensive capabilities in nanorod and nanowire synthesis (both gas phase and solution phase). In addition are facilities for PV device construction and testing, and advanced spectroscopic and imaging capabilities. These facilities are available for CASP use through our collaborators, subject to the use of other UCI researchers.

Rice University, Houston, TX
The laboratory consists of a large chemistry laboratory in addition to three laser and optical spectroscopy laboratories, uniquely supplied for synthesis and characterization of a variety of metal and semiconductor nanostructures. In addition, an experimental setup to perform microcontact printing is also available. The laboratory is conveniently located across the hall from a large shared facility room that contains variety of microscopic and spectroscopic instruments that is used for sample preparation and characterization, including an ultrafast laser laboratory and dedicated spectroscopy facility. A large collection of optical elements, appropriate hardware, detection and supporting electronic systems also exist in the three laser laboratories. CASP members have access to the Rice Shared Equipment Authority (SEA) facilities.

University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
The experimental work on Si and Ge QD synthesis are performed in Kortshagen’s laboratory, which is part of the High Temperature and Plasma Laboratory (HTPL), in the
Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Minnesota. The HTPL is one of the best equipped plasma technology laboratories in the world. The research is performed in the new facilities that are part of the new Mechanical Engineering Building, which opened in 2001. This laboratory includes ten custom-built plasma reactors with the corresponding radiofrequency and microwave power supplies. A dedicated reactor is available for the nanoparticle synthesis in this project. The laboratory is also equipped to handle liquid phase chemistry and air-free chemistry, and supporting spectroscopy.

Colorado School of Mines
Colorado Energy Research Institute Characterization Laboratory (CERI-CL)
The CERI Characterization Laboratory contains over 2000 square feet of new laboratory space. The equipment includes microwave and millimeter wave spectroscopies, electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometers, lasers and optical spectrometers for performing a wide range of optical experiments including those that combine optical excitation with EPR or NMR spectroscopies.  Tunable microwave and millimeter wave sources exist in this laboratory from 1 GHz to 1 THz enabling CW spectroscopy up into the Terahertz region to study materials related to renewable energy.

University of Colorado
CASP collaborator facilities include two laser labs supplying electrical power, cooling water and temperature control (+/- 1 °F) suitable for high-performance spectroscopy. Additional facilities include a wet chemistry laboratory (with fume hood) and several group PCs. There is also access to a 25 processor parallel computer facility (shared with two other researchers), as well as instrument, machine, electronics and glass shops.