NanoTechnology Center

Process Lab


Arc Growth Methods

Methods of arc production

BN, Carbon, and doped carbon nanotubes are grown within the facility.  Equipment includes a "Large scale" kratchmer system capable of gm/day quantities in both MWNT and SWNT formats.

Chemical Vapor Deposition

Most of the growth efforts focus on doped nanomaterials such as carbon nanotubes, nanowires, etc. Our continuous flow systems operate at temperatures between 750 C and 1400 C.  

Pulsed Ablation

High energy, pulsed laser/plasma ablation and growth of nanostructures is currently under development at the Center.  Based on high power YAG lasers and pulsed plasma torch: carbon, oxide, and other ceramic materials can be created in nanophase.

Polymer Synthesis

The Center has a synthesis lab for conjugated polymers used in OLED and OPV device studies. Instrumentation includes:

Multiple solvent stills

Glovebox for air/moisture sensitive reactions

Biotage Flash 100 Flash Chromotagraphy system


Ultra-fine Scales

A large assortment of glassware and reactors

Cold chemical storage


Closed circuit chiller system


Single injector electrospinning with mandrel or plate takeup system.

Images courtesy of Carroll Group

Most synthesis laboratories have some collection of processing equipment for annealing, separating, sorting, cleaning, manipulation in dry atmosphere, etc.  But in the extreme nonequilibrium of nanomaterials, specialized, automated, and large scale equipment might be needed. This is what the Nanotechnology Center’s synth and process lab does. It gives access to ultracentrifuges, high temperature ovens with environmental control, glovebox synthesis, and much more. Here are some of the more unique capabilities in the facility...

The Nanotechnology Center 2019

Materials from perovskites,to nanotubes, to SrTiO3, to composites, to nanopores, to...  Made by the Nanotechnology Center