Research Facilities

MERLin is equipped with state-of-the art facilities and modern laboratories. We have also access through the Mark Wainwright Analytical Centre to a range of complementary facilities including electron microscopy, nuclear magnetic resonance, X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy and elemental analysis.

Some of the instruments below are available to be used by external people, but some charges will be applied. For more information please send an e-mail to f.aguey@unsw.edu.au.

Glove boxes

All our work is carried out under an inert atmosphere in 5 glove boxes from LCTechnology (O2 and H2O < 1ppm)

Electrochemistry

Electrochemical synthetic and testing facilities

Two Biologic potentiostat/galvanostat equipped with 16 channels for battery testing and electrochemical synthesis.

TGA/MS/DSC

TGA/MS/DSC

Mettler Toledo TGA/DSC 1 Thermogravimetry and Differential Scanning calorimetry coupled with an Ominstar Mass Spectrometer (Pfeiffer)

Technical specifications: 10 to 1000 °C, 1ppm detection limit for the MS.

To characterise the thermal stability and desorption properties of hydrogen storage materials

 High Pressure DSC

High pressure DSC

Technical specifications: Vacuum to 200 bar and -140 to 600 °C.

Dedicated to the characterisation of the thermodynamics properties of hydrogen storage materials and reversibility of hydrogen storage properties.

 PCT

2 Channels High pressure volumetric Sievert apparatus coupled with Mass spectrometry

Technical specifications: 0.01 bar to 200 bar and from 10 to 400 °C

Dedicated to gases absorption/desorption measurements in materials

 High pressure DSC

High pressure gravimetric balance

Rubotherm magnetic suspension balance

Technical specifications: 1μg resolution, 0.01 bar to 200 bar and from -150 to 400 °C. The balance is equipped with an Al sinker for simultaneous density measurement and buoyancy effects correction.

Dedicated to hydrogen absorption/desorption measurements by hydrogen storage materials.

In-situ FTIR

In-situ high pressure FTIR

Bruker Vertex 70V

Technical specifications: Vacuum bench with Mid to Far-IR capability.

Equipped with in-situ high pressure cell, vacuum up to 100 bar, 10 to 600 °C.

To measure the evolution of materials properties under reactive atmospheres.

 Catalytic test

Catalytic tests

In-house built. Including Shimadzu gas chromatographs equipped with thermal conductivity and flame ionization detectors

To evaluated the catalytic properties of metal hydrides.