The facility houses equipment such as glove box, fume hoods, oxygen-free
nanopure water system and ultrasonic processors. Schlenk-type
techniques are routinely used for carrying out air & moisture
sensitive reactions. It provides opportunities for synthesis of
nanoparticles, core-shell nanoparticles, metal-polymer nanocomposites
and their characterization.
Apart from having well equipped wet chemical laboratory
Nano Fabrication Facility utilizes DCM
beamline, where X-ray absorption spectroscoy of nanoparticles
is carried out. X-ray Absorption Near Edge Structure as well X-ray
Absorption Fine Structure spectroscopic analysis of nanoparticles
are routines carried out even for air and moisture sensitive samples.
We also have facilities to monitor chemical reactions in situ
using XANES analysis.
The facility also has access to instruments in the clean
room . The instrumentation facilities well established by
the LSU Macromolecular
Studies Group and materials
characterization center are also being utilized. These include
dynamic light scattering, pattern fluorescence photobleaching
recovery, analytical ultracentrifugation, a complete set of thermal
analysis, rheology, XPS, XRD and various forms of microscopy such
as SEM, TEM. SAXS is under development at CAMD and once ready
would play an important role in the development of stable colloidal
nanoparticles. SQUID magnetometer at Southern
Univeristy and LSU
Physics is used for generating magnetic data on magnetic nanoparticles.
fabrication facility, through its collaboration with Pennington
Bio Medical Research Center, has access to cell culture and animal
laboratories where in vitro and in vivo assays are carried out.
This collaboration is being strengthened to explore bio-medical
applications of nanoparticles.