The Chen laboratory is located in SME Building Room 213 at University of California, San Diego. The laboratory (SME 213) has solid state and solution chemical synthesis capabilities (two chemical hoods), low and high temperature box furnaces and tube furnaces, materials processing equipment, porous materials characterization capability, and electrochemical characterization equipment. The following equipment listing provides details of our major equipment:

Autosorb iQ from Quantachrome, model ASIQM0001000-6. It is a dual-port physisorptiion (chemisorption can be integrated) gas sorption analyzer that is used to analyze surface area, pore size and distribution of porous materials (including both micropore and mesopore analysis capability).

Metrohm Autolab electrochemical workstations , model M204. It is a multi-channel potentiostat/galvanostat which allows different measurements on each channel at the same time. It could perform all kinds of electrochemical measurements including cyclic voltammetry, galvonostatic charging and discharging, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, etc. 

Pine  modulated speed rotating electrode system for electrochemical catalytic reaction testing.

Dual-user glovebox from Vigor, model SciLab. The inert atmosphere such as argon or nitrogen is maintained inside the glovebox. Water or air sensitive synthesis, materials preparation and cell assembly are done in this equipment.

Vacuum oven from VWR, model 6291.

Gravity convection oven from Thermo Scientific, model 658. 

Forced air convection oven from MTI Corp, model BPG-7032. 

Forced air convection oven from MTI Corp, model BPG-7032. 

Tube furnace from Thermo Scientific, model TF55035A-1.

Tube furnace from Thermo Scientific, model STF55666C-1.

Battery testing systems from LANHE and Neware. The multi-channel battery analyzer could analyze coin cells, cylindrical cells and pouch cells from 1 mA to 1000 mA.

Thinky Mixer: Model ARM-310. This professional mixer is designed to prepare viscous solution and slurries with high homogeneity in a short period of time.

Centrifuge from ELMI, model CM-7S.

Ball mill from SPEX Sample Prep, model 5100.

Analytical balance from Mettler Toledo, model ME104TE.

Multiple magnetic stirrers from Thermo Scientific, model SP88857100.

Shared Experimental Facilities

Our lab also has access to the following shared facilities.

Materials Research Center (MRC)

Shared materials characterization facilities are available in MRC the basement of the Structural and Materials Engineering Building at UCSD for use with nominal charges (re-charging/fee based), which include:

·         Energy-Filtered TEM/STEM:  200kV Zeiss Libra-200, field emission, energy-filtered, Scanning/Transmission Electron Microscope .

·         STEM: 200kV Hitachi HD2000 Scanning Transmission Electron Microscope with an EDX system for microanalysis.

·         HRTEM: 300 kV Hitachi H-9000 High-Resolution Transmission Electron Microscope.

·         TEM: Philips 420T Transmission Electron Microscope with an Oxford Instruments INCA energy dispersive high-spatial resolution X-ray analyzer.

·         Several TEMs, including a HRTEM, are also available as shared facilities in UCSD’s Chemistry Department.

·         TEM sample preparation tools, such as ion millers and jet thinners, are also available.

·         SEM: Philips XL20 Scanning Electron Microscope with an Oxford Instruments INCA system for both EDS microanalysis and EBSD.

·         SEM: FEI Quanta 600 ESEM.

·         XRD: Rigaku X-Ray Diffractometer System "Geigerflex" D/max-RB.

·         SPM: Pacific NanoTechnology Nano-R™ Laboratory Scanning Probe Microscope.

·         Nanoindentor/AFM: MTS Nanoindentator.

·         Thermal and Analytical Analysis Facilities:

o   TGA: Thermogravimetric Analyzer Model TGA-7.

o   DSC: Differential Scanning Calorimeter Model DSC-7.

o   TMA/DMA: Thermal Mechanical Analyzer Model TMA-7 & Dynamic Mechanical Analyzer Model DMA-7.

o   TD/DTA: Diamond Thermogravimetric Analyzer and Differential Thermal Analysis.

o   FTIR: Perkin Elmer Spectrum RX-1 Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometer.

Nano3 Shared Facilities

A large amount of additional Materials Facilities are available through UCSD’s Nano3 Facility (see, including many SEM, AFM/SPM, thin film deposition tools (PVD, CVD, PECVD, ALD), and various types of specimen preparation tools. Nano3 also have additional shared materials characterization tools, including SEM, FIB (focused ion beam) and AFM that can be used on a fee base for this project.