Polymer Morphology :: Equipment

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1. Microscopy

1.1. Electron microscopy

  • SEM microscope Quanta 200 FEG (FEI)
    • FEG high-resolution scanning electron microscope, optimized for investigation of polymer materials
    • HVSEM, LVSEM, ESEM modes: possibility of visualization frozen and/or wet specimens with high content of water (polymer hydrogels, polymer micelles...)
    • SE, BSE, STEM, EDX detectors: topographic contrast, material contrast, internal structure, elemental microanalysis (even in frozen and/or wet specimens)
  • SEM microscope Vega Plus TS 5135 (Tescan):
    • standard scanning electron microscope
    • SE, BSE, STEM detectors: topographic contrast, material contrast, internal structure
  • TEM microscope Tecnai G2 Spirit (FEI):
    • transmission electron microscope, 120kV
    • bright/dark field (BD/DF), electron diffraction (ED), microanalysis (EDX): detailed study of internal structure of polymer materials
    • cryo-attachment: deep-frozen samples and solutions of polymer nanoparticles

1.2. Light microscopy

  • standard (wide-field) microscopy:
    • microscope DM6000 M (Leica), with microhardness tester,
    • microscope Nikon Eclipse 80i (Nikon), with mini-tensile tester,
    • equipment of both microscopes: transmitted and reflected light; polarized light; bright field, dark field, phase contrast, 3D-focus; microscopic heating stages: Mettler FP52/FP5, Linkam THMS 600/TMS 9
  • laser scanning confocal microscope (shared within CBMP project):
    • inverted confocal microscope LSM FV1200 IX83 (Olympus) including PicoQuant module (PicoQuant)
    • equipment of the microscope:
      • material microscopy (transmitted and reflected light, DIC...),
      • biological microscopy (fluorescent LSCM, FRAP, RISC...),
      • time-resolved microscopy and scattering (FCS, FCCS, FLIM, FLCS...)
  • older microscopes:
    • microscope Zetopan Pol (Reichert),
    • stereomicroscope SMZ-2T (Nikon)

1.3. Sample preparation for microscopy

  • Ultramicrotome with cryo-attachment: Ultracut UCT (Leica)
  • Ultramicrotome for room temperature: Ultrotome III (LKB Bromma)
  • Preparatio of glass knives for (ultra)microtomy: Knifemaker 7800 (LKB Bromma)
  • Rapid sample freezing for TEM: EMS-002 cryo workstation (EMS)
  • Microtomes: Sledge microtome (Meopta), Rotary microtome RM 2155 (Leica)
  • Vacuum sputter coaters: SCD 050 (Balzers), SCD 050 (Leica)
  • Vacuum evaporation device: JEE-4C (Jeol)

2. Micromechanical properties

  • Microhardness tester VMHT AUTO man (UHL); Vickers (non-instrumented) microhardness tester; measurements of microhardness, microcreep, microplasticity
  • Micro/nanohardness tester MHT (CSM); Instrumented micro/nanoindentation; measurements of microhardness, microcreep, microplasticity, plastic/elastic deformations...
  • Mini-tensile tester - TST350 (Linkam); connected with the light microscope

3. Creep

  • Tensile and pressure creep; (makroscopic) instrument for creep testing, connected to PC

BIOpolymer POstdoctoral Laboratory and educational center - BIOPOL

Otto Wichterle Centre of Polymer Materials and Technologies - CPMTOW

Centre of Biomedicinal Polymers - CBMP

Centre of Polymer Sensors - CPS

Polymers for Power Engineering - Energolab


 

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