The Laboratory of Functional Materials plans to conductresearch concerning preparation and characterization of functional materials dedicated for application in energy conversion and storage devices. The laboratory is equipped with: a scanning electron microscope, a stylus profilometer, and a magnetron sputtering machine.
Scanning electron microscope allows surface of investigated specimens to be observed, including biological samples and advanced materials with extremely high magnification (up to 300 000).
The stylus profilometer provides repeatable and accurate measurements on a variety of surfaces, covering traditional 2D roughness surface characterization and step height measurements.
The modular magnetron sputtering machine equipped with a turbomolecular pump allows thin films of oxidizing and non-oxidizing metals or oxide films (e.g. indium-tin-oxide) to be deposited on the substrate surface. The presence of a built-in quartz microbalance sensor ensures precise control of the thickness of the evaporated film.
The laboratory enables:
- high-resolution imaging of a material’s surface and the cross-section area using scanning electron microscopy,
- deposition of thin layers composed of noble and oxidizing metals with a precisely defined thickness,
- characterization of layers (sample thickness up to 50 mm): surface roughness verification, thickness determination, solar trace analysis, verifying design and performance of microfluidics.
The equipment present in the laboratory of materials could also be used for investigations in other fields where nanomaterials, specific sample preparation or surface analyses play an important role.