In-house equipment

With generous support from Queen's UniversityNSERC of CanadaCFI of Canada and MRI of Ontario, our Group has established a well-equipped laboratory that provides researchers with state-of-the-art instrumentation and facilities for conducting electrochemistry, electrocatalysis, corrosion science, electroanalytical chemistry, surface science, and materials science research. Some of the specialized instruments and facilities are as follows:

Veeco ambient and in-situ STM/AFM (equipped with two scanners, EC cells, a temperature-control unit, and an environmental chamber)

Horiba Scientific ambient and electrochemical confocal Raman microscope located in a dark room for spectroscopic characterization

Veeco Dektak 8 stylus surface profiler

Autolab electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) setup

Laminar flow hoods to provide localized class 100 clean-room environment

Electrochemical instrumentation (Autolab, PAR and Biologic potentiostasts, Autolab and PAR EIS systems, AC and DC power supplies, analog and digital programmers, etc.)

Electrochemical quartz crystal nanobalance (EQCN)

In-house designed and built single-crystal growth instrumentation

Laue back reflection X-Ray diffractometer for in-house single-crystal orientation

Polishing system

Induction annealing system

Fisher Scientific Isotemp oven

Sigma centrifuge

Custom-design and custom-built electrochemical cells

Shared facilities

We have access to major infrastructure that belongs to a consortium of researchers. Some of these instruments are as follows:

Microlab 310-F comprehensive surface analysis system with SAM, SEM, XPS and AES capabilities (located in Chernoff Hall on the first floor, CHE 105). The creation of this facility was initiated by Drs. Gregory Jerkiewicz and David Wardlaw (past Head of the Department), and the financial support was provided by Queen's University and a consortium of researchers. The data acquisition system was upgraded in 2008 with support from NSERC through an RTI grant led by Dr. Jerkiewicz. Our Group is co-owner of the instrument.  Effective January 2009, the Facility is managed by the Department of Chemistry.

Focused ion beam (FIB), located in Jackson Hall. The facility was created by Dr. Brad Diak (Facility Manager) with financial support from NSERC through and RTI grant and a group of researchers, including Dr. Jerkiewicz.

Facility for Surface Electron Microscopy-Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy (SEM-EDS) located in Chernoff Hall.