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The UNSW Materials and Manufacturing Futures Institute (MMFI) is a landmark interdisciplinary research institute serving as a hub between UNSW, Researchers, Manufacturers and Industry to facilitate dynamic collaboration and interdisciplinary engagement. Our world-leading research facilities include some of the most precise measuring equipment available and provide a foundation for interdisciplinary research, advanced manufacturing and innovation.

Laser Flash

High precision and reproducibility, short measurement times, variable sample holders and defined atmospheres are outstanding features of LFA measurements over the entire application range from -120°C to 2000°C .

Technical Specifications

• Furnaces: -120°C to 2000°C

• Heating rates: 0.01 K/min to 50 K/min

• Isothermal stability: 0.02 K/min

• Laser system: Nd:Glass; wavelength 1054 nm, Variable energy up to 25 J/pulse and pulse width between 0.1 ms and 1.5 ms, Patented pulse mapping for finite pulse correction (patent no.: US7038209B2; US20040079886; DE1024241)

• Sensors: MCT (-120°C to 500°C, recommended), LN2-cooled, optional LN2 refill system including 35 liter dewar, InSb (RT to 2800°C), optional LN2 refill system including 35 liter dewar

• Measuring range: Thermal diffusivity: 0.01 mm2/s to 1000 mm2/s, Thermal conductivity: 0.1 W/(m·K) to 2000 W/(m·K)

• Accuracy:Thermal diffusivity: ± 3%, Specific heat capacity: ± 5%

• Measurement atmospheres: Inert, oxidizing or vacuum

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High Temperature Scanning Tunneling Microscope (STM)

STM Aarhus 150 HT SPM with ultimate atomic performance allows scientists to observe processes on surfaces at a scale of nanometers.

The miniaturized design, with the smallest mechanical loop between tip and surface, results in extreme stability unique to the STM market. Fast scan rates are achieved by high resonant frequencies of this scanner head design. The SPECS STM 150 Aarhus is equipped with a fast approach mechanism for full approach speeds of more than 1 mm/min. The tip may be cleaned by parallel ion beam etching, field emission, or short voltage pulses with no necessity for tip replacement as in other STMs.

With the STM Aarhus 150 HT SPM as the new STM Aarhus 150 standard SPECS introduces a modified suspension mechanism with permanent wire cooling to allow ultimate stability temperature control without sacrificing mechanical stability of the STM Aarhus 150 HT SPM.

Furthermore, SPECS developed a high temperature version of the STM Aarhus 150 HT SPM to allow imaging metals and semiconductors at elevated temperatures up to 1300k with STM tip by radiative heating during STM operation.


• Outstanding mechanical stability

• Ultra-fast handling

• Temperature range 90 - 400 K

• Excellent temperature stability

• No need for tip replacement

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Dilatometer Measurement System - Netzsch DIL 402C

It is the first horizontal dilatometer series on the market which allows for force modulation and, by this means, bridges the gap between dilatometry and thermomechanical analysis (TMA) under oscillatory load.

This DIL 402C Dilatometer Measurement System is specially designed for both research & development and sophisticated industrial applications: The comprehensive, fully-equipped Supreme model and the upgradable Select type.

Key Technical Data

• Heating Rates : 0.001 to 100 K/min

• Sample Holder Systems: Single and Dual/Differential System

• Measuring System: NanoEye

• Temperature Accuracy: 1 K

• Temperature Precision: 0.1 K

• Repeatability of m. CTE: 10-8 1/K

• Measuring Range: ± 10000 μm ... ± 25000 μm

• Resolution: 0.1 nm to 1 nm (over the entire measuring range)

• Gas Control: 1-way, optional 3-way switch and MFC (Mass Flow Controller)

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Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC)

The DSC 404 F3 Pegasus®, High-Temperature Differential Scanning Calorimeter, is part of the economical NETZSCH F3-product line, which is specially tailored to the requirements of comparative material characterization and quality control.

The DSC 404 F3 Pegasus®, High-Temperature Differential Scanning Calorimeter, can be operated from -150°C to 2000°C with various DTA and DSC sensors that are easily exchangeable by the user and various furnace types (please see accessories).

The sample chamber can be purged with inert or oxidizing gases in order to remove gases evolved from the sample.

The measuring system is vacuum tight (10-4 mbar).

Key Technical Data

• Temperature range: -150°C to 2000°C

• Heating rates: (dependent on furnace) 0.001 K/min to 50 K/min

• Measuring sensors for DSC and DTA

• Thermocouple types: S, E, K, B, W/Re, SProtected, P

• Atmospheres: inert, oxidizing, static, dynamic

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Simultaneous Thermal Analysis (STA) TGA+ DSC - NETZSCH 449 F3 Jupite

The simultaneous thermal analyzer NETZSCH STA 449 F3 Jupiter® allows the measurement of mass changes and thermal effects between -150°C and 2400°C. The high flexibility caused by the various sensors, the great variety of sample crucibles and the wide TGA-measuring range make the system applicable for analysis of all kinds of materials including also inhomogenous substances.

Easily interchangeable sample holders allow the optimal system adaption to the diverse application areas (TGA, TGA-DTA and TGA-DSC measurements).

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