Demonstrations this Friday, August 12, 3:00-6:00PM
The benchtop XRD from Rigaku is now available for use in the MCF and is on SUMS! More information about the instrument can be found here! This Friday, August 12, from 3:00-6:00, David Tavakoli will be demonstrating the capabilities of the newest XRD on campus. If you have samples you would like to try or are curious and want to know more, please make an appointment.
Join us Tuesday, March 29, for a free atomic force microscopy (AFM), nanoscale infrared (AFM-IR) spectroscopy, and nanoindentation workshop at the Georgia Institute of Technology. During the workshop, we will explore the latest advances in AFM, BioAFM, AFM-IR, nanoindentation technologies, and perform hands-on demonstrations with Bruker’s Dimension Icon AFM.
Our current set of XRD instruments, while capable and well-maintained, are beyond their design lifetime and – save for the Empyrean – are no longer supported by the OEM. At the same time, we have had extensive conversations with faculty on campus who want to do more advanced XRD measurements than our current tools will support.
To address both issues: We have some big news to share. With the financial and technical support of the EVPR and Prof. M. Mourigal, the MCF is acquiring three new XRD systems from Rigaku to be housed in the Marcus Microanalysis lab in the MCF. This acquisition will add or extend capabilities for:
Cryo measurements (down to LHe temps)
Auto-samplers for multi-sample measurements.
Though there will be a learning curve for the new data analysis SW, researchers will be able to do that analysis on their own computers instead of having to use the one central system in the MCF lab.
Not to bury the lede, but to prepare for the installation of the the XRDs, the existing PANalytical instruments will be moving to the Paper Tricentennial Building the week of March 6th. We anticipate that they will be down from March 6 to March 10, and should be available for use by Monday, March 13th. Please plan to complete your XRD work by Sunday, March 5th.
There will be a transition of MCF support from the Panalytical systems to the Rigaku systems over the rest of calendar year 2022, but there should always be an operational PXRD and single-crystal system available in the MCF.
We want to stress that we are not losing any currently available capabilities and are adding several advanced measurement modes. The new instruments give us flexibility to augment with additional capabilities over time.
Please contact David Tavakoli or another member of the MCF staff if you have any questions or concerns.
The MCF has acquired the new codes for the Crystalmaker Software suite and it is available for download for students and staff at Georgia Tech! The crystalmaker suite will enable you to create crystal models, simulate XRD patterns, and generate CIFs. For the codes, please contact David Tavakoli (firstname.lastname@example.org) from a GT email address. The codes will also be available from OIT in the new year.
The virtual nano@stanford Raman workshops are co-hosted with Horiba Scientific on fundamental and advanced application of Raman Spectroscopy. The workshop will be held over Zoom (2 hour sessions) stretched over a period of six weeks. Please see the attached flyer for details.
The Crystalmaker Software suite is available for download for students and staff at Georgia Tech! The crystalmaker suite will enable you to create crystal models, simulate XRD patterns, and generate CIFs. For the codes, please contact David Tavakoli (email@example.com) from a GT email address.
The MCF Staff look forward to welcoming our users back to campus and hope you are all safe and well.
From the office of the EVPR:
Research Ramp-Up Details
As part of a careful, gradual return to campus operations, research ramp-up activities are anticipated to begin as early as June 18. Only researchers and staff who must return to campus in order to carry out their job duties should return to work on campus. Supervisors will provide specific direction to their teams on when to return to in-person work. Anyone with questions about when or how they should start reporting to work in-person should, first, ask their supervisor.
If you have been identified by your supervisor to return to your lab, or if you have been working in one of the labs that has remained open, you will be required to watch the “Returning Safely to Your Lab” videos. The six-part module will include what you can expect, recommended safety precautions, cleaning and disinfection best practices, and proper use and disposal of PPE, among other helpful tips for best ensuring your safety and the safety of others.