We use a wide variety of experimental techniques in our research. Most of our equipment is located within the Rohsenow Kendall Heat Transfer Laboratory at MIT. Materials can be synthesized within our own lab or by collaborators. We work closely with Professor Zhifeng Ren at Boston Collge in the fabrication and characterization of nanotubes and nanowires. Microfabrication is usually performed in the Microsystems Technology Laboratory. We also make use of the Scanning Electron Beam Lithography Facility. Materials and devices are characterized in our lab, or in the Shared Experimental Facilities of the Center for Materials Science and Engineering. Some of the major equipment in our lab is shown below.

Thermal Characterization

  • High-vacuum bell jar
  • Janis ST-100 vacuum cryostats (2)
  • Lakeshore 300 temperature controllers (2)
  • Data acquisition hardware and software configured for 3ω measurements

Laser Flash System

  • Netzsch LFA 457 MicroFlash system
  • Thermal measurements at temperatures between -100 °C and 1100 °C
  • Sample sizes of up to 25.4 mm in diameter

Metrology and Inspection

  • Quantum Focus Instruments infrared microscope
  • Digital Instruments scanning probe microscope (AFM/STM)
  • Stereo zoom inspection microscope
  • Probe station

Lasers and Optics

  • Spectra Physics Tsunami tunable fs laser, 710-1053 nm, 2W
  • Bio Rad FTS-60A FTIR
  • Diode Lasers
  • HeNe lasers
  • Numerous lenses, mirrors, and other optical components

Computer Cluster

  • 24 nodes: Dual Xeon EM64T 3.0GHz; 4GB RAM
  • Head node: Dual Xeon EM64T 3.6GHz; 8GB RAM