Materials Characterization Facility – Centre for Chemical Analysis, Research and Training (C-CART) – CREAIT Network

Research Facility

Materials Characterization Facility - Centre for Chemical Analysis, Research and Training (C-CART) - CREAIT Network
Memorial University
St. John's
Newfoundland and Labrador (NL)

The Materials Characterization facility comprises a suite of instruments that can analyze composite, biological and polymeric materials, in addition to pure compounds.

  • Biological and Life Sciences
  • Biomedical
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Engineering - Agricultural, Forest, Environmental, Mining, Mineral
  • Engineering - Chemical, Nuclear, Other
  • Environmental and Earth Sciences
  • Marine/Ocean Sciences
  • Biomedical
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemical Industries
  • Clean Technology
  • Education
  • Energy (Renewable and Fossil)
  • Environmental Technologies and Related Services
  • Fisheries and Aquaculture
  • Forestry and Forest-Based Industries
  • Life Sciences, Pharmaceuticals and Medical Equipment
  • Manufacturing and Processing
  • Mining, Minerals and Metals
  • Ocean Industries
  • Utilities


Adam Beaton
Research Laboratory Coordinator
Brent Myron
Manager of Operations - CREAIT Network


Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM)
Q-Scope Nomad 250

Currently down due to PC HDD issues

  • Max 40 μm^2 area
  • Contact and non-contact modes
  • ScanAtomic SPM Control Software, v. 4.05.08

Cary 6000i UV-Vis-NIR spectrophotometer

Quick and easy to use instrument, very sensitive.

  • ​175 nm to 1800 nm
  • Diffuse Reflectance Array accessory
  • Cary WinUV software, version 3.0

Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC)
DSC1 Differential Scanning Calorimeter

For measuring phase changes in solids or liquids. Consumable aluminum crucibles used for the analysis (40 microlitre size)

  • Temperatures: -70 C to 550 C
  • Heating rates: 0.02-300K/min, cooling rate: 0.02-50K/min
  • Isothermal, dynamic and TOPEM experiments
  • STARe Excellence software, version 9.20

Infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR)
Tensor 27 FT-IR

Determination of functional groups in solids and neat liquids.

  • Spectral range: 7500 to 370 cm-1
  • Pike Technologies MIRacle ZnSe ATR allows for direct analysis of solids, liquids and powders
  • Nitrogen gas purge available
  • Opus software, version 4.0

Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA)
TA Instruments
Q500 Thermogravimetric Analyzer

Thermogravimetric analyzer which is able to assist with structural determination due to mass losses in the sample under either neutral or oxidizing conditions.

  • Mass resolution: 0.1 μg (accuracy ≤ ±0.1%)
  • Temperature range: ambient to 1000°C
  • Heating rates: 0.1°C/min to 100°C/min
  • MTGA and HiRes experiments available
  • Gases: Air and USP Nitrogen
  • Thermal Advantage Software, release 5.2.6

Date submitted: Thu, Jan 26, 2017 12:17 PM
Date updated: Thu, Jan 26, 2017 4:14 PM