Laboratory for Processing and Characterization of Ceramic Materials

a. Person in charge:

Dr. Rodrigo Parra

b. Purpose:

Synthesis and characterization of ceramic materials.

c. Activities

Researchers of the Ceramics Division carry out synthesis, processing and characterization procedures in this laboratory. The lab is equipped for the synthesis by means of different methods, such as mixed oxides, sol-gel and solvothermal. A teflon-lined stainless-steel reactor is used for solvothermal syntheses under a maximum autogenous pressure of 16bar. High pressure facilities for the supercritical drying of samples are also available. The usual equipment for the processing of powders (mills, sieves, press, furnaces) is found in this lab, as well as dip-coating and spraying apparatus for the deposition of coatings and thin films.

The synthesized or prepared materials can be characterized by means of the techniques listed below.

Please contact us for further information.

d. Available equipment and techniques

  •  Particle size analyzer (DLS, Malvern Zetasizer S90)
  • Thermal analyzers (DTA and TGA Shimadzu)
  • Laboratory balances with accessories for density determination (Sartorius)
  • X-ray diffractometer (Philips)
  • X-ray fluorescence spectrometer (PANalytical minipal)
  • Gilmore apparatus model 38-2690 (CT-5)
  • Binocular magnifier (Zeiss)
  • Solvothermal reactors (Eurotechnica, 16bar)
  • Water bath (Vicking)
  • Glove box
  • Atrition, planetary and ball mills (Fritsch 5 and 7)
  • High-speed homogenizer (IKA T-25 ULTRA-Turrax)
  • Mixer Stir-Park Dual-Shaft IKA
  • Orbital shaker (IKA KS 260 basic)
  • Magnetic stirrers
  • Vibra cell (VCX, Sonics & Materials)
  • Polishing machines (Marex 151 and Praxis)
  • Sieves
  • Uniaxial press (Carver)
  • Drying oven (Memmert, UFP-400/AO)
  • Ovens, muffles and furnaces up to 1700ºC
  • UV lamp (Spectroline EBF-280C/FE)

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Dr. Rodrigo Parra
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