Equipment

The High-Performance Materials Institute (HPMI) at FSU has a complete set of state-of-the-art processing, testing, characterization and computing facilities for materials, composites and nanocomposite research. Most equipment, valued at approximately $8,000,000 is housed in the 45,000 square foot Materials Research Building. HPMI has the resources multiple capabilities including:

Electrical Conductivity Measurements
Environmental Property Testing
Imaging and Microscopy
Materials, Composites and Nanocomposite Processing
Materials Synthesis

Mechanical Property Testing
Modeling and Simulation
Spectroscopy
Thermal Analysis
Complete Equipment Listing

Materials Synthesis

Materials, Composites and Nanocomposite Processing

Imaging and Microscopy

  • Atomic force microscope (AFM),  Veeco Instruments Inc., Multimode with nanoscope V
  • High resolution Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscope (FESEM), JEOL 7401F
  • Olympus BX40 with CCD camera (5X, 10X, & 50X lens)
  • CytoVivaTM Microscopy
  • Microimaging SV-11 Apo, CCD camera, stereo/optical combination microscope, Carl Zeiss
  • High resolution sputter coater, Polaron, SC 7640
  • High-resolution TEM system, JEOL (shared)
  • 3D Digitizer/Scanner, Minolta Vivid 910

Spectrocopy

Thermal Analysis

Electrical Conductivity Measurements

  • Four-probe, two-probe, and surface electrical resistivity measurement setups (four Keithley 2002 MEM multimeters and HP power supplies)
  • Janis Research VPF-100 cryostat system

Mechanical Property Testing

Environmental Property Testing

  • Russells Temperature/humidity test chamber (GD–16–3–3, working space:  30"×30"×30", -68°C – 177°C)

Modeling and Simulation

  • Thermal analysis software (ABAQUS, ANSYS, MARC)
  • Molecular dynamics modeling of interfacial bonding and load transfer (Materials Studio (SGI Origin 300), LAMMPS (Teragold IBM p-Series 690))
  • Modeling of conductive network-electrical property relationships for polymer/carbon nanotube composites
  • Simulation software for composite materials processing (RTMSim, etc.)