About Us

Available Instrumentation: Optical

The following instruments are available for external users to book and use, either with or without the help of an operator from the Centre. Please contact us on mward@csir.co.za for bookings.

Photoluminescence Spectrometer

Make: Perkin-Elmer LS-55 Fluorescence Spectrometer
CSIR / university price: R650/hour.
Industry price: R1300/hour

Additional Information
Spec: The PerkinElmer LS 55 Fluorescence spectrometer offers flexibility, versatility, reliability and ease-of-use.

UV/VIS Spectrometer

Make: Perkin-Elmer LS-55 Fluorescence Spectrometer
CSIR / university price: R300/sample.
Industry price: R600 per sample.

Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR)

Make: Perkin Elmer Spectrum 100 FTIR spectrometer
CSIR / university price: R650/hour.
Industry price: R1300/hour

Additional Information
Spec: Wavelength range 8300-350 cm-1 Optimized, proprietary KBr beamsplitter
7800-225 cm-1 CsI beamsplitter
Spectral Resolution 0.4 cm-1 for the 3028 cm-1 band in Methane
Wavelength precision 0.008 cm-1 at 2,000 cm-1
Wavelength accuracy 0.02 cm-1 at 2,000 cm-1
Signal to noise (4 cm-1 spectral resolution, 16 background accumulations, room temperature, KBr optics, DTGS detector):
1 minute measurement ; 174,800/1 RMS ; 2.5 x 10-6 Abs
34,000/1 peak-peak ; 1.2 x 10-5 Abs
5 second measurement ; 49,900/1 RMS ; 0.9 x 10-5 Abs
Viewing and collecting imaging in transmittance and reflectance
Best-in-class signal-to-noise ratio – typically better than 12,000:1
Rapid-scan IR imaging
6.25 μm and 25 μm pixel resolution

Nanoparticle size analyzer

Make: HORIBA LB 550 (Dynamic Light Scattering)
CSIR / university price: R300/sample.
Industry price: R600/sample

Additional Information
Spec:
Measurement principle: Dynamic light scattering theory
Measurement Range: 1nm to 6000nm
Measurement time: Approx. 2 minutes (From start the measurement to display the result)
Required sample amount for measurement: Approx. 0.1-15 mL
Dispersion medium: Water, organic solvents
Light source: 650nm Laser diode, 5mW (Class 1)
Detector: Photo multiplier tube
Cell: Cuvette, Vials
Temperature control range: 5-70°C Supply of cooling water is required depending on the operating environment conditions or temperature setting (The flow rate of approximately 0.4L/min. is required.)

Raman Spectrometer

Make: Jobin Yvon LabRAM HR 800 UV-VIS-NIR
CSIR / university price: R850/hour. A change of wavelength will be charged at R550 per change
Industry price: R1700 per hour. A change of wavelength will be charged at R550 per change.

Additional Information
Spec:
Olympus Microscope.
Excitation wavelengths: 488 nm, 514 nm, 647 nm, 785 nm and 1064 nm.
F= 800 mm spectrometer.
0.33 cm-1 resolution at 633 nm excitation.

Infrared Micro-Spectrometer

Make: As per FTIR
CSIR / university price:
Industry price:

Additional Information
Spec:
Viewing and collecting imaging in transmittance and reflectance, Best-in-class signal-to-noise ratio – typically better than 12,000:1, Rapid-scan IR imaging, 6.25 ?m and 25 ?m pixel resolution

Automated Angle Ellipsometer BY SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT ONLY

Make: LS-100
CSIR / university price: R1400/hour for instrument operation and analysis.
Industry price: R2800/hour for instrument operation and analysis.

Nanolog Spectro-Fluorometer

Make: Jobin Yvon Nanolog FL3-22
CSIR / university price: R650/hour.
Industry price: R1300/hour.

Additional Information
Spec:
Excitation: Double excitation monochromator from 200- 950 nm, 0.2 nm resolution
Detectable emission: UV-VIS-NIR with PMT 200 nm – 850 nm using PMT
NIR-IR with InGaAs LN cooled detector 800 nm- 1700 nm
HR320 spectrograph, 0.06 nm resolution.
Samples: solids including powder, thin films and liquids