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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 Solly Motaung at smotaung@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