Facilities

The Cornell Energy Systems Institute (CESI) laboratory, a 4,000 square foot, 24/7 facility, in Kimball Hall is designed to support soft matter research and sustainable energy solutions that support the mission of the institute. The laboratory is available on a fee-for-service basis to anyone, with priority given to CESI stakeholders.  Individuals may access the lab and its equipment, taking new material from concept to prototype.  The lab boasts unique capabilities for materials synthesis, physical characterization, material structure-property-processing analysis, and energy storage studies. The CESI laboratory also includes a variety of analytical instruments for evaluating materials, devices, and systems in applications including carbon capture and conversion, electrochemical energy storage in batteries & fuel cells, photonic and photovoltaics and hydrogels for biomedicine and drug delivery.  The open lab encourages partnerships internal to Cornell and between companies and the university.

For more information, please contact Jiefu Yin:  jy862@cornell.edu 

Available at CESI:

Thermoanalysis: TGA

Thermoanalysis

Manufacturer: TA Instrument

Model: Q500

Specifications:

Temperature range – Ambient to 1000 °C,

Controlled heating rate - 0.01 to 100 °C/min

Isothermal Accuracy - +/- 1 °C

Isothermal Precision - +/- 0.1 °C

16 Position Autosampler available

Applications: Thermogravimetric analysis
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Thermoanalysis: TGA/DTA

TGA DTA

Manufacturer: SEIKO INSTRUMENTS

Model: TG/DTA 6200

Specifications:

Temperature range – Ambient to 1100 °C,

Controlled heating rate - 0.01 to 200 °C/min

TG noise – 0.1 mg

TG sensitivity – 0.2 mg

DTA noise – 0.03 mg

DTA sensitivity – 0.06 mg

Applications: Thermogravimetric analysis
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Thermoanalysis: DSC
DSC

Manufacturer: TA Instrument

Model: Q2000

Specifications:

Temperature range – -180 to 725 °C,

Controlled heating rate - 0.01 to 100 °C/min

Temperature Accuracy - +/- 0.1 °C

Temperature Precision - +/- 0.01 °C

Calorimetric Reproducibility - +/- 0.05 %

Calorimetric Precision - +/- 0.05 %

Sensitivity – 0.2 mW

50 Position Autosampler available

Applications: Differential Scanning Calorimeters analysis, Melting points and glass transition temperatures for polymers, oxidative stability
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Materials Characterization: SAXS

SAXS

Manufacturer: Anton Paar
Model: SAXSess mc2

Specifications:

X-ray source: Long-fine focus (LLF) sealed copper tube with line and pint focus (40 kV/50 mA, l = 0.1542 nm)

Detector: image plate
Q-rang: 0.04 to 28 nm-1

Refillable quartz capillary for liquids

Sample holder for solids

Film holder with screws

Applications: Particle size distribution
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Materials Characterization: Rheometers
MRC 301
 MRC 301
 

MRC 501 MRC 501

Manufacturer: Anton Paar

Model: MCR 301, MCR 501

Specifications: see chart

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Applications: Polymer characterization, viscosity, etc.

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Materials Characterization: BET

BET

Manufacturer: Micromeritics

Model: ASAP 2460

Specifications:

Range - 0 to 950 mmHg

Resolution - 0.001 mmHg

Accuracy - ±0.1% Full Scale

Applications: Analyze surface area and porosity of materials based on Brunauer–Emmett–Teller (BET) theory

BET

Manufacturer: Micromeritics

Model: ASAP 2020

Specifications:

Range - 0 to 950 mmHg

Resolution - 0.1 mmHg

Accuracy - > 0.05% of reading

Applications: Analyze surface area and porosity of materials based on Brunauer–Emmett–Teller (BET) theory

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Materials Characterization: FTIR
FTIR

Manufacturer: Thermo Scientific

Model: Nicolet iz10

Specifications:

• Spectral range:

– 7800–350 cm-1 optimized, mid-infrared KBr beamsplitter

– 11000–375 cm-1 XT KBr extended range mid-infrared optics

• Signal-to-noise: 1 minute: 50,000:1 (peak to peak)

• Wavenumber precision: 0.0008 cm-1 at 2000 cm-1

• Wavenumber accuracy: 0.02 cm-1 at 2000 cm-1

• Collection speed: variable from 0.16 cm/sec to 2.5 cm/sec; suitable to slow responsivity (PAS) and high-sensitivity (MCT) detectors

• Maximum speed: 40 spectra per second at 16 cm-1 resolution, individually collected and stored

• Spectral resolution: better than 0.4 cm-1

• Ordinate linearity (ASTM E1421): <0.1 %T deviation from 0.0 %T

Applications: Organic compounds characterization
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Materials Characterization: Zetasizer

Zetasizer

Manufacturer: Malvern Panalytical

Model: zs90

Specifications:

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Materials Characterization: Plate Reader

Plate reader

Manufacturer: MOLECULAR DEVICES

Model: M2 Microplate Readers

Specifications:

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Materials Characterization: QCM-D

QCM-D

Manufacturer: Biolin Scientific

Model: Qsense E1 with flow module

Specifications:

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Materials Characterization: Contact Angle Tester

Contact Angler Tester

Manufacturer: Biolin Scientific

Model: Theta Lite

Specifications:

Measuring range (°, mN/m)

0 - 180, 0.01 - 2000

Accuracy (°, mN/m)

±0.1, ±0.01

Maximum sample size (mm)

Unlimited×45×200 (with stage)

Maximum resolution (px)

1280×1024

Maximum measuring speed (fps)

2068

Frame interval

0.48ms - 1000 s

Camera

USB 3.0 digital camera

Light source

LED based background lighting

Field of view (Ø, mm)

2.9 - 12 

Dimensions — Basic frame (L×W×H, cm)

49.5×13×31

Weight — Basic frame (kg)

5

Power supply (VAC)

100 - 240

Frequency (Hz)

50 - 60

Applications: Measure contact angle, which can be used to study the roughness of materials.

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Materials Characterization: Karl Fischer Titrator

 

Karl Fischer Titrator

Manufacturer: METTLER TOLEDO

Model: C20

Specifications:

Measurement range: 1 ppm to 5%

Temperature range: 5 to 40 °C

Applications: Water content determination

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Electrochemistry and Battery Research: Dielectric Spectrometer

Dielectric Spectrometer

Manufacturer: Novocontrol

Model: Concept system with Alpha-a and RF analyzer

Specifications:

Temperature controlled from -160 to 500 °C. 

Alpha Analyzer frequency range from 10 mHz to 20MHz,

RF Analyzer frequency range from 10MHz to 3GHz

Applications: Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, conductivity, etc.

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Electrochemistry and Battery Research: MACCOR Battery Test System

Maccor

Manufacturer: MACCOR

Model: Battery test systems

Specifications:

Four Current Ranges: 150 µA, 5 mA, 150 mA, 5 A,

Testing modes: Constant Current, Constant Voltage, Constant Power, Constant Resistance, Voltage Scan (Cyclic Voltametry)

40 channels

Applications: Battery performances test; Electrochemical studies.

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Electrochemistry and Battery Research: Solartron Cell Test System

Solartron Cell Test System

Manufacturer: Solartron Analytical

Model: 1470E

Specifications:

Voltage range: -3 V to 10 V

Auto-range or manually selected: 50 µA, 500 µA, 5 mA, 50 mA, 500 mA, 5 A

Testing modes: Constant Current, Constant Voltage, Constant Power, Constant Resistance, Voltage Scan (Cyclic Voltametry), impedance

8 channels

Applications: Battery performances test; Electrochemical studies

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Electrochemistry and Battery Research: Rotating Disk Electrode System

Rotating Disk Electrode System

Manufacturer: PINE Research

Model: Rotating disk electrode system

Specifications:

Maximum rotating speed: 10000 rpm

Compatible with rotating disk electrode and rotating ring disk electrode
 

Applications: Electrochemical studies, e.g. mass transfer effect, electrochemical reaction mechanism, metal deposition, etc.

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Materials Preparation: Plasma System

Plasma System

Manufacturer: PLASMA ETCH

Model: PE-50 series plasma system

Specifications:

RF power: 0-100 watts @ 20-50 kHZ

Gas flow: 0-25 CCM O2

Applications: Plasma treatment

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Materials Preparation: Water Purification System
Facilities

Manufacturer: Millipore

Model: Rios5 and MilliQ

Specifications:

Rios 5 purifies tap water to Type 2 water, and MilliQ further purifies to 18.2 Mohm water

Applications: Water purification
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Materials Preparation: Ultracentrifuge

ultracentrifuge

Manufacturer: BECKMAN COULTER

Model: Optima L-90K

Specifications:

Maximum speed 90000 rpm

Temperature range 0 to 40 °C.

The instrument is equipped with Type 70 Ti rotor.

Onsite refrigerator is available

Applications: Biomedical sciences, materials preparation.
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Materials Preparation: Freeze dryer

Freeze dryer

Manufacturer: SP SCIENTIFIC

Model: VirTis Benchtop Pro

Specifications:

Maximum 12 flasks

Lowest condenser temperature -55 °C.

Applications: Freeze drying
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Materials Preparation: Freeze dryer

Freeze dryer II

Manufacturer: SP SCIENTIFIC

Model: VirTis Avantage 2.0

Specifications:

Flask tray or shelf drying available

Shelf temperature -55 to 60 °C.

Lowest condenser temperature -85 °C.

Applications: Freeze drying

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Materials Characterization: Thin-Film Analyzer

Thin Film

 

Manufacturer: FILMETRICS

Model: F20

Specifications:

Thickness range of 15 nm – 70 mm

Wavelength range of 380-1050 nm

Silicon standard and SiO2 on Silicon are available for calibration.

Applications: Thin-film analysis

Materials Characterization: Thermal Diffusivity Tester

Thermal Diffusivity Tester

Manufacturer: LINSEIS

Model: XFA 500

Specifications:

Temperature range  -50 °C up to 500 °C

Sample size  25.4 mm pellet, liquid container available

Measuring range lambda:  0.1 to 4000 W/(m∙K)

Pulse energy:  15 J/Pulse

Applications: Thermal Conductivity determination

 

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General Equipment