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TEMPO Facility


Formerly called the Chemistry Facility

Facility Director

seshadri [at] mrl [dot] ucsb [dot] edu (Professor Ram Seshadri)

Facility Manager

amanda [at] mrl [dot] ucsb [dot] edu (Dr. Amanda Strom)

The MRL TEMPO Laboratory has advanced instrumentation for the characterization of materials and chemical samples. We offer an extremely wide range of instrumentation for Thermal, Electronic/Elemental, Magnetic, Porosity, and Optical measurements.

This instrumentation is available to users from UCSB, other Universities, and Industry.

To schedule instrument usage, click HERE.

Training is available. We are now offering a testing service.

We have instrumentation for measuring the:

Thermal Properties of Samples
  • TGA
  • High-Temp DSC
  • High-Temp XRD
  • DynaCool PPMS
Electronic & Magnetic Properties of Samples
  • DynaCool PPMS
  • TGA
Elemental, Phase, & Evolved Gas Composition of Samples
  • High-Temperature XRD
  • TGA-MS Accessory for Evolved Gas Analysis
Optical Properties of Samples
  • UV-Vis-NIR Spectrometer
  • FTIR with Diamond ATR
  • Fluorimeter with Integrating Sphere for Absolute Fluorescence
  • Olympus BX41 Fluorescence Microscope
Porosity, Surface Area, & Density of Samples
  • 3Flex Porosimeter
  • Pycnometer

All instruments are available for responsible users to test their own samples. Training is offered quarterly for the more complex instruments and users may self train on the other instruments any time. There are specific insurance and liability requirements for off-campus facility users. They are described at this link: Non-UCSB Use of MRL Facilities

All people working in the TEMPO lab are required to follow good practice and to have already attended the UCSB EH&S Laboratory Safety Training.

Contact amanda [at] mrl [dot] ucsb [dot] edu (Amanda Strom) or 805-893-7925 for more information.