centre for imaging and structure of materials
The Centre for Imaging and Structure of Materials (CISM) manages, in an integrated way, medium and large-scale equipment, granting free access to all members. Service to external users is also provided.
CISM houses a wide range of advanced equipment:
We are the focal point of the Portuguese Electron Microscopy Network (facilities: TEM, SEM and AFM, including a Piezoelectric Force Microscope) and house top liquid- (300 and 500 MHz) and solid-state (400 and 500 MHz) nuclear magnetic resonance facilities (including LC-NMR).
We are also one of the best equipped national centres for X-ray diffraction (single crystal, powders and films).
Other relevant equipment includes FTIR, Raman, FTRaman, UV-vis, TGA, DSC, DTA, dilatometry, GC, GC-MS, photoluminescence spectrometers (10-300 K), particle size analyser, glove box, vacuum line, dedicated gas lines for Ar, N2, CO2, H2+N2 mixtures, methane, etc. Equipment for magnetism studies: 1.9-700 K, magnetic fields up to 10 T; magnetization (VSM) and magnetic susceptibility (AC technique, up to 10 kHz). Impedance bridges (1 Hz-2 GHz, 11-800 K); ferroelectric histeresis analyser; photonic sensor for evaluating electromechanical properties; Berlincourt apparatus for measuring piezolectric coefficients; equipment for films preparation (dip coater, spin coater, dc and rf sputtering).
Wide range of: furnaces for high-temperature calcination and sintering in air and under controlled atmosphere and other facilities for the preparation of ceramic materials; pressure vessel for hydrothermal synthesis. Set ups for catalytic testing.
We have good access in the University of Aveiro to EPR and mass spectrometers (MALDI-TOF/TOF, Q-TOF, Linear trap, nano-hplc, triple quadrupole).