The Precision Mechatronics Lab has installed a Horiba Xplora Plus Confocal Raman microscope and AIST AFM. This combination provides confocal and Tip Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (TERS). These capabilities allow the 3D mapping of optical properties, topography, and chemical composition, with 400nm resolution in transparent volumes, and 10nm resolution on surfaces. This instrument supports a broad spectrum of research in the disciplines of surface science, catalysis, materials science, biology, and the wider life sciences.

Examples of research projects underway in the new facility include:
– Photocurrent and chemical mapping of organic solar cell devices to improve efficiency,
– Optical nanofabrication of metal vacuum field effect transistor circuits,
– Solid-liquid interface coatings for applications in medical implants with active polymers,
– Catalytic surfaces for Low Carbon Emission Chemicals and Fuels,
– Microbiological Corrosion Mechanisms in Major Infrastructure,

This collaborative research facility is funded by the University of Newcastle, the Australian Research Council, and the University of New South Wales. The chief investigators include: A/Prof Andrew Fleming, Prof Erica Wanless, Prof Rob Atkin, Dr Stuart PrescottProf Robert Melchers, and Dr John Holdsworth.

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