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TEMPO Facility


Formerly called the Chemistry Facility

L to R - Olivia Long, Dr. Paul Sarte, Dr. Amanda Strom, Cesar Rodriguez

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.

Please sign up for TEMPO Instrument training  here . The manager will contact you for scheduling.

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) Thermal Gravimetric Analysis
  • (DSC) High-Temp Differential Scanning Calorimetry
  • (PPMS) DynaCool Physical Properties Measurement System
Electronic & Magnetic Properties of Samples
  • (PPMS) DynaCool Physical Properties Measurement System
  • (SQUID) Superconduction Quantum Interference Device
  • (TGA) Thermal Gravimetric Analysis with Curie Point Measurement
Elemental, Phase, & Evolved Gas Composition of Samples
  • (ICP-AES) Inductively Coupled Plasma Atomic Emission Spectrometer
  • (XRD) High-Temp X-ray Powder Diffraction
  • (TGA-MS) Thermal Gravimetric Analysis with Mass Spectrometer Accessory for Evolved Gas Analysis
Optical Properties of Samples
  • UV-Vis-NIR Spectrometer
  • (FTIR) Fourier Transformation Infrared Spectrometer 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.