Laboratory Website : lab40.infim.ro
Head of Laboratory : Dr. Mihaela Baibarac
The research activity in this laboratory is focused on the study and characterization by optical methods of the nanocomposites and nanostructured materials. Other research topics regard the preparation and characterization of semiconducting nanometric structures, electrochemical synthesis of polymers with special properties as well as the synthesis and characterization of chalcogenide glasses.
The main equipments used to optical characterization of investigated materials are: UV-VIS-NIR spectrometer (Lamda 950 model, Perkin Elmer), FTIR spectrophotometer (Vertex 70, Bruker), FTIR imaging microscope (Perkin Elmer), FTRaman spectrometer (RFS 100/S model, Bruker), confocal Raman spectrometer (T64000 model, Horiba Jobin Yvon) equipped with Ar and Kr lasers, Scanning Near-Field Optical Microscope and Atomic Force Microscope (Nanonics), a fluorolog (220.127.116.11 model, Horiba Jobin Yvon), thermoluminescence reader (TLD 3500 model, Harshaw), experimental setup for photoconductivity studies and solar simulator (LOT Oriel). Other equipments used to characterization and/or preparation of materials are: broadband dielectric spectroscopy system (Novocontrol), drop shape analysis (DSA 100 model, Kruss), the film evaporation system for organic materials research “Spectros”, Langmuir –Blodgett systems (KSV 5000 model), spin coater (KW-4A model, Chemat) and a potentiostat/galvanostat (Voltalab 80 model, Radiometer Analytical). The main applications reported by this laboratory are in the field of the non-linear optics (as shown in Fig. 1), superhydrophobic textiles, the sensors, batteries and supercapacitors as well as energy conversion (dye-sensitized solar cells).