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Cambridge Graphene Centre

Research Centre on Graphene, Layered Crystals and Hybrid Nanomaterials

Our PLE lab.


For access to the lab, or for any general training, please contact the lab leader, or their deputy.  For training on any of the equipment, please contact the Principal User or their deputy for the listed equipment.

All equipment in the PLE Lab needs to be booked before use. The booking system can be found here.



Principal User: Dr Jing He

Deputy: Dr  Yijia Zheng

This equipment is used for micro-and macro photolumenescence excitation measurements.

Cary 600 Series FTIR Spectrometer

Principal UserDr Boyang Mao

DeputyMr Matteo Tiberi

The Agilent Cary 660 FTIR is a versatile, high performing spectrometer designed to meet routine spectrometry and research application needs. The Cary 660 FTIR is controlled using high performance operating software and can also be fitted with a wide range of accessories to provide extra capabilities.  The common platform of Agilent’s Cary 660/670 FTIR spectrometers enables the performance and capabilities to be easily and cost-effectively scaled to meet challenging applications. The Cary 660 FTIR offers superb performance levels, spectral resolutions and signal-to-noise measurements. It is ideal for a wide range of applications and industries from petro/chemicals to materials/polymers and life sciences.

  • High spectral resolution and fast kinetics speeds, providing information-rich results
  • High signal-to-noise (S/N) performance, providing the higher sensitivity and productivity than competitive models.
  • Robust and reliable hardware with powerful, intuitive software for ultimate productivity.
  • Comprehensive range of options such as step-scan, TGA-IR, microscopy and chemical imaging, to meet all your application needs.
  • Intelligent electronics for accessory and component recognition, providing seamless changeovers and automatic method optimization. 

Woollam Ellipsometer M-2000

Principal User: Mr Hao Chen

Deputy: Mr Sohail Abbas

The M-2000® line of spectroscopic ellipsometers is engineered to meet the diverse demands of thin film characterization. An advanced optical design, wide spectral range, and fast data acquisition combine in an extremely powerful and versatile tool. The M-2000 delivers both speed and accuracy. Our patented RCE technology combines Rotating Compensator Ellipsometry with high-speed CCD detection to collect the entire spectrum (hundreds of wavelengths) in a fraction of a second with a wide array of configurations. The M-2000 is the first ellipsometer to truly excel at everything from in-situ monitoring and process control to large-area uniformity mapping and general purpose thin film characterization. No other ellipsometer technology acquires a full spectrum faster.

Cary 7000 UV-VIS-NIR Spectrometer


Principal User: Mr Hao Chen

Deputy: Dr Jing He

The revolutionary Agilent Cary 7000 Universal Measurement Spectrophotometer (UMS) will satisfy all your solid sampling needs. Collect hundreds of UV-Vis-NIR spectra overnight, or characterize optical components or thin films in minutes to hours rather than hours to days. Delivering a turn-key solution for research, development and QA/QC in optics, thin films/coatings, solar and glass, the Cary 7000 UMS will advance your materials analysis. Design experiments never before possible, expand your research, and save time and money with the ground-breaking Cary 7000 UMS.

  • moving or disturbing the sample.
  • Measure diffusely scattered transmission and reflection with the freedom to control detector and sample position independently.
  • Utilize the huge sample chamber to accommodate all sample types – from small to large – delivering 360 degrees of rotational flexibility
  • Obtain complete control of beam collimation and patch size to best suit your sample and measurement needs
  • Measure in minutes what other systems take hours to days to complete – with unattended automation
  • Simply set up your method, collect a single baseline, insert one or more samples, and walk away.
  • New insights into advanced materials with an unprecedented 10 Abs range
  • With 10 Abs range on the Cary 7000 spectrophotometer, the Cary 7000 UMS ensures you obtain high quality results even with challenging sample measurements (high OD) or under difficult measurement conditions.
  • Obtain the highest quality results fast with the next generation Cary WinUV software
  • The Cary WinUV software features a new method editor for simple method setup, advanced data processing, and 3D graphics, ensuring fast and accurate data analysis. 

Spin Coater Laurell WS-400B-6NPP/LITE


Contact Facilities for further details


Deposition of a coating fluid on a substrate spinning at high speed; due to the centrifugal force the remaining film thickness is very low.

Portable tabletop model with manual syringe dispense and integrated process controller

  • Maximum RPM: 10000
  • Substrate size: up to 150 mm
  • Process chamber: 220 mm
  • Sample hold-down: vacuum


When in the PLE laboratory, please follow the local rules, downloadable here.