Shared Facilities

There are two major central facilities that are managed by the Center with a third synthesis facility currently being constructed. The Processing Laboratory in the Center for Solar and Electronic Materials (CSEM) is directly managed by the REMRSEC. These facilities have processing and optical technicians who are responsible for training students, research associates, faculty, and other researchers on equipment that exists in these two centers. User fees are not charged for the two facilities run by the Center except to outside companies not affiliated with the center.

REMRSEC Facilities Access Procedures
For more information about REMRSEC Facilities Access Procedures, please contact Professor Reuben T. Collins 303-273-3851 or Professor Reuben T. Collins.

Synthesis and Processing

  •  Multifunctional Microscope for the Characterization of Renewable Energy Materials

    New Synthesis Laboratory

    New facilities are available with eight general purpose hoods and two glove boxes. Two on the hoods are designed to be safe for nano-particle synthesis and handling. Safe handling of nano-particles is becoming more and more important as we learn more about possible health hazards.

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  •  Center for Solar and Electronic Materials (CSEM)

    Center for Solar and Electronic Materials (CSEM)

    The CSEM offers a five year combined undergraduate and Masters degrees directed at the electronic materials and processing industries.

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  •  REMRSEC PECVD Cluster Tool

    PECVD Cluster Tool

    The REMRSEC cluster tool was manufactured by MV Systems located in Golden Colorado. It presently has three modular process zones, and can be expanded to have as many as eight. It can grow on substrates up to 4 inches square (nominal). It uses a robust, low temperature radiant heating design to heat the substrates up to 450 C. It is equipped with a 100 W RF power supply to generate plasma.

    The cluster tool is currently supplied with hydrogen, argon, sulfur hexafluoride, and silane. This allows it to grow Si nanoparticles, Si nanowires, nanocrystalline Si, and amorphous Si. We plan to add ammonia, germane, phosphine, and diborane in the coming weeks and months. This will allow the growth of doped Si, Ge, SiN, and SiGe materials.

  •  REMRSEC RF/DC Sputter Machine

    RF/DC Sputter Machine

    The REMRSEC's sputter machine is an Orion-4 purchased from AJA International. It is an "all manual" machine, which reduced its cost and also forces our students to learn more about how the machine actually works so they operate it. It has four 2" sputter guns integrated into its base plate at a fixed tilt. The sputter guns are magnetrons with water cooling and flip-lid style shutters that allow the plasma to be struck and stablilized prior to film deposition. The argon sputter gas enters the chamber through ports in the base of each sputter gun "chimney", allowing the guns to have Ar flow even when the shutters are closed.

  •  REMRSEC Thermal Evaporator

    Thermal Evaporator

    The thermal evaporator is our "workhorse" general purpose thin film deposition system. It was originally manufactured by Denton, but it has been heavily modified over the years.

Computing Capabilities

  •  Sun Constellation Cluster (SCC)

    Sun Constellation Cluster (SCC)

    Through the Golden Energy Computing Organization (GECO) CSM, the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and NREL have teamed with Sun Microsystems to design a world-class HPC system dedicated to research in the energy sciences. The Sun Constellation Cluster (SCC) system provides 16.8 TF peak performance with 4 TB of memory and 385 TB of disk space. The 9 SCC is designed specifically for sustained application performance, scalability, and reliability. Day-to-day operation of the HPC cluster is carried out by a combination of Academic Computing staff members and hourly student help. CSM has committed 2 FTEs of technical staff support dedicated to the maintenance of the HPC cluster. Organizational policy for prioritizing cluster usage follows standard practice at major computing facilities.

Characterization Facilities


  •  Multifunctional Microscope for the Characterization of Renewable Energy Materials

    Multifunctional Microscope for the Characterization Renewable Energy

    Researchers at the Colorado School of Mines are harnessing a new microscope system which enables a non-destructive, sample-independent means of assessing the structural and chemical properties of a variety of different renewable energy materials, including catalysts and electrolytes for fuel cells, semiconducting thin films for solar cells, and clathrate-based solids for hydrogen storage. A new variable temperature stage is being developed for the microscope, which will provide a unique capability to investigate materials in-situ under a range of extreme conditions.

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