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Sorby Centre: Most equipment operating normally, please check with Staff for specific details. IMPORTANT NOTICE: Sirion and Tecnai T20 currently out of service pending major repair. The Nova, Inspect F are currently undergoing essential maintenance with an anticipated return to service on the 17th August and 4th September respectively. We apologise to users for the disruption caused and thank you for your patience.

XRD Research Facility: Many machines are offline due to an electrical fault with the water chiller; no ETA on a repair yet, but parts have been ordered. The Bruker D2 Phaser is offline due to a fault; an engineer will make an initial visit on Thursday 16th August but there is no guarantee it will be fixed on this date yet. For training or queries, contact

Micropreparation:  Please note that access to chemicals for etching will require you to have completed a new CoSHH form.  For training or queries, please contact and fill out the registration form (if not done already) available here.

Characterisation Research Facility: For training or queries please contact Registration forms required before using the Facility can be found here.

AFM/Nanoindentation:  All instruments are operational.  For training or queries on these instruments, please contact Dawn Bussey: 

Arc Melting: The Buhler Am 0,0.5 is currently in-operational and no new users can be trained on it at the moment - sorry. 

For booking system queries, please contact staff at the facility you wish to use or are having issues with. If your access to a facility has expired, please email the appropriate contact above giving (i) your name, (ii) your uCard expiry date (for students) or contract expiry date (for staff), and (iii) your new charge code, or username if applicable. This booking system is not affiliated with any online TUOS systems, and so will not update anything unless you take action at such times.

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