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Sorby Centre: Facility operating normally. PLEASE NOTE: The Sorby Centre will be closed to ALL users on Wednesday 24th July due to the delivery of new equipment. We hope to be able to reopen as normal on the Thursday 25th however please note that there may still be restricted access to some areas.

XRD Research Facility: The Raman is back in action, though doubts remain over the health of the door interlock mechanism; please only use the green laser and do not attempt to change optics. The STOE STADI P (MoPSD) needs a new X-ray tube, and is unavailable; a replacement tube also failed and there is as yet no ETA. The Zetium XRF is out of He gas, so please do not attempt to run powder/liquid samples before it has been changed (Tuesday). 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. 

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