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Sorby Centre: Facility operating normally. IMPORTANT NOTICE: The FEI Sirion SEM has now been removed from service. Users previously performing EBSD on the Sirion should contact the Sorby Staff for training or access to alternative instrumentation.

XRD Research Facility: Most machines are available for use. The Panalytical Zetium has had new parts fitted for the ED core power supply cable, attenuator and associated motor; testing of repairs is underway and will hopefully be completed during 14/11/18. The PANalytical X'Pert³ Powder needs a new left door lock assembly; this has been ordered but no ETA 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. PLEASE NOTE: the Isomet and Automet 3 have currently been sent off for repair, they will be back in service as soon as possible.

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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