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Sorby Centre: Facility operating normally. IMPORTANT NOTICE: The Sirion is currently out of service pending major repair. We apologise to users for the disruption caused and thank you for your patience.

XRD Research Facility: Most machines are now online and available for use; electrical faults on the water chiller have been repaired, but engineers remain on site monitoring for further issues. Please proceed to book and use machines but further disruption cannot be ruled out at this stage. The water supply to the generator stack on the STOE STADI P (Cu) has burst, and is inaccessible to me; this machine (IP & PSD) is therefore offline. An engineer for this will attend w/b 24th Sept. 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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