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Sorby Centre: Facility operating normally. PLEASE NOTE: Carbon and Gold Coating - we currently have a carbon and gold coating system on evaluation. Users who require sample coating should contact or to arrange a session.

XRD Research Facility: Most facilities operating normally with no known issues; there is an issue with the X'Pert X-ray tube, and testing for that is underway. 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. CHRISTMAS CLOSURE DATES: 21/12/2018- 14/01/2019  PLEASE NOTE: the Isomet is now back online and available for booking, if you requested training while it was unavailable and would still like it, please request it once more. The power cable for Automet 3 is currently missing, however a new one is in the post and the machine 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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