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Electrospinning

Low pressure plasma reactor

High power sonicator

Anodizing system

Vacuum oven

Planetary ball mill

Homogenizer

Spin coater

Atmospheric pressure plasma reactor

Contact angle measuring device

Potentiostat

Polarizing optical microscope

QUV accelerated aging machine

The X-ray microtomograph

X-ray photoelectron spectroscope (XPS)

Compression molding system

Ice adhesion measurement – Push-off test

High speed camera

3D Printer

Ice nucleation and adhesion study system

Système de polissage de l’aluminium

Electrospinning

This system allows us to manufacture non-woven polymer membranes with diameters varying from a few nanometers to a few microns. In this assembly of electrospinning system there is a high voltage generator Glassman High Voltage INC model WH50P10 (which can generate up to 50kV), an infusion pump (model NE-300), the heating system as well as a collector for fibers.

Fabricant:Glassman High Voltage inc

Modèle:WH50P10

Low pressure plasma reactor

A radiofrequency (13.56MHz) inductive coupling system of “HICP-600SB PECV” specification manufactured by Plasmionique Inc is used for plasma processing, sputtering and plasma polymerization.

Fabricant:Plasmionique Inc

Modèle:HICP-600SB PECV

High power sonicator

This high power sonicator could be used for various solution samples and applications. Sonicators with probe are ideal for cell disruption, nanoparticle dispersion, homogenization and sample preparation.

Model 705 Fisher Scientific; ultra high power;

Voltage: 117V, 50/60 Hz; The 1/21/2 ” probe.

Fabricant:Fisher scientific

Modèle:FP705

Anodizing system

Anodization is a surface treatment that helps protect or create micro / nano textures on the surface of different materials such as aluminum, titanium, etc.

In this system we have:

  • An acid bath
  • A mechanical stirrer
  • A water cooling system in a PVC helical tube (to avoid acid attack)
  • A cathode
  • A power supply

Fabricant:UQAC

Modèle:to be determined

Vacuum oven

Use: drying, conditioning, storage, removal of gases from solids and liquids, vacuuming, humidity tests, strengthening and aging.

  • PID microprocessor and control system with enhanced security.
  • Exceeding temperature safety with DIN Class II controls
  • Automatic adjustment and bias – internal calibration
  • Timer: to turn the device on or off up to 99h 99min
  • Temperature range: from +5 to + 250 ° C
  • Convenient and easy for suction and aeration owing to the separate vacuum system and the ventilation system to adjust the suction.
  • Easy to read suction data: 1 – 76 cm Hg
  • 3 memory options: Save time with AUTO-TUNING function

Fabricant:Lab Companion

Modèle:JE10 TECH (0V-12)

Planetary ball mill

Efficient and fast mineral crusher used for nanoscale synthesis.

 

Fabricant:Micronano Tool

Modèle:PBM-04

Homogenizer

This apparatus is designed to disperse, emulsify or homogenize a wide range of solution samples ranging from 0.2 ml to 10 L.

Fabricant:Fisherbrand

Modèle:850

Spin coater

Fast and reliable equipment to deposit thin coatings on substrates down to a few micrometers. The rotation speed controls the thickness of samples to be deposited.

Fabricant:Setcas

Modèle:KW-4A

Atmospheric pressure plasma reactor

Polymerization and plasma treatment are carried out using an AS400 atmospheric pressure plasma jet (Plasmatreat GmbH, Germany). In this process, plasma parameters can be adjusted through the interface of software designed to control various aspects related to plasma generation and polymerization. Atmospheric pressure plasma polymerization can be advantageous due to its low energy consumption, shorter process times, absence of vacuum, and significantly higher growth rates.

Fabricant:Plasma Treater

Modèle:AS400

Contact angle measuring device

Static contact angle and contact angle hysteresis measurements are performed using a “Kruss ™ DSA100” goniometer equipped with a video camera.

The instrument is also equipped with a cold room with the sample stage (Peltier cooling regulator) which is able to reach –30 ° C with a control accuracy of 0.1 ° C. The contact angle at freezing temperatures and freezing delay time can also be measured.

Fabricant:Kruss

Modèle:DSA 100

Potentiostat

This potentiostat is used to perform potentiostatic and galvanostatic electrochemical experiments (corrosion, voltammetry, etc.). It also has the possibility of performing Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy experiments, which allows, for example, to study the efficiency and degradation of protective coatings.

Fabricant:Bio-Logic

Modèle:SP-300

Polarizing optical microscope

The E600 POL microscope uses a highly stable 12 volt, 100 watt light source for illumination, providing high quality optical images (objective lenses ranging from 4x to 100x).

Fabricant:Nikon

Modèle:Eclipse E600 POL

QUV accelerated aging machine

The study of the durability of surfaces in relation to natural factors, requires the simulation of an accelerated natural condition. For this purpose, a QUV accelerated weathering device manufactured by Q-LAB (USA) is used. The latter is able to reproduce exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun and to water spray or condensation.

Fabricant:Q-LAB

Modèle:QUV/SPRAY

The X-ray microtomograph

This system essentially makes it possible to reconstruct a sample in three dimensions from radiographs taken over a range of 180 °. The Skyscan 1172 microtomograph allows the study of samples and different materials which have the purpose to obtain information on their internal morphology as long as they provide sufficient transparency to the X-rays to which they are subjected. This system can be used at sub-zero temperature to study the interface between ice and surfaces.

 

Fabricant:Skyscan

Modèle:1172

X-ray photoelectron spectroscope (XPS)

PS/AES system jointly manufactured by Staib Instruments GmbH (Germany) and Plasmonique Inc. (Quebec, Canada). This system has two different side chambers which can be used to prepare samples for analysis. These two chambers are equipped with a magnetron sputtering, plasma generator and ion beam that can be used to prepare the sample before transferring it to the main analysis chamber. The spectra obtained by X-ray spectroscopy and Auger electron spectroscopy are subsequently analyzed with “CasaXPS” which is an analysis software developed by Casa Software Ltd. (UK).

Fabricant:Plasmonique Inc.

Modèle:FLSP2100-XPS

Compression molding system

A pressing machine manufactured by Carver Inc. USA is used as a flexible and suitable process for the fabrication of micro/nano-structural surfaces. The maximum pressure capacity of the machine is 15 tons. The force can adjusted from 700 to 43,700 lbs. This machine is also equipped with two temperature adjustable trays. The temperature range is from room temperature to 350 ° C. The dimension of its cavity is 25 mm × 25 mm × 6.5 mm.

Fabricant:Carver Inc.

Modèle:3889 1D10a00

Ice adhesion measurement – Push-off test

Ice adhesion measurements are carried out on icephobic coatings developed in our lab using push-off test. Liquid water is frozen at -20°C in cylindrical molds over the sample surfaces in a cold room with adjustable temperatures. The push-off test directly measures the force required to detach the ice block from the surface of an icephobic coating. The measurements are displayed directly on the software which corresponds the ice adhesion strength.

High speed camera

The high-speed “Photron SA 1.1” camera capable of recording 600,000 images per second.

Fabricant:HSI Photron

Modèle:Fast Cam SA 1.1 675K-M2

3D Printer

The “Sonic Mini 4K” is a 4K 3D printer that offers ultra-high resolution with 722 PPI. The printer has a 4K resolution at 35 µm and a print area of 6.1 inches. Owing to the monochrome LCD technology, the Sonic Mini 4K is able to print one layer within seconds.

Fabricant:Phrozen

Modèle:Sonic Mini 4K

Ice nucleation and adhesion study system

This system allows us to study the impact of surface characteristics (wettability, topography, properties of liquid droplets) and environmental conditions on the nucleation and adhesion process of ice.

Système de polissage de l’aluminium

The grinding and polishing machine is equipped with a sample holder which allows precise substrate preparation, including, aluminum, steel, etc. Several sandpaper sizes from 1000mesh to 10mesh can be quickly changed for desirable surface roughness and homogenous surface preparation.