To understand the structure of materials it is necessary to study structural order and disorder at different length- and time-scales. In our group we use combination of methods, such as X-ray powder diffraction (crystal structure solution, Rietveld refinement, QPA), X-ray single crystal diffraction, X-ray total scattering (PDF analyses), neutron powder diffraction, inelastic and quasielastic neutron scattering, and Raman/IR spectroscopy.
We are frequent users of national large-scale facilities, such as the Advanced Photon Source (APS) at Argonne Nat Lab for synchrotron X-ray diffraction and total scattering, and the Center for Neutron Research (CNR) at NIST for neutron diffraction and spectroscopy. Our lab is equipped with a custom-build powder X-ray diffractometer with detectors originally designed for synchrotron beamlines and capability for variable-temperature and photo-diffraction measurements. Additionally, our lab is equipped with instrumentation for thermal analyses (DSC, TGA) and various spectroscopies (UV-vis, IR, NMR). We have capabilities for sample preparation and chemical syntheses (wet chemistry, schlenk lines, glovebox, etc.). Finally, we have uninterrupted access to the ManeFrame II cluster for high-performance computing.