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The Dancer group is based in the International Institute for Nanocomposite Manufacturing, where a range of facilities for the manufacture and characterisation of nanocomposite materials are available.

Ceramic Processing Facilities:

Our main ceramic processing facilities are housed within the Wet Chemistry lab of IINM with high temperature furnaces in a dedicated room off the main Process Hall. Ceramic processing facilities include:

  • High temperature furnace with controllable atmosphere for ceramic sintering
  • Flash sintering apparatus (funded by Royal Society Research Grant)
  • Freeze dryer
  • Rotary evaporator
  • Brookfield viscometer
  • Planetary ball mill

Polymer Processing Facilities:

For work based on ceramic-loaded polymer systems, we make use of the extensive polymer processing facilities available within IINM. These include several extrusion lines suitable for various amounts of material and injection moulders of various capacities. For additive manufacturing projects we use the facilities in the IIPSI building, often collaborating with Dr Greg Gibbons of the Additive Manufacturing Group.

Materials Characterisation:

Many standard characterisation methods can be carried out within the dedicated laboratories within IINM. Facilities include:

  • Scanning electron microscope with EDX and EBSD
  • X-ray Diffraction
  • Mechanical testing frame
  • Thermo-Fisher Raman Spectrometer
  • FTIR, UV-Vis spectrometers
  • DMTA, DSC and TGA

We also make use of equipment sited within the University of Warwick which was funded by the Science City programme. Of particular use are the Renishaw Raman confocal microscopes which are sited in Millburn House, a few minutes’ walk from IINM, and particle characterisation facilities located within Warwick’s Chemistry Department.