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TEMPO Facility

The MRL TEMPO Laboratory has advanced instrumentation for the characterization of materials and chemical samples. We offer an extremely wide range of instrumentation for Thermal, Electronic/Elemental, Magnetic, Porosity, and Optical measurements.

Access available to the following: 
Access Procedure: 

All instruments are available for responsible users to test their own samples. Training is offered quarterly for the more complex instruments and users may self train on the other instruments any time. More information

There are specific insurance and liability requirements for off-campus facility users. They are described at this link: Non-UCSB Use of MRL Facilities

All people working in the TEMPO lab are required to follow good practice and to have already attended the UCSB EH&S Laboratory Safety Training. Contact Amanda Strom or 805-893-7925 for more information.


  1. Differential Scanning Calorimeter »
    Campus Gov't/Academic Industry

    The Netzsch Differential Scanning Calorimeter (DSC) is designed to quantitatively measure the energy absorbed or released by samples as they are heated and to measure the temperature at which any changes occur.

  2. DynaCool PPMS »
    Campus Gov't/Academic Industry

    The new DynaCool PPMS does electrical, transport, and magnetic measurements on samples while controlling their environment from 1.9 to 400 K and with a magnetic field from 0 to plus or minus 9 Tesla.

  3. Fluorescence Microscope »
    Campus Gov't/Academic Industry

    This microscope illuminates samples from above as well as from below as in a conventional microscope. Most users will be interested in using light from above the sample to illuminate and energize the sample.

  4. High Temperature Powder XRD »
    Campus Gov't/Academic Industry

    The Bruker D8 Advance is a very easy to use x-ray diffractometer set up to measure powders, thin films, and foils in the theta theta configuration. The X-Ray source uses a copper target. The D8 can conveniently measure down to 5 degrees 2 theta.

  5. Horiba FluoroMax 4 Spectrometer »
    Campus Gov't/Academic Industry

    This spectrometer is a powerful tool for measuring fluorescence of solids, liquids, powders and thin films. The instrument is easy to use and is controlled by FluorEssenceTM software with Origin® embedded for sophisticated data analysis. Users may self-train on this instrument.

  6. Inductively Coupled Plasma »
    Campus Gov't/Academic Industry

    The MRL has an Inductively Coupled Plasma (ICP) Atomic Emission Spectrometer that is available for use on a recharge basis. Our Instrument is a Thermo iCAP 6300 model that can simultaneously view emissions from as many elements and lines as desired. It is easy to use and offers high sensitivity measurements of aqueous solutions from 10 PPB to over 250 PPM. The optimum working range for element concentrations is from 50 PPB to 100 PPM by weight.

    Access available to the following:
    Collaborators, Undergrads, CampusAll, Academic, Industry
  7. METTLER TGA/sDTA851e ThermoGravimetric Analyzer With Blazers ThermoStar 300 AMU Mass Spectrometer »
    Campus Gov't/Academic Industry
    The TGA/DTA/MS at the MRL is a great tool for the qualitative and quantitative analysis of a sample as it is heated. The TGA measures the change in mass of a sample as the sample is heated. Physical changes in the sample that do not involve a change in mass but do involve a change in energy, such as a phase change, are captured in the DTA curve. The evolved gas can be routed to the MS for identification.
  8. Micromeritics AccuPyc 1330 Pycnometer »
    Campus Gov't/Academic Industry
    For very precise density measurements of small samples.
    The MicroMeritics AccuPyc 1330 Pycnometer is a fast, non destructive, fully automatic density analyzer that provides high-speed, high-precision volume and density measurements on a wide variety of materials.
  9. MicroMeritics TriStar Porosimeter »
    Campus Gov't/Academic Industry
    The Micromeritics Porosimiter provides fast and accurate measurements of the surface area, pore volume, and the pore size distribution of small powder samples.
    The TriStar provides fast and accurate measurements for up to three powder samples at a time. It is easy to use and reasonably easy to learn to use. The use of the instrument is straight forward, the test setups are ready for use, and the interpretation of the data is mostly automatic.
  10. Perkin Elmer LS 55 Luminescence Spectrometer »
    Campus Gov't/Academic Industry

    The Perkin Elmer LS 55 luminescence spectrometer is a very versatile instrument that allows measurement of fluorescence, phosphorescence, and chemiluminescence or bioluminescence of a liquid, solid, powder, or thin film sample. The instrument is simple to operate and is controlled by easy-to-use software.

  11. Physical Properties Measurement System (PPMS) »
    Campus Gov't/Academic Industry

    The MRL Chemistry Facility has a new analytical instrument called a Physical Properties Measurement System (PPMS). It measures DC Resistivity, AC Transport (AC Resistivity, Hall Coefficient, I-V Curve, & Critical Current for superconductors), and Heat Capacity for small samples under user controlled magnetic field, pressure, gas composition, and temperature.

  12. Quantum Design MPMS 5XL SQUID Magnetometer »
    Campus Gov't/Academic Industry

    The Quantum Design MPMS 5XL SQUID uses a Superconducting Quantum Interference Device (SQUID) Magnetometer to monitor very small changes in magnetic flux and so discover the magnetic properties of samples. It is extremely sensitive for all kinds of AC and DC magnetic measurements.

  13. Shimadzu UV3600 UV-Nir-NIR Spectrometer »
    Campus Gov't/Academic Industry

    The Shimadzu UV3600 UV-Nir-NIR Spectrometer is a high sensitivity, high resolution, low stray light instrument for Diffuse Reflectance, Specular Reflectance, Transmission and Absorption measurements of powder, thin film, solid, and liquid samples. It will normally be fitted with an Integrating Sphere with a working range of 220 to 2600 nm.