Physical Chemistry and characterization(PC2)

Facility/equipment: Technological Platform

  • Location


Equipments Details


The PC2 Platform is constituted by a large park of instruments including: nuclear magnetic resonance (both liquid and solid state) spectrometers, single-crystal and powder X-ray diffractiometers, instruments for the analysis of the textural properties (N2 physisorption, mercury porosimetry, ...) and for the chemical composition (combustion chemical analysis, ICP, ...) as well as separation techniques (chromatography, centrifugation...)
The combination of these techniques together with the presence of technicians full time dedicated to the analysis of the samples and highly qualified researchers for the development of advanced applications represent a strategic feature of this platform. Among these characterization techniques solid state NMR and X-ray diffraction emerged as advanced tools for characterization.
The platform is active in collaboration with academic teams, both at a national and international level. It also has a tradition of fruitful collaborations with industrial partners, especially in the fields of materials sciences and with the food and pharmacological industries.

All the equipment combined with the technical and scientific expertise available at the PC2.


The X-ray diffraction instruments are used for crystal structure determination, crystalline phase identification, size/strain analysis, etc.
• Single-crystal diffractometer Oxford Diffraction Gemini (Mo/Cu radiation, CCD detector)
• Powder diffractometer PANanalytical – X’Pert Pro MRD (Cu radiation, Bragg-Brentano geometry)
• Crystal structure determination, absolute structure, protein crystal screening
• Crystalline phase identification and quantification, size/strain analysis

NMR spectrometers
• Solid-state 500 MHz Bruker Avance (several MAS probes)
• Liquid-state 500 MHz Jeol ECZR (5-mm inverse broadband probe, autosampler)
• Solid-state 400 MHz Varian VNMRS (several static and MAS probes)
• Liquid-state 400 MHz Jeol ECX (5-mm direct broadband probe, autosampler)

• Elemental analysis, centrifugation, gas physisorption, mercury porosimetry.

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  • Research Output

    Melamine-based polymer networks enabled N, O, S Co-doped defect-rich hierarchically porous carbon nanobelts for stable and long-cycle Li-ion and Li-Se batteries

    Dong, W. D., Yu, W. B., Xia, F. J., Chen, L. D., Zhang, Y. J., Tan, H. G., Wu, L., Hu, Z. Y., Mohamed, H. S. H., Liu, J., Deng, Z., Li, Y., Chen, L. H. & Su, B. L., 15 Jan 2021, In : Journal of Colloid and Interface Science. 582, p. 60-69 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Active faceted Cu2O hollow nanospheres for unprecedented adsorption and visible-light degradation of pollutants

    Yu, W., Liu, J., Yi, M., Yang, J., Dong, W., Wang, C., Zhao, H., Mohamed, H. S. H., Wang, Z., Chen, L., Li, Y. & Su, B. L., 1 Apr 2020, In : Journal of Colloid and Interface Science. 565, p. 207-217 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Projects


    Chromium nitridedeposition onto silicon pyramids for supercapacitor applications

    Emile Haye (Speaker), , Abdelouadoud GUERRA (Speaker), , Amine Achour (Speaker), , Jean-Jacques Pireaux (Speaker), & Stephane Lucas (Speaker)

    9 Sep 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    Invited Lecture - University Paul Sabatier of Toulouse, France

    Guillaume Berionni (Invited speaker)

    18 Dec 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    Glancing angle deposition of CrN film for supercapacitor application.

    Emile Haye (Speaker), , Amine Achour (Speaker), , Abdelouadoud GUERRA (Speaker), , Fatsah MOULAI (Speaker), , Toufik HADJERSI (Speaker), , Rabah Boukherroub (Speaker), , Adriano PANEPINTO (Speaker), , Thierry BROUSSE (Speaker), , Jean-Jacques Pireaux (Speaker), & Stéphane Lucas (Speaker)

    May 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation