Associated Facilities


The Synthesis, Irradiation & Analysis of Materials platform (SIAM)

SIAM is active in both the synthesis and the characterization of materials and nanomaterials. SIAM performs fundamental research in materials sciences, surfaces, interfaces and ion/matter interaction.

Different kinds of materials and/or samples, coming from material sciences, life sciences but not only (materials evaluation inside a biological matrix) can be thoroughly analyzed.

One of SIAM's major assets is a unique set of expertise in different spectroscopy techniques (high and lower energies), which can be coupled to nuclear analysis. Investigations can be performed thanks to a state-of-the-art equipment, a philosophy of constant development and a highly qualified team.



Physico-chemical Characterization

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 2 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.



Lasers, Optics & Spectroscopies (LOS)

The Lasers, Optics & Spectroscopy platform (LOS) applies advanced optical measurements to the characterization of matter, light, and light-matter interactions for fundamental or applied researches.

Optical phenomena are used to investigate matter in the gas and solid-state phases, with target topics related to the study of air pollutants, surface/interface/nanostructured materials properties, biological and bio-inspired systems and biosensor devices.





Morphology & Imaging (MORPH-IM)

The MORPH-IM platform (Morphology & Imaging) provides expert guidance and support to the UNamur staff and to external users from sample preparation to image acquisition and analysis. It enables applied and fundamental research in materials sciences and life sciences.  Our major asset is to be able to link different types of imaging, thanks to state-of-the-art equipment and constant development.

The platform enables the observation (fluorescence microscopy, visible light microscopy, electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy (AFM) and flow cytometry (FACS)) as well as the quantification of different parameters for both biological as well as materials samples including nanofilms and nanoobjects.



Technological Platform High Performance Computing (PTCI)

HPC is a key step in present development of both new technologies and fundamental science but is also essential for the analysis of large amount of data. The PTCI platform proposes to the user an access to high-performance computing (HPC) equipment combined with a high level technical support. Our service includes the estimation of the hardware requirements and an assistance to optimize the software performances on our facilities. Our cluster is dedicated to general purpose job and handle many concurrent jobs from several users with varying requirements.

The PTCI is part of the shared infrastructure of the Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles CÉCI (Consortium des Équipements de Calcul Intensifs).

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