Dr. Leblanc's Research Group has approximately 3000 square feet of laboratory space with 4 fumehoods and 650 square feet of clean room (class 1000) space for characterization of carbon dots (UV/vis, fluorescence, FTIR and AFM), preparation of chemically attached films and surface chemistry measurements (Langmuir and Langmuir-Blodgett films).


For the organic synthesis, the necessary basic appliances are available.

Major equipments include:

Atomic force microscope (Agilent Technologies, model 5420)

Aapptec Apex-369 automated peptide synthesizer (Aapptec LLC)

Fluorolog-3 spectrofluorimeter (Jobin Yvon Horiba)

UV-vis spectrophotometer (Agilent Technologies, Cary Series)

S2000-FL minispectrofluorimeter (Ocean Optics, for optical fiber fluorescence measurements)

Langmuir troughs (6), (Kibron and KSV)

Langmuir-Blodgett troughs for film deposition (1), (Kibron model μtrough-S)

UV-Vis diode array spectrophotometer (HP, fitted for air-water interface measurements)

Bruker FT-IR spectrophotometer (Equinox55) with accessories for ATR, Bio-ATR, Confocheck cell and variable angle reflection FT-IR and reflection-absorption IR (IRRAS) directly at the air-water interface

Circular dichroism spectrophotometer (Jasco model J-810)

Beckman L7-8- ultracentrifuge

Büchi rotavapor (2), (model R-114)

Lyophylizer (freeze-dryer)

Electronic balances and pH meters

Brewster angle microscope (Nippon System)

Department shared instrumentation:

300, 400 and 500 MHz NMRs

400 MHz solid state NMR

Several dispersive and Fourier-transformed IRs

VG Trio-2000 mass spectrometer (FAB, EI, CI, DCI, GC inlets)

Bruker Maldi-TOF mass spectrometer

Spex Fluoromax fluorimeter, two Hewlett-Packard 8452A diode array spectrophotometers, one

Shimadzu scanning spectrophotometer

Perkin-Elmer UV-Vis-NIR spectrophotometer

X-ray diffractometer