A multi-user state-of-the-art hub of magnetic characterisation

SPIN-Lab is a state-of-the-art hub of magnetic characterisation to study spin-related phenomena, located at Imperial College London. It includes equipment for the study of strongly coupled and isolated spins. The combination of techniques is unique and offers the possibility of gaining insights into the fundamental properties but also prospective applications of the materials.

The main characterisation techniques are Magnetic Property Measurement System (MPMS) based on Superconducting Quantum Interference Device (SQUID) technology, Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) and Hall effect system. It follows the award of a £2M EPSRC grant in February 2017 to purchase new or upgrade underpinning multi-user equipment. SPIN-Lab uniquely spans both strong and weak spin coupling regimes, and emphasises spin manipulation e.g. with light.

SPIN-Lab offers the possibility for a high-quality research in a wide range of fields and topics, e.g. transition metal chemistry applied to catalysis, water splitting, fundamental studies of photosynthetic processes etc.; solid state quantum phenomena, such as those involved in Masers or quantum computing; fundamental processes in photovoltaic systems, e.g. triplet dynamics; free radicals or charges generated in devices such as e.g. batteries.