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Physical Properties Measurement System

The PPMS (Physical Properties Measurement System) from quantum design is aimed to a wide variety of physical and chemical-physical characterizations of bulks, powders and thin films, from cryogenic temperatures up to 126ºC and under magnetic field. The system is constituted of a sample environment platform, allowing a precise control of temperature (1.9-400K), magnetic field (up to 9T DC) and vacuum (up to 10-4 mbar). This platform can then be complemented by different options allowing the measure of: 4 probe electronic conductivity (DC and AC), non linear electronic conductivity (I-V), Hall effect, thermal conductivity, thermoelectric effect, thermoelectric figure of merit ZT, specific heat, DC magnetization and AC magnetic susceptibility (down to 2.10-8 emu). The services are provided for research groups within the center as well as to the external users like other research centers or other public organization, but also to commercial companies and private people.

It is very wide and varied range of processes that can be studied by PPMS. This equipment constitutes the required tool for leading an experimental solid state approach of the problem of optimizing the electronic transport properties of electrochemical energy storage materials, bridging the gap between usual electrochemical chemistry approach and solid state physics approach. More generally, any device involved in the electrical energy network must have a low internal electrical resistance in order to avoid loss of electrical power through Joule Heating. This may concern production/conversion - such as thermoelectric devices, solar cells or spin batteries, transport (semiconductors, conductors, superconductors), and storage. The requested equipment can thus support any research line about materials with application related to electrical energy. Moreover, this equipment also allows the investigation of the thermal properties (thermal transport, thermal diffusivity, specific heat), which is suitable for instance for thermal energy storage, magnetocaloric devices, thermosolar applications, or for evaluating the efficiency of thermoelectric devices.The requested equipment can thus support not only the electrochemical energy storage research line, but also any research line about materials with application related to electrical energy, thermal energy or magnetic energy.

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Head of the Unit

Damien Saurel
Damien Saurel

Damien Saurel completed his PhD in 2005 in the university of Caen, France, working on electronic and magnetic properties of manganese oxides in the CRISMAT laboratory. In 2006 he joined the Institute of Nanosciences of Aragon - INA (University of Zaragoza, Spain) as a postdoctoral researcher working on the setup of a prototype for detection of magnetic nanoparticles for quantitative chromatographic medical test. In 2006 he joined the Institute for Nanoscale Physics and Chemistry - INPAC of the University of Leuven (Belgium) as a postdoctoral researcher where he studied the nanometric confinement effects by photoluminescence under high magnetic field of Er-doped nano-glass ceramics for telecommunication applications. In 2008 he became assistant professor at the University of Caen (France), working on thermoelectric oxides in the CRISMAT laboratory. In 2009 he became tenured assistant professor in the university of Rouen (France), working in the GPM laboratory working on instrumentation of the atom probe tomography (APT) technique, up to joining the CIC energigune in July 2011 as associate researcher.

He is a physicist, specialist of the physical properties of transition metal oxides, transport, luminescence, magnetism. He is also an expert in the Small Angle Scattering technique, which he developed during his phD the application on magnetic phase separation in colossal magnetoresistive manganese oxides. In the CIC energigune his main focus is on advanced physical characterization techniques and Small Angle X-rays Scattering (SAXS) for optimizing the performances of materials for electrochemical storage.


Begoña Silván, Elena Gonzalo, Lisa Djuandhi, Neeraj Sharma, François Fauth and Damien Saurel
[Journal of Materials Chemistry A]

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