Quiet Wing

EMSL’s Quiet Wing supports a wide range of research areas, including climate, biological, environmental and energy systems, of importance to the Department of Energy. It is among the most advanced quiet laboratories in the world for high-resolution imaging capabilities.

The Quiet Wing is a unique research environment housing a suite of ultrasensitive microscopy and scanning instruments. It was designed to help accelerate critical science by allowing state-of-the-art ultrasensitive microscopy equipment to operate at optimal resolution. A temperature-controlled facility, the wing’s design eliminates or reduces to a minimum the vibrations, acoustics and electromagnetic noise that can interfere with the resolution of ultrasensitive scientific instrumentation.

The 9,500-square-foot facility features eight quiet laboratory cells and a sample preparation area. The wing currently houses seven microscopy instruments and has room for one more. These microscopes are just a few of the extensive suite of microscopy instruments at EMSL available for scientific inquiry.

EMSL's microscopy capabilities, including those in the Quiet Wing, are available to the scientific community at typically no cost for openly published research. Scientists gain access to instruments and collaborate with onsite microscopy experts through a peer-reviewed proposal process. Learn more about becoming an EMSL user.

Learn more about each instrument and the science it advances on EMSL's YouTube channel and watch the video below on the Quiet Wing.

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Instruments

EMSL's ultra-high vacuum, low-temperature scanning probe microscope instrument, or UHV LT SPM, is the preeminent system dedicated to surface...
Custodian(s): Igor Lyubinetsky
Type of Instrument:
Microscope
EMSL's ultra-high vacuum, variable-temperature scanning probe microscope system, or UHV VT SPM, is a state-of-the-art surface science tool...
Custodian(s): Igor Lyubinetsky
EMSL's environmental transmission electron microscope (ETEM) is a state-of-the-art, Cs-corrected field emission gun (FEG) scanning transmission...
Custodian(s): Libor Kovarik
Helium ion microscope The Helium Ion Microscope promises to advance biological, geochemical, biogeochemical, and surface/interface studies using its...
The JEOL JEM-3000SFF was designed for high-resolution cryogenic transmission electron microscopy (cryo-EM) of biological samples and expands EMSL/...

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EMSL’s Quiet Wing supports a wide range of research areas, including climate, biological, environmental and energy systems, of importance to the Department of Energy. It is among the most advanced quiet laboratories in the world for high-resolution imaging capabilities.

The Quiet Wing is a unique research environment housing a suite of ultrasensitive microscopy and scanning instruments. It was designed to help accelerate critical science by allowing state-of-the-art ultrasensitive microscopy equipment to operate at optimal resolution. A temperature-controlled facility, the wing’s design eliminates or reduces to a minimum the vibrations, acoustics and electromagnetic noise that can interfere with the resolution of ultrasensitive scientific instrumentation.

The 9,500-square-foot facility features eight quiet laboratory cells and a sample preparation area. The wing currently houses seven microscopy instruments and has room for one more. These microscopes are just a few of the extensive suite of microscopy instruments at EMSL available for scientific inquiry.

EMSL's microscopy capabilities, including those in the Quiet Wing, are available to the scientific community at typically no cost for openly published research. Scientists gain access to instruments and collaborate with onsite microscopy experts through a peer-reviewed proposal process. Learn more about becoming an EMSL user.

Learn more about each instrument and the science it advances on EMSL's YouTube channel and watch the video below on the Quiet Wing.

Related information:

Effect of Composition and Heat Treatment on MnBi Magnetic Materials.

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The metallic compound MnBi is a promising rare-earth-free permanent magnet material. Compare to other rare-earth-free candidates, MnBi stands out for its high intrinsic coercivity (Hci) and its large positive temperature coefficient. Several groups have demonstrated that the Hci of MnBi compound in thin film or in powder form can exceed 12 kOe and 26 kOe at 300 K and 523 K, respectively. Such steep increase in Hci with increasing temperature is unique to MnBi. Consequently, MnBi is a highly sought-after hard phase for exchange coupling nanocomposite magnets. The reaction between Mn and Bi is peritectic, so Mn tends to precipitate out of the MnBi liquid during the solidification process. As result, the composition of the Mn-Bi alloy with the largest amount of the desired LTP (low temperature phase) MnBi and highest saturation magnetization will be over-stoichiometric and rich in Mn. The amount of additional Mn required to compensate the Mn precipitation depends on solidification rate: the faster the quench speed, the less Mn precipitates. Here we report a systematic study of the effect of composition and heat treatments on the phase contents and magnetic properties of Mn-Bi alloys. In this study, Mn-Bi alloys with 14 compositions were prepared using conventional metallurgical methods such as arc melting and vacuum heat treatment, and the obtained alloys were analyzed for compositions, crystal structures, phase content, and magnetic properties. The results show that the composition with 55 at.% Mn exhibits the highest LTP MnBi content and the highest magnetization. The sample with this composition shows >90 wt.% LTP MnBi content. Its measured saturation magnetization is 68 emu/g with 2.3 T applied field at 300 K; its coercivity is 13 kOe and its energy product is 12 MGOe at 300 K. A bulk magnet fabricated using this powder exhibits an energy product of 8.2 MGOe.

Citation: 
Cui J, JP Choi, E Polikarpov, ME Bowden, W Xie, G Li, Z Nie, N Zarkevich, MJ Kramer, and DD Johnson.2014."Effect of Composition and Heat Treatment on MnBi Magnetic Materials."Acta Materialia 79:374-381. doi:10.1016/j.actamat.2014.07.034
Authors: 
J Cui
JP Choi
E Polikarpov
ME Bowden
W Xie
G Li
Z Nie
N Zarkevich
MJ Kramer
DD Johnson
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2014

In Situ One-Step Synthesis of Hierarchical Nitrogen-Doped Porous Carbon for High Performance Supercapacitors.

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Electrochemical performance of the existing state-of-the art capacitors is not very high, key scientific barrier is that its charge storage mechanism wholly depends on adsorption of electrolyte on electrode. We present a novel method for the synthesis of nitrogen -doped porous carbons and address the drawback by precisely controlling composition and surface area. Nitrogen-doped porous carbon was synthesized using a self-sacrificial template technique without any additional nitrogen and carbon sources. They exhibited exceptionally high capacitance (239 Fg-1) due to additional pseudocapacitance originating from doped nitrogen. Cycling tests showed no obvious capacitance decay even after 10,000 cycles, which meets the requirement of commercial supercapacitors. Our method is simple and highly efficient for the production of large quantities of nitrogen-doped porous carbons.

Citation: 
Jeon JW, R Sharma, P Meduri, BW Arey, HT Schaef, J Lutkenhaus, JP Lemmon, PK Thallapally, MI Nandasiri, BP McGrail, and SK Nune.2014."In Situ One-Step Synthesis of Hierarchical Nitrogen-Doped Porous Carbon for High Performance Supercapacitors."ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 6(10):7214-7222. doi:10.1021/am500339x
Authors: 
JW Jeon
R Sharma
P Meduri
BW Arey
HT Schaef
J Lutkenhaus
JP Lemmon
PK Thallapally
MI Nasiri
BP McGrail
SK Nune
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Volume: 
6
Issue: 
10
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7214-7222
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2014

Structures and Stabilities of (MgO)n Nanoclusters.

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Global minima for (MgO)n structures were optimized using a tree growth−hybrid genetic algorithm in conjunction with MNDO/MNDO/d semiempirical molecular orbital calculations followed by density functional theory geometry optimizations with the B3LYP functional. New lowest energy isomers were found for a number of (MgO)n clusters. The most stable isomers for (MgO)n (n > 3) are 3-dimensional. For n < 20, hexagonal tubular (MgO)n structures are more favored in energy than the cubic structures. The cubic structures and their variations dominate after n = 20. For the cubic isomers, increasing the size of the cluster in any dimension improves the stability. The effectiveness of increasing the size of the cluster in a specific dimension to improve stability diminishes as the size in that dimension increases. For cubic structures of the same size, the most compact cubic structure is expected to be the more stable cubic structure. The average Mg−O bond distance and coordination number both increase as n increases. The calculated average Mg−O bond distance is 2.055 Å at n = 40, slightly smaller than the bulk value of 2.104 Å. The average coordination number is predicted to be 4.6 for the lowest energy (MgO)40 as compared to the bulk value of 6. As n increases, the normalized clustering energy ΔE(n) for the (MgO)n increases and the slope of the ΔE(n)vs n curve decreases. The value of ΔE(40) is predicted to be 150 kcal/mol, as compared to the bulk value ΔE(∞) = 176 kcal/mol. The electronic properties of the clusters are presented and the reactive sites are predicted to be at the corners.

Citation: 
Chen M, AR Felmy, and DA Dixon.2014."Structures and Stabilities of (MgO)n Nanoclusters."Journal of Physical Chemistry A 118(17):3136-3146. doi:10.1021/jp412820z
Authors: 
M Chen
AR Felmy
DA Dixon
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118
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17
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3136-3146
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2014

Physical Properties of Ambient and Laboratory-Generated Secondary Organic Aerosol.

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The size and thickness of organic aerosol particles collected by impaction in five field campaigns were compared to those of laboratory generated secondary organic aerosols (SOA). Scanning transmission x-ray microscopy (STXM) was used to measure the total carbon absorbance (TCA) by individual particles as a function of their projection areas on the substrate. Because they flatten less upon impaction, particles with higher viscosity and surface tension can be identified by a steeper slope on a plot of TCA vs. size. The slopes of the ambient data are statistically similar indicating a small range of average viscosities and surface tensions across five field campaigns. Steeper slopes were observed for the plots corresponding to ambient particles, while smaller slopes were indicative of the laboratory generated SOA. This comparison indicates that ambient organic particles have higher viscosities and surface tensions than those typically generated in laboratory SOA studies.

Citation: 
O'Brien RE, A Neu, SA Epstein, A MacMillan, B Wang, ST Kelly, S Nizkorodov, A Laskin, RC Moffet, and MK Gilles.2014."Physical Properties of Ambient and Laboratory-Generated Secondary Organic Aerosol."Geophysical Research Letters 41(2):4347-4353. doi:10.1002/2014GL060219
Authors: 
RE O'Brien
A Neu
SA Epstein
A MacMillan
B Wang
ST Kelly
S Nizkorodov
A Laskin
RC Moffet
MK Gilles
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41
Issue: 
2
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4347-4353
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2014

Oxidative Remobilization of Technetium Sequestered by Sulfide-Transformed Nano Zerovalent Iron.

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The dissolution of Tc(IV) sulfide and concurrent transformation of sulfidated ZVI during 2 oxidation were examined. Kinetic data obtained with 10 mL batch reactors showed that Tc(VII) 3 reduced by sulfidated nZVI has significantly slower reoxidation rates than Tc(VII) reduced by 4 nZVI only. In a 50 mL batch reactor, initial inhibition of Tc(IV) dissolution was apparent and 5 lasted until 120 hours at S/Fe = 0.112, presumably due to the redox buffer capacity of FeS. This 6 is evidenced by the parallel trends in oxidation-reduction potentials (ORP) and Tc dissolution 7 kinetics. Mӧssbauer spectra and micro X-ray diffraction of S/Fe = 0.112 suggested the 8 persistence of FeS after 24-h oxidation although X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy indicated 9 substantial surface oxidation. After 120-h oxidation, all characterizations showed complete 10 oxidation of FeS, which further indicates that FeS inhibits Tc oxidation. X-ray absorption 11 spectroscopy for S/Fe = 0.011 showed significantly increasing percentage of TcS2 in the solid 12 phase after 24-h oxidation, indicating TcS2 is more resistant to oxidation than TcO2. At S/Fe = 13 0.112, the XAS results revealed significant transformation of Tc speciation from TcS2 to TcO2 14 after 120-h oxidation at S/Fe = 0.112. Given that no apparent Tc dissolution occurred during this 15 period, the speciation transformation might play a secondary role in hindering Tc oxidation, 16 especially as redox buffer capacity approached depletion.

Citation: 
Fan D, R Anitori, BM Tebo, PG Tratnyek, JS Lezama Pacheco, RK Kukkadapu, L Kovarik, MH Engelhard, and ME Bowden.2014."Oxidative Remobilization of Technetium Sequestered by Sulfide-Transformed Nano Zerovalent Iron."Environmental Science & Technology 48(13):7409-7417. doi:10.1021/es501607s
Authors: 
D Fan
R Anitori
BM Tebo
PG Tratnyek
JS Lezama Pacheco
RK Kukkadapu
L Kovarik
MH Engelhard
ME Bowden
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Volume: 
48
Issue: 
13
Pages: 
7409-7417
Publication year: 
2014

Automated High-Pressure Titration System with In Situ Infrared Spectroscopic Detection.

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A fully automated titration system with infrared detection was developed for investigating interfacial chemistry at high pressures. The apparatus consists of a high-pressure fluid generation and delivery system coupled to a high-pressure cell with infrared optics. A manifold of electronically actuated valves is used to direct pressurized fluids into the cell. Precise reagent additions to the pressurized cell are made with calibrated tubing loops that are filled with reagent and placed in-line with the cell and a syringe pump. The cell’s infrared optics facilitate both transmission and attenuated total reflection (ATR) measurements to monitor bulk-fluid composition and solid-surface phenomena such as adsorption, desorption, complexation, dissolution, and precipitation. Switching between the two measurement modes is accomplished with moveable mirrors that direct radiation from a Fourier transform infrared spectrometer into the cell along transmission or ATR light paths. The versatility of the high-pressure IR titration system is demonstrated with three case studies. First, we titrated water into supercritical CO2 (scCO2) to generate an infrared calibration curve and determine the solubility of water in CO2 at 50 °C and 90 bar. Next, we characterized the partitioning of water between a montmorillonite clay and scCO2 at 50 °C and 90 bar. Transmission-mode spectra were used to quantify changes in the clay’s sorbed water concentration as a function of scCO2 hydration, and ATR measurements provided insights into competitive residency of water and CO2 on the clay surface and in the interlayer. Finally, we demonstrated how time-dependent studies can be conducted with the system by monitoring the carbonation reaction of forsterite (Mg2SiO4) in water-bearing scCO2 at 50 °C and 90 bar. Immediately after water dissolved in the scCO2, a thin film of adsorbed water formed on the mineral surface, and the film thickness increased with time as the forsterite began to dissolve. However, after approximately 2.5 hours, the trend reversed, and a carbonate precipitate began to form on the forsterite surface, exposing dramatic chemical changes in the thin-water film. Collectively, these applications illustrate how the high-pressure IR titration system can provide molecular-level information about the interactions between variably wet scCO2 and minerals relevant to underground storage of CO2 (geologic carbon sequestration). The apparatus could also be utilized to study high-pressure interfacial chemistry in other areas such as catalysis, polymerization, food processing, and oil and gas recovery.

Citation: 
Thompson CJ, PF Martin, J Chen, P Benezeth, HT Schaef, KM Rosso, AR Felmy, and JS Loring.2014."Automated High-Pressure Titration System with In Situ Infrared Spectroscopic Detection."Review of Scientific Instruments 85(4):Article No. 044102. doi:10.1063/1.4870411
Authors: 
CJ Thompson
PF Martin
J Chen
P Benezeth
HT Schaef
KM Rosso
AR Felmy
JS Loring
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2014

Molecular Hydrogen Formation from Proximal Glycol Pairs on TiO2(110).

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Understanding hydrogen formation on TiO2 surfaces is of great importance as it could provide fundamental insight into water splitting for hydrogen production using solar energy. In this work, hydrogen formation from glycols having different numbers of methyl end-groups have been studied using temperature pro-grammed desorption on reduced, hydroxylated, and oxidized TiO2(110) surfaces. The results from OD-labeled glycols demon-strate that gas-phase molecular hydrogen originates exclusively from glycol hydroxyl groups. The yield is controlled by a combi-nation of glycol coverage, steric hindrance, TiO2(110) order and the amount of subsurface charge. Combined, these results show that proximal pairs of hydroxyl aligned glycol molecules and subsurface charge are required to maximize the yield of this redox reaction. These findings highlight the importance of geometric and electronic effects in hydrogen formation from adsorbates on TiO2(110).

Citation: 
Chen L, Z Li, RS Smith, BD Kay, and Z Dohnalek.2014."Molecular Hydrogen Formation from Proximal Glycol Pairs on TiO2(110)."Journal of the American Chemical Society 136(15):5559-5562. doi:10.1021/ja500992b
Authors: 
L Chen
Z Li
RS Smith
BD Kay
Z Dohnalek
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136
Issue: 
15
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5559-5562
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2014

Controlling SEI Formation on SnSb-Porous Carbon Nanofibers for Improved Na Ion Storage.

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Porous carbon nanofiber (CNF)-supported tin-antimony (SnSb) alloys is synthesized and applied as sodium ion battery anode. The chemistry and morphology of the solid electrolyte interphase (SEI) film and its correlation with the electrode performance are studied. The addition of fluoroethylene carbonate (FEC) in electrolyte significantly reduces electrolyte decomposition and creates a very thin and uniform SEI layer on the cycled electrode surface which could promote the kinetics of Na-ion migration/transportation, leading to excellent electrochemical performance.

Citation: 
Ji L, M Gu, Y Shao, X Li, MH Engelhard, BW Arey, W Wang, Z Nie, J Xiao, CM Wang, J Zhang, and J Liu.2014."Controlling SEI Formation on SnSb-Porous Carbon Nanofibers for Improved Na Ion Storage."Advanced Materials 26(18):2901-2908. doi:10.1002/adma.201304962
Authors: 
Ji L
M Gu
Y Shao
X Li
MH Engelhard
BW Arey
W Wang
Z Nie
J Xiao
CM Wang
J Zhang
J Liu
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Volume: 
26
Issue: 
18
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2901-2908
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2014

Ab Initio Thermodynamic Model for Magnesium Carbonates and Hydrates.

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An ab initio thermodynamic framework for predicting properties of hydrated magnesium carbonate minerals has been developed using density-functional theory linked to macroscopic thermodynamics through the experimental chemical potentials for MgO, water, and CO2. Including semiempirical dispersion via the Grimme method and small corrections to the generalized gradient approximation of Perdew, Burke, and Ernzerhof for the heat of formation yields a model with quantitative agreement for the benchmark minerals brucite, magnesite, nesquehonite, and hydromagnesite. The model shows how small differences in experimental conditions determine whether nesquehonite, hydromagnesite, or magnesite is the result of laboratory synthesis from carbonation of brucite, and what transformations are expected to occur on geological time scales. Because of the reliance on parameter-free first principles methods, the model is reliably extensible to experimental conditions not readily accessible to experiment and to any mineral composition for which the structure is known or can be hypothesized, including structures containing defects, substitutions, or transitional structures during solid state transformations induced by temperature changes or processes such as water, CO2, or O2 diffusion. Demonstrated applications of the ab initio thermodynamic framework include an independent means to evaluate differences in thermodynamic data for lansfordite, predicting the properties of Mg analogs of Ca-based hydrated carbonates monohydrocalcite and ikaite which have not been observed in nature, and an estimation of the thermodynamics of barringtonite from the stoichiometry and a single experimental observation.

Citation: 
Chaka AM, and AR Felmy.2014."Ab Initio Thermodynamic Model for Magnesium Carbonates and Hydrates."Journal of Physical Chemistry A 118(35):7469-7488. doi:10.1021/jp500271n
Authors: 
AM Chaka
AR Felmy
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Volume: 
118
Issue: 
35
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7469-7488
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2014

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