Name: Materials Growth and Measurement Laboratory

Institution: Charles University

Coordinator: prof. Mgr. Pavel Javorský, Dr.;


MGML is a research infrastructure providing a laboratory base for advanced material research. Within its two closely co-operating units, the Material Growth and Characterization Laboratory (MGCL) and the Material Properties Measurement Laboratory (MPML), MGML offers open access for external users to utilize a vast experimental instrument suite as well as the high-level expertise of its scientists. MGCL has state-of-the-art facilities for metal refinement, the synthesis of new materials, and the preparation of high-quality single crystals using 5 different techniques. The unique combination of different crystal growth methods allows its users a great deal of flexibility and the ability to optimize the technology of producing entirely new materials. Modern X-ray diffraction and electron microscopy instruments allow for detailed structural and phase characterization of samples. MPML offers measurements of a wide portfolio of the physical (magnetic, transport, thermal, acoustic and elastic) properties of materials through several complementary experimental methods. The extensive range of MGML instruments makes it possible to carry out measurements in temperatures ranging from miliKelvins up to several hundred degrees Celsius, magnetic (up to 20 T) and electric (from -50V to + 50V) fields, hydrostatic and uniaxial pressures up to 15 GPa. Also important is the possibility to prepare, characterize and measure uranium materials, for which the host institution has the appropriate license. Interconnected with this wide range of experimental techniques for the preparation, characterization and measurement of physical properties makes MGML a unique large research infrastructure in the Czech Republic, fully comparable with the world's leading laboratories. MGML actively collaborates with major European research infrastructures such as HLD (Dresden High Magnetic Field Laboratory), ILL (Institut Laue-Langevin), ESRF (European Synchrotron Radiation Facility) or European Spallation Source ERIC. For these subjects, MGML acts as a supportive research infrastructure providing top-notch high-quality sample preparation and characterization as well as a broad spectrum of macroscopic experimental techniques.