Bulk Crystal Growth Facility
at Johns Hopkins University
The PARADIM Bulk Crystal Growth Facility is located at Johns Hopkins University. Together with the thin film growth facilities at Cornell, it provides unprecedented capabilities for discovery of new materials and interfaces.
The PARADIM Bulk Crystal Growth Facility is the only facility within the United States where all major optical FZ techniques are available at a single site. In addition, it is the first location in the world to have optical floating zone capability at 300 atm. It is developing the ability to carry out laser pedestal crystal growth in fluids up to 1000 atm of pressure, as well as developing enhanced in situ imaging capabilities (e.g. hyperspectral imaging) to aid and understand growth
Capabilities and Highlights
Bulk Crystal New Capabilities
Floating Zone Suite
The only facility within the United States where all major optical FZ techniques are available at a single site. In addition, it is the first location in the world to have optical floating zone capability at 300 atm.
The first deep learning model of crystal synthesis to assist facility users as they optimize synthesis conditions and accelerate the realization of their materials design plans.
Floating Zone Furnace Suite
Four-Mirror Xenon Floating Zone Furance
High Pressure Supercritical Fluid Optical Floating Zone Furnace
Real-time Tilting Laser Diode Optical Floating Zone Furnace
Four-Mirror Halogen Floating Zone Furnace
Complementary Synthesis Capabilities
Ultrahigh Temperature Midscale Induction Bridgman/CZ Furnace
Spark Plasma Sintering
In Situ Observability Tools
Ancillary Synthesis Suite
X-ray diffraction Suite
Sample Alignment and Cutting
Characterization in Three Dimensions
Magnetic and Electrical Physical Property Measurements
Access to JHU Shared Facilities
- Raman Facility
- ICP-MS Facility
- Materials Characterization and Processing Facility
Bulk Crystal Growth Team
Dr. Tyrel McQueen
Leading the PARADIM Bulk Crystal Growth Facility since its inception in 2016, Dr. Tyrel McQueen continues to develop groundbreaking capabilities to support users. Dr. McQueen's research into solid state chemistry materials is focused on the discovery of new phenomena through the design and synthesis of new materials.