The CooperLab is situated in the Bergeron Centre for Engineering Excellence (The Berg), built in 2015 and pictured above. The Berg is home to the Mechanical Engineering Department at the Lassonde School of Engineering, and houses world class facilities including a fully equippmed machine shop and a microfabrication shop. CooperLab is uniquely situated on the 5th floor of the Berg, with access to indoor and outdoor rooftop space for conducting both controlled laboratory and outdoor "on-sun" experiments.

Experimental Facilities

The experimental facilities currently available in the CooperLab are listed below. Please inquire (tcooper@yorku.ca) if you have any questions about the facilities.

Solar Facilities

Collimated Beam Solar Simulator (1 sun)

1.6 kW High Intensity Xenon Source

Outdoor Test Platform

Thermal Facilities

1700 °C Tube Furnace with Vacuum and Steam capabilities

3 kW Induction Furnace

Thermal Conductivity Measurement Platform

Spectroscopy Facilities

Spectral Transmission and Reflection Spectroscopy capabilities from 220 nm to 40 μm across two instruments:

Bruker Vertex 70 FTIR Spectrometer with:

  • 400 nm to 40 μm wavelength range
  • Attenuated Total Reflectance (ATR)
  • Diffuse reflectance (DRIFTS) via Two-Detector Diffuse Gold Integrating Sphere
  • Diffuse reflectance via Koblenz Sphere

Shimadzu UV-2600 Spectrophotometer with:

  • 220 to 1400 nm wavelength range
  • Diffuse reflectance (DRIFTS) via Two-Detector Integrating Sphere
  • Diffuse reflectance via Koblenz Sphere

High-Temperature (up to 2000 C) Emission Spectroscopy Setup (coming soon)

Optical Facilities

Calibrated Radiometry Sphere Uniform Light Source

High-Temperature (1000 C) Blackbody Source

Optical Table

Vacuum Facilities

24" Cubic High Vacuum (HV) Chamber

Ultra High Vacuum (UHV) Turbomolecular Pumping Station

Other Facilities

Fume Hood

Multifunctional Aerogel Fabrication Platform (coming soon)