Francisco Zaera Surface Group



A Tour of the Zaera Lab

Our laboratory currently has 6 main ultrahigh vacuum (UHV) chambers with instrumentation for:


  • Temperature-programmed desorption (TPD);
  • X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS);
  • Low-energy ion scattering spectroscopy (LEIS);
  • Auger electron spectroscopy (AES);
  • Reflection-absorption infrared spectroscopy (RAIRS);
  • Static secondary ion mass spectrometry (SSIMS);
  • Low-energy electron diffraction (LEED);
  • Molecular beam (MB) kinetic measurements.


We also count with a number of Fourier-transform infrared (FT-IR) absorption spectrometers for both vacuum and non-vacuum surface species characterization in transmission, single-reflection, attenuated total reflection (ATR), and diffuse-reflectance (DRIFTS) modes.

Additional facilities include:


  • Batch and flow reactors for kinetic measurements of catalytic reactions;
  • Gas chromatography and mass spectrometry detection;
  • A reactor designed to test chemical vapor deposition (CVD) and atomic layer deposition (ALD) of thin films;
  • Synthetic capabilities for the preparation of nanostructured materials;
  • Personal computers, multiple PCs (DOS/Windows and Macintosh environments) for data acquisition and processing;
  • Access to the computing and analytical (NMR, mass spectrometry, optical lab) facilities of the Department of Chemistry;
  • Access to the electron microscopy facility;
  • Access to machine, electronic, and glass blowing shops.


For a more detailed description of the main facilities in our laboratory please click on the links below or use the menu links on the left.



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University of California, Riverside
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Riverside, CA 92521
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Francisco Zaera
Distinguished Professor of Chemistry
501 Big Springs Road, Chemical Sciences #146
Riverside, CA 92521

Tel: (951) 827-5498 (Office)
Tel: (951) 827-5736 (Lab)
Fax: (951) 827-3962 (Direct)
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E-mail: zaera@ucr.edu