MAMML Facilities

Chemistry Department Centers and Facilities

Experimental Laboratory Resources

 

  • Various wet labs with 6-ft. fume hoods, 8-ft walk-in hoods, multiple dry boxes, and Schlenk lines
  • Departmental equipment includes:
    • ThermoElectron LCQ Advantage liquid chromatograph mass spectrometer
    • Varian Inova-500 MHz NMR spectrometer
    • JEOL 270 MHz NMR spectrometer
    • Aviv 410 spectrometer with circular dichroism, absorbance, and fluorescence detection with titration, stopped flow, and temperature control accessories
    • atomic spectroscopy laboratory with Varian flame AA and Varian graphite furnace AA instruments
    • Powder X-ray Diffractometer (housed in Physics)
    • Atomic Force Microscope
    • Varian ESR spectrometer
    • single quadrupole LC-MS (micromass)
    • GC mass spectrometer
    • multiple HPLC systems
    • ion chromatograph
    • two high-end gas chromatographs
    • several single detector Gow Mac GCs
    • FTIR microscopy facility
    • two FTIRs
    • Raman spectrometer
    • diode array UV-visible spectrometer
    • six-instrument Ocean Optics visible spectrophotometry laboratory
    • fluorescence spectrometer
    • Differential Scanning Calorimeter
    • Thermogravimetric Analyzer
    • Vacuum Atmospheres Solvent Purification System
    • Agilent Technologies 8453 UV spectrophotometer
    • SLM Aminco 8100 spectrofluorimeter modernized by OLIS
    • Waters 600E HPLC system
    • Langmuir-Blodgett trough
    • Rayonet cabinet for photochemical reactions
    • Loctite photocuring system
    • two extruders, three sonicators, and one dyalizer for liposome preparation
    • Ocean Optics UV-VIS spectrophotometer with reflectance adapter
    • Surface Plasmon Resonance instrument
  • State of the art electrochemical instrumentation:
    • Pentium PC based multi-channel data acquisition system for electrochemical measurement
    • EG&G Princeton Applied Research Model 283 Computer controlled Potentiostat/Galvanostat equipped with a Model 1025 Frequency Response Detector
    • EG&G Princeton Applied Research Model 273A Potentiostat/Galvanostat
    • Solatron/Schlumberger 1250 Frequency Response analyzer/1286 Electrochemical Interface
    • ECO Chemie PG Stat 12 multi-channel potentiostat
    • CH Instruments Scanning Electrochemical Microscope
    • electrochemical quartz crystal microbalance: International Crystal Manufacturing home made 10 MHz Quartz crystal microbalances using a Hewlett Packard 53131 Universal Counter
  • A complete cell culture laboratory equipped with:
    • Synergy2 plate reader (BioTek) capable of absorbance, fluorescence, and luminescence detection
    • low pressure FPLC system for affinity chromatography
    • electrophoresis equipment
    • PCR thermocycler
    • flash chromatography system
    • laminar flow hood
    • multiple centrifuges
    • rotovaps
    • CO2 incubator
    • shaker-incubator for bacterial cell culture
    • shaker-incubator for insect cell culture
  • A separate optics laboratory equipped with:
    • home built PAC (with a dye laser and three nitrogen lasers)
    • a UV-VIS spectrometer
    • high pressure (2000 atm) actinometer
    • high pressure (2000 atm) flow cell
    • two 150-watt xenon arc lamps
    • a Rayonet UV reactor
  • Machine shop services are available on campus for an hourly charge
  • Electronics shop and glass blowing shop services are available in Smith Chemistry at no charge
  • Twenty-four hour access to the Chemistry Library in JM Smith is available to both graduate students and faculty
  • The department also maintains a video editing, graphics, and poster printing lab (42", 36", and 24" posters)

Computational Resources

Specifications of the University-Maintained High Performance Computing (HPC) Center:

  • 4976 processor cores:
  • 1072 AMD-Opteron cores in 131 SMP nodes
  • 122 dual-proc, quad-core nodes have with 32 GB of memory
  • 82 of the compute nodes use a ramdisk for local scratch
  • 40 of the compute nodes have 750 GB SATA2 disks for local scratch
  • Three fat nodes equipped with quad proc, quad-core AMD-Opteron processors, two with 64 GB of memory and one with 128 GB of memory; these fat nodes have a RAID0 array of 3 147 GB 15K-RPM SAS drives
  • 3840 GPU cores in 4 960-core NVIDIA® Tesla™ S1070 nodes connected to 8 SMP GPU-host nodes with 64 Intel Xeon cores; each GPU-host node has 16 GB of memory and 2X160 GB SATA disks
  • The cluster is redundantly managed by two head nodes and has four login nodes. Each node is connected with Infiniband and redundant Gigabit Ethernet networking. The SCYLD clustering and management software is running CentOS 4.7 operating system. The global storage system is provided by a Pansasa, and there is also 100 TB of raw storage and a Tandberg tape backup StorageLibrary T40+.
  • Other Available Resources
    • A dedicated fourteen workstation lab with visualization and computational software with unfettered access available to graduate students
    • A dedicated twenty-four workstation lab with visualization and computational software with unfettered access available to both graduate and undergraduate students
    • Each graduate student has their own workstation in their office
    • The department also maintains a video editing, graphics, and poster printing lab (42", 36", and 24" posters)

Highlights of other on-campus facilities

  • Highlights of facilities available at the Biosurface Center
    • Micro-Fabrication Facility
      • Photolithography
      • Thick- and thin-film micro-fabrication
      • Soft lithography
      • Device packaging
      • Hybrid micro-electronics
    • Materials Evaluation Laboratory
      • Several universal material testing machines and ancillary equipment
      • Acoustic emission
      • Ultrasonic impact
      • Tensile creep
      • Fracture toughness test equipment
      • Several furnaces
  • Highlights of facilities available at the Biomaterials Research Laboratory
    • Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR)
      • Bruker EMX with cryogenic and elevated sample temperature control (150 K to 400 K)
      • Varian E4 EPR Spectrometer with cryogenic sample control (15 K to 300 K)
    • Optical Spectroscopy
      • UV/VIS/NIR Spectrophotometry
    • Optical Emission
      • Radioluminescence, Fluorescence, Phosphorescence
      • Thermally Stimulated Luminescence (Thermoluminescence)
    • Environmental Simulation
      • High-energy X-Ray for irradiation (50kV, 40mA source)
      • Gamma- and Ebeam-irradiation (available through a third-party contractor)
      • Cryogenic to elevated temperatures
      • High-Vacuum
  • Highlights of facilities available at the Integrated Microscopy Center
    • Microscopes
      • Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM)
      • Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM)
      • Atomic Force Microscope/Magnetic Force Microscope (AFM)
      • Confocal Laser Scanning Light Microscope (CLSM)
      • Light Microscopes (standard, fluorescent, and digital)

    Specific IMC Facilities

    Microscopes

  • Electron Microscopes:
    • JEOL JEM1200EX II Transmission Electron Microscope with AMT CCD Imaging System
    • Philips XL 30 Environmental Scanning Electron Microscope (ESEM)
  • Ultramicrotomes and Knife breaker available in the Electron Microscopy Laboratory
    • Reichert Jung Ultracut E Ultramicrotome with Cryo Ultramicrotome Attachment
    • Leica Ultracut UCT Yltramicrotome with LEICA EM FCS Cryo Unit Attachment
    • LKB 2178 Knife Maker II
    • Dupont Instruments Sorvall Instrument Knifemaker
  • Atomic Force Microscope
    • Veeco Metrology Digital Instruments 3100 Atomic Force Microscope (AFM)
    • Veeco Metrology Digital Instruments Bioscope
  • Confocal Laser Scanning Light Microscope:
    • Nikon Eclipse E800 Confocal Microscope with Nikon a Nikon Digital Camera DXM1200F
  • Light Microscopes:
    • Nikon Labphot Light Microscope
    • Spot RT Slider Color Digital Camera Equipped Nikon Optiphot Photomicroscope
    • Olympus Light Photomicroscope with bright field and dark field optics
    • Olympus Stereo Microscope with camera stand and fiber optics light source
    • Olympus BH Bright Field Microscope

    Life Sciences Preparation Equipment

    • Tousimis Samdri 790 Critical Point Drying Apparatus
    • EMS 550 Sputter Coating Device
    • Balzers HPM 010 High Pressure Freezing Apparatus
    • Balzers FSU 010 Freeze Substitution Unit
    • Balzers 301 Freeze Etch Apparatus
    • Edwards Auto 306 Vacuum Coater
    • -20°C Freezer
    • -80°C Freezer
    • standard refrigerators
    • pH meters

    Material Sciences Preparation Equipment

    • Fischione Instruments Specimen Thickness Model 150 Milling Grinder
    • Fischione Instruments Plasma Cleaner Model 1020
    • Fischione Instruments Low Angle Milling and Polishing System Model 1010
    • Buehler Isomet Low Speed Saw
    • Buehler Economet 3 Variable Speed Grinder Polisher
    • EXART Technologies, Inc. Block Drying, Reinfiltration and Polymerization Device Model 530

    Histology Laboratory

    • Microm HM 360 Paraffin Microtome
    • Leica RM 2155 rotary Microtome
    • Shadnon Cro-Microtome
    • Pelco Laboratory Microwave System Model 3451
    • Leica Auto Tissue Processor Model ASP 1300
    • Leica Tissue Embedding Station Model EG 1160
    • Lipshaw Tissue Embedding Station
    • Pelco Microwave System Model 3451
    • Bird Tissue Saw Model 1433
    • EXAKT Technologies, Inc. Biomaterials Cutting/Grinding Apparatus
    • Fisher Scientific Isotemp Incubator

    Biochemistry Laboratory Equipment

    • Fisher Scientific Rad Prep Cell Model 491
    • Fisher Scientific Biotech Gel Dryer Vacuum System Hoefer Scientific Instruments HIS Eletrophesis Unit
    • Perkin Elmer PCR System 200
    • E-C Apparatus Corporation EC105-GThermo Spectronic Genesys 20
    • Eppendorf Centrifuges Model 5415C
    • VWR Temperature Control Water Bath
    • Precision Scientific Temperature Control Water Bath
  • Highlights of facilities available at the Feinstone Center for Genomic Research
    • Automated DNA Sequencing and Analysis
    • Oligonucleotide Synthesis
    • Gene Chip Microarray Technology
    • DNA Cloning and Protein Expression
    • Real Time PCR
    • Tissue Culture and Cell Transfection