Benjamin Hall 630 houses our main organic synthesis lab, and includes equipment, materials and chemicals required to synthesize many of the monomers and polymers we design.
Our general chemistry laboratory is located in Benson 335. This lab is used for chemical storage, sample preparation, and general lab supplies, and contains a refrigerator, freezer and fume hood.
Synthesis of many of our polymer materials occurs in these four labs, Benson 311, 317, 321, and 340. Each has a fume hood with vacuum and nitrogen lines, along with work space and chemical storage. Many instruments for polymer and organic synthesis and purification, including a lyophilizer, rotary evaporator, spin-coater, centrifuges and others.
Benson 331 is equipped with a biosafety cabinet, bacteria shaker, incubator and Nikon i80 epifluorescent microscope, and is where all our bacterial growth and material interaction tests are performed.
All mammalian cell culture work is carried out in Benson 315. This lab includes all typical biomedical research equipment (cryopreserve, incubator, water bath, fluorescent microscope, centrifuge, biological/laminar flow hood), dedicated refrigerator and freezer and a UV gel illuminator.
Many of our advanced surface, polymer, protein and particle analysis instruments are in this lab, Benson 327. These include aqueous and organic phase high performance liquid chromatographers (HPLC), a dynamic light scattering and zeta potential analyzer (DLS), an ellipsometer, and an automated peptide synthesizer.
Benson 329 has two pumps and a flow-chamber equipment setup that enables us to monitor long-term marine bacterial surface adhesion. The lab also includes a vacuum oven, thermocycle, centrifuges, UV-vis spectrophotometer, multimode plate reader, luminometer and solvent storage cabinet.
Five surface plasmon resonance (SPR) sensors are utilized in Benson 333 to accurately monitor protein adsorption to a treated surface and detect crucial biomarkers.
Atom force microscopy (AFM) offers exciting new opportunities to observe the morphology of materials with nanometer scale. This instrument in Benson 347 can also be used to measure local physical properties such as adhesion forces and elasticity.
We have two computer clusters that allow us to perform molecular simulations in Benson 320B. One cluster has 12 Intel Xeon Quad Core processors, and the other contains 16 Intel Pentium Dual Core processors. We have access to the University of Washington, NSF and DOD computing facilities.