This is our general chemistry lab. We have over 200 chemicals in this laboratory stored in two refrigerators and a freezer. It also contains general lab supplies used by our group.
This lab contains one lyophilization instrument which can freeze-dry water-based samples. Organic synthesis and preparation can also be performed here.
This lab contains a manifold vacuum line, vacuum pump and evaporator. The lab can be used for general organic/polymer synthesis, especially for research on living/controlled polymerization (ATRP, RAFT, GTP, etc.).
The polymer synthesis lab contains a fume hood equipped with a vacuum line where most of the synthetic work is conducted. There is a chemical cabinet where most of the solid chemicals from the whole group are stored. There a few large instruments too, like a low speed centrifuge (< 3000 rpm) and a homogenizer for nanoparticle preparation.
Another polymer lab. This room is equipped with a chemical hood, a spin-coater that allows us to create micrometer-thickness surface coatings, and a roto-evaporator on which we can separate a solute from a solvent.
The Marine Coating Lab has two pumps and a whole setup of flow-chamber equipment that enables researchers to monitor long term marine bacteria surface adhesion. The lab also has a vacuum oven, and high temperature thermocycle, two centrifuges, a glove box, a UV-vis spectrophotometer, and 2 autoclaves.
The Tissue Culture lab is where we grow mammalian cells on which we can test the in vitro biological effects of the materials we develop. This research must be done in a bacteria-free environment, so this room is equipped with a biological safety cabinet. We also have a cryopreserve for storing cells, an incubator for growing them, two gel electrophoresis set-ups, and other standard equipment for working with cells.
This lab is equipped with one biosafty cabinet, one bacteria shaker, one incubator and one Nikon i80 epifluorescent. Most basic bacteria culture and manipulation is performed in this room.
The biosensor lab contains three surface plasmon resonance (SPR) biosensors. SPRs allow us to see protein adsorb to a surface and can help us detect many chemicals, including cancer markers.
The atom force microscopy (AFM) offers exciting new opportunities to observe the morphology of materials with nanometer scale. Also, it can be used to measure local physical properties such as adhesion forces and elasticity.
This lab contains a lot of our more advanced surface and particle analysis devices. It contains aqueous and organic phase high performance liquid chromatography devices, a dynamic light scattering and zeta potential analyzer, and an ellipsometer. These devices are capable of measuring many characteristics of surfaces and particles including surface thickness, particle size, particle charge, hydrophobicity, and many others.
We have two computer clusters that allow us to perform simulations of molecules. One cluster, shown in the picture, has 12 Intel Xeon Quad Core processors. Our other cluster contains 16 Intel Pentium Dual Core processors. These two clusters allow us to simulate many thousands of atoms.
The new lab in Benjamin Hall is a general organic/polymer synthesis lab, containing two fume hoods, a manifold vacuum line, a vacuum pump, a vacuum oven and a rotary evaporator.