Dynamic Mechanical Analyzer (TA Instruments Q800 and 2980, 0.1mN–18N, 0.01mN Resolution, 10mm Stroke, -150–600°C)

Screw-Drive Mechanical Tester (Instron 1125, 125N-100kN, 100mN-5N Resolution, 900mm Stroke)

Servo-Hydraulic Mechanical Tester (MTS 858 Mini-Bionix, 40N–5kN, 10mN Resolution, 100mm Stroke)

Additional Components to Mechanical Testers:

  • Environmental Chamber (MTS 651, -130–315°C)
  • Laser Extensometer (MTS LX 500, 8–127 mm range, 0.001mm Resolution)
  • Mini-Extensometer (Epsilon 3442-010M-030-ST, 10 mm gage length, +30/-20% strain, -40°C–100°C)
  • Custom Plexiglas Submersion Tank (allowing in situ stress-strain testing in solution) with Immersion Circulator (VWR 1112A, 5–100°C)
  • Custom Constant-Angle Peel Tester (stage and fixtures allow 0°–190° angle peeling within Environmental Chamber, meets and exceeds ASTM D6862-04)
  • 2 DC Power Supplies (GWInstek GPC-6030D & Staco 3PN1510BV)
  • G200 Nano Indenter (Agilent Technologies) with a 1.5 µm XY motion, a standard head (XP) with allowable loads to 500 mN, resolution 50 nN, displacement 1.5mm, resolution 0.01 nm, and a Dynamic Contact Module (DCM) head with loads to 10 mN, resolution 1 nN, displacement of 10nm-15 µm, resolution 0.0002 nm.
  • Tips include Berkovich, Vickers, conical, spherical, and flat punch.


  • Differential Scanning Calorimetry (TA Instruments Q2000, ACS air cooler (-90°C))

  • Thermo-gravimetric analysis (TA Instruments Q500)

  • Laser Scanning Confocal Microscope (LEXT OLS4000 Olympus) with a 405nm laser allowing resolution of 10 nm in Z, 120 nm in XY, 3D color, Differential Interference Contrast, and Light Polarization

  • 2 Optical Microscopes (Carl Zeiss and Olympus BH2-UMA, 5–50x)

  • 2 Polishing Wheels (Allied Twin-Prep 2) with accompanying grinding/polishing consumables including metallurgical etchants

  • CCD Camera (ImagingSource DBK31BU03.Hcolor, Point Grey Grasshopper3 greyscale, with Navitar Zoom 7000 optical lens)

  • Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscope with Energy Dispersive X-ray Detector, Electron Backscatter Detector, Electron Backscatter Diffraction Detector, Cathodoluminescence Detector, and E-beam Lithography (FEI Quanta FEG 450)

  • Digital Instruments Atomic Force Microscope

  • Olympus BX-51 Polarized Optical Microscope with Differential Interference Contrast

  • Scanning Electron Microscope (FEI Quanta FEG250) with Energy Dispersive X-ray Detector, and Electron Backscatter Detector

  • Electron Microprobe (JEOL JXA-8900) with 5 Fully Automated Crystal Spectrometers, Solid State X-ray Detector, Backscattered, and Secondary Electron Detectors

  • Powder X-Ray Diffraction (SCINTAG XDS2000) with Theta-Theta Goniometer

  • High Resolution Transmission Electron Microscope with Bright Field Detector, Energy Dispersive X-ray Detector, Select Area Electron Diffraction, and Scanning-TEM (FEI Tecnai G2 F20 200kV FEG)

  • FTIR Spectrometer (Nicolet 6700) with mid- and near-IR capacity.

  • Zetasizer Nano-S90 for the size & molecular weight measurement of dispersed particles, includes 4mW 633nm He-Ne laser (Size range: 0.3nm - 5 mm) at a 90° scattering angle.

  • Perkin Elmer LS-55 steady state instrument capable of anisotropy measurements.

  • PTI fluorescence spectrometer capable of emission, excitation, lifetime, and polarization / anisotropy experiments.  Nitrogen laser capable of nanosecond lifetime measurements.

  • Li-COR Odyssey Infrared Imaging system for Gel, Western blot and ELISA quantitative analysis consists of two near-infrared diode lasers (Em 685 and 785nm) and silicon avalanche photodiode detectors. 

  • NanoDrop 3300 Fluorospectrometer

  • Zeiss Axio Observer Fluorescence microscope with Evolve 512x512 10MHz Digital Monochrome EMCCD Camera capable of total-internal reflectance fluorescence (TIRF)

  • Confocal microscope: Zeiss LSM 700 URGB (405) with solid state lasers: 2 channel, 405nm, 635nm, 555nm and 488nm

  • Bruker 400 Ultrashield NMR

  • Forvis Technology XRD machine equipped with an Instec HCS 402 hot stage (0 – 350°C)


Polymer Materials Fabrication:

Fume Hoods with Natural Gas, Water, Vacuum, Air inlets

UV Polymerization Lamps (Blak-Ray B-100AP)

UV Polymerization Ovens (UVP CL100 & Spectroline XL-1500)


Programmable Force-Draft Furnaces (Fisher Scientific 10-550-126N & 10-550-14, 25°C–1000°C)

Hydraulic High-Temperature Bench-Top Press (Pasadena Hydraulics, 300ºC, 3000 psi)

Vacuum Oven (VWR 1410M, 25°C–260°C, 0.6ft3 capacity) and Vacuum Pump (Alcatel Drytel 31, 1x10-6 Torr)

Vacuum Oven (Across International AT19P7, 25°C–250°C, 1.9ft3 capacity) and Vacuum Pump (Across International EV9.110, 1.5x10-6)

Hot Plate / Stirrer (Fisher Scientific 401N0009, 25–540°C, 60–1200rpm)

Analog Shaker (J-KEM BTS-1500, 0-500rpm) equipped with Heated Reaction Block (J-KEM RB-20, 25–200°C)

Shaking Incubator (Biomega Incu-Shaker Mini, 5–60°C, 30–300rpm)

Vortex Mixer (Scientific Industries Vortex-Genie2, 600-3200rpm)

Homogenizing Mixer (Scilogex D160, 8000-30000 rpm)

Tip Sonicator (QSonica Q55, 20kHz)2 Precision Balances (OHAUS Explorer & Adventurer, Resolution = 0.1 mg & 0.1g)

Precision Balances (OHAUS Explorer & Adventurer, Resolution = 0.1 mg & 0.1g)

Ultrasonic Cleaners (Branson 2510, 40kHz)


Prototype Manufacturing

Mini-Lathe (Sherline Series 4400)

Milling & Drilling Machine (MSC 64162761)

Band-saw (Delta Shop Master BS100)

Automated Precision Cut-off Wheel (Struers Accutom-50)

Belt Sander (Craftsman 137.215280)

Bench Grinder (Craftsman 397.19340)

Buffer (Balder 486-026)

Manual Press


3D Scanning and 3D Printing

Artec Spider 3D Scanner (0.1 mm resolution)

3 Desktop Stereolithography 3D Printers

Stratsys Objet24 (240 mm x 200 mm c 150 mm, 28 µm resolution )

Stratsys Objet40 Prime (294 mm x 192 mm c 150 mm, 16-28 µm resolution )

Formlabs Form1+ (125mm x 125mm x 164mm build volume, 25 µm resolution)

2 Formlabs Form2 (145mm x 145mm x 175mm build volume, 25 µm resolution)