Research Equipment

Purair® Advanced Ductless Fumehood

Air Science Purair® Advanced (P25) 59" wide ductless fume hood is a high-efficiency product designed to protect the user and the environment from hazardous vapors generated on the work surface. At the heart of the Purair® fume hood product line is the innovative Air Science® Multiplex™ Filtration Technology that creates a safe work environment over the widest range of applications in the industry

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Agilent 1260 Infinity II LC System

This Agilent's 1260 Infinity II LC system includes

  • Isocratic pump with integrated degasser,

  • Automatic Vialsampler wtih column heater,

  • Refractive index detector,

  • Dual channel variable wavelength detector,

  • Hi-Plex H column,

  • Chemstation software.

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SRI Gas Chromatograph 8160C

Multiple gas analyzer # 5 gas chromatograph includes -

  • TCD and FID detectors,

  • Methanizer,

  • Internal air compressor,

  • Two 10 port electric gas sampling valves,

  • 3 packed stainless steel column,

  • Solenoid controlled gas valve,

  • Thermostatted valve oven,

  • Temperature programmable column oven,

  • Single injection port,

  • Electronic pressure control,

  • Pressure programmable carrier gas

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Olympus BX 53 Optical Microscope

This fully equipped optical microscope for materials research includes -

  • Reflected and transmitted brightfield imaging,

  • Reflected darkfield imaging,

  • Reflected and transmitted polarized light imaging,

  • Nomarski DIC imaging,

  • Linkam PE-120 Peltier warming (-25 C to 120 C) stage,

  • Motorized xyz stage,

  • LWD Objective lenses 5x, 10x, 20x, and 50x,

  • LC 30 3.1 MP digital color camera 

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Form 2 SLA 3D Printer

Form 2 is the most advanced 3D printer that uses Stereolithography to print high-resolution 3D prototypes. Some of the important features of Form 2 are-

  • Maximum build volume of prototype: 145 mm x 145 mm x 175 mm

  • Smallest layer thickness of 25 μm, 50 μm, and 100 μm.

  • Laser spot size: 140 μm

  • Solvent compatible resins

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Fisher Scientific Isotemp General Purpose Oven

Oven specifications-

Model: Forced-air convection

Capacity: 66 L / 23 cu ft

Temperature Range: 50 C - 250 C

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Biologic Potentiostat SP 300

Potentiostat specifications-

  • Biologic SP 300 

  • 2 Channels

  • Potentionstat/galvanostat board with EIS

  • Current range: -500 mA to +500 mA

  • Voltage range: -12 V to +12 V

  • Frequency range: 10 micro-Hz to 7 mega-Hz



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Rotating Disk Electrode EDI 101

The rotating disk electrode systems includes-

  • CTV 101, Ba controlling unit for ED 101

  • ED 101 RDE

  • Speed range: 10 - 5000 RPM


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C-Flow Cell - LAB 1x1

C-Flow LAB 1x1 is a hand assembled electrochemical flow cell with the following specifications-

  • Electrode area of 10 mm x 10 mm

  • Electrodes spacing of ~10 mm

  • Working electrolyte volume of 1 ml from inlet to outlet

  • Cell frames made of PEEK

  • Includes flow distributors in electrolyte chambers for enhanced mass transfer


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RDE Cell

RDE cell for electrochemical measurements with-

  • 150 ml total

  • Borosilicate glass with five ports

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Micro-reference Electrodes

We have two micro-reference electrodes-

  • Fisher Scientific Accumet Ag/AgCl micro-reference electrode

  • Innovative Instruments Inc., LF-1-100, leak-free, Ag/AgCl micro-reference electrode

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Hanna pH, Conductivity, TDS, and Temperature Meter

Hanna HI 991300 combination electrode can measure-

  • TDS in the range from 0.1 to 999 ppm, with 1 ppm resolution

  • Conductivity in the range from 0.3 to 999 micro S/cm, with 1 micro S/cm resolution

  • pH in the range from 0 to 14, with 0.01 resolution

  • Temperature in the range from 0 to 60 degC, with 0.1 degC resolution

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Accuris Analytical Balance

Accuris™ Analytical balance from Benchmark Scientific Inc. incorporates electromagnetic sensor technology and precision mechanical components to offer superior weight determinations to a fraction of a milligram. The glass draft shield enclosing the weighing chamber has sliding doors on the sides and top for easy access to the weigh pan.

  • Quick-Cal feature

  • Capacity of 210 grams

  • Resolution of 0.1 mg

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IKA C-MAG HS Hotplate Stirrer

C-MAG HS 7 IKAMAG is a new magnetic stirrer from IKA-Werke GmbH & Co. Following are the specifications of the hot-plate magnetic stirrer-

  • 100 - 1500 RPM speed, and 50 - 500 degC temperature range

  • Powerful motor for stirring quantities of up to 10 L (H2O)

  • Fixed safety circuit of 550°C

  • Hot Top indicator >> hot surface warning to prevent burns!

  • Exact temperature setting via digital display (LED)

  • Bushing according to DIN 12878 for connecting a contact thermometer, e.g. ETS-D5, enables precise temperature control

  • Digital error code display

  • Elevated control panel for protection against leaking liquids

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Branson CPXH Ultrasonic Heated Bath

The Bransonic® CPXH digital bath is the most advanced ultrasonic bath yet. It features the benefits of heated cleaning with the ability to set temperatures from 20°C- 69°C. Following are the features of the ultrasonic heated bath-

  • Volume - 1.9 L

  • Degassing - can be set up to 99 minutes

  • Timer - can be set to 99 minutes or run continuously

  • Heated Cleaning - up to 69°C/156.2°F

  • Self-Adaptive Technology

  • Fully Programmable

  • High/low Power Control


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NE-4000 2-Channel Syringe Pump

NE-4000 from New Era Pump Systems Inc. is a programmable syringe pump with following features-

  • Holds 2 Syringes up to 60 mL each, can be different sizes

  • Infusion rates from 1.436 µL/hr (1 mL syringe) to 7515 mL/hr (60 mL syringe)

  • Easy-to-use keypad interface


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Masterflex Peristaltic Pump

Masterflex L/S Digital peristaltic pump has following features-

  • Variable speed up to 600 RPM

  • Flow rate 0.001 to 3400 mL/min with L/S tubing. Flow rate depends on drive rpm and tubing size.

  • Graphical LCD shows four operating modes continuous run, timed dispense, copy dispense, volume dispense. View pump performance continually.

  • Dispense by Volume in mL (0.001 to 99999 mL), L, or gal; Copy—1 to 9,999 dispense cycles; or Time—time interval of on/off cycles (1 sec to 99 hr, 59 min, 59 sec per cycle)

  • Antidrip function ensures dispensing accuracy


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Alicat Mass Flow Controller

We have 2x MFCs and 1x MFM. The specification of Alicat MC-200SCCM-D mass flow controller are-

  • Maximum controllable flowrate: 102.4% Full Scale

  • Response time: 100 ms

  • Warm-up time: < 1s

  • Temperature range:  -10 to 60 degC

  • Humidity range: 0- 100%

  • Maximum pressure: 145 psig

  • Pressure drop: 1 psid

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BRAND Digital Transferpette

The BRAND Transferpette S pipettes are the perfect manual pipettes for the most demanding applications in the lab. They include all of the features such as rugged construction, one-hand volume adjustment, complete autoclavability, highest precision, and Easy Calibration technology for convenient, long-term reliability.

  • Volume range 20 μL to 200 μL, and 100 μL to 1000 μL

  • Subdivision of 1 μL

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LCS-100 Solar Simulator

LCS-100 solar simulators are intended for researchers requiring the performance of a certified system over a small area of illumination. These 1.5 x 1.5 inch (38 x 38 mm) Simulators meet Class ABB as defined by the ASTM and IEC standards.

  • Class A spectral match

  • Class B spatial irradiance uniformity

  • Class B temporal stability

  • Low cost alternative for PV cell research requiring small area of illumination

  • Standards compliant to ASTM & IEC for AM1.5G operation at 1.0 sun output

  • Compact design - integrated power supply, ignitor, homogenizer and lamp housing

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Phi Quantum 2000 XPS

The Quantum 2000 is a high performance Scanning ESCA Microprobe with a minimum x-ray beam size of less than 10um. The patented, focussed, scanning x-ray source provides unequaled sensitivity for small area spectroscopy. Optical photographs, x-ray induced secondary electron images, or ESCA maps provide a point-and-click user interface for definition of analysis areas. The COMPASS software package used to run the Quantum 2000 sets a new standard for ease-of-use and automation capabilities in surface analysis instruments. Any type of ESCA experiment can be quickly defined and easily added to a queue for automated analysis. A new generation of ion gun and sample handling technology provide a superior depth profiling capability for thin film characterization.

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Computer Workstation

Dell Precision Tower 7910 Workstation

Dell's most powerful and scalable workstation featuring the latest dual Intel® Xeon® processors. Up to four graphics cards and optional RAID for up to eight hard drives. Following are the specifications of the workstation-

  • Dual Intel Xeon processor with six cores (effectively 12 cores) and 3.7 GHz Turbo

  • 128 GB RAM

  • >4TB of Data Storage

  • NVIDIA Quadro 8GB Video Card

  • Software- Mathematica, Matlab, AutoCad, SolidWorks, COMSOL (coming soon), Adobe Photoshop, etc.

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Shared Research Facilities

Electron Microscopy Services (EMS) at UIC RRC

The Electron Microscopy Services (EMS) at UIC Research Resources Center is a central facility offering access to following equipment on a pay-per-use bases.

  • JEOL JEM-ARM200CF: Aberration Corrected Analytical Electron Microscope (TEM/STEM)

  • Kratos Axis-165: X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy

  • Omicron VT-SPM: Scanning Probe Microscopy

  • Renishaw inVia Reflex: Raman Spectrometer

  • JEOL JSM-6320F: Field Emission SEM

  • Hitachi S3000N: Variable Pressure SEM

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Nanotechnology Core Facility (NCF) at UIC RRC

The Nanotechnology Core Facility (NCF) at UIC Research Resources Center is a versatile MEMS/Nano facility with one of the largest clean room facility in Chicago-metro area. NCF hosts a wide range of equipment for microfabrication and testing of microfluidics devices, such as a Nanoscribe 3D laser lithography system, mask aligners for photolithography, Deep Reactive Ion Etching (DRIE), scanning electron microscopes and atomic force microscopes.

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Research Computing (RC) at UIC RRC

Research Computing (RC) at UIC Research Resources Center is geared towards meeting UIC campus' growing research and education related computing needs. Extreme is a heterogeneous cluster with multiple generations of Intel processors that provide users with fast processing capabilities. Each node consists of 2 Intel Xeon E5 processors. The system includes high-memory nodes having 1TB of RAM.


Compute Nodes – There are three types of compute nodes, segregated by their processor and memory configuration.

Generation-1 – 160 Nodes with Intel Xeon E5-2670 @ 2.60 GHz, cache size of 20MB with 16 cores in each node. 128GB RAM and 1TB local storage.

Generation-2 – 40 Nodes with Intel Xeon E5-2670 @2.50 GHz, cache size of 20MB with 20 cores per node. 128 GB RAM and 1TB local storage.

Highmem – Intel Xeon E5-4650L @ 2.60GHz, cache size of 20MB with 32 cores per node with 1TB RAM. 3 high-memory nodes for large data intensive and multi core parallelizable applications.

Total of 203 nodes. Each compute and login nodes run on CentOS 6.5


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