Core Research Facilities

Center for Composite Materials

The Center for Composite Materials was founded at the University of Delaware in 1974, and just four years later our consortium, Application of Composite Materials to Industrial Products, was established. Since then, we have collaborated with some 210 companies representing materials suppliers and end users in the aerospace, automotive, defense and durable goods industries.

Industry has provided more than $20 million in gift support to the Center in the three decades since we started the consortium, and we have used these funds to establish state-of-the-art facilities in our Composites Manufacturing Science Laboratory and our Application and Technology Transfer Laboratory as well as to support the work of our talented faculty, staff, and students.

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College of Engineering Machine Shop

The College of Engineering machine shop consists of a full-service research shop that provides machining, assembly and fabrication services in support of research projects and instructional laboratories for College of Engineering students, staff and faculty working on University projects.

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Interdisciplinary Science & Engineering Lab

The University of Delaware’s Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Laboratory (ISE Lab) is a hub of teaching and research on campus. The 194,000-square-foot facility brings together students and faculty from various disciplines to teach, learn and conduct research in a collaborative environment. Research provides content for the curriculum and students learn through the exploration of real-world problems.

Completed in 2013, ISE Lab engages students and stimulates excitement about science and engineering.

Inside you will not find large lecture halls. No classroom holds more than 48 students. ISE Lab’s four problem-based learning instructional laboratories feature lab spaces adjoining classrooms so students can discuss a problem and then immediately test a solution. UD faculty have designed curricula to optimally utilize these rooms.

Find out more by visiting ISELab – Interdisciplinary Science & Engineering Lab

Nanofabrication Facility

Housed in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, the 8,500 square feet state-of-the-art class 10/100/1000 and 10000 clean rooms represent a $20 Million investment. This world-class facility is fueling innovation in semiconductor device and circuit fabrication, microsystems and MEMs technology, nanophotonics, and nanobiotechnology.

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NMR Facility

The NMR Facility currently has six NMR spectrometers. The NMR facilities are located in the basement floor of the North Wing of Brown Laboratories (BRL). The 600 MHz instrument is housed in 015 BRL, and the remaining spectrometers are located across the hallway in three adjacent rooms (011, 011A and 021 BRL).

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Delaware Biotechnology Institute Core Facilities

The Delaware Biotechnology Institute is a magnet for life science research and development. We support multidisciplinary, collaborative academic research at all of Delaware’s research organizations including the University of Delaware, Delaware State University, Christiana Care Health System, Nemours / AI DuPont Hospital for Children, Wesley College, and Delaware Technical and Community College. We foster academic-industrial research partnerships and work to support the local bioscience industry (from start-ups to multinationals) in partnership with the Delaware Bioscience Association. We are also committed to inspiring the next generation scientist and the professional development of their teachers through our Science for All Delawareans outreach programs.

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During spring and fall semesters these rooms are typically used for courses; M-F 8am-9pm. Rooms are available for drop in when not used for classes or closed for maintenance. Rooms are unlocked M-F 8am-6pm. All other times authorized personnel may access the rooms via UD ID card swipe. Authorized personnel may enter Spencer Lab via card swipe at the west side handicap accessible main entrance. Access to Spencer Lab allows access to Ecalcs 1 and 3. Authorized personnel may enter Evans Hall via card swipe at the north side handicap accessible entrance. Access to Evans Hall allows access to Ecalc 2. Authorized personnel are: All college of engineering faculty, staff and students; AND; all non-engineering faculty and students taking engineering courses.

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Student Machine Shop

The mission of the student machine shop is to support educational programs at the University of Delaware by providing a safe and well supervised facility for students to have the opportunity for hands-on fabrication and manufacturing experience. Programs currently supported by the shop include but are not limited to Undergraduate and Graduate Curriculums, Honors Programs, Student Research, and Student Clubs. The prioritized list of users and activities in the shop includes:

  • Assignments for regularly scheduled classes that have been coordinated with the Shop Supervisor
  • Independent study or undergraduate research projects taken for credit
  • Student club activities*
  • Undergraduates and Graduate Students working with a faculty member on a teaching or research project*
  • Faculty and other university employees*

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WM Keck Imagining Facility

The W.M. Keck Electron Microscopy Facility is a multi-user laboratory at the University of Delaware and in the region. Anyone on UD campus or from outside who needs to use the facility for research/development and/or teaching is welcome to do so.

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