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Facilities & Equipment

Advanced Materials Characterization Laboratory (AMCL)

Director: Gerald Poirier

  • X-ray diffraction and scattering (wide-/small-angle) with in situ shear cells, liquids cells, tensile testing, heating/cooling, and electrochemistry
  • Dynamic mechanical analysis (oscillatory shear and tensile testing)
  • Thermal analysis (calorimetry and thermogravimetric analysis), autosampler, tunable atmosphere (air vs. inert gas)
  • Scanning near-field optical microscope
  • Enables characterization of structure from nanoscale to macroscale computation/experiment fidelity

UD Nanofabrication Facility (UDNF)

Director: Iulian Codreanu

  • Fully-equipped and professionally-staffed 8500 ft2 (Class 100 and 1000) nanofabrication facility.
    • Capabilities include:
      • 100 kV electron-beam lithography (features as small as 10 nm)
      • laser-write lithography for rapid prototyping
      • ion milling with SIMS end-point detection, which is critical for hybrid materials in IRG 2
    • Enables fabrication of test structures that allow control and characterization of transduction as well as devices to demonstrate emergent THz functionalities.

Keck Center for Advanced Microscopy and Microanalysis (CAMM)

Director: Gerald Poirier

  • Auriga 60 CrossBeam (focused ion beam [FIB]/field-emission scanning electron microscope [FE-SEM])
  • Talos F200C (200 kV FE-TEM with topography, cryogenic-TEM capabilities, Hummingbird accessories for real-time TEM)
  • Aberration-corrected TEM
  • Dimension-3100 V scanning probe microscope (SPM)
  • Multimode NanoScope V SPM
  • Enables detailed investigation of the interfaces and nanostructures vital to fundamental science advances in IRGs 1 and 2

Mass Spectrometry Facility (MSLAB)

Manager: Papa Nii Asare-Okai

We are located in the Lammot du Pont Laboratory and provide analyses for the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry as well as the entire university community. We are also a core facility of the Delaware Biotechnology Institute.

At present we have a wide variety of instruments using EI, CI, FD, ESI, APCI and LIFDI for analyses in GC-MS, LC-MS, MS-MS modes.

  • LC/MS and LC/MS/MS using Shimadzu LCMS 2020, Waters Q-TOF and Thermo Q-Exactive and Eclipse Orbitrap with Electrospray Ionization (ESI), FAIMS Pro Interface and Atmospheric Pressure Chemical Ionization (APCI).
  • High resolution accurate mass measurement (HRMS) of organic and organometallic compounds using Waters GCT Premier equipped with Electron Impact (EI), Chemical Ionization (CI), Desorption Chemical Ionization (DCI), Field Ionization (FI), Field Desorption (FD) and Liquid Injection Field Desorption Ionization (LIFDI).
  • GC-MS (low resolution EI only) using the Agilent 5973 system.
  • MALDI analysis of proteins, oligonucleotides, nanoparticles, synthetic polymers and macromolecules.
  • Mass directed prep purification is also available.


Director: Steve Bai

  • Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) is an essential tool for researchers across a wide range of disciplines, including drug development, polymer and plastics chemistry, biochemistry, nanotechnology, and materials engineering. NMR employs the same basic principles as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), a critical tool for medical imaging of the human body. NMR is used by scientists to confirm they have made the correct material, determine the purity of a sample, determine the structure of a molecule of interest, and to study how molecules move.
  • The University of Delaware NMR Center supports the research efforts of over 400 users from 58 research groups across 4 colleges and 11 departments at UD as well as multiple academic and industrial collaborators in the region. Currently, the Center is home to 9 NMR spectrometers ranging from 9.4 to 20.0 T (400-850 MHz) in magnetic field strength, with a full range of capabilities from solution to solid state to HR-MAS NMR, as well as an EPR spectrometer.
  • Eight of the NMR instruments are housed in the 4,650 sq ft NMR Magnet Hall in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and are connected to a helium recovery system. One of these instruments is located in the APBio building on UD’s Star Campus. All these instruments are equipped with state-of-the-art probes for general and specialized applications to meet the needs of our diverse user group.