Capabilities

 

Our laboratory is a 2,300 square-foot research facility with three experimental capabilities:

  • Nanomaterial synthesis, self-assembly, inkjet printing, and 3D printing
    • Piezoelectric inkjet printer for material printing (FUJIFILM Dimatix Materials Printer, DMP2800)
    • Ultrasonic microplotter fluid dispensing system for material deposition (SonoPlot, GIX Microploter II)
    • Customized 3D Printer (MakerBot)
    • BotMini spray dryer (Buchi 190) for nanocomposite microparticles production
    • Ultrasound nozzle for spray deposition (Sono-tek)
    • Electrochemical cell tester (Maccor 4304)
    • Dipping robot for layer-by-layer self-assembly experiments (Riegler & Kirstein GmbH, DR-3)
    • Annealing furnace up to 1350˚C with variable pressure range and gas compositions (custom built)
    • Tensiometer for surface tension measurement using Wilhelmy method up to 130 mN/m with 10 µN/m resolution (Kibron, Delta Pi)
    • Viscometer for viscosity measurement with 1.5 ml of fluid and water bath for temperature control (Cambridge Viscosity, VISCOlab450)
    • Direct-Q3 System for producing ultrapure and pure de-ionized water (Millipore)
    • Balance (Mettler)
       
  • Microfluidic device "design-to-fabrication-to-operation" in 7 working days by soft-lithography
    • UV exposure system (350-400 nm) for photoresist patterning (ABM)
    • Hot plate for fast baking of photoresist films (Sawatec, HP 150-250)
    • Mixer for PDMS precursors (Thinky, ARE-250)
    • Stereomicroscope for alignment of PDMS layers (Nikon SMZ-1500)
    • Spin coater for wafers up to 100 mm diameter (Laurell Technologies, WS-400E-6NPP-Lite)
    • Hole-punching machine to create external microfluidic connection holes (Technical Innovations, Model Manual)
    • Plasma surface treatment system (Harrick, Plasma PDC-001)
    • Oven for curing and bonding PDMS devices (Daigger)
    • Balance (Cole-Palmer, Symmetry)
       
  • Real-time imaging during cell and tissue culture
    • Nikon Ti-E automated inverted fluorescent microscope with mono digital camera and NIS-AR image analysis control software in an In Vivo Scientific environmental chamber with independent control for temperature, humidity, and gas compositions.
    • UV spectroscopy integrated with SMA fiber optics and 18 µL micro-flow cells for concentration measurements (Avantes, AvaSpec-ULS3648-USB2)
    • Isotemp water-jacket CO2 incubator (Fisher)
    • Purifier class II Biosafety cabinet (Labconco)
    • Freezer-refrigerator (GE)
    • Centrifuge (IEC, Micromax microcentrifuge)
    • Vortexer (Barnstead International, Maxi Mix II)
    • Waterbath (Fisher, Isotemp 205)
    • Optical microscope (Basler Vision Technologies, A601F Firewire Mono Cam)
    • Inverted microscope with 4x, 10x, 20x lenses (Fisher)
    • 10 Syringe pumps (KD Scientific)
    • Balance (Cole-Palmer, Symmetry)


Major equipment includes:

  • Piezoelectric inkjet printer (Dimatix DMP2800)
  • Ultrasonic microplotter (SonoPlot GIX II)
  • Customized 3D printer (MakerBot)
  • UV exposure system for photoresist patterning (ABM)
  • Nikon Ti-E automated inverted fluorescent microscope equipped with an environmental chamber for long-term microfluidic cell culture
  • BotMini spray dryer (Buchi 190) for nanocomposite microparticles production
  • Electrochemical cell tester (Maccor 4304)