Industry experts, public invited to tour U research labs

Interested in exploring a few of the University of Minnesota’s world-class research facilities?

Next week, the U’s College of Science and Engineering and Office of University Economic Development will hold an open house of 10 research facilities specializing in materials analysis, molecular analysis and device fabrication. Register now to tour research facilities, speak with subject matter experts, discover ways to connect with collaborators, and learn about access to services and research equipment.

All are welcome to attend, from industry R&D experts to those who just want to learn more about research at the U. After checking in at the Physics and Nanotechnology Building at 115 Union St. SE. on the East Bank Minneapolis campus, visitors are welcome to come and go as they please.

U of M Core Facilities Open House
Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For more information about the open house event, contact the Office of University Economic Development at frontdoor@umn.edu.

Facilities offering tours

Biophysical Technology Center (BTC)
The Biophysical Technology Center provides state-of-the-art instrumental resources for optical and electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy, providing a venue for researchers to pursue their projects and develop their experience. Resident expertise in the center is available for consultation in sample preparation, data acquisition and data analysis.

Characterization Facility (CharFac)
The Characterization Facility is a multi-user, shared instrumentation facility for materials research spanning from nanotechnology to biology and medicine. Its analytical capabilities include microscopy, elemental and chemical imaging, atomic and molecular structure analysis, nanomechanical and nanotribological probes, and other tools for surface and thin-film metrology.

Chemistry Mass Spectrometry Laboratory
The Department of Chemistry Mass Spectrometry Laboratory provides mass spectrometry expertise, methodology and instrumentation. The lab currently occupies about 2,000 square feet in Kolthoff Hall as part of the Leclaire-Dow Chemical Instrumentation Facility that also includes the X-Ray Crystallography Laboratory and the NMR Lab.

Chemistry Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Laboratory (NMR Lab)
The Department of Chemistry Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Laboratory provides access to NMR equipment and expertise. The lab offers a wide range of services to external organizations, including standard one- and two-dimensional proton, carbon, fluorine and phosphorous experiments as well as more exotic nuclei like lithium, deuterium, nitrogen, boron, silicon and aluminum.

Coating Process Laboratory (CPFP)
The Coating Process Laboratory is equipped with instruments and high-speed cameras for measuring and visualizing phenomena associated with coating processes. Research in CPFP is designed to educate students, involve industry partners and lead to fundamental discoveries important to the coating industry.

Institute for Therapeutics Discovery and Development (ITDD)
The Institute for Therapeutics Discovery and Development creates opportunities for drug discovery and early pre-clinical drug development through research collaborations. The institute’s cutting-edge scientific facilities and equipment span 20,000 square feet with labs that focus on chemical process development, medicinal chemistry, pharmacology, purification and more.

Minnesota Nano Center (MNC)
The Minnesota Nano Center is a state-of-the-art facility for interdisciplinary research in nanoscience and applied nanotechnology. The center has more than $20 million in equipment to support researchers working in three main areas of nanotechnology — small-scale devices, nano materials and biomedical applications of nanotech.

Minnesota NMR Center (MNMR)
The Minnesota NMR Center features state-of-the-art instrumental resources, providing researchers with a venue to pursue their projects and develop their experience in nuclear magnetic resonance methods. High field NMR instruments available to researchers include: a 900 MHz, 850 MHz, two 700 MHz, two 600 MHz, and two 600 MHz and 700 MHz solid state NMR spectrometers.

Polymer Characterization Facility
The Polymer Characterization Facility offers training and instruments for advanced rheological and thermal measurements of polymers. Facility equipment includes rotational rheometers, extensional rheometers, capillary rheometer, mixers, differential scanning calorimetry and gel permeation chromatography (polymer molecular weight).

University Imaging Centers (UIC)
The University Imaging Centers are a network of core imaging facility locations for advanced optical imaging and basic electron microscopy. The UIC provides more than two dozen advanced imaging systems in the design of imaging experiments, training on suitable imaging systems and subsequent image processing, visualization and analysis.