The University of Illinois hosts a suite world-class research facilities open to faculty and students. Below is an incomplete description of these facilities.
The Frederick Seitz Materials Research Laboratory
(FSMRL) is a campus facility that fosters interdisciplinary research at the forefront of materials science. The FSMRL brings together world-class faculty and students in condensed matter physics, materials chemistry, materials science, and engineering in a highly collaborative research environment. The FSMRL boasts an exceptional array of research facilities including:
The Imaging Technology Group
(ITG) provides state-of-the-art imaging facilities for researchers at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This service mission is accomplished through two facilities: the Microscopy Suite
and the Visualization Laboratory
. The Microscopy Suite instruments include dissecting, stereology, fluorescence, confocal, transmission electron, environmental scanning electron, atomic force and near field scanning optical microscopes, and micro- and nano-XCT. Research staff are on hand to teach and aid each user in accomplishing his or her scientific goals within the Microscopy Suite.
The School of Chemical Sciences Mass Spectrometry Laboratory
provides services with capabilities in all modern methods of organic and biological mass spectrometry. Methods and ionization techniques available are: low and high resolution electron impact (EI
), low and high resolution chemical ionization (CI
), low resolution field ionization (FI
), low resolution field desorption (FD
), low and high resolution fast atom bombardment (FAB
), low and high resolution electrospray (ESI
), low resolution matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization (MALDI
(ESI and MALDI), isotope ratio (FI), GC/MS
(EI, CI, and FI), and LC/MS
(ESI). Mass spectrometers available are Micromass 70-VSE
, Quattro II
, Quattro Ultima
, and Q-Tof Ultima
instruments, two Applied Biosystems Voyager-DE STR
instruments, and a ThermoFinnigan LCQ Deca XP
instrument. There are three Hewlett Packard capillary gas chromatographs. Finally, there are HPLC systems on the LCQ and Q-Tof and a capillary LC on the Q-Tof.
The School of Chemical Sciences Microanalysis Lab
provides services for elemental analysis and isothermal titration microcalorimetry. There are three instruments the lab uses for elemental analysis: CHN
(for measuring carbon, hydrogen, and nitrogen in compounds), ICP
(for measuring all metallic elements), and TITRATION
(for measuring halides and sulfur). There are two instruments the lab uses for microcalorimetry: the thermogravimetric analyzer, TGA (for measuring weight changes of sample over a given temperature and pressure range under specific environmental conditions), and the differential scanning calorimeter, DSC (for the calorimetric measurement, characterization, and analysis of thermal properties of materials).
The Biotechnology Center
through our core laboratories in genomics and proteomics provides a state of the art research infrastructure to investigators both on and off campus. Our research facilities consist of the Proteomics Center and the W. M. Keck Center for Comparative and Functional Genomics. The Proteomics Center is composed of four units involved in protein and cell characterization: Flow Cytometry Facility, Immunological Resource Center, Carver Metabolomics Center, and Protein Sciences Facility. The W.M. Keck Center is subdivided into three units by their research focus: High-Throughput Sequencing and Genotyping, Functional Genomics, and Bioinformatics.
The Institute for Genomic Biology (IGB) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign was established to advance life science research and stimulate bio-economic development in the state of Illinois. The facility supports researchers in three broad Program Areas: Systems Biology,?Cellular and Metabolic Engineering, and?Genome Technology.Content to follow