Research Facilities

UIUC takes seriously the facilitation of both disciplinary and interdisciplinary research, being home to many research centers, institutes, programs, and initiatives. Importantly, these facilities not only provide cutting-edge infrastructure but house a great number of specialists, enabling interactions between young researchers, students, and postdocs that use this infrastructure for collaborations with faculty. Some of these important facilities include Materials Research Lab, Beckman, National Center for Supercomputing Applications, Roy J. Carver Biotechnology Center, Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology , and Nick Holonyak Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory. Interdisciplinary research at CEE includes but is not restricted to, sustainable infrastructure, environmental hazards, water energy, materials, and multi-scale computation.

PhD research student Kangdi Sun sets up an atomic force microscope at the Newmark Civil Engineering Laboratory. Together with Prof. Rosa Espinosa Marzal, they used the data to study how certain molecules in the fluid of the knee joint contribute to a protective film on the cartilage in the knees, as well as how that film can’t form in osteoarthritis.

Modeling and Data Science Laboratories

Professor Zhao: Urban Climate AI Lab

Professor Tessum: Atmospheric Modeling, Impact Assessment, Machine Learning Lab

Professor Horowitz: Atmospheric Chemistry, Biogeochemistry-Climate-Health Lab

Experimentation Laboratories

Professor Nguyen: Pathogen Research Lab

Professor Marinas: William Richardson Disinfection Lab

Professor Verma: Aerosols & Air Quality Lab

Professor Verma: Environmental Toxicity Lab

Professor Espinosa-Marzal: Nano-enabled & Interfacial Processes Lab

Professor Espinosa-Marzal: Materials Chemistry Lab

Professor Wei: Environmental Synthetic & Molecular Biology Lab

Professor Guest: Sustainable Technology lab | Quantitative Sustainable Design QSD Lab

Professor Guest: Green Roof Lab

Professor Cusick: Sustainable Water & Wastewater Treatment Technologies Lab

Named Laboratories

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