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X-Ray Structural Characterization Laboratory

This facility houses the most modern, state-of-the-art, single crystal X-Ray Diffractometer.Capabilities include: Crystal Inspection, Cell determination, Data Collection and Processing, Structure Solution, Quick Structure (Identity), Low Temperature Data Collection. Private sector use available by arrangement.

Department(s): 

Biology
Chemistry
Shared Resource

College/Unit: 

Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Contact: 

D. Venkataraman

Location: 

LGRT 1534

Availability: 

Public

Research: 

X-Ray Diffraction & Scattering Laboratory

The X-Ray Diffraction and Scattering Facility is well equipped for experiments in both the wide and small angle regimes. A diffractometer with Bragg-Brentano optics can be used in either reflection or transmission modes. The facility is open to the UMass community as well as scientists from other institutions and industry.

Department(s): 

Polymer Science and Engineering
Shared Resource

College/Unit: 

Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Contact: 

Thomas Russell

Availability: 

Public

Research: 

Wood Mechanics Laboratory

The Building Materials and Wood Technology program provides training and education services as well as contract work and research customized to meet client needs. Faculty frequently provide professional presentations, workshops and training seminars in areas such as Wood Identification, Engineered Wood, and Use of Wood in Non-Residential Structures. The research facilities perform independent, unbiased contract work and research for example, Wood Testing, Market Research, and Product Development

Department(s): 

Natural Resources Conservation

College/Unit: 

Natural Resources and the Environment

Contact: 

Paul R. Fisette

Location: 

Holdsworth 104

Availability: 

Public

Research: 

Vibrational Spectroscopy Laboratory

The Vibrational Spectroscopy Laboratory houses several modified infrared and Raman spectrometers which are able to accommodate unconventional sample types. Spectroscopic analysis software, developed in house, extends the laboratory's commercial modeling packages to facilitate spectral comparisons and lends insight into the static and dynamic behavior of polymer chains.

Department(s): 

Polymer Science and Engineering
Shared Resource

College/Unit: 

Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Contact: 

Shaw Ling Hsu, Director

Location: 

Conte Rm A428

Availability: 

Private

Research: 

Structural Engineering Facilities

A combination of available facilities provides a diverse scope of potential projects. Primarily serves undergraduate classes, but will also be available on a limited basis for graduate classes and undergraduate research.

Department(s): 

Civil and Environmental Engineering

College/Unit: 

College of Engineering

Contact: 

Scott Civjan

Resources: 

Structural engineering application software packages are currently available including:, ANSYS (capable of finite element research of structural elements), STAADPRO, SAP2000 (both capable of modeling an entire structure evaluating global behavior AutoCAD and Risa, Experimental testing of large scale structural elements on site instrumentation small component testing and materials research is available

Availability: 

Private

Research: 

Semiconductor Spectroscopy Laboratory

Research in the Semiconductor Spectroscopy Laboratory has focussed on the characterization and modeling of advanced compound semiconductor materials and devices for optoelectronic applications.

Department(s): 

Electrical and Computer Engineering

College/Unit: 

College of Engineering

Contact: 

Neal G. Anderson

Resources: 

Optical Multichannel Analyser, Photomultiplier

Availability: 

Private

Research: 

Rheology Laboratory

Equipment located in the Rheological Facility measures the steady state and dynamic response of polymers undergoing shear. The complex rheology of many polymers not only constrains potential applications, but it also limits the way that these materials can be processed. The Rheology Laboratory clusters instruments that measure the mechanical and optical properties of various sorts of polymeric fluids (solutions, gels, melts) as stresses and/or strains are applied. Instruments to characterize these properties for solid polymers are located within the MRSEC Characterization Facility.

Department(s): 

Polymer Science and Engineering

College/Unit: 

Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Contact: 

H. Henning Winter, Director

Resources: 

To monitor rheo-optical reponse investigators in the laboratory have constructed a special shear cell that fits within a Zeiss optical microscope an arrangement permitting flow birefringence measurements for polymer solutions and conoscopy for flowing liquid crystalline polymers. A second home-built optical instrument makes possible small angle light scattering investigations for various types of polymeric fluids under shear

Availability: 

Private

Research: 

Polymer Theory Computational Center

Polymer Theory Computational Center is at the forefront of computing technology. The core of the facility is composed of: Two 24-node Alpha 533MHZ Linux clusters, total 50 nodes, One 8-node Athlon 1.2G Linux cluster, total 16 processor, and Three 32-node Athlon 1.4G Linux clusters, total 192 processors.

Department(s): 

Polymer Science and Engineering
Shared Resource

College/Unit: 

Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Contact: 

Murugappan Muthukumar

Resources: 

Five Linux computing clusters

Availability: 

Private

Research: 

Polymer Simulation Laboratory

The Polymer Simulation Laboratory performs pioneering research into polymer structure and dynamics using the full array of modern computational methods (Monte Carlo, molecular dynamics, Brownian dynamics, various numerical procedures for solving nonlinear differential equations, etc.). The computing array allows detailed atomistic computations of specific polymers.

Department(s): 

Polymer Science and Engineering
Shared Resource

College/Unit: 

Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Contact: 

Murugappan Muthukumar

Resources: 

Five Digital DEC Alpha stations, Silicon Graphics workstations, Digital DEC Alpha server, High performance processing unit

Availability: 

Private

Research: 

Nanostructures Laboratory, Keck

The mission of the Keck Nanostructures Laboratory is to provide access to material characterization equipment, technical support, training and consultation, as well as to perform a range of services for for the use of UMass community and as well as from other academic institutions and Industry.

Department(s): 

Polymer Science and Engineering
Shared Resource

College/Unit: 

Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Contact: 

Sekar Dhanasekaran

Location: 

Silvio O. Conte National Center for Polymer Research

Resources: 

Small Angle X-Ray Scattering Equipment

Availability: 

Public

Research: 

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