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Nanomechanical Test System

The Hysitron Triboindenter system is a state of the art Nanomechanical Test system purchased very recently with the support of NSF-IGERT and the NSF Center for Hierarchical Manufacturing.

Department(s): 

Polymer Science and Engineering
Shared Resource

College/Unit: 

Natural Sciences and Mathematics

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The applications of the TriboIndenter include:

Availability: 

Public

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Nanoimprint Lithography Laboratory

Nanoimprint lithography (NIL) is a new way of nanopatterning and a revolutionary solution to nanomanufacturing. NIL patterns nanostructures by the physical deformation of a deformable material using a mold. NIL can have sub-5 nm resolution and 1% CD control, and simultaneously achieve high-throughput, sub-10 nm structures and low cost -- a feat currently impossible using other existing lithographic methods.

Department(s): 

Polymer Science and Engineering
Shared Resource

College/Unit: 

Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Location: 

Conte Center for Polymer Research

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The Nanonex NX-2000 is a single wafer nanoimprinter for all forms of imprint (e.g. thermal, photo-curable, and embossing) without alignment. The tool offers excellent uniformity regardless of the roughness of the backside of the substrate and mold, minimum relative lateral shift between the wafer and mold, very small thermal mass and hence rapid heating and cooling time.

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Public

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Mass Spectrometry Center

The facility houses over $3M in state-of-the-art instrumentation for mass spectrometry and molecular weight determination, making it one of the best equiped laboratories in the area. To become an authorized user, please contact the Director for training. Note that there is an hourly usage fee.

Department(s): 

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Biology
Chemical Engineering
Chemistry
Polymer Science and Engineering
Shared Resource

College/Unit: 

Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Contact: 

Stephen Eyles, Director

Location: 

Conte National Center for Polymer Research

Resources: 

Bruker Daltonics Reflex III MALDI-TOF, JEOL MStation JMS700 (High resolution two-sector spectrometer)

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Public

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Food Biophysics and Nanotechnology Laboratory

Capabilities of the Food Bionphysics and Nanotechnology (FBNL) include the formation and preparation of nanoparticles and nanofibers from food biopolymers using techniques such as electrospinning and ultrafiltration. The FBNL develops nanoscalar encapsulation systems, delivery mechanisms for bioactives and antimicrobials. Other areas of research interest include biofilm remediation, surfactant and detergents in foods, high-intensity ultrasonication. Off-campus clients may access FBNL instrumentation and expertise by arrangemeent with the Lab director.

Department(s): 

Food Science

College/Unit: 

Natural Resources and the Environment

Contact: 

Jochen Weiss

Location: 

234 Chenoweth Laboratory

Resources: 

texture analyzer (Instron), dynamic surface tension and contact angle analyzer (Kruess), dynamic mechanical analyzer (Seiko), spiral plater (biotek), microplate array spectrophotometer (Biotek)

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Public

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Electron Microscopy Laboratory, Keck

W.M. Keck Electron Microscopy Laboratory is a part of the Materials Research Science and Engineering Center and the Silvio O. Conte National Center for Polymer Research at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. It is equipped with several transmission electron microscopes, scanning electron microscopes and related sample preparation equipment for the use of the UMass community as well as people from outside the University.

Department(s): 

Physics
Polymer Science and Engineering
Shared Resource

College/Unit: 

Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Contact: 

Alexander E. Ribbe

Location: 

Silvio O. Conte National Center for Polymer Research, Rooms B 161 - B 171

Resources: 

100kV transmission electron microscope (JEOL 100CX), sample preparation equipment

Availability: 

Public

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