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X-Ray Fluorescence Laboratory

Facility provides high quality major and trace element XRF analyses of a wide range of geological materials. It is a regional analytical facility serving the research needs of faculty and students at UMass, other members of the local Five College community, and a wide spectrum of geologists and their students throughout the country. X-Ray Fluorescence analytical methods have been used extensively for the analyses of lunar rocks, meteorites, and a wide range of terrestrial materials.

Department(s): 

Geosciences
Shared Resource

College/Unit: 

Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Contact: 

Michael Rhodes

Availability: 

Public

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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: 

Stable Isotope Laboratory

Housed in a completely renovated two-room facility, Stable Isotope Laboratory systems allow automated analysis of O and C isotope ratios of carbonates, O and H isotopes of water, C isotope if DIC, and H, C, O, N and S isotopes of combustible or pyrolizable material.

Department(s): 

Geosciences

College/Unit: 

Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Resources: 

Gas Bench II

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: 

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Spectroscopy Laboratory

The High-Field NMR Facility at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is an interdepartmental facility, open to researchers of the Five Colleges Consortium (UMass Amherst, Smith, Mt. Holyoke, Amherst and Hampshire Colleges) and surrounding industries. It supports research programs of twenty groups in the areas of chemical synthesis, polymer chemistry, materials science, and natural products.

Contact: 

Weiguo Hu

Location: 

LGRT

Resources: 

All NMRs are equipped with a sample changer, pulsed field gradients, and multinuclear probes and can meet the needs of almost any routine use

Availability: 

Public

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: 

Muscle Biology and Imaging Laboratory

The mission of the laboratory is to unravel the complex mechanisms of human skeletal muscle function. To accomplish this, we study the muscle's response to an environmental challenge, such as overexertion, disuse, and training. Our studies currently focus on understanding the underpinnings of muscle damage, atrophy, and hypertrophy and their functional outcomes.

Department(s): 

Kinesiology

College/Unit: 

Public Health and Health Sciences

Contact: 

Priscilla Clarkson

Resources: 

Spot insight QE camera, EclipseNET 1.16, EC135-90 power supply, IEC MicroMax RF refrigerated centrifuge, Sorvall Legend RT refrigerated centrifuge, Ultrasonic cell disruptor, Ultra Turrax homogenizer, OWL electrophoretic separation systems for agarose and Polyacrylamide gels, VWR RNA Workstation, Fotodyne Image analysis system (UV and white light)

Availability: 

Private

Research: 

Food Biotechnology Research Labs

Specialized laboratory for plant tissue culture and plant transformation research

Department(s): 

Food Science

College/Unit: 

Natural Resources and the Environment

Contact: 

Kalidas Shetty

Resources: 

Laminar flow hoods, Chemical fume hoods, Plant growth incubators, Microbial growth incubators, Fluorometer, Analytical balances, pH meters, microcentrifuges

Availability: 

Private

Research: 

Environmental Engineering Laboratories

The Environmental Engineering Laboratories house a wide range of instrumentation in 40,000 sq-ft of the new (2004) ELab II building. In addition to instrumentation, the space accommodates graduate student offices and computing laboratories, 6 walk-in environmental control rooms, and a fully-instrumented and computer-controlled laboratory ozone contacting system, with liquid and gas-phase ozone monitors.

Department(s): 

Shared Resource

College/Unit: 

College of Engineering

Contact: 

Dave Reckhow

Resources: 

Ion Chromatographs employing Chemical Suppression, Total Organic Carbon Analyzers, Flow measuring devices for flowing surface waters, Capillary Gas Chromatographs, Liquid Chromatograph - Mass Spectrometers, Liquid Chromatographs, Total Organic Halide Analyzers, Purge & Trap Units

Availability: 

Private

Research: 

Electron Paramagnetic Resonance Facility

In 2005, the Chemistry Department at UMass-Amherst received a major NSF-CRIF grant that enabled the purchase of a Bruker Elexsys E-500 electron spin resonance system to replace its aging ESP-300E X-band spectrometer.

Department(s): 

Chemistry
Shared Resource

College/Unit: 

Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Contact: 

Paul Lahti

Location: 

LGRT

Resources: 

It has both X-band (9.5 GHz) and Q-band (34 GHz) capability over 0-12000 gauss, with variable temperature attachments allowing X-band measurements from 4.2-475 K, and Q-band from 4.2-300 K. Several types of cavities are available (although ENDOR at present is not available), including one that allows X-band and Q-band in situ photolysis capability.

Availability: 

Public

Research: 

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