Physical Sciences and Engineering Core Facilities
The Central Shop’s machinists build precision instruments for University scientists. Although housed in the Physical Sciences Division, the shop’s services are available to physicians and researchers campus-wide.
The Searle Cleanroom and Nanofabrication Facility is open to all UChicago researchers. The cleanroom houses a variety of deposition, etching, lithography and device characterization tools in Class 100/1000 space. In adjacent space are facilities for handling chemical and biological samples, and a soft lithography laboratory.
The EFI E-shop has two engineers and a technician to help researchers design, build and test electronic projects for their experiments. Students working under a faculty member may work on research projects using state-of-the-art software, consult with the staff about design issues, and test designs with assorted equipment in the E-Shop.
The Institute for Molecular Engineering includes the Pritzker Nanofabrication Facility (PNF), an open-access, 10,000 square foot ISO Class 5 research cleanroom that provides advanced lithographic processing of hard and soft materials. The PNF is a state of the art cleanroom and nanofabrication facility, open to all researchers from UChicago and beyond.
The University of Chicago Engineering Center (UCEC) provides engineering services and support. UCEC has a highly trained staff of both electrical engineering and mechanical engineers.
The FIB-SEM facility in the Department of the Geophysical Sciences features a TESCAN LYRA3 field-emission scanning electron microscope (FESEM) with a focused ion beam (FIB). The instrument is capable of high resolution imaging, quantitative chemical analysis and mapping with x-ray detectors, crystallographic study with EBSD, and sample milling and liftout with the FIB. Staff offer training, operator-assisted and independent use of the instrument.
A full-service print shop and a professional design studio, with a staff of award-winning graphic designers well-versed in the latest technologies. Located in the John Crerar Library, Graphic Arts has been servicing the unique print and design needs of the University of Chicago since 1945 and is home to UChicago’s only digital printing press.
The Mass Spec Facility in the Department of Chemistry serves all campus users with 24/7 open access to both low-resolution and high-resolution molecular weight measurements and analyses. After consulting and training, users are able to qualitatively and quantitatively analyze organic, inorganic, and biological samples of gases, liquids, and solids by GC, GC/MS, GC/MS-MS, LC/MC, LC/MS-MS, MALDI/MS, MALDI/MS-MS.
MRSEC Materials Prep & Measurement Lab
The MPML provides shared research facilities for sample fabrication, processing, patterning and characterization. Instrumentation includes Scanning Electron Microscopes (SEM), Atomic Force Microscopes (AFM), an optical spectroscopy suite including a confocal Raman microscope, surface preparation and coating systems, thermal processing, and digital fabrication systems.
The Quantum Transport Laboratory (QTL) maintains a Quantum Design Physical Property Measurement System (PPMS), allowing for characterization of the electrical, thermal, transport, optical, and magnetic properties of a variety of samples as a function of temperature and magnetic field.
Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Facility
The NMR Facility in the Department of Chemistry serves the students, faculty, and staff across the departments of UChicago and affiliates, allowing users to obtain their own spectra.
The CHiSIR facility measures the stable isotopes of carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen and oxygen, including clumped isotopes in carbon dioxide, in a variety of bulk samples. Staff help users design experiments and sampling strategies, from using labelled material and following label incorporation to determining how much sample needs to be collected and what controls are required.