Youngstown State University


Electrochemical Equipment:

  • Potentiostat – EG&G PAR Model 273 Digital with Computer Interface
  • Each one Bioanalytical Systems Models CV-2, CV-27 and CV-100 Potentiostat
  • BAS 100B/W electrochemical system. The BAS 100 instrumentation is equipped with:
    • PA-1 preamplifier
    • Computerized potentiostat BAS 100B
    • Two BAS C3 Cell Stands
      • One of which is set up inside a MBraun Labmaster 130 Inert Atmosphere Glove box
    • Graphitic carbon and platinum working electrodes
    • Silver and calomel reference electrodes

Inert Atmosphere Glove Boxes:

  • Two double MBraun Labmaster 130 Glove Boxes, equipped with:
    • Oxygen and humidity sensors,
    • Solvent removal system,
    • Touch screen controls,
    • Internal box cooling,
    • Internal charcoal trap,
    • Small manual controlled antechamber,
    • Large antechambers (manual or automatically controlled),
    • Each two inbuilt -35 °C freezers, – internal built in coldwell

FT-IR and Raman Spectrometers:

  • FT-IR Spectrometer – Thermo Electron Corporation Nicolet Nexus 670 FT-IR
  • FT-Raman Spectrometer – Thermo Electron Corporation FT-Raman Module
  • FT-IR Spectrometer – 2 Thermo Electron Corporation IR 200 Spectrometer
  • FT-IR Spectrometer – Jasco 410 (0.9 cm -1 resolution)

Gas Chromatography and Mass Spectrometry:

  • High Resolution GC/MS – Finnigan MAT 8340
    • GC, LC or direct insertion for high resolution mass spectrometry
    • Structure confirmation of organic and inorganic species
    • Resolution of > 10,000 (at 10% valley)
    • Mass range (m/z) of up to 8400
  • GV Instruments Iso Prime Micromass isotope ratio mass spectrometer
  • GC/MS – Finnigan GCQ gas chromatograph / ion-trap mass spectrometer, direct insertion
  • GC/MS – Varian GC with TSD Detection and Saturn Ion Trap Mass Spec Detection and solid Phase Micro Extraction, SPME, interface
  • GC/MS – HP 5890 Series II GC; 5970 Mass Selective Detector and computerized acquisition
  • GC/MS – HP 5890 Series II GC; 5971 Mass Selective Detector and computerized acquisition
  • GC – HP 5890 Series II GC; Flame Ionization Detector and Integrator
  • GC – ThermoQuest Trace FID and ECD Detection
  • GC – Varian GC; TSD and FID Detection and Computerized Acquisition

LC and HPLC systems:

  • LC-MS – Bruker Daltonics Esquire instrument with autosampler and both Electro-Spray, ESI, and Atmospheric Pressure Chemical Ionization, APCI, heads, inlets.
  • HPLC – Waters 2695 Separations Module with Waters 596 Photodiode Array Detector
  • HPLC – 2 Waters 1525 Binary HPLC systems with Waters 2487 Dual Absorbance Detectors
  • HPLC – 1 Varian Star Model 9010 with Variable Wavelength UV/VIS
  • GPC-SEC-HPLC – GBC Instruments/Polymer Labs GPC-SEC-HPLC system
    • Autosampler
    • Isocratic / gradient pump
    • Column oven
    • RI and diode array UV-visible detectors
    • Data system
  • Other miscellaneous HPLC systems

Flame – Plasma Atomic Emission Spectrometer and X-Ray Fluorescence

  • X-Ray Fluorescence – Bruker S2 Ranger XRF

UV-Vis and other Spectrophotometer:

  • 2 Diode Array Spectrometers – HP8452A UV/VIS
  • 2 Diode Array Spectrometers – HP8451 UV/VIS
  • Scanning Spectrometer – Shimadzu Model UV260 UV/VIS
  • Scanning Spectrophotofluorometer – Shimadzu Model RF5000U
  • Many miscellaneous spectrometers and spectrophotometers

Thermal Analysis Instrumentation:

  • Differential Scanning Calorimetry – TA Instruments 2910 DSC
  • Thermal Gravimetric Analysis – TA Instruments 2050 TGA
  • Viscometry – Cannon CT-518 constant temperature bath for viscometry measurements

Other miscellaneous Equipment:

  • Ultracentrifuge – Beckman Model L-8
  • Centrifuge – Sorvall RC 5C Plus
  • Automatic Polarimeter – Perkin Elmer Model 344

Center for Biomedical and Environmental Research (CBER):

  • Protein analyses: peptide mapping, Western blotting, SDS-PAGE, IEF/2-D gel electrophoresis
  • Beckman Coulter CEQ 2000 XL DNA Analysis System

Soft Surface Analysis

  • Atomic force microscope (AFM)
  • Class A Solar Simulator
  • Optical parametric oscillator
  • Pump laser
  • Raman Microscope
  • Surface prep facilities:
    • Mask aligner for nano-patterning
    • Advanced spin-coater for multilayer film preparation

Structure and Chemical Instrumentation facility

  • Three X-Ray Single Crystal Diffractometers
  • Powder X-Ray Diffractometer
  • X-Ray Fluorimeter
  • NMR Spectroscopy
    • Two Varian Multinuclear NMRs
      • 300 and 400 MHz
    • Varian EM-360
      • 60 MHz
  • Other Equipment:
    • Mass Spectrometry
    • Electrochemistry
    • Materials Characterization
    • Inert Atmosphere Glove Boxes
    • GC, LC and HPLC Instrumentation
    • FT-IR and UV-vis spectrometers
    • Atomic emission and XRF
    • Transmission Electron Microscope

The Photonics and Semiconductor Laboratory

  • Laser and photonics equipment for analysis of photoluminescence
  • Nonlinear optics and spectral analysis including:
    • 55-watt
    • 325 nm He-Cd laser
    • Quadrupled Nd:YAG 10-Hz laser
    • Doubled 5kHz diode-pumped Nd:YAG laser
    • PMTs
    • Monochromators
    • Optical Power meters
  • High power Nikon microscope (Eclipse ME- 6)
    • Objective lenses (up to 1,000x) for sample inspection
  • Computer interfaced Keithley and Agilent meters
  • Microprobes for I-V and CV characterization
    • Interfaced with a dedicated Dell Pentium 4 workstation for data collection
  • Student-constructed laser tweezer system
  • Two vacuum deposition systems
    • One fitted with sputter guns for DC magnetron sputter deposition
    • Other fitted with graphite heater for vacuum annealing
  • Well-equipped machine shop

Chemical Vapor Deposition Laboratory

  • Study of deposition of chemical vapors onto a solid substrate under atmospheric pressure and under vacuum down to 6 torr
  • The system includes:
    • A Varian 3800 gas chromatograph with thermal conductivity detector;
    • A Carbolite VST furnace with Mullite process tube capable of temperatures up to 1500 oC;
    • Mass flow control of up to four feed gases;
    • Automatic data acquisition of all process variables.

Corrosion Laboratory

  • Gamry Multichem 8-Channel Electrochemistry system to study the corrosion rates of coated and uncoated metals
  • Eight samples can be measured simultaneously
  • Critical pitting temperature system is included to determine at what temperature a metal begins to corrode for various corrosive liquids

Differential Scanning Calorimetry Laboratory

  • Perkin-Elmer Diamond differential scanning calorimeter equipped with HyperDSC
  • Allows the study of melting points and phase transitions of polymers and pharmaceuticals from -50 oC to 750 oC at temperature ramp rates up to 500 oC/min

Plastic Injection Molding Laboratory

  • Van Dorn Demag Ergotech EXTRA 55-200 with NC4 Ergocontrol injection molding machine with a 50 metric tonne capacity, 3-ounce shot capacity, internal mold cooling capability
  • Two ASTM tensile bar molds are available

Vacuum Casting Laboratory

  • Capable of producing silicon molds to study the effect of mold design on plastic parts prepared by vacuum casting
  • An Ellisse Vacuum Chamber with an MCP Vacuum Casting System is employed to produce and cure samples
  • A MCP Silicomat Vacuum Mixing unit is utilized to prepare silicon to manufacture molds

Strength of Materials and Structures Laboratories

  • 600 kip and 120 kip universal testing machines
  • MTS hydraulic pump testing system, MTS vibration testing system with actuators
  • MTS fatigue testing equipment with independent controls, torsion and impact testing machines
  • Machines for testing strains in different materials under various loading situations
  • P3 Strain Indicator and Recorder from Vishay Micro-Measurements with four input channels

Microscopy and Materials Testing Laboratory

  • Instron Universal Testing Machine: capable of tension/compression/flexure testing up to 30,000 pounds. Additional software automatically collects test data and provides real-time stress-stress graphs
  • Zeiss Metallograph & Nikon Stereomicroscopes: Light microscopes with digital cameras linked to adjustable 21-inch LCD display
  • Struers planopal and pedemax polishers/grinders: automatic grinder/polisher capable of rapid metallographic sample preparation
  • Struers Primopress: dual staging press for quick hot-mounting of metallographic samples

Scanning Electron Microscopy Laboratory

  • Cambridge Stereoscan 200 Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM): capable of 200,000 times magnification
    • Digital imaging upgrade allows for fast rendering of high-resolution micrographs and fractographs for a wide and diverse range of specimen types
    • Ability to generate highresolution images using the diction of the SE and BSE electrons
  • SEM Column and Specimen Chamber: The electron detector is able to receive both SE and BSE electrons for detailed microscopy
    • Tungsten filament, housed in the upper section of the column, is able to generate up to 30 keV for powerful, rich microscopy
  • EDAX [Energy Dispersive x-ray Microanalysis] unit
    • Liquid-nitrogen-free system coupled with Genesis™ software allows for powerful elemental analysis, including line, map and particle x-ray microanalysis.

Manufacturing Laboratory

  • Z-Corporation™ 3D Printer: allows for full processing of rapid prototypes on the 3D printer. In addition, molds for direct aluminum casting can be produced from digital data.
  • Thermolyne High-Temperature Furnace
    • Maximum temperature range is up to 2900º F
    • Capable of heat treatment of a wide and diverse range of materials
  • Van Dorn Plastics Injection Molder
    • Rapid manufacturing of molded plastic (a wide range of plastics can be used) parts

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