Supporting Facilities

IPRIME members have access to instrument use and/or analysis services through research conducted at the following supporting facilities.

IPRIME works within seven research partnership programs. Several of these programs also receive support from the National Science Foundation via the University’s Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC).

Reduced rates are available to members at these 5 facilities:

Characterization Facility
CharFac provides characterization of organic and inorganic solids, polymers, and interfaces. Specialists assist users and help them interpret results. Training is available to allow users direct access to instruments.

Polymer Characterization Facility
Contains state-of-the-art rheometry equipment and expertise support characterization of polymeric and other complex materials.

University Imaging Centers
The centers provide scanning and transmission electron microscopy including x-ray elemental analysis capabilities (EDAX), (hyper-spectral) fluorescence microscopy, laser scanning confocal microscopy with particular expertise in imaging living biological specimens.

X-Ray Computed Tomography Lab
An Earth Sciences Dept facility offering a X5000 high-resolution dual head 225 kV microfocus X-ray system that provides sub-micron detail recognition.

Tissue Mechanics Lab
Provides instruments and expertise to measure the mechanical properties of soft tissues and other biological materials.

Additional Facilities:

AeroCore Inhalation Testing Research Service Facility
Provides aerosol/vapor exposures to rodent animal models for the purpose of testing the safety and efficacy of inhaled materials.

BioTechnology Resource Center (Division of the BioTechnology Institute)
Fermentation process development and scale-up ranging from 5L to 450L, downstream processing (centrifugation, cell breakage, tangential flow filtration, chromatography), recombinant protein expression and purification

Coating Process and Visualization Lab
Specialized facilities and expertise support visualization of coating processes.

Experts at Minnesota
Profile database, which focuses primarily on journals in the biological, medical, physical, social, and engineering sciences (the database also indexes journals in the arts & humanities, the majority of which start in 2002).

High-throughput Biological Analysis Facility 
(HTBA Division of the BioTechnology Institute)

LeClaire-Dow Instrumentation Facility (LDIF) NMR lab — MS lab —X-Ray Lab
The LDIF is supported by generous contributions from Dow Chemical Company, this is a centralized facility for U of MN and outside users. It provides access to state-of-the-art instrumentation for mass spectrometry, NMR spectrometry, and X-ray crystallography

Nanofabrication Center
The Nanofabrication Center (NFC) is an interdisciplinary facility that supports faculty and industrial research within the Institute of Technology at the University of Minnesota, to support education, research and industrial collaboration in microelectronics and other related research involving nanofabrication.

Polymer Synthesis Facility 
Design and synthesis of custom polymer materials in lab- and pilot-scale batches.