Research Facilities

Chemical and biological engineering students have access to a wide variety of state-of-the-art instruments and laboratories, including:

Analytical Laboratory

FT-IR spectrometer with microscope
FT-IR spectrometer with Attenuated Total Reflection (ATR)system
Laser-Raman spectrometer
HP 6890 gas chromatograph
Others (UV-Vis spectrometer,AA, ICP, Ion chromatograph)   

Bioseparations Laboratory

AKTA Explorer FPLC Purification System
Waters UPLC
Zetameter size/charge analyzer
Streaming potential analyzer
Reverse osmosis filtration unit
Ultrafiltration/microfiltration units

High Performance Computing Cluster(shared with Physics Department)
49 Nodes/568 CPUs Total 
2100-2600 MHz Processor Speeds
Software includes Accelrys Materials Studio, VASP, Gaussian, LAMMPS, Towhee, Etomica, CHEMKIN, and Comsol

Mechanical and Thermal Testing Laboratory

MTS mechanical tester
Setaram microcalorimeter 
Cincinnati micron injection molding machine

Microscopy Laboratory

Scanning electron microscope with energy dispersive X-ray and image analyzer (SEM/EDX)
Transmission electron microscope (TEM)
Atomic force microscope (AFM)
Interfacial force microscope (IFM, one of a half dozen in the world)

Process Design and System Analysis Computer Laboratory

IBM RISC / 6000 workstations
AspenPlus model manager (steady state process simulator)
AspenPlus speedup (dynamic simulator)
HYSYS process (steady state and dynamic process simulator)
Personal computer laboratory (Gateway 2000 Multimedia Pentium computers)
HSC software

Process Control Laboratory

Camile 3000 controller and data acquisition system

Reaction and Separation Engineering Laboratory

Combustion synthesis reactor
Centrifugal combustion synthesis reactor
SHS reactor
Supercritical extractor
Supercritical equilibrium, and variable volume view cell
Supercritical reactor