1. Micro-Milling Machine
MiniTech Micro-Milling Machine is widely used for fabricating micro-channels or micro-structures on a chip using a G code. With this equipment, micro-patterns can be obtained on aluminum, PMMA and other materials with sub-micron resolution. The smallest mill bits available on the market is 25 micrometers. Additionally, this machine serves as a one-step working station as after calibrating the Z-axis and uploading the G code, the fabrication can be done automatically. Last but not least, safety tools and cooling systems are necessary while fabrication.
2.LabSmith Micro-Fluidic Work Station
The LabSmith Micro-Fluidic Work Station is used for performing micro-fluidics experiments. The station consists of three sections: 1) High voltage control (HVS448 High Voltage Sequencers), 2) Visualization (SVM340 Synchronized Video Microscope) 3) Automated Fluid Control and Routing. The HVS448 provides eight channels of high-voltage output that can be programmed easily with the software to control. In addition, the SVM340 can be used as an inverted fluorescence video microscope. Moreover, the automated fluid control and routing provide an easy way to simulate phenomena of microfluidics and can also offer fluid control while performing experiments.
3. 3D Printer
The Form 1+ High-Resolution 3D Printer provides an additive manufacturing way to fabricate micro-chip with high resolution. 3D printer can be used as a complementary equipment beside micro-milling machine to manufacture complicated structures. Moreover, when fabricating microchip, the only thing we need to provide is a digital file, thus it saves a lot of time. Additionally, the resolution of this 3D printer can be as high as 25 micrometer. The maintenance of this equipment especially cleanness is very important, because the precision can be influenced easily.
4. Wax Printer
The Xerox ColorQube 8580/DN offers a convenient method to print wax on paper directly, thus after melting the wax, paper-based micro-chip can be obtained by forming hydrophobic barriers. This equipment accepts customized sizes of paper, thus before printing the format of paper should be designated. Chromatography paper and filter paper are two types of the most commonly used papers.
5. Biological Safety Cabinet Model: NU-475-600
The Laminar Flow Biological Safety Cabinet, (LFBSC) is a product resulting from the development of the “laminar flow” principle and the application of environmental controls as required in the field of biological research or chemical containment. In varying degrees, a laminar flow biological safety cabinet is designed to provide three basic types of protection:
- Personnel protection from harmful agents inside the cabinet.
- Product protection to avoid contamination of the work, experiment, or process.
- Environmental protection from contaminants contained within the cabinet.
6. Syringe Pump Model: Nexus 3000
A syringe pump is a small infusion pump used to gradually administer small amounts of fluid for research purposes. This system can “shift gears” to reach low picoliter rate and high 500ml/min rates – almost a 12 order magnitude difference.
The Nexus 3000 syringe pump can be equipped with a push/pull rack and a 10-channel infuse/withdraw rack.
7. CO2 Incubator
A cell culture incubator is designed to maintain a constant temperature and high humidity for the growth of tissue culture cells under a CO2 atmosphere.
8. Small Benchtop Centrifuge Model: Heraeus™ Labofuge™ 400-R
Applies centrifugal force to liquids to separate fluids of different densities. Ideal for processing average samples in routine research, biology and medicine applications.
9. Model 600E Series Electrochemical Analyzer
The CH electrochemical analyzer Model 600E is designed for the general use of electrochemical measurements. The system consists of exclusive components allowing a potential control range of ±10 V and a current range of ±250 mA. The device can detect current measuring down to picoamperes. Furthermore, the apparatus allows a broad dynamic range of experimental time scales.
The potentiostat unit uses a 4-electrode configuration which allows it to be used for liquid on liquid interface measurements. This diminishes the effect of contact resistance introduced by connectors yielding high current measurements.
In comparison to prior models the 600E series has major improvements as mentioned above allowing the device to have a very stable & accurate potential and current control as well as dual channel data acquisition at a high speed.
10. The Bacterial Culture Equipment
Descriptions from left to right:
Tuttnauer 1730MK Dental Steam Autoclave Sterilizer for Instruments
A mini pressure chamber used to carry out processes at an elevated temperature and pressure varying from ambient air pressure.
Incu-Shaker Mini Shaking Incubator
Compact shaking incubator with self-evident non-slip mats so vials will not go flying into space.
MyTemp Mini Digital Incubator, Heat and Cool only
An incubator capable of holding accurate and consistent temperature. This incubator can perform as either a refrigerator or oven for samples.
Gravity Convection Ovens
An oven with adjustable temperatures
11. Microprocessor Visible Spectrophotometer
This equipment performs Ultraviolet–visible spectroscopy or ultraviolet-visible spectrophotometry (UV-Vis or UV/Vis) meaning it absorbs spectroscopy or reflectance spectroscopy in the ultraviolet-visible spectral region. UV/Vis spectroscopy is generally used in analytical chemistry for the quantitative determination of different analytes, such as transition metal ions, organic compounds, and biological macromolecules. The analysis is normally carried out in solutions but solids and gases may also be analyzed.
12. VIBRA LF SERIES SEMI MICRO BALANCE
A balance capable of detecting weights accurately in micrograms.
13. Benchmark Scientific B3D1008 Mini BlotBoy 3D Rocker
This device is optimal for uniform mixing via the 3 dimensional motion of the platform. The tilt angle and speed allows a thorough and safe mix in gel trays, boxes, or any other flat vessels. Some uses of this apparatus is gel blotting, washing and staining. It is safe to use in cold rooms and incubators. Furthermore its flat mats are autoclavable.
14. VWR VORTEXER MINI
This equipment has a variable speed control of 100-3200rpm to allow gentle shaking to vigorous vortexing. Can hold up to 13 samples.
15. E-Gel® electrophoresis system
E-Gel® electrophoresis system is a simple and rapid electrophoresis equipment for DNA test. This system contains a built-in power supply and provides real-time monitoring of DNA migration and multiple built-in programs aiming at various applications. There are only three steps required: 1) Insert a preset E-Gel precast gel cassette, 2) then load samples and markers, 3) and run with preset or customized programs.
Our group has access to shared facilities at UIC (http://www.rrc.uic.edu), such as Nanotechnology Core Facility (NCF), Electron Microscopy Services (EMS) and High Performance Research Computing (HPCC). In particular, NCF hosts a wide range of equipment for microfabrication and testing of microfluidics devices, such as a Nanoscribe 3D laser lithography system, mask aligners for photolithography, Deep Reactive Ion Ethcing (DRIE), scanning electron microscopes and atomic force microscopes.
Photolithography bay at NCF