Faculty, students, and staff in the Department of Chemical Engineering at UF conduct their work in modern facilities and with access to state-of-the art instrumentation and services.
The department’s Unit Operations Laboratory has 7,875 square feet dedicated to educational experimental modules and was recently renovated thanks to generous alumni and industry partner contributions. Faculty and students conduct research in over 17,000 square feet of laboratory space, outfitted with state-of-the-art instrumentation.
Furthermore, they take advantage of extensive shared instrumentation available throughout UF, including the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering Research Service Centers and the UF Interdisciplinary Center for Biotechnology Research , among others.
Nanoscale Research Facility
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The Nanoscale Research Facility is a campus-wide resource, different from the normal model of departmental research labs. The NRF supports not just a single discipline, but instead stimulates interaction among the disciplines. Core research facilities and labs are established in NRF, and scientists from all colleges work together and share the tools.
The NRF is a two-story building with seven functional areas:
- A Class 100-1000 cleanroom facility for nanofabrication and bio processing
- Advanced electron, optical, and surface imaging laboratories
- Core research laboratories for synthesis, processing, characterization, assembly, and testing of nanoscale materials, devices and sensors
- General laboratory space for interdisciplinary research collaborations
- Offices for faculty, staff and users
- Interactive spaces for conferences, informal gatherings, user administration, and surroundings conducive to multidisciplinary interactions
- Building support and utility handling areas
Particle Analysis Instrumentation Center
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The Particle Analysis Instrumentation Center (PAIC) grew out of a National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center into one of the premier particle characterization facilities in the US. The PAIC provides the instrumentation and expertise to synthesize and characterize particulate systems for a wide variety of applications across a broad range of industries. There are over 20 instruments available for analyzing particle size, shape, surface and bulk powder properties along with spectroscopic, imaging and analytical instrumentation for chemical analysis and systems characterization.