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Current UT Core Facilities

Advanced Microscopy and Imaging Center

Core Manager: John Dunlap Microscopy Core
The Advanced Microscopy and Imaging Center (AMIC) is a multi-user, multi-disciplinary Core Facility that provides access to microscopes and imaging services in support of teaching and research for students, faculty and staff at UT.  The AMIC also serves external academic, governmental, and commercial users as well.  The AMIC provides users with access to cutting edge Electron, atomic force, light transmission, and fluorescent microscopy platforms along with expert consultation services.

Biological and Small Molecule Mass Spectrometry Core (BSMMSC)

Core Director: Shawn Campagna
The Biological and Small Molecule Mass Spectrometry Core (BSMMSC) provides metabolomics, lipidomics, and small molecule analyses to researchers both on campus and in our affiliated local and southeastern institutions.  The core houses 6 mass spectrometers and 5 computer workstations and provides project consultations and data analysis services.

CEB Bioimaging Center

Core Director: Steven Ripp
The mission of the Center for Environmental Biotechnology’s bioimaging facility is to provide cutting-edge biological imaging to the University of Tennessee community to enable superior research and quality result outcomes. Our network of sophisticated bioimaging instrumentation consists of two in vitro/in vivo/ex vivo/in planta PerkinElmer IVIS imaging stations and multiple multimode microtiter plate (1-1536 well) readers for fluorescent and bioluminescent imaging. While complementary to the microscopic imaging services currently provided by the Advanced Microscopy and Imaging Center, the CEB’s bioimaging facility transitions your imaging to the macroscopic level to enable visualization of light emission from fluorescent and bioluminescent proteins, dyes, and nanomaterials directly within living animals, tissues, cells, whole plants, and biomaterials. Staff is available to provide individual to classroom-level instrument training and assistance with data analysis to ensure that you and your lab’s investigational and developmental needs are optimally met. Whether faculty, staff, or student, if your research involves fluorescent or bioluminescent imaging, please come talk to us to see how we can help enrich, expand, and enhance your research and discovery.

Geoarchaeological and Paleoenvironmental Services Center (GPSC)

Core Manager: Howard Cyr 
The Geoarchaeological and Paleoenvironmental Services Center (GPSC) is a multi-disciplinary Core Facility established to meet the growing needs of academic, governmental, and industry users in soil, sediment, and microartifact/ecofact analyses. Laboratory analyses include particle size analysis (using a state-of-the-art Malvern Mastersizer 3000 laser diffraction Particle Size Analyzer [PSA]), organic and inorganic carbon analysis, pH and electrical conductivity measurements, geochemical sample preparation using partial and total digestion techniques, magnetic susceptibility analysis, and micromorphologic thin section analysis. In addition, the GPSC provides microartifact analysis and archaeological sample flotation services, a preparative technique for paleoethnobotanical and radiocarbon analysis. Housed within the University of Tennessee’s Archaeological Research Laboratory (ARL), an APHIS inspected facility authorized to receive foreign and domestic soil, the GPSC is also equipped to receive and analyze samples from around the world.

JICS Advanced Computing Facility

Core Director: Tony Mezzacappa
The Advanced Computing Facility (ACF) is made possible through a partnership between the Joint Institute for Computational Sciences (JICS), the University of Tennessee Knoxville (UTK), and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, faculty investment from both campuses, and other partners, with the goal of consolidating computational resources, user support, and investments across the State to provide researchers with a significant, regional-class computing resource managed by a national-class staff.

The ACF comprises ACF-Newton and ACF-SIP (Secure Information Processing) to provide environments necessary to meet the computing needs of faculty working on either open or sensitive applications, or both. ACF-Newton combines the Beacon and Newton clusters, which offers a computing resource that supports serial and parallel computing, in the latter case with and without coprocessors, and most memory needs, including the need for terascale memory per node. ACF-Newton is coupled to a petascale, high-speed parallel file system to provide a balanced system offering high-performance computing along with fast data access and ample storage. ACF-SIP is a rapidly growing environment providing both computing and storage resources to process sensitive data. JICS staff support users across the critical spectrum of user assistance, operations, scientific computing, and education, outreach, and training.

Use of the ACF is open to all University faculty, postdocs, and students. Faculty investment in the ACF is welcome, and encouraged. JICS has supported numerous proposals to federal agencies across the above campuses, and their colleges, and will provide the needed input and documents to support such proposals.

JIAM Advanced Photoelectronic Spectrometer Lab
The Advanced Photoelectron Spectrometer (APS) is a state-of-the-art experimental facility for the direct measurement of the electronic structure of materials of paramount scientific interest and technological relevance.  This facility allows direct analysis of the chemical and electronic properties of various forms of condensed matter that are at the forefront of scientific and technological innovation. These include Correlated Oxides, Physics of Low Dimensional Systems (surfaces, interfaces, and nanophase materials), Materials for Solar Energy Conversion, Thin film superconductors, Magnetic Semiconductors and Nanostructures, Hydrogen Storage, Lunar rocks and Soils, Water Hydration of Minerals, Characterization of Electronics (PCBs) and Biomedical Devices for Drug Delivery.

As such, the facility can serve a wide scientific community at UT. The facility will be an asset for the UT system and for a broad range of UT departments and it is thus expected to nucleate interdisciplinary research covered under several program areas.

JIAM Electromagnetic Properties Lab (JIAM EMP)

Contact: Dr. Rupam Mukherjee
With the continuing advancement of research capabilities in the materials sciences the ability to decode complex properties of materials is critical to the success of the researcher. To accommodate these needs, the Electromagnetic Properties Lab (JIAM EPS) provides access to both Physical Property Measurement Systems (PPMS) and SQUID Vibrating Sample Magnometer (SVSM) apparatus. By providing researchers with the ability to set a broad range of temperature and magnetic field conditions, JIAM EMP enables fundamental research in the materials sciences that are crucial for today’s cutting-edge research in a cost effective and efficient manner.

JIAM Electron Microscopy

Core Manager: John Dunlap
The JIAM Electron Microscopy facility provides electron and ion microscopy for all researchers in the UT system, ORNL, and other institutions. The facility is equipped with TEM, SEM/FIB and modern sample preparation for soft and solid materials. The facility is available on a self-use base and for service requests. The service request form is available at the bottom of the page.

JIAM Molecular Beam Epitaxy Lab
The facility consists of two interconnected ultrahigh vauum systems for molecular beam epitaxy (MBE), low-temperature scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), and atomically-resolved atomic force microscopy (AFM). MBE is currently the most advanced growth technique for synthesizing artificially-structured single-crystalline films with atomically abrupt interfaces and atomically precise control of thickness and composition. The MBE facility can produce novel electronic materials that are unavailable in bulk form and whose properties can be tailored by controlling the thickness, stress, or carrier density through the appropriate choice of the substrate or dopant atoms. The connected low-temperature STM/AFM module will be capable of atomic-scale imaging and tunneling spectroscopy down to 5 Kelvin, which includes capabilities for atomically-resolved conductance mapping and Fourier-transform STM. It also includes a magnetic-tip coating option for spin-polarized STM studies of magnetic materials.

JIAM Micro-Processing Research Facility (MPRF)

Core Director: Eric Lukosi
The Micro-Processing Research Facility (MPRF) provides researchers the ability to conduct micro-processing fabrication processes. Services include optical lithography, thin film deposition, capacitively coupled reactive ion etching, and silicon-based plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition processes. This equipment is housed in a class 100 clean room with all necessary facilities and supporting process equipment. In combination with other JIAM facilities, the MPRF provides researchers with the means to conduct cutting-edge investigations in materials science and engineering.

JIAM X-Ray Diffraction Core Facility

Core Manager: Michael Koehler
The JIAM X-Ray Diffraction Core Facility provides users with access to both the Panalytical X’Pert3 MRD and Empyrean XRD platforms to perform conventional XRD, grazing incidence XRD, high-resolution XRD, texture/pole figure experiments, fiber experiments, and high temperature experiments (among others). We are also able to accommodate radioactive samples (with prior approval) and air sensitive materials. These instruments are available for both assisted and unassisted use (with prior approval).

Polymer Characterization Laboratory

Core Manager: Katrina Pangilian
The Polymer Characterization Laboratory (PCL) is a multi-user instrumentation facility that is fully-equipped with state-of-the-art instruments to characterize natural and synthetic polymers. Instruments include a high-temperature size exclusion chromatograph (SEC), four room temperature SEC’s with a range of solvents, thermogravimetric analyzer, differential scanning calorimeter, dynamic mechanical analyzer, dynamic and static light scattering photometer, differential diffractometer, atomic force microscope, osmometer and a dilute solution viscometer. The facility provides researchers and students from UT and other universities, government agencies and private companies with the equipment and expertise to thoroughly analyze polymers and other advanced materials.

User eXperience Lab and Messaging Effects Core

Core Manager: Rachel Volentine
The User eXperience and Message Effects Core Facility (UXL) will offer researchers and other users the ability to test how people interact with a variety of technologies (including web services) and evaluate their reactions to messages delivered over a variety of channels. Instrumentation, spaces, and expertise required to perform these services are unique to our proposed core facility, including Heuristic Analysis; user testing; consultation services; usability training; messaging effects; and focus group facilities.

UT Genomics Core

Core Manager: Joe May
The UT Genomics Core specializes in sequencing and analysis of DNA using the traditional Sanger method and Illumina’s MiSeq next-generation sequencing platform. The facility houses equipment for next-generation library preps, such as a Diagenode Bioruptor, Sage Science PippinPrep, and Agilent Bioanalyzer. Libraries can either be prepared by users or by Core staff. The facility provides services to UT researchers and students, as well as those from other Universities, federal and state agencies, and commercial companies. Training in nucleic acid laboratory techniques is also available through the Genomics Core.

UT Water Quality Core Facility

Core Manager: Adrian Gonzalez
The University of Tennessee’s (UT) Water Quality Core Facility (WQCF) is a world-class laboratory analytical services organization located on the UT Knoxville campus. The WQCF specializes in providing analyses of aqueous samples for dissolved metals, ion composition, and elemental (carbon, nitrogen) analysis, and of solid samples for carbon content. Dissolved metals are measured by inductively coupled argon plasma (ICP) optical emission spectrometry (OES) using a state-of-the-art Thermo-Scientific iCAP® 7400 ICP spectrometer. Ion composition (both anions and cations) is measured by ion chromatography (IC) using a Thermo-Scientific®/Dionex® ICS-2100 (anions) and ICS-1100 (cations) system with background suppression for low detection limits. Elemental analysis is done by thermal combustion and infrared detection using a Shimadzu® carbon/nitrogen analyzer (TOC-L) for liquid samples or a Shimadzu® SSM-5000A solid sample module.  The facility is also pursuing accreditation through the National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Conference and Institute.

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