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Core Facilities

UT Core Facilities

The UT Core Facilities are shared resources, available to all UT researchers and industry partners, often on a fee for service basis. These facilities offer access to high-end instrumentation, technical support, and expert consultation to the University of Tennessee research community and, in many cases, to external customers as well.

The Office of Research, Innovation, and Economic Development has contracted with Stratocore, a billing and scheduling system for use by UT Core Facilities. Stratocore will make interacting with the cores a seamless process and help these facilities streamline their accounting process. Click here for more information about creating a Stratocore account.

Advanced Microscopy and Imaging Center
Core Manager: Jaydeep Kolape

The Advanced Microscopy and Imaging Center (AMIC) is a multi-user, multi-disciplinary Core Facility that provides access to microscopes and imaging services, including electron, atomic force, light transmission, and fluorescent microscopy platforms along with expert consultation services.

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, allowing for the direct analysis of chemical and electronic properties of various forms of condensed matter.

Biological and Small Molecule Mass Spectrometry Core
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 Center for Environmental Biotechnology’s bioimaging facility provides cutting-edge biological imaging that enables visualization of light emission from fluorescent and bioluminescent proteins, dyes, and nanomaterials directly within living animals, tissues, cells, whole plants, and biomaterials.

Electromagnetic Properties Lab (EMP)
Contact: Rupam Mukherjee

The EMP provides access to both Physical Property Measurement Systems (PPMS) and SQUID Vibrating Sample Magnometer (SVSM). By providing researchers with the ability to set a broad range of temperature and magnetic field condition, EMP allows researchers to decode complex properties of materials.

Electron Microscopy
Core Manager: John Dunlap

The 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.

Ion Beam Materials Laboratory
Core Manager: William J. Weber

The Ion Beam Materials Laboratory (IBML) is a multi-user, multidisciplinary Core Facility that provides unique capabilities for ion beam analysis, ion implantation, ion beam modification and ion irradiation services.

Laboratory for Environmental Archaeology
Core Manager: Howard Cyr

The Laboratory of Environmental Archaeology (LEA) is a multidisciplinary core facility that provides services for the physical and geochemical characterization of archaeological and environmental materials and near-surface geophysical data collection.

Micro-Processing Research Facility
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.

Molecular Beam Epitaxy Lab
The facility consists of two interconnected ultrahigh vacuum systems for molecular beam epitaxy (MBE), low-temperature scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), and atomically-resolved atomic force microscopy (AFM).

Polymer Characterization Laboratory
Core Manager: Katrina Pangilinan

The Polymer Characterization Laboratory (PCL) is one of the premier academic laboratories in the world for characterizing polymers in terms of molecular weight, molecular weight distribution, conformation, size, and thermal properties.

User eXperience Lab and Messaging Effects Core
Core Manager: Rachel Volentine

The User eXperience and Message Effects Core Facility (UXL) provides Heuristic Analysis; user testing; consultation services; usability training; messaging effects; and focus group facilities that allow researchers the ability to test how people interact with a variety of technologies and evaluate their reactions to messages delivered over a variety of channels.

UT Genomics Core
Core Manager: Frank Loeffler

Sanger sequencing
Next-generation Illumina sequencing
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.

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 that specializes in providing analyses of aqueous samples for dissolved metals, ion composition, and elemental (carbon, nitrogen) analysis, and of solid samples for carbon content.

X-Ray Diffraction Core Facility
Core Manager: Michael Koehler

The 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.