Research at the Biodesign Center for Sustainable Macromolecular Materials and Manufacturing is supported by world-class instrumentation housed in ASU core and shared facilities. Select core facilities of special interest to those working in the area of soft matter research are listed below by category.
SM3 Shared Facility
Located in Biodesign C144, the Shared Facility offers state-of-the-art instrumentation for researchers within SM3 to characterize and determine the structure-property relationships of their materials.
Phenom XL G2 SEM
Scanning Electron Microscope can magnify up to 200,000 x with < 10 nm resolution for imaging materials.
LNXOR Au Sputter Coater
Sputter Coater deposits nm layers of gold to prepare samples for SEM.
TA Discovery DSC 25
Differential Scanning Calorimeter measures the change in heat capacity of material to determine thermal transitions between -180 °C to 725 °C.
TA Discovery DMA 850
Dynamic Mechanical Analyzer determines storage modulus, loss modulus, tan delta, creep, stress relaxation and more of materials between -150 °C to 600 °C.
TA DMA Q800
Dynamic Mechanical Analyzer determines storage modulus, loss modulus, tan delta, creep, stress relaxation and more of materials up to 600 °C.
Envision One cDLM Printer
Vat Photopolymerization based printer uses light to catalyze chemical reactions to print 3-dimensional materials with low viscosity material.
Asiga Max Printer
Vat Photopolymerization based printer uses light and to catalyze chemical reactions to print 3-dimensional materials with low viscosity material in a heated vat.
Custom-Built Direct Ink Write 3D printer
DIW Printer uses light to catalyze chemical reactions for printing 3-dimensional objects with high viscosity material.
Malvern Zetasizer Pro DLS
Dynamic Light Scatterer measures particle sizes.
TA Discovery SA TGASA
Thermogravimetric Analysis Sorption Analyzer subjects a sample to various conditions of humidity and temperature while measuring the change in mass.
TA Discovery TMA 450
Thermomechanical Analyzer measures modulus and expansion of a sample with temperature.
Instron tests tension, compression and flexural properties of materials.
ChemInstruments Peel Tester
Peel tester measures and tests the adhesive properties of materials.
Olympus B51 Optical Microscope with IlluminatIR FTIR Accessory
Optical microscope provides visual imaging and a heated stage for both pictures and videos.
Circle Up Plastics
Located in the Biodesign SM3 Shared Facility in C144, Circle Up Plastics takes medical waste and gives it a new purpose through mechanical recycling.
Shini SG Granulator
Granulator reduces larger pieces of polymer to granules for extrusion in the Filabot Extruder.
Filabot EX2 Extruder with Extruder, Airpath and Precision Filament Winder
Extruder and Winder for creating filament for FDM 3D printing.
Fused Deposition Modeling 3D Printer
FDM printer to print thermoplastic polymer extruded by the Filabot extruder and winder.
Magnetic Resonance Research Center (MRRC)
Adaptive Intelligent Materials & Systems Center (AIMS)
Advanced Light Microscopy Facility
Ultrafast Laser Facility (UFL)
Advanced Electronics and Photonics (AEP)
Instrument design and fabrication facilities
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