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ChE Labs

The Chemical Engineering Department’s six labs provide students with unparalleled opportunities to work with modern equipment and instruments. Find out more below.

 

Analytical Instrumentation Lab (ECS-110)

The Analytical Instrumentation Lab in ECS-110, used for faculty and student research, houses instruments for chemical and electrical analysis and optics and microscopy, as well as tools for handling chemicals.

Instruments to determine chemical composition include:

  • Nicolet FT-IR Spectrophotometer—uses infrared spectroscopy
  • Shimadzu UV-vis Spectrophotometer—uses ultraviolet and visible spectroscopy
  • SRI Gas Chromatograph with FID Detector—uses chemical quantities with gas chromatography
  • Keithley 2400 Multimeterto support educational and research projects in PEM fuel cells and solar cells.

Analytical Instruments for optical analysis include: 

  •  Zeiss Microscope with Hamamatsu Camerafor educational and research projects in microfluidics 
  • Paraytec UV Area Imagerto support educational and research projects in microfluidics

Computer Resource Lab (ECS-114)

The Computer Resource Laboratory in ECS-114 serves all courses in the ChE program. Students must obtain an account from technician Minh Tran. This lab's computers run:

  • Microsoft Office Suite
  • LabVIEW (5 major pilot-scale devices can be accessed online via LabVIEW)
  • PRO/II
  • LoopPro
  • MATLAB
  • COMSOL Multiphysics (limited)

Microfabrication Lab (ECS-214)

The Microfabrication Laboratory in ECS-214 is dedicated to ongoing educational and research projects in microfluidics technology at the interface of biology, chemistry, and engineering. The lab is housed in a Class 10,000 cleanroom. Read more about the Microfabrication Lab

Polymer & Advanced Composite Lab (ET-24)

Hours:  M-F: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.(by appointment)

Contact: Ehsan Barjasteh

The Polymer and Advanced Composite Laboratory specializes in developing and characterizing new lightweight materials and processes for applications in aerospace, biomedical, automotive, and other related industries. In particular, the research lab focuses on:

  • Out-of-Autoclave processes (VBO, VaRTM, RTM, RFI)
  • Automated polymer and composite manufacturing
  • Nanomaterial  
  • Multifunctional materials

Major equipment:

  • Cutters and polishers
  • Differential scanning calorimeter
  • Discovery refrigerated cooling system (RCS90)
  • Dynamical mechanical analyzer
  • Hot press
  • Industrial chassis computer
  • Injection molding machine
  • Kilns and furnaces
  • Metallurgical microscope
  • Rheometer

Unit Operations Lab (ECS-111)

The 2,000-square-foot Unit Ops Laboratory in ECS-111 is used for the two ChE undergraduate lab courses, as well as lectures. It houses eight pilot-scale and 11 bench-scale pieces of chemical process equipment as well as numerous analytical instruments. Read more about the Unit Operations Lab