Institutes, Centers and Core Facilities

Thriving research institutes and centers at the University of Delaware reflect the diversity and rigor of UD’s research interests and activity as well as our commitment to improving the quality of life in Delaware and beyond. Our academic landscape is shaped by these partnerships and plays a strategic role in bringing scholars and scientists together at UD.
Data Science Institute
Research Institute

Data Science Institute

DIRECTOR: Cathy H. Wu, Ph.D.

ADDRESS: University of Delaware Tower at STAR, Suite 614, 100 Discovery Blvd, Newark, DE 19713

CONTACT: Data Science Institute

Institute OVERVIEW: As the vast resource of new and diverse datasets are rapidly becoming available in nearly every aspect of life, data science has the potential to advance human understanding in all branches of science and humanities, and, address grand challenges facing society. The Data Science Institute plans to combine disparate, dynamic, and distributed datasets and enable everything from predicting the future behavior of complex systems to precise medical treatments, smart energy usage, and focused educational curricula. The mission of the Data Science Institute is to accelerate research in data science, serving as a nucleating effort to catalyze interdisciplinary research collaborations across fields impacting our society.

Delaware Biotechnology Institute
Research Institute

Delaware Biotechnology Institute

DIRECTOR: John Koh, Ph.D.

ADDRESS: 15 Innovation Way, Newark, DE 19711

Institute OVERVIEW: The Delaware Biotechnology Institute is a magnet for life science research and development. We support multidisciplinary, collaborative academic research at all of Delaware’s research organizations including the University of Delaware, Delaware State University, Christiana Care Health System, Nemours / AI DuPont Hospital for Children, Wesley College, and Delaware Technical and Community College. We foster academic-industrial research partnerships and work to support the local bioscience industry (from start-ups to multinationals) in partnership with the Delaware Bioscience Association. We are also committed to inspiring the next generation scientist and the professional development of their teachers through our Science for All Delawareans outreach programs.

Our Institute is the physical home to a number of research laboratories with scientists, students, and faculty working on problems related to agriculture, human health, and energy and the environment. Our Institute is also home to a number of high end instrumentation facilities that are accessible for use by the entire life science community in Delaware and our infrastructure, mission, and staff allow us to support life scientists (academic, not for profit, and industrial) from around the region. Our research has been recognized internationally and our Science Changes the World.


These resources are available to anyone doing research in DBI as well as to members of the academic life science community in Delaware. In some cases, specialized training and safety training is required prior to use of the equipment. For access to these resources, e-mail Robert Pekala or call (302) 831-3439.

  • Autoclaves for microbial and cell culture studies.
  • Biological Safety Hoods for mammalian, viral, plants and other specialized work.
  • Cold Rooms
  • Centrifuges (a range of rotors are available)
    • Analytical Ultra Centrifuge Beckman Coulter – Proteome Lab XL-1
    • Centrifuge – Eppendorf 5415 D (2x)
    • Ultracentrifuge – Beckman Coulter Optima LE-80K
    • Ultracentrifuge – Beckman Coulter Optima L-90K
    • Ultracentrifuge – Beckman Coulter Optima XL-100K
    • Tabletop Ultracentrifuge – Beckman Coulter Optima Max
    • Superspeed Centrifuge – Beckman Coulter Avanti J-25
    • Superspeed Centrifuge – Beckman Coulter Avanti J-20
    • Tabletop Centrifuge, refrigerated – Eppendorf 5810 R (2x)
    • Tabletop Centrifuge, non-refrigerated – Eppendorf 5810
  • Diode Array Spectrophotometer – Beckman Coulter DU 7400
  • Glassware Washers (2x)
  • Gel Documentation Station – BioRad Gel Doc XR+ (2x)
  • Incubators
    • Bacterial Incubators – Yamamoto IC 600 (2x)
    • Incubator – VWR Scientific 1525
    • Incubator – VWR Scientific 550D
    • Fisher Scientific 650D (2x)
  • Liquid Chromatography – Äkta Explorer 100
  • Liquid Scintillation Counter – Beckman Coulter LS 6500
  • Typhoon FLA 9500
  • UV/VIS Spectrophotometer – Beckman Coulter DU 640
  • UV Transilluminators (2x)
  • Shakers
    • Benchtop Platform Shaker – New Brunswick C-24
    • Floor Platform Shaker – New Brunswick C-25 (2x)
  • Water Purification Units available in each laboratory.


Meeting Rooms

The Delaware Biotechnology Institute has a large meeting room on the first floor. The room can hold approximately 130 people with a seating capacity of 90. The room is equipped with audio/visual equipment and wireless internet. Also available is a formal meeting room which can comfortably hold 12 people and a video conferencing room with an informal meeting space for 6-10 people.

Reserving Space

For more information and pricing or to reserve conference rooms, please send an e-mail to

Delaware Energy Institute
Research Institute

Delaware Energy Institute

DIRECTOR: Dion Vlachos, Ph.D.

ADDRESS: University of Delaware, Newark, DE 19716

CONTACT: Delaware Energy Institute

Institute OVERVIEW: Energy is the driving force of our everyday life and will likely represent the currency of the future. Thus it is not surprising that the issues associated with its supply and utilization have become a dominant focus of modern society. It is now more imperative than ever to consider energy in a comprehensive and holistic manner in order to meet the needs of humanity while minimizing the costs and environmental impacts associated with energy production and consumption.

Our vision is to serve as a leadership resource with regional, national and international impact, creating and integrating new solutions to challenges in energy sufficiency and sustainability.

Delaware Environmental Institute
Research Institute

Delaware Environmental Institute

DIRECTOR: Holly Michael, Ph.D.

ADDRESS: 221 Academy St., 250 ISE Lab, Newark, DE 19711


Institute OVERVIEW: The mission of DENIN is to conduct research and coordinate partnerships that integrate environmental science, engineering and policy in order to provide solutions and strategies that address environmental challenges.

The institute fosters a culture of scholarship that leverages the combined talents of our affiliates and fellows and adds value to environmental research, education and outreach efforts through collaborative working groups, joint proposal development and project resource coordination.

The institute’s goals are to:

  • Initiate interdisciplinary research projects
  • Support interdisciplinary academic programs
  • Forge partnerships among government agencies, nonprofits, industry, policymakers and the public
  • Coordinate and sponsor signature events and programs that provide opportunities for interdisciplinary interaction


Our vision is to develop an internationally recognized community of faculty, staff and students in environmental science, engineering, social science and policy, supported by state-of-the-art facilities and an effective management process, who can compete successfully for interdisciplinary grants, provide research-based educational opportunities, promote economic development and contribute to the environmental health of the state, the region and the world.

Disaster Research Center
Research Center

CO-DIRECTOR: James Kendra, Ph.D.
CO-DIRECTOR: Tricia Wachtendorf, Ph.D.

ADDRESS: 166 Graham Hall, 111 Academy St., Newark, DE 19716

CONTACT: Disaster Research Center

Center OVERVIEW: The Disaster Research Center is committed to advancing the state of the art in disaster research and its scientifically guided practice; educating the next generation of disaster science scholars and informed practitioners in the fields of disaster mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery; and creating, gathering, and disseminating disaster knowledge in a dynamic and responsive way.

Institute of Energy Conversion
Research Institute

Institute of Energy Conversion

DIRECTOR: William N. Shafarman, Ph.D.

ADDRESS: 451 Wyoming Road, Newark, DE 19716

CONTACT: Sherry Stewart

Institute OVERVIEW: Established at the University of Delaware in 1972, the Institute of Energy Conversion (IEC) is devoted to the research and development of thin-film photovoltaic solar cells and other photonic devices. The IEC is a totally integrated laboratory, focused on fundamental materials and device research carried out in parallel with process engineering studies and analysis of film deposition and processing. This enables the correlation of the properties of completed devices with their fabrication, all in the same lab. Close collaboration between IEC staff and industrial partners ensures that the research is relevant and includes state-of-the-art process development.


The IEC laboratories have a vast array of equipment – often custom- designed and built – to further our studies fulfill requests on behalf of our partners. Below is a list of current equipment being used in the IEC labs. Our equipment list changes constantly, and new pieces are added depending on project requirements.


Thin Film Deposition
  • Roll-to-Roll inline deposition system with four elemental effusion sources and in-situ flux control for depositing Cu(InGa)Se2 thin films onto a 15 cm wide moving web.
  • Four-source elemental evaporator for depositing Cu(InGa)Se2 onto an array of nine 2.5×2.5 cm substrates.
  • Four-source elemental evaporator for depositing Cu(InAl)Se2 onto an array of nine 2.5×2.5 cm substrates.
  • Five-source elemental evaporator for depositing Cu(InGa)(Se,S)2 onto an array of nine 2.5×2.5 cm substrates.
  • Vacuum evaporator configured for reacting Cu/In/Ga or other layers using Se and/or S evaporation sources.
  • CVD reactor for reacting Cu/In/Ga or other layers with H2Se and/or H2S gas.
  • Vapor transport deposition system for depositing II-VI compounds onto moving 10×10 cm substrates in inert or reactive ambient over wide range of pressure and temperature.
  • Three-source evaporator for depositing II-VI compounds and alloys.
    Hot wire chemical vapor deposition for depositing a-Si:H and polycrystalline Si thin films and devices.
  • Plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition for depositing a-Si:H and
    a-SiGe:H films and devices.
  • Six-chamber, in-line, plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition for depositing a-Si:H and a-SiGe:H films and devices.
  • Reactor for RTP treatment of films and wafers.
  • Reactor for treating films in halide vapors.
  • Chemical bath (CBD) and chemical surface (CSD) deposition of uniform CdS, ZnS and Cd1-xZnxS alloy films from 10 to 100nm thick.
  • Electron beam evaporator with three independently controlled sources for simultaneous or single element deposition of metals.
  • Electron beam evaporator with rotatable 4-source turret for depositing most metals and anti-reflection coatings.
  • Electron beam evaporator with rotatable 4-source turret and two sputtering sources.
  • Three target RF/DC sputtering system for deposition of Mo, ZnO, and ITO.
  • Four target DC magnetron sputtering system for deposition of Cu, In, Ga, Mo, and other metals.
  • Kurt Lesker six target RF/DC sputtering system with load lock chamber.
    Small sputter coater for deposition of ultra-thin metal layers.
  • Crest Ultrasonic substrate cleaning and drying facility.
  • Assorted tube furnaces and drying ovens for heat treatment and reaction in air, argon, nitrogen, hydrogen, oxygen, and hydrogen-argon.
  • Full positive photolithography capability including spin coater, Suss Mask Aligner, and well established etching procedures.
  • Circulating de-ionized water facility with 11 stations and one Barnstead NanoPure water station.
Material Characterization
  • Amray 1810T Digital Scanning Electron Microscope (15X to 100,000X) with Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy (EDS) and Electron Back-Scatter Imaging capabilities.
  • Perkin-Elmer Lambda-750 UV-visible-IR Spectrophotometer fitted with integrating sphere.
  • Philips/Norelco Scanning Wide Angle X-ray Diffractometer with diffracted beam monochromation (CuKa) and digital control/acquisition.
  • Philips Scanning Wide Angle X-ray Diffractometer with diffracted beam monochromation (CuKa, CrKa, CoKa), variable slits and digital control/acquisition.
  • Rigaku D/Max Scanning X-ray Diffractometer with symmetric theta-2 theta and asymmetric glancing incidence geometries, variable slits, hot stage (to 450°C), and computer control/acquisition.
  • Physical Electronics XPS system with load-lock sample preparation chamber and differentially pumped Ar ion gun for depth profiling.
    Digital Instruments Dimension 3100 Scanning Probe Microscope with capabilities including tunneling, electrostatic force, and magnetic force microscopy.
  • PAR computer controlled Potentiostat-Galvanostat.
  • Olympus Optical Microscope with reflected, transmitted, and polarized illumination. Accessories include Nomarski optics and dual axis stage with verniers.
  • Woollam Variable Angle Spectroscopic Ellipsometer.
  • Dektak surface profilometer.
  • ThermoScientific DXR Raman microscope.
  • ThermoScientific Nicolet 6700 FTIR.
  • Light and dark conductivity as a function of illumination intensity and temperature.
  • Hall effect measurement system.
  • Sinton lifetime testing facility.
Device Analysis
  • Current-voltage testing as a function of illumination intensity, spectral content, and temperature.
  • Two Oriel Xenon solar simulators (AM1.5 global spectra).
  • Spectral response with light and voltage bias capabilities.
  • HP4274 LCR meter for capacitance measurements as a function of illumination intensity and temperature.
  • Laser scanning facility-optical beam induced current.
  • Four-pod accelerated stress exposure facility, allowing up to 16 samples to be independently monitored and maintained under different states of controlled atmosphere, illumination, electrical bias and temperature.
  • Two-chamber accelerated stress exposure facility for up to 2ft x 2ft illuminated area in controlled temperature and humidity ambient. Other
    US Laser two-wavelength (1064nm, 532nm) laser scriber.
  • Asymtek Mechanical scriber and High resolution ink jet printer.
  • Sheet glass cutting facility.
  • Metallurgical polishing facility.

Research Institute


LEADERSHIP: Barry Buckland, Ph.D.
LEADERSHIP: Kelvin H. Lee, Ph.D.

ADDRESS: 590 Star Campus, Newark, DE 19716


Institute OVERVIEW: The National Institute for Innovation in Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals (NIIMBL) is a public-private partnership whose mission is to accelerate biopharmaceutical innovation, support the development of standards that enable more efficient and rapid manufacturing capabilities, and educate and train a world-leading biopharmaceutical manufacturing workforce, fundamentally advancing U.S. competitiveness in this industry. NIIMBL is part of Manufacturing USA®, a diverse network of federally-sponsored manufacturing innovation institutes, and is funded through a cooperative agreement with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in the U.S. Department of Commerce with significant additional support from its members.

ADVANCE Institute
Research Institute

ADVANCE Institute


ADDRESS: 102B Pearson Hall, Newark, DE 19716

CONTACT: Advance Institute

Institute OVERVIEW: UD ADVANCE is meant to implement large-scale comprehensive change that will increase the representation and advancement of women faculty in academic science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers, thereby contributing to the development of a more diverse science and engineering workforce. Explore these pages to learn more about the program’s mission, people and history as well as how you can get involved.

Agricultural Experiment Station
Research Center

Agricultural Experiment Station

Center OVERVIEW: The U.S. Department of Agriculture established agricultural experiment stations in connection with state land-grant universities to provide farmers with practical, science-based information.
The need for a southern Delaware location to assist in carry­ing out research projects was realized in the establishment of an Agricultural Experiment Substation near Georgetown, Sussex County, in southern Delaware, an extension of the UD experimental farm in Newark. Today, research includes vegetable crop research, specifically on lima beans and watermelon; weed management studies; agronomic crop trials for soybeans, corn and sorghum; and nutrient management studies.

Applied Science and Engineering Laboratories
Research Center

Applied Science and Engineering Laboratories

Center OVERVIEW: The Applied Science and Engineering Laboratories (ASEL) and the Center for Applied Science and Engineering in Rehabilitation are jointly operated by the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children and the University of Delaware.

Art Conservation Laboratories at Winterthur
Research Center

Art Conservation Laboratories at Winterthur

LEADERSHIP: Frances Wilkins

ADDRESS: 5105 Kennett Pike, Winterthur, DE 19735

CONTACT: The Department of Art Conservation

Center OVERVIEW: The Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation began in 1974. It was established as a joint program following the precedent set by the Winterthur Program in Early American Culture that began in 1952, with a master’s degree awarded by the University of Delaware. Henry Francis du Pont, founder of the Museum, understood the need for conservation; he had invited Harold Plenderleith of the Rome Center to visit the Museum to advise on environmental control and fire prevention in the late 1950s. Mr. du Pont envisioned a master’s program in art conservation when a new Research Building was opened in 1969. After his death, a committee composed of University and Museum representatives continued an investigation into the establishment of a graduate program in conservation. Visits were made to existing programs at the Conservation Center of the Institute of Fine Arts of New York University and to the Cooperstown Graduate Program (now located at Buffalo State College).

Avian Biosciences Center
Research Center

Avian Biosciences Center

DIRECTOR: Calvin Keeler, Ph.D.

Center OVERVIEW: Meeting the growing, worldwide demand for safe and affordable poultry products produced in an environmentally sound manner will require a holistic approach that links research, management, and education. The Avian Biosciences Center at the University of Delaware is established to be a center of excellence for research, education, and outreach programs that will provide solutions to contemporary problems in the avian biosciences. The center will lead and coordinate a wide range of multi-disciplinary efforts focused on the following broad goals:

  • Protecting poultry health by developing and implementing strategies for disease surveillance, diagnosis, and control
  • Applying fundamental knowledge gained from avian genomics to diagnose and control poultry diseases and improve the efficiency of poultry production
  • Developing and demonstrating innovative approaches that ensure poultry production is compatible with our environment
  • Integrating the latest advances in food science into innovative technologies that ensure the safety of poultry products consumed in human diets
  • Training and educating the scientists, managers, technical experts, and producers needed for a sustainable poultry industry

Bartol Research Institute
Research Institute

Bartol Research Institute

DIRECTOR: Jamie Holder

ADDRESS: 104 The Green, Newark, Delaware

Institute OVERVIEW: The Bartol Research Institute is a Center within the Department of Physics and Astronomy whose mission is to foster excellence in research in physics and astronomy at the University of Delaware.

Biden Institute
Research Institute

Biden Institute

LEADERSHIP: Valerie Biden Owens

ADDRESS: 44 Kent Way, Newark, DE 19716

CONTACT: Biden Institute

Institute OVERVIEW: The Biden Institute, established at the University of Delaware’s School of Public Policy and Administration, is a world-class intellectual center and destination for scholars, activists, policymakers, and national leaders.

The Biden Institute’s Mission is to influence, shape, and work to solve the most pressing domestic policy problems facing America. We are a research and policy center working to bring together the sharpest minds and the most powerful voices to address our nation’s toughest problems.

The Institute is focused on the issues that have animated Vice President Biden’s public career. It is rooted in two guiding principles he has long embraced: Economic opportunity and social justice. The Institute will explore, among others, such issues as: economic opportunity for the middle class, income inequality, violence against women, civil rights and LGBT rights, civil liberties and criminal justice reform, health care reform, environmental sustainability, the state of our democracy and politics and political reform. Our approach will be dynamic – striving always to shape the conversation and serve as a leading voice in most consequential policy debates on issues facing American communities.

Core Facilities

UD’s research core facilities—high-tech instruments that are shared resources, supporting studies across campus—are available to UD faculty and their collaborators.

Increasingly, these sophisticated facilities are becoming critical state, national and international assets, supporting projects and programs of student and public benefit, including federally funded national centers of excellence.

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Comparative Pathology Laboratory Core Facility

UD Research Core Facility

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Comparative Pathology Laboratory Core Facility

DIRECTOR: Erin Brannick, Ph.D.

ADDRESS: 15 Innovation Way, Newark, DE 19711

LOCATED IN: Delaware Biotechnology Institute

Core Facility OVERVIEW: The Comparative Pathology Laboratory provides histology and pathology support for animal diagnostic laboratories of Delaware and Maryland, researchers at the University of Delaware and its affiliates (DBI, etc.), industry and government partners of the university, and external researchers. We specialize in animal tissues and studies related to animal disease or animal models of human disease. However, we also routinely accept plant specimens for tissue processing. We strive to provide clients with customized high quality specimen preparations and thorough pathology reports to meet their individual diagnostic and research needs.


Leica Processor, Embedding Station, Microtome, Sakura Autostainer, Sakura Autostainer


Histology Services: Tissue preparation including trimming, processing, paraffin embedding and microtomy, automated H&E staining, manual special staining upon request (i.e. Gram, Masson’s trichrome, etc.)

Consultation and equipment training upon request:

Pathology Services: Microscopic analysis of tissues for diagnostic cases and research studies, consultation on experimental design, necropsy, and specimen collection and preparation, digital photography of gross or histologic specimens.

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Fischer Greenhouse Complex and Plant Growth Facilities Core Facility

UD Research Core Facility

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Fischer Greenhouse Complex and Plant Growth Facilities Core Facility

LEADERSHIP: William Bartz
LEADERSHIP: Rodney Dempsey

ADDRESS: 531 South College Ave., Newark, DE 19716

LOCATED IN: Fischer Greenhouse Complex (Sq. ft.: ~ 33,600)

Core Facility OVERVIEW: A state-of-the-art plant growth facility in the University of Delaware College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, the Fischer Greenhouse Complex is a professionally-managed suite of growth chambers and glass house facilities serving the research and education community.

The Fischer Greenhouse Complex provides the primary greenhouse space available to faculty, professionals, staff and students, and is dedicated to the acquisition and dissemination of knowledge through research, teaching and outreach activities, extension demonstrations, departmental functions, and sponsored student organizations.


The 13,800 ft2 Fischer Greenhouse Complex and the Growth Chamber Facilities offers:

  • Glass houses (17,000 ft2) with headhouse (5,000 ft2)
  • Growth chambers (2,300 ft2 ) and growth room (500 ft2)
  • Commercial Seed Dryer and Seed Storage Unit


  • Cold Storage for Plant Germplasm


College of Arts and Sciences Mass Spectrometry Core Facility

UD Research Core Facility

College of Arts and Sciences Mass Spectrometry Core Facility

DIRECTOR: Papa Nii Asare-Okai, Ph.D.

ADDRESS: 110 Lammot duPont Laboratory, Newark, DE 19716

LOCATED IN: Lammot duPont Laboratory

Core Facility OVERVIEW: The core facility is grouped into three areas; the first laboratory houses the high performance instruments for more detailed and precise analyses, a second lab houses three open-access, user-friendly instruments that are available for researchers to use 24/7, and finally, a high-performance MALDI instrument is located in Murray V. Johnston’s Lab.


High-Performance Instrumentation Lab (Room 122, Lammot duPont Lab), Protein Sequencing, Micromass model Ultima Q Tof (Quadrupole-Time of Flight tandem mass spectrometer): This is an LC-MS-MS instrument primarily used to identify proteins by sequencing the products of a digested protein. Product molecular ions and subsequent collisional activation to generate fragments are automatic. Software generated or de novo peptide sequencing can be compared to protein databases for identification.

Protein Digester- Bruker Daltonics model Proteineer DP: This automated digest and prep station performs protein digests. Digest products can be automatically spotted to a MALDI sample plate or captured in MTP format for LC-MSMS analyses.

Open Access Instrumentation Lab (Room 108, Lammot duPont Lab)

GC-MS (Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry): Agilent models 6850 GC and 5973 MS with autosampler. Used primarily for separation of small organic mixtures, incorporates a NIST library to aid identification.

LC-MS (Liquid Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry): Thermo-Finnigan model LCQ using Electrospray Ionisation (ESI) with an integrated autosampler. Used for biological samples and polar organics. The instrument can be switched between column mode for mixture separations and loop injections for quick analyses of purer samples.

MALDI (Matrix Assisted Laser Desorption Ionisation) Bruker Daltonics model Omniflex: Used primarily for biological samples to determine molecular weight and purity.

Murray V. Johnston Lab (Room 125, Lammot duPont Lab)
MALDI- Bruker Daltonics model Biflex MALDI mass spectrometer: Used for high-resolution and accurate mass measurements; automated protein identification via peptide mass maps.


High-resolution accurate mass measurement (HRMS) of organic and organometallic compounds using Waters GCT Premier equipped with Electron Impact (EI), Chemical Ionization (CI), Desorption Chemical Ionization (DCI), Field Ionization (FI), Field Desorption (FD) and Liquid Injection Field Desorption Ionization (LIFDI).

LC/MS and LC/MS/MS using Shimadzu LCMS 2020, Waters Q-TOF and Thermo Q-Exactive Orbitrap with Electrospray Ionization (ESI) and Atmospheric Pressure Chemical Ionization (APCI).

GC-MS (low-resolution EI only) using the Agilent 5973 system.

MALDI analysis of proteins, oligonucleotides, nanoparticles, synthetic polymers and macromolecules.

Mass directed prep purification is also available.

College of Arts and Sciences NMR Laboratory Core Facility

UD Research Core Facility

College of Arts and Sciences NMR Laboratory Core Facility

DIRECTOR: Steve Bai, Ph.D.

ADDRESS: 015 Brown Laboratory, Newark, DE 19716

LOCATED IN: Brown Laboratory (Sq. ft.: ~ 4,650)

Core Facility OVERVIEW: The Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Facility currently has six NMR spectrometers. The NMR facilities are located in the basement floor of the North Wing of Brown Laboratories (BRL). The 600 MHz instrument is housed in 015 BRL and the remaining spectrometers are located across the hallway in three adjacent rooms (011, 011A and 021 BRL).


Two solution 400 MHz NMR spectrometers, one with an auto-sampler and a cryogenic QNP probe and another with multinuclear capabilities, are available for routine proton and multinuclear NMR analysis of organic and inorganic materials. Also: two solution 600 MHz spectrometers, one with a triple-resonance cryogenic probe for biomolecular samples and another with an auto-sampler and enhanced 19F capabilities for expanded NMR applications such as high-resolution magic angle spinning (HRMAS) for semi-solid materials.

The 500 MHz solid-state NMR spectrometer is currently equipped with a 3.2 mm triple-resonance (1H, 13C and 15N) probe for biosolids and other organic solid material. The 850 MHz spectrometer is hybridized for both solution and solid-state NMR measurements. With the ultra-high magnetic field and a large collection of solution and solid-state NMR probes, the 850 MHz NMR spectrometer covers a broad range of applications from inorganic material, synthetic organic polymeric materials to structure and dynamic studies in structural biology.

In addition to the departmental NMR instrument, four NMR spectrometers with frequencies ranging from 200 to 600 MHz are used and maintained by the following research groups: Polenova, Dybowski and Rozovsky. Most of these spectrometers are dedicated solid-state NMR instruments.

  • Liquid-state NMR spectroscopy
  • Bruker AM-250 spectrometer (Tecmag Upgrade) (011 BRL) 5mm, Dual probe for 1H and 13C measurements
  • Bruker AC-250 spectrometer (Tecmag Upgrade) (011 BRL), 5mm Dual probe for 1H and 13C measurements, 5mm Proton-only probe, Variable Temperature Unit available
  • Bruker AMX360 spectrometer (011A BRL; Telephone: 831-3566), 5mm QNP probe, 5mm Broad-band probe, VT capabilities
    Bruker DRX-400 spectrometer (021 BRL; Telephone: 831-3308), 5mm QNP probe, 5mm inverse BB probe, z-axis pulsed field, gradient, VT capabilities
  • Bruker AV600 spectrometer (015BRL; Telephone: 831-4534) 5mm auto tune/match inverse PTXI probe (triple-resonance; three-axis gradients), 5mm BBO probe, 5mm inverse CryoProbe
  • Solid-state NMR spectroscopy
  • Bruker MSL-300 multinuclear spectrometer (011 BRL), 4mm CP/MAS probe, 7mm CP/MAS probe, 7mm CRAPMS probe
  • Data Workstation
  • Dell Precision workstation (Linux Redhat 7.5 and Bruker xwinnmr 3.5) for off-line data processes


Traditionally, the institutional support made a primary contribution to the operational budget of NMR laboratory. A user-fee structure has been established to offset the increasing expenses of maintaining the expanded NMR laboratory in terms of the number of instruments and users. The COBRE III has been providing significant contribution to the NMR laboratory operational budget. To all federally funded investigators: please acknowledge the NIH support of this COBRE-sponsored core in all your publications where you utilized the NMR core. The language for the acknowledgment can be found in a COBRE citation webpage.


College of Arts and Sciences X-Ray Crystallography Laboratory Core Facility

UD Research Core Facility

College of Arts and Sciences X-Ray Crystallography Laboratory Core Facility

ADDRESS: 236 Brown Laboratory, Newark, DE 19716

CONTACT: Glenn P. A. Yap, Ph.D.

LOCATED IN: Drake Hall/Brown Laboratory

Core Facility OVERVIEW: The X-ray Crystallography Laboratory conducts characterizations by X-ray diffraction of small-molecule organic or inorganic single crystals. As an extension service, the facility also accepts sample submissions from other departments of the University and from local, national and international collaborators of academe and industry. The facility also serves as an ancillary graduate research laboratory for selected graduate students pursuing studies in inorganic chemistry leading to a doctorate degree.


Dual wavelength APEX II Duo (Mo & Cu) Bruker-AXS CCD X-ray diffractometer. Data are collected typically at 200K. Structures are solved with SHELXTL software.


Typical turnaround times under average conditions, from start of data-collection to completely refined structure, range from a few hours to a day.

College of Health Sciences Biostatistics Core Facility

UD Research Core Facility

College of Health Sciences Biostatistics Core Facility

DIRECTOR: Ryan Pohlig, Ph.D.

ADDRESS: 100 Discovery Blvd, STAR TOWER, 6th Floor, Newark, DE 19710

Core Facility OVERVIEW: The College of Health Sciences Biostatistics Core supports the development, conduct, and dissemination of research conducted in the College of Health Sciences and across the University of Delaware. In addition to CHS faculty researchers, we also support the development of student researcher through teaching graduate level courses student and mentorship. The work of the Biostatistics Core is critical for research progress in the College, which is ranked highly in terms of funding received from the National Institutes of Health for Schools of Allied Health. The Core supports a wide portfolio of externally-funded projects including R01s, R21s, the ACCEL-Center for Translational Research, and the Center for Biomedical Research Excellence in Cardiovascular Health (COBRE). Our statisticians are collaborators and an integral part of research teams and typically serve as funded personal on grant proposals. As such, they help shape the direction of research by providing methodological expertise that can improve science, build stronger teams, and lead to more competitive proposals for external funding.

What We Do – Building Research Partnerships

The core provides support in three main areas: collaboration around proposal development and research design; analysis and publication of data collected as part of funded research; and education. Click to request an opportunity for collaboration.


  • The Biostatistics Core partners with Principal Investigators on the development of Specific Aims, Research Questions, and Hypotheses; advises on research design; and provides power analyses and statistical analysis plans
  • The Biostatistics Core performs data analyses, assists Principal Investigators in the interpretation of results, and contributes to the methods, results, and discussion sections of peer-reviewed abstracts and manuscripts.
  • The Biostatistics Core teaches in the MPH in Epidemiology Program, offering courses to graduate students across the College of Health Sciences. In addition to formal courses, members of the Core may teach workshops and serve as mentors to individual graduate students, for example as members of a thesis or dissertation committee.


UD Advanced Materials Characterization Lab Core Facility

UD Research Core Facility

UD Advanced Materials Characterization Lab Core Facility

DIRECTOR: Gerald Poirier

ADDRESS: 221 Academy St, Newark, DE 19716

LOCATED IN: Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Laboratory

Core Facility OVERVIEW: The University of Delaware’s Advanced Materials Characterization Lab is centrally located on the ground floor of the Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering building. This provides the opportunity and setting for the exchange of novel ideas and science for the next generation. Located in the same building are the multidisciplinary classrooms for undergraduate education continuing the theme of the multidisciplinary approach.


  • Phillips Xpert Powder X-ray Diffractometer
  • Rigaku Miniflex Powder X-ray Diffractometer
  • Rigaku Ultima 4 Multipurpose X-ray Diffractometer
  • Bruker D8 Multipurpose X-ray Diffractometer
  • Phillip SAXS small angle Diffractometer
  • T/A Instruments DSC,DTA,TGA,DMA,DTC
  • Metrohm IC Pro Chromatograph
  • Agilent HPLC 1260 /MS 6120
  • Agilent Cary UV Vis Spectrometer
  • Kaiser 785nm Raman Spectrometer
  • Wyatt Dynamic Light Scattering
  • Beckman Coulter LS13 320 Particle Analyzer
  • Analsys NanoIR2
  • Micromeritics Porosity Analyzer
  • Agilent ICP/MS 7500
  • Agilent AES 4100 Mass Spec.


Provide short courses on all instrumentation on a regular basis.

UD Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Core Facility

UD Research Core Facility and Center

UD Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Core Facility

DIRECTOR: Cathy H. Wu, Ph.D.

ADDRESS: Delaware Biotechnology Institute, 15 Innovation Way, Suite 205, Newark, DE 19711

CONTACT: CBCB Core Facility

Core Facility and Center OVERVIEW: Providing scientific expertise and core infrastructure support in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology for the Delaware research and education community. Available resources include bioinformatics services, consulting, training and access to computational infrastructure and software.


UD Center for Biomedical and Brain Imaging Core Facility

UD Research Center, Core Facility and Center

UD Center for Biomedical and Brain Imaging Core Facility

DIRECTOR: Keith Schneider, Ph.D.

ADDRESS: 77 E. Delaware Ave., Newark, DE 19716

CONTACT: Trevor Wigal, Manager, CBBI

(Sq. ft.: ~ 11,600)

Center, Core Facility and Center OVERVIEW: Serving researchers campus-wide, statewide and throughout the region, the CBBI will advance research on psychopathology, cancer, stroke, cerebral palsy, osteoporosis and other diseases and disorders.


UD Center for Human Research Coordination Core Facility

UD Research Core Facility

UD Center for Human Research Coordination Core Facility

DIRECTOR: Karin Silbernagel, Ph.D., PT, ATC

ADDRESS: 540 South College Avenue, Newark, DE 19716

CONTACT: Marlo Goss, Business Administrator

LOCATED IN: STAR Health Sciences Complex

Core Facility OVERVIEW: The Center for Human Research Coordination (CHRC) is a core research facilities at UD dedicated to support each college, institute and center.

Building on the accomplishments of the Delaware Rehabilitation Institute, CHRC helps to streamline the process of recruiting, screening and registering research participants and developing data management resources for studies underway across the University.

Allowing researchers to focus on research.


UD DBI BioImaging Center Core Facility

UD Research Core Facility and Center

UD DBI BioImaging Center Core Facility

DIRECTOR: Jeffrey L. Caplan, Ph.D.

ADDRESS: Avenue 1743, Newark, DE 19713

LOCATED IN: Ammon Pinizzotto Biopharmaceutical Innovation Center, Suite 141

Core Facility and Center OVERVIEW: The BioImaging Center is a multi-user microscopy facility containing state-of-the-art electron, confocal and light microscopes. The center is open to all academic researchers on a fee-for-service basis. Outside industrial users are accommodated when scheduling permits.


We host a range of microscopes and sample preparation equipment to meet research demands.


  • Zeiss LIBRA 120 transmission electron microscope (TEM)
  • Hitachi S4700 field emission scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM)
  • Zeiss LSM780 spectral and high sensitivity confocal microscope
  • Zeiss LSM510 NLO multi-photon confocal microscope
  • Zeiss LSM510 DUO spectral and high-speed confocal microscope
  • PECON live cell incubator for the inverted confocal microscopes
  • INSTEC thermoelectric heating and cooling for confocal microscopes
  • Zeiss ELRYA PS1 super resolution microscope
  • Custom-built total internal reflection fluorescence microscope (TIRFM)
  • TIRFM for single molecule experiments
  • Zeiss M2BIO stereo dissecting light microscope
  • Zeiss Axioplan2 upright light microscope
  • Zeiss PALM COMBI laser capture microdissection microcope (LCM)
  • Veeco Nanoscope IIIA atomic force microscope (AFM)
  • Bruker Bioscope Catalyst AFM with integrated light microscopy

Sample Preparation equipment:

  • Leica EM AFS automated freeze substitution system
  • Leica EM PACT high-pressure freezing system
  • Leica EM CPC plunge freezer
  • Leica EM IGL automated immunogold labeler
  • Reichert-Jung Ultracut E microtome for ultrathin sectioning (two)
  • PELCO Biowave 34700 microwave tissue processor
  • PELCO easiGlow Glow Discharge system
  • Leica EM KMR2 glass knife maker
  • EMCorp Microcut 1200 Vibratome
  • Denton Bench Top Turbo III for carbon or gold/palladium coating
  • Autosamdri-815B critical point dryer

Analysis tools:

  • Dell T7500 Workstation for super resolution analysis
  • Dell T5500 Workstation for visualization software
  • VSG AMIRA 5.4 analysis and visualization software
  • Perkin Elmer Volocity 6.2 analysis and visualization software
  • SVI Huygens Pro deconvolution software


We provide full-service sample preparation, data acquisition and image processing for all imaging technologies upon request. Experienced staff members can provide training on equipment, sample preparation techniques, and image analysis.

UD Materials Growth Facility Core

UD Research Core Facility

UD Materials Growth Facility Core

DIRECTOR: Joshua M. O. Zide, Ph.D.

ADDRESS: 201 DuPont Hall, 127 The Green, Newark, DE 19716

CONTACT: Materials Growth Facility

LOCATED IN: Harker Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering (ISE) Laboratory

Core Facility OVERVIEW: The University of Delaware Materials Growth Facility (MGF) primary objective is to provide the infrastructure, equipment, and staff support necessary to enable existing faculty, new faculty, and academic and corporate partners to undertake competitive research and development in the growing number of materials, science, and engineering fields.

The University of Delaware (UD) Materials Growth Facility (MGF) offers III-V and topological insulator (TI) growth of epitaxial semiconductor films.

These growths are performed on a dual-chamber GENxplor molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) system. Our staff offers full-service material calibration and growth, as well as training to perform MBE deposition.

The MGF is integrated into the Delaware Institute for Materials Research (DIMR), providing seamless materials growth, materials characterization, electron microscopy, and nanofabrication capabilities.



  • Standard III-V source materials (gallium, indium, aluminum, arsenic, antimony)
  • Electronic doping sources (beryllium, tellurium, high-flux silicon)
  • Bismuth and two rare earth sources (erbium, terbium)
  • BandiT band-edge thermometry and thermocouple feedback for precise control of substrate temperature
  • Atomic hydrogen beam cleaning
  • Substrate heating up to 1200 °C (sample rotation up to 60 rpm)
  • Sample size: small pieces to 3″ wafers
  • In-situ monitoring: pyrometry, RHEED, RGA (to 100 AMU), chamber and BFM ionization gauges
  • Load lock sample out-gassing (200 °C)
  • Recipe driven


  • Topological insulators source materials (bismuth, indium, antimony, selenium, tellurium)
  • Electron beam evaporator for high-temperature materials (tungsten, molybdenum, tantalum, niobium, zirconium)
  • Low-flux gallium capping source
  • Substrate heating up to 1200 °C (sample rotation up to 60 rpm)
  • Sample size: small pieces to 3″ wafers
  • In-situ monitoring: RHEED, RGA (to 100 AMU), chamber and BFM
  • ionization gauges
  • Load lock sample out-gassing (200 °C)
  • Recipe driven


  • A wide range of source targets (metallic, dielectric, and precious metal)
  • Three high-purity gas controllers (argon, nitrogen, oxygen)
  • Six magnetrons (three with high strength fields for magnetic target materials)
  • Off-axis capability for one magnetron (for deposition of MgO based magnetic tunnel junctions)
  • High temperature substrate heater


The following calibrations are standard. Calibrations outside these standard calibrations may be the responsibility of the group needing them, warrant consideration as a collaborator, or eventually be included as a standard calibration.


  • GaAs, AlAs, and InAs growth rates
  • GaSb and AlSb growth rates
  • InGaAs lattice-matching (to InP) and growth rate
  • InAlAs lattice-matching (to InP) and growth rate
  • Silicon and beryllium doping in GaAs (generally convertible to other materials)
  • Tellurium doping in GaSb

Chalcogenide MBE

  • Bi2Se3 growth rate
  • Bi2Te3 growth rate
  • In2Se3 growth rate

Growths utilizing our wide range of additional Capabilities can be calibrated to specific user needs or performed on a “best effort” basis.
For additional details, see our MGF Procedures or contact us (below).

The MGF stocks several wafer types which are available to users at cost.

  • 2” GaAs (001-oriented, semi-insulating)
  • 2” GaAs (001-oriented, n-type)
  • 2” InP (001-oriented, semi-insulating)
  • 2” InP (001-oriented, n-type)
  • 1cm x 1cm c-plane sapphire
  • Other wafers may be used with approval

The Epitaxy Engineer can perform sample characterization, using many of the facilities available at UD. When staff-assisted time that does not involve growth on an MBE is required, user fees are set on an hourly basis.

UD Nanofabrication Facility

UD Research Core Facility

UD Nanofabrication Facility

DIRECTOR: Iulian Codreanu

ADDRESS: 221 Academy St., Newark, DE 19716

CONTACT: Iulian Codreanu

(Sq. ft.: ~ 8,500)

Core Facility OVERVIEW: The UD Nanofabrication Facility (UDNF) will enable researchers in academia, industry and government to create devices smaller than a human hair, supporting scientific advances in fields ranging from medical diagnostics to environmental sensing to solar energy harvesting. Explore our website to learn about our facility and all that we offer.


The UD Nanofabrication Facility (UDNF) has world-class capabilities in the areas of lithography, deposition, etch, thermal processing, characterization, and device packaging. Below is a comprehensive list of our equipment and fees.

Film Casting
• E-beam SBU1, • E-beam SBU2, • Photo SBU1, • Photo SBU@, • SU-8 SBU

• E-beam Writer, • Laser Writer, • Mask Aligner

• ALD, • Evaporator 1, • Evaporator 2, • PECVD, • PLD, • Sputterer

And much more. For a full listing of our equipment offerings click here.


UDNF will consider performing fabrication work on behalf of others. The service fee is $50/hr for UD users, $75/hr for external academic users, and $150/hr for corporate users. Please contact Iulian Codreanu for details.

UD has many additional resources that may be of interest to potential facility users. The links below will take you to additional information on other user facilities on campus. Keck Center for Advanced Microscopy & Microanalysis, Advanced Materials Characterization Laboratory, Materials Growth Facility, Delaware Biotechnology Institute.

Our Services include: Film Casting, Lithography, Deposition, Dry Etch, Thermal Processing, Metrology, Packaging and more.

UD Sequencing and Genotyping Center

UD Research Core Facility and Center

UD Sequencing and Genotyping Center

DIRECTOR: Bruce Kingham, Ph.D.

ADDRESS: 590 Avenue 1743, Suite 146, Newark, DE 19711

CONTACT: UD Sequencing & Genotyping Center

LOCATED IN: Ammon-Pinizzotto Biopharmaceutical Innovation Center

Core Facility and Center OVERVIEW: The University of Delaware Sequencing and Genotyping Center (SGC) supports genomics research through our established expertise with state-of-the-art genomics technologies. Our core center is located in the Delaware Biotechnology Institute, which is an interdisciplinary research unit at the University of Delaware. The SGC provides assistance with experimental design, user training, sample and data analysis. Instrumentation housed in the SGC supports high-throughput, single-molecule, and Sanger sequencing technologies, as well as qualitative and quantitative analysis of nucleic acids.


  • llumina HiSeq 2500
  • Pacific Biosciences RSII Single-Molecule Sequence
  • ABI Prism 3130XL Genetic Analyzer
  • ABI 7500 Fast Real-Time PCR System
  • Pippin Blue DNA Size Selection System
  • Covaris S2 Adaptive Focused Acoustic Disruptor with CryoPrep
  • Agilent 2100 Bioanalyzer
  • Qubit Fluorometer
  • NanoDrop Technologies ND-1000 UV-Vis Spectrophotometer
  • MJ Research Tetrad Thermocycler
  • ABI Veriti and GeneAmp PCR System 9700 Thermocycler
  • Eppendorf Centrifuge 5804R


  • DNA sequencing (ABI BigDye Sanger sequencing and Illumina SBS next-generation sequencing)
  • Genotyping (fragment analysis microsatellite analysis, STR analysis)
  • PCR, qPCR, DNA preparation and analysis services (including extraction, purification, quantitation and quality scoring, fragmentation, amplification, plasmid construction and preparation).
  • Access to pyrosequencing and microarray instrumentation


UD W. M. Keck Center for Advanced Microscopy and Microanalysis Core Facility

UD Research Core Facility

UD W. M. Keck Center for Advanced Microscopy and Microanalysis Core Facility

DIRECTOR: Chaoying Ni, Ph.D.

ADDRESS: 250V Harker Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Laboratory, Newark, DE 19716

LOCATED IN: Harker Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering (ISE) Laboratory

Core Facility OVERVIEW: The W.M. Keck Center for Advanced Microscopy and Microanalysis (Keck CAMM) has been established since 2001 through generous grants from the W. M. Keck Foundation, the National Science Foundation and funds from the University of Delaware. This facility contributes to scientific capabilities by enabling students, faculty and other researchers in the University and from regional institutions and facilities to use state-of-the-art equipment for research and education.

It houses two 200 kV field emission transmission electron microscopes, Talos F200C and JEM-2010F, a LaB6 300kV TEM JEM-3010, an FEI 120kV Tecnai G2 12 Twin transmission electron microscope, two scanning electron microscopes (JSM-7400F and AURIGATM 60 CrossBeamTM with the AURIGATM 60 being a FIB-SEM dual beam instrument), and two scanning probe microscopes (Multimode NanoScope V and Dimension 3100 V).



  • Equipment 1 Talos F200C (200kV FE-TEM)
  • Equipment 2 JEM-2010F (200kV FE-TEM)
  • Equipment 3 JEM-3010 (300kV TEM)
  • Equipment 4 Tecnai G2 12 (120kV TEM)


  • Equipment 5 Auriga 60 CrossBeam (FIB/FE-SEM)
  • Equipment 6 JSM-7400F (FE-SEM)


  • Equipment 7 Dimension-3100 V SPM
  • Equipment 8 MultiMode NanoScope V SPM


The laboratory staff and associated faculty members are knowledgeable in SEM, TEM and SPM and are experts in advanced microscopy of a wide range of materials. We work with users on campus and other organizations in many areas including research, research training, and consultation.


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Phone: (302) 831-2792

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Newark, DE 19716
Phone: (302) 831-2136
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