Western University is home to excellent, state-of-the-art infrastructure for materials and biomaterials research. Much of this equipment is located in open access, multi-user facilities run by experienced technical staff that work directly with our researchers and provide hands-on training to enable trainees to develop experience in using the instruments. In other cases, the facilities offer fee-for-service analyses or collaborative research options.
The Biotron Experimental Climate Change Research Centre at Western University is a unique,
Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy is the primary analytical technique used to elucidate the structure of inorganic and organic molecules. Liquid-state and solid-state NMR spectra are acquired using one of the four NMR spectrometers housed in the J.B. Stothers NMR facility. For non-Western researchers, NMR spectra can be acquired and analyzed by NMR facility staff.
The X-ray Facility is in the Department of Chemistry at Western University. The Facility provides both powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD) services and crystal and molecular structure determinations of small molecules by single crystal X-ray crystallography. The Facility serves the analytical research needs of the UWO community, other academic institutions, and commercial clients.
The EPMA laboratory is home to a state of the art JEOL JXA-8530F Hyperprobe. This field emission electron probe microanalyzer is capable of non-destructive quantitative analysis of micron-scale volumes for elements from B-U, with detection limits typically in the 100s of ppm range. The instrument is equipped with 5 wavelength dispersive X-ray spectrometers (WDS), including an H-type spectrometer and an L-type spectrometer for trace element analysis, as well as specialized analyzing crystals for light-element analysis (B-F). Additional detectors include secondary electron (SE) imaging, backscattered electron (BSE) imaging, panchromatic cathodoluminescence (CL) imaging, as well as a silicon drift energy dispersive X-ray spectrometer (EDS). Another
The Glass shop uses a variety of types of glass, ranging from soda-lime and lead to borosilicate and quartz glass, configured as tubing, rods and plates. A wide variety of pre-formed components such as ground glass joints, stopcocks, windows and glass -to -metal seals are integrated into pieces of apparatus as required. The glassblowing lathe permits the manipulation of borosilicate tube up to 150mm diameter, and quartz tube up to 60 mm. The shop is also equipped to do the flat grinding. The shop staff normally does design work in conjunction with individual researchers and does installation work on request. While principally intended to meet the needs of the Chemistry Department, the shop has done work for over twenty departments on campus on a regular basis. It has also worked for a wide variety of local industries.
The Fraunhofer Project Centre for Composites Research is a joint venture between Western University and the Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology (ICT) in Pfinztal, Germany. This centre develops, tests, validates and characterizes new lightweight materials and advanced manufacturing processes at industrial scale. By combining Fraunhofer's latest global technologies and Western's strengths in materials engineering, the FPC @ Western proactively addresses the needs of its industry partners. Technologies accessible through the FPC include
This facility is home to the Tandetron Accelerator Facility, which is used by researchers from Western, other universities, and industry. It allows users to perform a wide range of materials research using ion beam analysis and ion implantation. Ion beam analysis can provide quantitative information on the elemental composition of samples, including elemental depth profiles. Ion implantation can be used to modify materials through the introduction of minor or major amounts of ions with controlled depth distribution. For example, impurities are introduced into semiconductors to create microelectronic devices used in computers and smartphones. Alternatively, Si quantum dots can be produced by implantation of a larger concentration of Si ions in dielectric materials (silica, alumina).
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Founded in 1987, the Laboratory for Stable Isotope science provides comprehensive analytical capabilities for measurement of light stable isotope ratios (O, H, C, N, Si) in rocks, minerals, biominerals (bioapatite, shell carbonate, diatoms), organics (e.g., vegetation, SOM, hair, skin, collagen, keratin), water, CO2, O2 and CH4. Sampling approaches range from bulk to
The London Regional Proteomics Centre comprises six core facilities including:
Functional Proteomics Facility – equipped for the fractionation of proteins using chromatographic or electrophoretic procedures (email@example.com)
MALDI Mass Spectrometry Facility –suited for high sample-throughput analysis of proteins and other polymers by MALDI mass spectrometry, as well as imaging of various biomolecules in tissue samples (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Biological Mass Spectrometry Laboratory – offers a range of mass spectrometers for mass determination and structural analysis (email@example.com)
Biomolecular Interactions and Conformations Facility – houses an array of instrumentation including ultracentrifugation, circular dichroism spectropolarimetry, fluorometry, calorimetry, and other techniques to characterize molecular interactions and other biophysical properties of proteins and polymers (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Biomolecular Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Facility – equipped with state-of-the-art NMR instrumentation for the characterization of proteins, nucleic acids, carbohydrates and small molecules (email@example.com)
Macromolecular Crystallography Facility – provides equipment, supplies, and expertise for determination of the three-dimensional structures of proteins through X-ray crystallography (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Expertise in nanoscale characterization in the Lagugné-Labarthet group has enabled the development of a one-of-a-kind ensemble of optical and scanning probe microscopy to characterize surfaces and bulk samples. Correlative microscopy protocols such as Raman and fluorescence confocal microscopes that are combined with atomic force microscopes provide simultaneous surface topography and molecular contrast with a spatial resolution better than 200 nm down to a few nanometers with single molecule sensitivity.
Since 2002, the Powder X-ray Diffraction and Micro X-ray Diffraction Facility
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The Song Research Lab specializes in materials study under extreme pressure (up to 100 GPa) and extreme temperature (several to a thousand Kelvins) conditions using optical spectroscopy and synchrotron radiation. We have a highly customized state-of-the-art Raman microspectroscopic system equipped with a wide range of excitation laser sources from near UV to near IR, allowing measurements with a broad spectral range, high spectral and spatial resolution and ultra-sensitive photon detection. We also have a customized FTIR microspectroscopic system that includes a vacuum operated FTIR spectrometer from Bruker (model V80v) and several optical microscopes allowing mid to far IR measurements in both absorption and reflection mode with high spectral and spatial resolution.
The size exclusion (gel permeation) chromatography facility houses instruments for the characterization of polymer molar mass in tetrahydrofuran, N
Surface Science Western (SSW) is a consulting and research laboratory specializing in the analysis and characterization of surfaces and materials. Along with over 250 people-years of experience and unparalleled interpretive skills of our researchers, SSW is also one of Canada’s best-equipped laboratories for surface and materials analysis. Since its inception in 1981, SSW has successfully served a number of high profile clients across a range of industry sectors including energy, mineral resources, health services, automotive, aerospace, environmental, electronics and plastics. SSW is also actively involved in sponsored and fundamental academic research projects in a variety of disciplines. They work with academic researchers and students from Western and from other educational institutions around the world providing training, advanced analysis and collaborative research input on a wide range of surface and material-related domains.
University Machine Services provides assistance to the university and industry through the design and manufacture of specialized components and equipment. Services offered include general machining and manufacturing, CNC Machining, 3D Modeling and Computer Assistant Drafting, Fused Deposition Modelling, Prototype Development Manufacturing, Welding Fabrication, and Sheet Metal.
This facility houses instrumentation for the characterization of molecules by mass spectrometry. The instruments include a double focusing sector (DFS) mass spectrometer for high-resolution measurements using electron impact (EI) or chemical ionization (CI) with sample introduction by a variety of techniques. Instruments operating by electrospray ionization (ESI) are also available and are ideal for the analysis of organometallic samples and proteins. Gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS) is also available.
Opened in 2004, the Western Nanofabrication Facility strives to provide training to students, engineers, and researchers from academic and industrial laboratories to conceive, fabricate and characterize nano and micro-scales devices. Specialized instruments to perform surface patterning using photolithography and electron beam lithography together with metal and dielectric thin film deposition are conveniently located in a class 1000 and 100 cleanrooms. Our two scanning electron microscopes that include
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The Western Paleomagnetic & Petrophysical Laboratory in the Department of Earth Sciences enables users to perform petrophysical analyses in materials science on samples in a laboratory setting. Direct petrophysical measurements (magnetic susceptibility, remanent magnetism, grain density, bulk density, porosity, induced polarization/resistivity, acoustic P-wave) can be made on a rock or manufactured samples. WPPL is the research lab operated by
The Zircon and Accessory Phase Laboratory (ZAPLab) was designed primarily for measuring the chemical and orientation microstructure of U-bearing minerals using a suite of electron microscopy techniques
Electron microscopy is supported by a full sample preparation and optical microscopy laboratory.