The College of Engineering’s Research Service Centers support and enhance the research, education, and public service missions of the University of Florida by providing access to characterization and process instrumentation. Expert staff provides the assistance and guidance necessary so that industry, faculty, and students get the most effective and appropriate use of the center’s facilities.
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The Major Analytical Instrumentation Center is a materials characterization and analysis facility established to provide analytical support for Florida’s scientific and engineering community in meeting the challenge of technology development. MAIC is a user-oriented facility that provides service to the University of Florida, the state university system, and the industrial and commercial community.
MAIC is organized to maximize the easy accessibility of its facilities. If a user already is properly trained in the use of a particular instrument, access is merely a matter of scheduling. Potential users who are not qualified operators can arrange for instruction. Training is offered on several levels, ranging from simple instrumentation familiarization for experienced users to formal course work available for graduate school credit. A series of short courses are offered, featuring application of modern research instrumentation to current analytical problems. Typically, these short courses last three to five days and provide theoretical understanding of the techniques, hands-on practical experience, data analysis and interpretation.
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The Nanoscale Research Facility is a campus-wide resource, different from the normal model of departmental research labs. The NRF supports not just a single discipline, but instead stimulates interaction among the disciplines. Core research facilities and labs are established in NRF, and scientists from all colleges work together and share the tools.
The NRF is a two-story building with seven functional areas:
- A Class 100-1000 cleanroom facility for nanofabrication and bio processing
- Advanced electron, optical, and surface imaging laboratories
- Core research laboratories for synthesis, processing, characterization, assembly, and testing of nanoscale materials, devices and sensors
- General laboratory space for interdisciplinary research collaborations
- Offices for faculty, staff and users
- Interactive spaces for conferences, informal gatherings, user administration, and surroundings conducive to multidisciplinary interactions
- Building support and utility handling areas
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The Particle Analysis Instrumentation Center (PAIC) grew out of a National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center into one of the premier particle characterization facilities in the US. The PAIC provides the instrumentation and expertise to synthesize and characterize particulate systems for a wide variety of applications across a broad range of industries. There are over 20 instruments available for analyzing particle size, shape, surface and bulk powder properties along with spectroscopic, imaging and analytical instrumentation for chemical analysis and systems characterization.
COE Specialized Facilities
The UF Training Reactor (UFTR), built in 1959, was one of the first nuclear reactors on a university campus. Today it is one of fewer than 30 such reactors used for education, training, research and testing at colleges and universities around the United States.
The College of Engineering uses the reactor to train students to operate reactors and for laboratory courses in nuclear engineering, physics, chemistry, geology and environmental engineering. The reactor also serves as a radiation/neutron source for various research programs and experiments such as trace element analysis of ocean sediments, soil sediments, plants and biological materials.