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Synthesis and Characterization Facilities

 The infrastructure and expertise required for the design, synthesis, and characterization of molecules is mainly housed in the Molecular Instrumentation Center (MIC). MIC maintains five divisions of well-equipped facilities staffed to train students in the use of the instruments. Major instruments include six high-field FT-NMR with multinuclear and variable temperature capabilities (including one for solid samples), eleven MS, two GC/MS, an ICP and a complete X-ray diffraction lab with two single crystal and three powder diffractometers equipped with low temp. devices. The MIC Biochemistry Instrumentation Lab houses uv/vis, fluorescence, circular dichroism and stopped-flow spectrophotometers, analytical ultracentrifuges, a density meter, differential scanning and isothermal titration calorimeters, a PhosphorImager; liquid scintillation counter, CCD-camera gel imaging systems, a French press and two Biacore surface plasmon resonance systems. The IGERT MCTP Lab, the most recently created division of MIC, is equipped with digital sourcemeters, dynamic and static light scattering spectrometers, an impedance analyzer, spin coaters, sputterer, contact angle goniometer, differential scanning calorimeter, differential/thermal gravimetric analyzer, a variety of ovens and furnaces, optical microscope, several spectrophotometers (fluorescence, uv/vis/nir, FTIR), potentiostat/galvanostat, two AFM/STMs; a SQUID magnetic properties measurement system, and an SEM, among other minor instruments.

The Dept. of Chemistry and Biochemistry and the CNSI Shared Instrumentation Facility house a large number of specialty instruments purchased or constructed by individual research groups. These include over 40 lasers spanning the wavelengths from the IR through UV, and the time domain from continuous wave to femtosecond pulses, specially constructed molecular beam sources and time-of-flight MS, photoelectron and Auger spectrometers, time-resolved fluorimeters, Raman spectrometers, several scanning probe microscopes and biological fluorescence microscopes (including confocal one- and two-photon laser scanning microscopy, fluorescence correlation spectroscopy, total internal reflection fluorescence microscopy, fluorescence resonance energy transfer, and time-correlated-single-photon-counting). Finally, several TEMs will be available from CNSI and the Materials Science Department.


Computational Facilities for Modeling and Theory

  Many of the research groups involved in materials and molecular design have computing facilities that are available to participants in the MCTP IGERT. For example, Prof. Houk's group has 27 3GHz Pentium4 and 33 AMD Opteron 165 dual-core processors. Available software includes Gaussian903, Molcas, Gamess, Amber, Charm Spartan, MacroModel, Gromos, and Boss. Other available computing resources include CNSI-Beowulf cluster and the Dept. of Chemistry 16 CPU cluster built around 3GHz Intel Xeon nodes, and a lab with 25 dual booting 3.2GHz Intel Xeon systems with Nvidia FX540 graphics and 3D hardware. The UCLA Office of Academic Technology owns 9 clusters with a total of 643 nodes and aggregate peak performance of 8247 GFlops available to all researchers on campus.

Nanoelectronics Research Facility (Nanolab)

  Housed in the School of Engineering and Applied Science, the Nanolab is oriented toward micromachining for MEMS fabrication, with 8000 ft2 of Class-1000 and 500 ft2 of Class-100 clean rooms. It provides a complete line of lithography, including an e-beam nanowriter. Deposition and metallization techniques available include dry & wet thermal oxidation and annealing, LPCVD, PECVD, e-beam and thermal evaporation, and sputtering. Plasma etching capabilities include dry etching, fluorine and chlorine reactive ion etching, and deep etching of silicon. For MEMS specifically, a CO2 supercritical dryer, SAM anti-stiction coating apparatus, XeF2 etcher, thick PR coating system, and wafer lapping systems are available. An extensive list of characterization equipment includes thin film thickness measurement, surface profilers, and microscopes. An SEM is also used in the clean room. There is an additional, self-contained lab exclusively for classes including a MEMS lab course (M180L /M150L: Intro Micromachining and MEMS Laboratory).

Micromanufacturing Laboratory

  Testing and characterization of micro-devices and micro-machining processes. It contains several probe stations, a video microscope system with a 3-D rotary head and power zoom, a vibration-free optical table, and a wide range of electronic testing instruments. Also available are a micromanipulator, a laser cutting system, 3-CCD digital camera with complete video systems (recorder/player), and all the necessary editing software.