Thursday January 28, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM CST
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Room 1025, Engineering Centers Building (ECB)
1550 Engineering Drive
Madison, WI 53706

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Felix Lu
University of Wisconsin - Madison


UW-Madison Shared Instrument Facilities Open House 

Please join us for our (FREE!) 2016 Shared Instrument Facilities Days Open House at UW-Madison to learn about new instrumentation, meet with subject matter and instrumentation experts, talk with students and their research at the poster session, and network with other engineers and scientists.

Listen to industry representative presentations and run samples during the demos. If you are interested in running samples, please contact Felix Lu prior to the event to coordinate instrument time and sample requirements.


There will be an hour long poster session after lunch where students will be available to discuss their research that utilizes facilties  instrumentation.

Other UW shared instrument facilities: you are welcome to being a poster to share so that we can learn more about your facility! Please let Jennifer Weber (see below) know for an accurate poster count.

  Students: To present a poster, please send your title, authors, and core facility used to Jennifer Weber (jennifer.weber@wisc.edu) by noon on Monday, January 25th, 2016 for inclusion on a grouped (by category) list of posters. Posters will be judged by innovative use of instrumentation and overall presentation and the top 3 will be recognized and awarded.

Check back here for updates as we approach the event date.

Questions? Please contact us at:

Felix Lu, (608) 262-6099, fplu@wisc.edu

Erin Gill, (608) 263-0612, emgill@wisc.edu

Participating core faciltiies

The Materials Science Center

The MSC resides in the Materials Science and Engineering Building and houses numerous electron, optical and scanning probe microscopes, profilometers, and samples preparation and processing equipment and has 5 full time staff members to help train users and update instrumentation.

The Soft Materials Lab

The SML is housed in Engineering Hall and has a wide variety of optical, mechanical, and thermal processing, as well as thin film coating and patterning capabilities, all geared towards soft materials and polymers. The SML has two staff members to train users and maintain equipment.

The Wisconsin Center for Applied Microelectronics

The WCAM resides on the third floor of the Engineering Centers Building (ECB) and is a full spectrum, 10,000 SF class 10/100/1000 cleanroom for patterning, packaging, etching, thin film growth and deposition, as well as MEMS, wafer bonding, and nanoimprint lithography. The WCAM has 5 full time staff members to train users and maintain equipment.

The Biochemistry Optical Core

The BOC is housed in the Hector F. DeLuca Biochemical Sciences Complex and provides state-of-the-art instrumentation for high resolution and super-resolution light microscopy. Expertise and advice is available for the design of experiments involving these techniques; and for the development of grants and manuscripts involving super-resolution and standard light microscopic technologies.  Imaging techniques available here include standard fluorescence, STORM/PALM/SIM, Live cell, long term imaging; point scanning confocal, deconvolution, 3D particle tracking, fluorescence spectral detection, TIRF, FRET, FRAP/FLIM, Photactivation/uncaging, calcium imaging, and single molecule imaging.

The Paul Bender Chemical Instrumentation Center

The Paul Bender Instrument Center houses the Chemistry Department's major shared analytical instrumentation (magnetic resonance, and mass spectrometry, and X-ray diffraction). These instruments are maintained and updated by an expert staff that provides user training and data interpretation in support of Departmental research. The Center is located on the second floor of the Chemistry building.


From UW Madison

Dr. Jerry Hunter

Jerry Hunter is the director of the Research Shared Instrument Facilities for the College of Engineering. Prior to coming to UW Madison, Jerry was a research assistant professor at Virginia Tech, and worked at Evan Analytical Group, Materials Analytical Services, Accurel Systems, Intel and Phillips Semiconductor. He received his PhD in analytical chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Dr. Elle Grevstad

Elle Grevstad is the Director of the BioChemistry Optical Core. She received her PhD in Biochemistry from UW Madison and did her post-doctoral research here at UW Madison in the depts of Biochemistry and Chemical and Biological Engineering.

Dr. Charles Fry

Charlie Fry is the Director of the NMR lab in the Chemical Instrumentation Center. After receiving his PhD in phyical chemistry from the University of Arizona, he came to UW Madison an has been Senior Scientist and NMR Director at CIC for the last 23 years.

From Industry

Nikon (Colleen Lavin) 

Colleen Lavin is an Advanced Imaging Specialist with Nikon Instruments, working 16 years  in the Imaging Field, after microscopy-related research, primarily in reproductive physiology, at UW-Madison.  During her research at UW Madison, Colleen employed correlative microscopy techniques: wide field, confocal, and multi photon light microscopy, as well as transmission and scanning electron microscopy. In her present position with Nikon Instruments, Colleen is involved with high resolution imaging, including confocal and Super Resolution. Colleen lives in Madison Wisconsin. 

J.A. Woollam (Dr. Tom Tiwald)

Tom Tiwald received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His Ph.D. research focused on infrared free carrier and phonon absorptions in semiconductors. He also studied the infrared properties of anodic SiO2, thin films, & plasma-treated polycarbonates. Prior to that, he worked with SIMS, AES, & other surface spectroscopies in the semiconductor industry. He joined the J.A. Woollam Company in 1999 as an applications engineer.

Hysitron (Mr. Jared Risan)

Jared Risan received his M.S. in mechanical engineering from North Dakota State University in 2014.  His M.S. research focused on synthesizing polymeric-metallic composites for compliance controlled switchable adhesion.  In addition to working for Hysitron, Jared held an appointment as a research engineer at the Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering, primarily performing material characterization for academic and industrial customers.  Jared joined Hysitron in 2014 as a lead applications engineer.

Instrument highlights

J.A. Woollam Variable Angle Spectroscopic Ellipsometer (VASE)

An ellipsometer uses light to characterize thin films and bulk materials. The VASE has a spectral range of 193-2500 nm, automated angle of incidence from 15-90 degrees, double chambered monochrometer for superior stray lght rejection,  an autoretarder and a 100 micron beam diameter focusing element.


J.A. Woollam Infra-Red VASE

The IR VASE has a spectral range from 1.7 - 30.0 microns (333 to 5880 cm-1), and a high precision goniometer stage from 32-90 deg.



Hysitron TI 950 TriboIndenter

The Hysitron TI 950 TriboIndenter is the next-generation nanomechanical test instrument providing industry-leading sensitivity and unprecedented performance. The TI 950 nanoindenter has been developed as an automated, high throughput instrument to support the numerous nanomechanical and nanotribological characterization techniques developed by Hysitron. The TI 950 nanoindenter system incorporates the powerful performech Advanced Control Module, which greatly improves the precision of feedback-controlled nanomechanical testing, provides dual head testing capability for nano/micro scale connectivity, and offers unprecedented noise floor performance. The numerous nanomechanical testing techniques offered by Hysitron, as well as new testing methods currently being developed, make the TI 950 TriboIndenter an extremely versatile and effective nanomechanical characterization tool for the broadest range of applications.




Bruker Avance III 500P & Avance 360 + WiHP for high pressure work

With the Avance III 500P, you can observe any NMR active nuclei (BB) + kinetics/dynamics/other temperatures (VT); BBFO + SmartProbe (including low-gamma); 13C / 19F / 1H triple resonance probe

The Avance 360 has custom adaptations for constant gas pressures up to 1000 psi (industry conditions), fast mixing and rxn monitoring.










the E500 operates in the X-band and has high sensitivity and other cavities.


9:00-9:30 am coffee, registration and networking

9:30  -  9:45  Welcome, AMIC introduction, core facilities on campus
9:45  - 10:00 Biochemistry optical core
10:05 -10:20 Paul Bender chemistry instrumentation center
10:25 -10:40 College of Engineering core facilities

10:45 - 11:00 Break

Vendor presentations
11:00 - 11:20 J.A. Woollam - VASE and IR-VASE
11:25 - 11:45 Hysitron - Nanoindenter
11:50 - 12:10 Nikon - Super resolution Microscopy

12:15 - 1:00 LUNCH (Sponsored by J.A. Woollam, Nikon and Hysitron)

1:00 - 2:00 Poster session and judging

Facility tours, instrumentation demos and networking
2:00 - 4:00