Core Facilities

Purdue University research cores provide access for faculty, students and collaborators to state-of-the-art equipment and expertise to support basic and translational research in a broad range of scientific fields. Instrumentation, facilities, software and professional assistance are available for the design and conduct of specialized measurements, analysis and interpretation of data, and research collaboration.

See below for an entire list of our cores and their descriptions. A searchable list is available at

Agronomy Center of Research and Education - field research on agronomic crops and soils

Animal Sciences Research and Education Center - The mission of the Animal Sciences Research and Education Center (ASREC) is to provide animals, facilities, technical assistance and labor to conduct research, provide instruction, and assist in extension educational activities. Research trials vary from basic to applied and involve many disciplines -- nutrition, physiology, behavior, genetics, reproduction, animal health, and product quality. Faculty utilize the Research and Education Center to facilitate teaching several Animal Sciences courses and to help provide hands-on experience for students. Some Extension education activities are held at the center.

Arthur Fungarium and Kriebel Herbarium - An Herbarium is a collection of carefully preserved plant
and/or fungal specimens; a Fungarium is a collection of carefully preserved fungal specimens. The Department of Botany and Plant Pathology at Purdue University houses two herbaria of immense historical and scientific value. The Arthur Fungarium (herbarium acronym PUR) is the largest specialized Fungarium, containing the most important collection of plant rust fungi (order Pucciniales), in the world. The Kriebel Herbarium (acronym PUL) contains non-rust fungi, vascular plants, lichens, algae and bryophytes, and is the oldest herbarium in the state of Indiana. Together the collections contain close to 250,000 specimens dating as far back as 1769 and gathered from across the globe. The collections are an important global resource for scientists and researchers in the fields of botany, mycology, plant pathology, forestry and biology. PUR and PUL arrange for loans of material to other herbaria and researchers around the world, accept material for deposition to voucher scientific studies, and serve as a resource for identifying rust fungi and their host plants from around the world.

Bioinformatics Core - Facilitate, amplify, and accelerate biological research and discovery through application of bioinformatics. Deliver high quality analysis and consultation in a timely and economical manner. Support workshops and learning activities. Support computational resources.

Biomolecular Cleanroom - 2,500 Sq. ft. Bio-Nanotechnology Integration Laboratory

Biomolecular Screening and Drug Discovery Facility - diverse screening and automated liquid handling / high throughput protein expression cloning

Biophysical Analysis Laboratory - Biophysical analysis of Proteins, DNA, RNA, and other molecules.

Bioscience Imaging Facility - We provide the instruments and expertise needed to visualize molecules in preparations ranging from single cells to entire animals. All facility users receive individualized instrument training as well as project specific advice for optimal data acquisition. Consultation on sample preparation, image rendering, and data analysis are also available as our knowledge base permits.

Birck Nanotechnology Center BioNanotechnology Laboratories (BNC-BNL) - BNC-BNL is located at the Birck Nanotechnology center. It provides researchers a place where they can take their drug delivery (e.g. BioMEMS/NEMS or Biosensor) device or nanoparticle-driven from idea stage to a viable prototype to in-vitro testing and basic sterility testing. A CTSI core facility.

Center for Analytical Instrumentation Development - Develop the next generation of analytical instrumentation for chemistry, life science and point-of-need applications in medicine, industry, and public safety. Expand participation to other regional institutions. Prominent among these instrumental methods is the application of mass spectrometry to problems of national and world interest and the miniaturization of mass spectrometry to further those aims.

Center for Environmental and Regulatory Information Systems - The Center for Environmental and Regulatory Information Systems (CERIS) is a recognized center at Purdue University providing agricultural information resource technologies and applications in the form of searchable databases with web interfaces, collaborative web sites with updating, and dynamic map resources of pest survey and plant diagnostic data. Since the 1980?s its content has focused on plant export regulations, pest survey data, plant diagnostic data, and pesticides and has collaborated with key federal and state agencies along with industry. A new project under development with Entomology and Plant Pathology is the creation of an iPhone application for ornamental diagnostics.

Center for Materials Processing and Tribology - Metrology Laboratory - Surface and mechanical property characterization

Center for Materials under eXtreme Environment (CMUXE) - Center for Materials under extreme environments (CMUXE) is a research unit at Purdue University aimed at promoting nuclear, material science, plasma research, and education. Members of CMUXE perform basic and applied research in wide variety of interdisciplinary fields. The major thrust area is the interactions of high-intensity, modulated energy beams: electromagnetic radiation, plasma, electrons, ions and other particle sources (i.e. clusters, molecules) with matter. The CMUXE combines both advanced integrated computational tools, i.e., HEIGHTS simulation package and state-of-the art experimental devices.

Christopher and Susan Burke Hydraulics and Hydrology Laboratory - Mechanics of Water Transport Processes in Environmental and Engineering Flows; field and laboratory investigations of water quantity and quality.

Computational Life Sciences and Informatics - Development and application of computational tools and techniques to solve complex life science problems, specializing in mass-spectrometry differential ‘omics, including custom data management, database analysis and design, and software development.

Discovery Learning Research Center (DLRC) - The Discovery Learning Research Center is a unique center that bridges the innovative research work at Purdue with the fundamental educational mission of the University. DLRC has 3 major goals: 1) catalyze large-scale, interdisciplinary research programs in teaching and learning, especially in STEM fields; 2) promote articulation between educational research and actual practice; 3) provide leadership in influencing STEM public literacy and educational policy. DLRC provides access to: evaluation and assessment expertise; planning and management for educational components of projects; research space for testing or piloting new educational technologies and pedagogies; work space for research staff on DLRC collaborative projects; connections to faculty and researchers with similar or complementary research interests and needs.

Dynamic Mechanics Laboratory - We develop innovative dynamic experimental techniques to determine the mechanical response of challenging materials and structures under impact loading conditions. We have extensive experiences in characterizing materials from as soft as gel rubbers to as hard as armor ceramics, from as small as a single spider silk to as large as instrumented concrete targets. A recent book (Split Hopkinson (Kolsky) Bar by Springer) documents some of our previous work.

Electron Microscopy - Electron Microscopy facility in Birck has Hitachi S4800 cold field-emission scanning electron microscope, equipped with STEM capability; FEI Nova 200 Dual Beam system, equipped with a Klocke nanomanipulator for site specific sample preparation; and FEI Environmental S/TEM 80-300 Titan.

Epitaxy - The Epitaxy recharge center consists of three deposition tools for thin film research as well as a high resolution x-ray diffractometer for thin film characterization. Equipment in recharge center: Nitride Sputter System (PVD Products), Oxide Pulsed Laser Deposition (PVD Products), High resolution x-ray diffractometer HRXRD (PANalytical), organometallic vapor phase epitaxy/Metalorganic chemical vapor deposition OMVPE/MOCVD (Aixtron), Laser annealing (Lambda Physik), Laser lift-off (Lambda Physik).

Flow cytometry and cell separation facility - The Bindley Bioscience Flow Cytometry and Cell Separation Facility provides advanced cell and particle analysis and sorting using flow cytometry based technology. The facility also provides training in flow cytometry analysis and sorting techniques. The facility also provides expert consultation for assay and protocol development for flow cytometry analysis and cell separation.

Food Science Pilot Laboratory - Wet chemistry, microbiology, and food product development

Genomics Core Facility - The Purdue Genomics Core facility has more than a decade of experience in DNA sequencing and provides "next generation", high and low-throughput sequencing services as well as first-pass informatics support.

Laboratory for Renewable Resources Engineering (LORRE) - Carries out research, training, and discovery in transforming renewable resources into biofuels and bioproducts. Couples fundamental research in renewable resources to the art and science of scale-up for purposes of design, prototyping, and operation of industrial systems that are economic, environmentally friendly, and sustainable. Provides research services in microbiology, fermentation, liquid chromatography and biomass analysis.

Life Sciences Electron Microscopy Facility - The LSMF is a full service electron microscopy core with both service and individual use options. Equipment includes two field-emission SEMs equipped with cryo, EDX, low vacuum, and tensile stage. Also available are 2 TEMs, routine and cryo sample preparation instrumentation, and other support equipment. Basic light microscopes are equipped with color digital cameras and optics for Bright-field, Nomarski DIC contrast, Fluorescence, and stereo imaging.

Metabolite profiling facility (MPF) - The laboratory utilizes gas chromatography and liquid chromatography coupled with mass spectrometry for the analyses of small, biological molecules. We collaborate with research investigators who are conducting metabolomic studies, by providing technical assistance with sample preparation, data acquisition, analysis, and interpretation of experimental information. The lab performs both quantitative analysis and non-targeted molecular screening.

Microwave Plasma Chemical Vapor Deposition – MPCVD - This Microwave Plasma Chemical Vapor Deposition system (SEKI-5200S) produces a variety of carbon-based nano- and micro-materials including carbon nanotubes, graphene, and diamond thin films. It operates at moderate pressure near 10 Torr with typical process gas mixtures consisting of hydrogen and methane. The system features an inductively heated stage, 1-2 inch active deposition area, temperature control through thermocouples supplemented by a dual-wavelength pyrometer, and recently added laser diagnostics of plasma species.

Optics and Spectroscopy - Spectrophotometer Lambda 950; Micro-Sample Spectrometer; Raman Spectrometer T64000 with the excitation lasers: tunable Ar/Kr, CW 10 mW per wavelength, 10 wavelength across the visible range, femtosecond/picosecond regenerative amplifier-OPA system; Nanonics NSOM/ Luminescence Mapping with the excitations lasers: HeNe 633 nm, solid state 532 nm, Diode 785 nm.

Physiological Sensing Facility - Cellular and tissue metabolism, cell-signaling, neurophysiology, environmental toxicology, biosensing, bionanomaterials, lab-on-a-chip systems, bioMEMS, biophysical sensing

Purdue Agriculture Air Quality Lab - monitoring equipment for air quality, odor evaluation lab, trace contaminant lab

Purdue Cryo-EM Facility - the Purdue Cryo-EM Facility is a member of the Purdue EM Consortium and a designated Indiana CTSI Core Facility. Our facility is available to Purdue, other academic institutes, and industry users. It provides state-of-the-art instruments and expertise for high resolution structure determination of viruses, larger macromolecular complexes, nano-particles, as well as tomographic visualization of virus-cell interactions by cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM) and three-dimensional (3-D) image reconstruction. Purdue Cryo-EM Facility

Purdue Proteomics Facility - Mass spectrometry analyses of peptides and proteins. Maldi and ESI analysis, comparative proteomics, peptides sequencing, proteins identification and analysis, database search analysis, quantitative analysis, biomarkers discovery, proteins digestion. Amino acid analysis

Purdue Stable Isotope (PSI) lab - The Purdue Stable Isotope (PSI) facility is a state-of-the-art multi-user, stable isotope laboratory housed in the Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences Department at Purdue University.

Purdue Translational Pharmacology Facility - in vivo pharmacology with swine model and unique PigTurn monitoring and sampling system

Scifres Nanofabrication Cleanroom - 25,000 sq. ft. Class 1-10-100 Nanofabrication Laboratory

Sensory Evaluation Laboratories - Subjective testing of food acceptability

SPM - Scanning Probe Microscopy, Nanotec Air STM, Omicron UHV STM

Surface Analysis - Kratos XPS; Omicron Surface Analysis Cluster

Vistec Ebeam - Vistec VB6 Electron Beam Lithography Writing Tool

Water Quality Field Station - Studies of the impact of agriculture and agricultural inputs on water and air quality; 54 tiled and instruments drainage plots

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