July 26, 2018

Research investments provide sophisticated equipment for world-changing research

World-changing research at Purdue continues to progress while investments in advanced research instrumentation grows.  Purdue invested nearly $15 million in research equipment during fiscal year 2018.

Working in partnership with departments, schools and colleges, the president, provost and executive vice president for research and partnerships have made multimillion-dollar investments in Purdue’s research infrastructure. These investments support the efforts of faculty and staff to compete for research funding and effectively use the funding to advance the state of the art.

“The recent announcement of this year’s record-breaking $454 million in sponsored program awards is remarkable," says Suresh Garimella, executive vice president for research and partnerships and the Goodson Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering. "We not only applaud the dedicated commitment of our research faculty, staff and students but also the superb services performed by Purdue’s business and support staff. The combined efforts of many individuals strengthens our research environment and infrastructure and greatly contributes to our success."

Targeted, strategic support came from the President’s Office and EVPRP to upgrade critical electron microscopes and supporting equipment. These acquisitions contribute to a multiyear planned effort to upgrade electron microscopy instrumentation at Purdue.

To support strategic research initiatives, funding for the Laboratory and University Core Facility Research Equipment Program is collaboratively sponsored by various colleges and schools and the offices of the EVPRP and Provost to purchase capital research equipment that enhances the research programs of individuals as well as multiple investigators relying on shared-use equipment.

Significant new advanced instrumentation has been acquired, including a cutting-edge high-resolution aberration-corrected transmission electron microscope for new materials development (ThermoFisher Themis Z Double Corrected 300 kV FEG S/TEM), a state-of-the-art mass spectrometer for proteomics measurements (Thermo Scientific Orbitrap Fusion Lumos Tribrid MS), and a gold-standard high-speed multilaser cell sorter to support Purdue’s life sciences initiative (Beckman Coulter MoFlo Astrios EQ Sorter).

“Purdue faculty generate some of the nation’s best research.  Investing in advanced instrumentation keeps the University on a clear trajectory to greater strength, to the benefit of the entire university and the global community,” Garimella says.

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Laboratory and Core Facility Equipment Program Awards

Writer: Pamela Burroff-Murr, burroff@purdue.edu

Source: Suresh Garimella, garimell@purdue.edu
Jeff Bolin, jtb@purdue.edu

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