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Our laboratory is located in the Biomedical Engineering Building, 599 Taylor Road.

The laboratory space contains, or has easy access to, equipment and supplies for the fabrication, characterization, and testing (mechanical and biological) of materials and scaffolds for tissue engineering.

Equipment in the lab includes:

Instron 5869 electromechanical testing system

            • BioPuls temperature-controlled bath (ambient to 40 Celsius, 3.1 liters to fill line); BioPuls submersible pneumatic grips (5 to 65 Celsius, 250 N load capacity, variable clamping force 40 N per 10 psi)
            • 0.001 to 500 mm/min (0.063 micron resolution)
            • Load cells/force transducers (50 kN, 100 N, and 10 N)
            • Bluehill 2 software








MTS Tytron 250 microforce testing system

                • Actuator driven by an electromagnetic DC linear motor (0.0003 um/s to 500 mm/s; 0.001 to 50 Hz)
                • Thin-film air bearing supplied with 100 psi of compressed air provides friction-free movement of the actuator
                • Linear variable differential transformer (LVDT) for displacement control (5 micron resolution)
                • Load cells (+/- 250 N w/25 mN resolution; +/- 5 N w/~1 mN resolution)
                • TestStar software



Two electrospinning apparatuses containing syringe pumps, voltage supplies, collection devices, and exhaust streams to a chemical fume hood









PMI Liquid Extrusion Porosimeter used to characterize pores within a material (i.e., pore diameter, pore volume, and liquid permeability)









High-speed refrigerated centrifuge, refrigerator, and two freezers

Additional lab equipment includes:

                  • Centrifuge with microcentrifuge attachments
                  • Laboratory oven for scaffold construction
                  • High-temperature furnace for ash weight analysis
                  • Two viscometers
                  • Chemical fume hood for polymer chemistry
                  • Biosafety hood and two CO2 incubators for cell culture
                  • Leica DM IL inverted light microscope