Facilities, equipment & expertises

Overview of equipment in the ICMS lab

DLS/DDLS/SLS (Contact dr. Hans Wyss)
ALV/CGS-3 MD-4 compact goniometer system equipped with a multiple tau digital real time correlator (ALV-7004) (solid state laser: λ = 532 nm; 40 mW)

(Gi)SAXS/WAXS (Contact dr. Ilja Voets)
Ganesha X-ray instrument equipped with a GeniX-Cu ultra low divergence source (l= 1.54 Å, flux of 1x108 ph/s), a Pilatus 300K silicon pixel detector (487 x 619 pixels of 172 x 172 μm2); Linkam temperature controller (-80 – 250 °C), Julabo temperature controller (-5 – 80 °C), q-range 0.003 - 3 Å-1

CD (Contact ir. Dylan Atkins)
Jasco J-815 CD/LD spectrometer (163 – 900 nm) with Peltier temperature controller (-10 – 110 °C).

Stopped flow / Temperature jump (Contact ir. René Lafleur)
Bio-logic SFM400 with Bio-logic MOS-500 CD/UV/PL spectrometer.

IR/VCD (Contact Beatrice Adelizzi)
Bruker Tensor 27 Infrared spectrometer equipped with GladiATR variable temperature accessory (20 oC – 200 oC) (Pike technologies) and interchangeable sample compartment.
Bruker PMA 50 (VCD) with a PEM 100 controller and SR380 DSP lock-in amplifier (Stanford Research Systems).

AFM (Contact Balu N.S. Thota)
Asylum Research MFP-3D-Bio with possibility for contact mode, non-contact mode, force mode and force mapping measurements. Includes an iDrive accessory and fluid/liquid cells.

Nikon N-STORM (Contact Antonio Aloi MSc and ir. Sjors Wijnands)
Agilent laser box (405nm, 488nm, 561nm, 647nm), Epi and TIRF illumination modes, ixon3 ANDOR camera, Nikon module for STORM imaging and analysis.

DHM (Contact dr. Danqing Liu and Matthew Hendrikx)
Lyncée tec DHM R2100 digital holographic microscopy offers real-time measurements of surface profiles at a non-scanning and non-contact mode. Two monochromatic laser sources (666nm, 794nm) are equipped for measuring complex or structures. Dynamic surface topographies can be analysed down a resolution of micrometers and the height of nanometers.

POM (Contact dr. Danqing Liu)
Nikon Ci-POL polarizing microscope with Diascopic and Episcopic illumination, equipped with a Berek compensator (retardation 0 to 1800 mn), Linkam temperature controller (-196 to 420 oC). 

QCM-D (Contact ir. Olga Goor)
The Q-Sense E4 system is a 4-channel system with 4 separate consoles with a flow volume above each sensor of 40 uL, a minimum sample volume of 300 uL is required. Working temperatures range from 15 to 65 dC and typical flow rates range from 50-200 uL/min. The typical frequency range is 1-70 MHz and the maximum time resolution is 200 data points per second with a maximum mass sensitivity in liquid of 0.5 ng/cm2 and a maximum dissipation sensitivity in liquid of 0.04 E-6. 

Ellipsometer (Contact Matthew Hendrikx and Jeffrey Murphy)
Accurion nanofilm_ep4 is a imaging ellipsometer equipped with a wavelength range of 250 to 1700 nm. Lateral resolutions as small as 1 micron. Equipped with a theta stage and Mueller matrix software. Thin layers (smaller than the probing light) can be measured and visualized in real-time.

Biobots 1
(Contact ir. Dan Jing Wu)
Three-dimensional desktop printer (30 cm x 30 cm x 30 cm). Possible to print with living cells. Layer resolution is 100 µm. Print file type: GCode. XY position precision is 5.5 µm and Z position precision is 5 µm. Dual nozzle extrusion of 100°C and is photocuring possible.

Epi-Nikon (Contact Ardjan van der Linden)
Nikon Ti-E Eclipse Microscope. Lumencor Spectra X light source. iXon Ultra 888 EMCCD and Hamamatsu Orca Flash 4.0v2 digital CMOS cameras. Lenses: 2x  (NA=0.1 WD = 8500 um), 10x  (NA=0.5 WD = 4000 um), 20x  (NA=0.8 WD = 1000 um), and 20x Phase Contrast (NA=0.8 WD = 1000 um). Filters: CFP (EM:480 nm), GFP (EM:535 nm), YFP (EM:535 nm) and mCherry (EM:629,5 nm). Equipped with an Oko Touch Environmental Control Unit with opaque incubator around microscope stage.

PGA (Contact Anping Cao)
The Permanent Gas Analyser is one channel instrument with gas injection and Thermal Conducting Detector (TCD), based on Thermo Trace 1300 GC. The PGA uses Helium for carrier gas, and is equipped with a valve oven with temperature range from 40 to 250 °C. It can be used for the analysis of gaseous samples containing permanent gases with a detectability 50 ppm or better, eg. CO2, C2H4, C2H6, H2, O2, N2, CH4, CO.

Confocale Leica (Contact Marieke Gerth MSc)
Leica TCS SP8 CLSM equipped with a 12kHz resonant scanner, solid state lasers (405nm, 488nm, 552nm and 638nm), PLAN APO objectives (10x/NA 0.40 air, 20x/NA 0.75 air, 63x/NA 1.20 water, and 100x/NA 1.40 oil with an additional 63x/NA 1.30 glycerine objective equipped with a MIPOS 500 Piezo focus element), a PMT and a HyD detector for CLSM and a Leica DFC7000 camera for brightfield and epifluorescence microscopy.


Densiometry
(Contact Sheen SahebAli MSc)
Anton Paar DMA 5000M

Refractometry (Contact Sheen SahebAli MSc)
60/ED Abbe refractometer

Several microfluidics setups (Contact Ardjan van der Linden) 

For more general information about ICMS Lab, contact Sheen SahebAli (Lab Coordinator)