Ambient Pressure Surface Characterization Laboratory

The Ambient Pressure Surface Characterization Laboratory has unique capabilities for preparation and characterization of samples in a range of environments. The facilities are housed in Johnson Hall. Capablities include microscopy, spectroscopy, and diffraction. Users can be trained to use the equipment for independent research projects or staff members can assist or perform the analysis for you. APSCL has two main instruments which can be used for a range of surface characterization measurements. Primary capabilities are ambient-pressure X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (AP-XPS) and scanning tunneling microscopy (AP-STM). Contact: Rafik Addou (

Biomaterials and Biointerfaces Laboratory 

Real-time/near-real-time, label-free flow kinetics: Measure "wet" and "dry" mass at solid-liquid interfaces, solute adsorption/binding kinetics, polymerization, rearrangement, degradation, cell adhesion, etc. Key instruments include quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation (QCM-D) and optical waveguide lightmode spectroscopy (OWLS), an SPR-like sensing mode. Contact: Kate Schilke (

Cryopreservation Laboratory 

Research in the Cryopreservation Laboratory has two general focus areas: technologies for long-term preservation of biological products and microfluidics for chemical processing of blood. The first category includes the development of strategies for preservation of biomolecules, cells, and tissues by cryopreservation, freeze-drying, and spray-drying. In the second category, we are developing microfluidic devices for blood processing as a medical intervention (e.g., kidney dialysis, treatment of sepsis) and for creation of high-value products from blood (e.g., red blood cells for transfusions).  Contact: Adam Higgins (

Environmental Analytical Laboratory 

Environmental Molecular Biology Laboratory

The Environmental Molecular Biology Laboratory is fully equipped to process and quantify DNA, RNA and protein extractions from environmental samples, conduct end point PCR with gel electrophoresis, reverse transcriptase PCR (RT-PCR) and quantitative PCR (qPCR). In conjunction with the Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing, the Environmental Molecular Biology Laboratory can assist with digital droplet PCR (ddPCR), 16S amplicon sequencing, metagenomic sequencing and bioinformatics analyses.” Contact: Tyler Radniecki ( or Tala Navab-Daneshmand ( 

Microtechnology-based Chemical Processing Laboratories

Oregon Process Innovation Center for Solar Cell Manufacturing 

The key enabler for creating a sustainable photovoltaics industry is to develop more energy efficient, more material efficient, greener, low-cost manufacturing processes for existing and future versions of high-efficiency solar cells. The Oregon Process Innovation Center for Sustainable Solar Cell Manufacturing serves Oregon as a collaborative center for industry and academic researchers to develop innovative processes for sustainable manufacturing. OPIC tools are established in the Microproducts Breakthrough Institute and are available for use. Contact: Chih-hung Chang (

Polymer Materials Processing & Characterization Laboratory 

Subsurface Bioremediation Laboratories  

OSU-Benton County Green Stormwater Infrastructure Research Facility

The OSU-Benton County Green Stormwater Infrastructure Research Facility, an Oregon BEST Lab, is a three-celled stormwater research facility for field-scale experiments and testing on green infrastructure (e.g., raingardens, bioswales, etc.). The cells provide the ability to test various stormwater treatment technologies and treatment of various stormwater contaminants. These cells are also instrumented with multiple sensors to enable better data collection and modeling. Contact: Tyler Radniecki (

OSU microCT Facility

The OSU microCT facility offers high-resolution micro computed tomography scanning (~1-50 µm depending on sample diameter) of opaque objects up to approximately 130 mm in length. The source used on our system is a Hamamatsu L10711-19 that has been customised specifically for microCT application. Our version includes a diamond window as standard and the development of a completely new cut-away front of the source. Contact: Dorthe Wildenschild (

Porous Media Flow Characterization Laboratories