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Facilities and Tools

Drexel maintains a state-of-the-art research infrastructure to support the research and creative work of our talented researchers, scholars and artists. In addition to our faculty’s individual labs and studios, we maintain a number of shared research facilities and tools that support the work of, often multidisciplinary, teams that include our faculty and students as well as corporate and other research partners.

  • The Centralized Research Facility contains state-of-the-art materials characterization instruments, including environmental and variable pressure field-emission scanning electron microscopes with Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy (EDS) for elemental analysis, and Orientation Image Microscopy (OIM) for texture analysis; a Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM) with STEM capability and TEM sample preparation equipment; a dual beam FIB system for nanocharacterization and nanofabrication; a femtosecond transient absorption and terahertz spectroscopy system; visible and ultraviolet Raman micro spectrometers with seven excitation wavelengths for non-destructive chemical and structural analysis and Surface Enhanced Raman (SERS); a Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectrometer with a microscope and full array of accessories; a Nanoindenter; an X-Ray Diffractometer (XRD) and a high resolution X-ray microtomography (Micro CT) system.
  • The Biosciences Cores provide Drexel researchers with cutting-edge research instruments and tools, as well as several comprehensive and fully maintained research centers. The cores include: the Cell Imaging Center dedicated to advanced fluorescence microscopy applications, the Flow Cytometry Center supporting immunology research, the RNAi Resource Center enabling the distribution of human genome RNAi reagents, as well as a host of other commonly used equipment.
  • The University Laboratory for Animal Resources provides for the care, health and well-being of animals used in research and education at Drexel, with an emphasis on the minimization of discomfort, distress and pain. It meets the animal-related needs of University researchers and educators through the dissemination of knowledge and resources, as well as serves the public interest in science by ensuring observance of all legal and ethical standards pertaining to the use of animals for research and education at the University.
  • The University Research Computing Facility is a resource for high-performance and high-throughput scientific computing for use by Drexel researchers. Housed in the 3rd floor of Curtis Hall, this 1,600 sq. ft., 0.6 MW facility hosts rack-mounted computing and storage hardware exclusive to individual research groups and is home to Proteus, the shared computing cluster. The URCF offers full-time systems administrator support of hardware and software to participating researchers.