Shared, Multi-User Facilities

The Bright Group has access to major scientific facilities within UB’s South Campus Instrument Center, NYS Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences Multidisciplinary Cleanroom, Institute for Lasers Photonics and Biophotonics, Davis Hall Electrical Engineering CleanroomChemistry Instrumentation Center, The Confocal Microscopy and Flow Cytometry Core Facility , Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Center, and UB North Campus Imaging Facility.

Dedicated Research Laboratories

The Bright Group has dedicated research space within the UB Natural Sciences Complex (NSC 505, 507, 508, 510, 511, 513, 516, and 585). This space consists of a suite of modern spectroscopy laboratories, sample preparation areas, eight (8) fume hoods, a high throughput fabrication and screening station, and a computer room.

Instrumentation and Equipment

Major Research Instrumentation and Equipment
SLM model 48000 multi-harmonic Fourier instrument (frequency domain). This system is capable of routine steady-state fluorescence anisotropy and intensity, picosecond time-resolved fluorescence anisotropy and intensity decay, and phase-resolved fluorescence measurements.
An IBH model 5000-W-SAFE with 10 LED excitation sources (282-593 nm). This system is capable of performing picosecond and nanosecond time correlated single photon counting fluorescence measurements.
Two SLM model 8100 steady-state fluorimeters. These systems are capable of routine steady-state fluorescence anisotropy and intensity measurements in solution and from surfaces.
Three CCD-based Olympus BX-FLA epi-fluorescence microscope systems. One system has a Princeton Instruments, model TE/CCD-1317-K with model ST-138 controller. The second and third systems uses an Optronics model QuantiFire 4-megapixel CCD or a Nuance EX multi-spectral tissue imaging system.
Bruker Vertex 70 FT-IR and Hyperion 3000 imaging IR microscope. This system is capable of routine IR spectra (transmission, ATR, high temperature) and IR imaging with 3 micrometer resolution.
Gilson model Quad-Z 215 robotic liquid handling system.
A Cartesian Technologies model ProSys 5510 robotic pin printer system.
Specialty Coating Systems P6700 spin coating system.
AIST-NT Combiscope with Horiba Scientific LabRAM HR Raman spectrometer. This fully integrated system has three laser sources (532, 633, 671 nm) and for co-localized atomic force microscopy (AFM), scanning Kelvin probe microscopy (SKPM), confocal Raman (single point, mapping), tip enhanced Raman scatting spectroscopy (TERS) (single point, mapping), and confocal photoluminescence (single point, mapping).

Other Research Instrumentation and Equipment
  • Femtosecond Ti:sapphire laser system. This system consists of a Coherent model Mira 900F Ti:sapphire laser, a cw argon-ion pump laser (Coherent, model Innova 400), a pulse-picker (Coherent, model 9200), cavity dumper (Coherent, model Pulseswitch) and a second and third harmonic generation system (CSK, model Super Doubler/Tripler). This laser system produces 100-200 fs long pulses at any wavelength between 725 and 950 nm (fundamental), 363 and 475 nm (second harmonic), and 242 and 317 nm (third harmonic). Average powers in excess of 1.5 W are possible.
  • Hybrid SLM model 4850 fluorimeter. This system uses frequency-domain cross correlation detection with photomultiplier tubes or time-domain detection with a microchannel plate photomultiplier tube and time correlated single photon counting detection. This system is capable of steady-state and picosecond (frequency- and time-domain) fluorescence measurements under one-, two-, and three-photon excitation conditions.
  • A home built time-resolved fluorimeter. This system consists of N2 pump laser (PTI, model GL-3300) and a dye laser (PTI, model GL-301l). Detection is performed with a fast-wired photomultiplier tube and a 200 MHz digital oscilloscope (Tektronix, model TDS 350). The dye laser output is tunable between 350 and 800 nm and produces 600 ps long pulses at 5-10 Hz. The system is ideal for recording time-resolved anisotropy and intensity decays that are greater than ~ 20 ns.
  • A collection of physical optics, diagnostic tools, custom optical interfaces, shop tools, ovens (high pressure and vacuum), pH meter, hot/stir plates, power sources, ultrasonic bathes, horn sonicator, and balances.
  • CW intracavity-doubled argon-ion laser (257 nm, Lexel Lasers model 95 SHG).
  • Two CW Omnichrome He-Cd lasers (325 nm).
  • Two CW argon-ion laser (Spectra-Physics model 164, Coherent model 90-6).
  • Brookfield DV-II+ Pro viscometer with temperature control.
  • Welsbach Standard T Series ozone generator.
  • Lasermate 447 (BML-447-50FED) and 532 nm (GMLH-532-1000FMD) CW diode lasers.
  • CrystaLaser DL-405-100 CW diode laser (405 nm).
  • ThermoFisher Model 8604 ultra-low temperature freezer.
  • CMOSens PC1NP1U1V_1A mass flow controller.
  • GOW-MAC Series 350 gas chromatograph with thermal conductivity detector.
  • Perkin Elmer Autosystem gas chromatograph.
  • HP 8452A diode array spectrophotometer. This system is used for recording routine UV-Vis electronic absorbance spectra.