University of Southern California

Research

Core Facilities

• The Center for Electron Microscopy and Microanalysis (CEMMA) that includes a suite of new scanning electron microscopes (SEM) and will soon be the home for a new transmission electron microscope (TEM), for material characterization.

• The Keck Photonics Center is a clean room facility, including: Compound Semiconductor Lab, with three types of metal-organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) systems; the Optical Communications Laboratory, with extensive laser and optics resources; the Photonics Materials and Devices Laboratory, and the Advanced Interconnect and Network Technology lab with microdisk lasers.

• The Chemistry Instrumentation Facility includes: several high field NMR spectrometers (a 600, two-500 and three-400 MHz instruments) as well as FT-Infrared, absorbance, emission and MALDI mass spectrometers. The facility will take delivery of a pulsed EPR spectrometer this year to compliment the scanning system in place currently. The facility also has Bruker single crystal and Rigaku powder X-ray diffractometers.

• The Nano-BioPhysics Core Facility includes: Biacore surface plasmon resonance instrument T100, light scattering equipment, both dynamic and multiangle devices from Wyatt, and an Atomic Force Microscope Nanoscope IIIa.

Molecular Imaging Center (MIC) offers state-of-the-art imaging instrumentation for small animals. The MIC staff utilize pre-clinical versions of positron emission tomography (PET), computed tomography (CT, Xray) and ultrasound scanners (US) to provide information that can be directly translated to clinical settings. In addition supplemental data can be acquired using autoradiography, biodistribution and optical imaging (including quantum dot nanoparticle fluorescence)

• The Cell and Tissue Imaging Facility has a number of instruments for studying nano materials prepared in this program, including confocal microscopes, a 200 kV TEM (JEOL JEM 2100 LaB6), a JEOL JSM/6390LV SEM and a range of optical and fluorescence microscopes.

Proteomics Core Facility enables researchers to answer pressing biological questions about the functions and roles of proteins in disease by combining proteomics with advanced mass spectrometry.

High Performance Computing Center includes: high performance computer resources, recently ranked as the 2nd fastest computing cluster in an academic setting in the US. Primary resources include a Linux cluster supercomputer and Sun Fire 15K shared memory system.