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VC Area / SIO Section Department Facility Description Instruments
SIO SOMTS National Science Foundation West Coast Winch Pool

SIO maintains the National Science Foundation (NSF) West Coast Winch Pool for the benefit of U.S. ocean scientists. The winch pool is a shared-use facility that procures, maintains, upgrades, and makes available a variety of portable oceanographic winches that are used by scientists aboard a broad range of research vessels. Winches are shared following community-based scheduling methods administered by the University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS).

Type: Ship Operations
Recharge: No

Director: Bruce Appelgate
Contact: Captain Eric Buck
Website: NSF West Coast Winch Pool

SIO SOMTS Marine Operations Machine Shop

The marine operations shop supports fabrication and maintenance of shipboard infrastructure and systems within an 18,500 square-foot building with separate welding, mechanical, machine, electric, and carpentry shops. Activities include pipefitting, general steel and aluminum fabrication, woodworking, hydraulic, and mechanical repair, and the operation of material handling equipment consisting of:
* Five forklifts ranging in capacity from 15,000 pounds to 500 pounds
* Two mobile land-based cranes, one 10 ton and one 12 ton, equipped with all the slings and bridles needed to lift anything in their capacity
* A portable cable spooling device
* portable marine cranes for use aboard ships with either a 1,000 or 2,000 pound capacity, either electric or hydraulic powered.

Type: Ship Operations
Recharge: Yes

Director: Zoltan Kelety
Contact: George Sutherland

Forklift, Crane, Cable Spooler
SIO SOMTS Hydrographic Calibration Facility

The STS calibration laboratory is a state-of-the-art temperature/pressure testing facility for CTD sensors (conductivity, temperature, depth) with large and small temperature baths, 2 Ruska deadweight piston gages, 3 automatic thermometer bridges, and a wide assortment of standards and references. The laboratory also calibrates high-precision barometric pressure and humidity sensors, and provides full diagnosis and repair for CTDs, rosette controllers, salinometers, altimeters, other electronic hydrographic instruments, and Bullister-style water bottles. Support is also provided for electronic design and fabrication of oceanographic instrumentation.

Type: Facility
Recharge: Yes

Director: Bruce Appelgate
Contact: Carl Mattson

Temperature/pressure testing
CAMPUS Anthropology Levantine Archaeology Lab

The UC San Diego Levantine Archaeology provides hands-on research, learning and training to interested students and researchers from around the world. Archaeology research and service helps coordinate the Cyber-archaeology data acquisition, curation, analyses, and dissemination. The laboratory has extensive study collections from the southern Levant that include materials spanning the Neolithic to Medieval Islamic times (ca. 8,000 BCE to 1400 CE). These includes ceramics, lithics, archaeometallurgy, zooarchaeology and human osteology collections. The lab has a comprehensive collection of topographic and environmental maps, reference materials, computing facilities, laboratory spaces for artifact analyses, digital field equipment, administrative office, and seminar room. Permanent loan agreement with the Department of Antiquities of Jordan has facilitated the growth of the study collection since 1997.

Type: Collection
Recharge: Yes

Director: Thomas Levy
Contact: Thomas Levy
Website: Levantine Archaeology

CAMPUS Bioengineering/Institute of Engineering in Medicine Bioengineering Confocal Microscope Facility

Core equipment includes Olympus IX81 FV1000 spectral confocal microscope, SIM scanner, and Tokai Hit environmental control stage incubator. Software options include diffusion measurement and multi-point stimulation.

Type: Instrumentation
Recharge: Yes

Director: Shu Chien
Contact: Gerald Norwich

SIM scanner, Spectral Confocal Microscope, Incubator
CAMPUS Calit2 Nano3 Nanofabrication Cleanroom Facility

Nano3 offers advanced capabilities for fabrication and characterization of devices at the micro- and nanoscale in a state-of-the-art cleanroom and associated laboratories. Capabilities include state-of-the art electron-beam lithography, photolithography, thin film deposition, dry etching, back end processing, metrology, materials characterization (Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Focused Ion Beam (FIB), Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM), etc.), wafer dicing, and microfluidics device development (Hot embossing, PDMS processing, micromilling, etc). The facility is open to users from academia, government laboratories and industry.

See training calendar at

Type: Cleanroom, Instrumentation
Recharge: Yes

Director: Yu-Hwa Lo
Contact: Bernd Fruhberger

Electron-beam Lithography, Photolithography, Thin film deposition, Dry etching, SEM (Scanning Electron Microscopy), Micromilling, FIB (Focused Ion Beam), Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM), Metrology instruments (various), PDMS (Poly(DiMethylSiloxane) processing
CAMPUS CASS CASS Research and Engineering Services and Test Facilities

Research and Engineering Services and Test Facilities: The Center for Astrophysics and Space Sciences (CASS) thermal/vacuum facility is a vacuum chamber (4 ft diameter x 7 ft long) with porting for cold gas/LN2 interface to custom thermal shrouds with heaters for thermal control in the -150C to +50C range. Vacuum pressures of 10-6 Torr are achievable through the diffusion pump and cold trap. Automated control of the thermal system and cold trap nitrogen supply allows users to operate the system around the clock for cost effective thermal/vacuum environmental testing of space instrumentation. CASS engineers and programmers have decades of experience in instrument and system design for radiation detection and space applications. They have developed lung function instrumentation for the astronauts on the Space Shuttle, high resolution electron detectors for electron microscopy at the National Center for Microscopy and Imaging Research, as well as packaging phototubes for use in hostile environments deep undersea or in outer space.

Type: Facility
Recharge: No

Director: Edwin Stephan
Contact: Edwin Stephan

Vacuum chamber (thermal/vacuum), Radiation Detection instruments
CAMPUS Chemistry & Biochemistry Biomolecular and Proteomic Mass Spectrometry Facility

Core services include protein identification from gels or complex mixtures, multidimensional separations prior to nanoLC MSMS, protein quantitation by SILAC and iTRAQ, identification of post-translational modification including phosphorylation, acetylation, and methylation, walk-up MALDI-TOF for trained users to analyze biomolecular samples. Core equipment includes ABSciex 5600 triple-TOF, QSTAR Elite hybrid Q-TOF (AB Sciex), 4800 MALDI-TOFTOF (AB Sciex), Akta Explorer for off-line multidimentional chromatography, and Voyager DE-STR MALDI-TOF (AB Sciex).

Type: Instrumentation
Recharge: Yes

Director: Elizabeth Komlves
Contact: Majid Ghassemian

CAMPUS Chemistry & Biochemistry Chemistry & Biochemistry Fabrication Facility

The Fabrication Facility, located in room 1610 of York Hall, is a full service development, renovation, demolition, and machine and wood shop. The Facility provides the following services: Minor Renovations, Painting Projects, Custom Lab and Office Cabinetry and Shelving, Office Relocations, Earthquake Restraints.
As a recharge facility, services may be extended to any of the academic departments at UCSD, as well as SIO.

Type: Facility
Recharge: Yes

Contact: Douglas Starkey
Website: Chemistry & Biochemistry Fabrication Facility

CAMPUS Chemistry & Biochemistry Chemistry Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Facility

The Chemistry NMR facility features a 500MHz, two 400Mhz, and 300 MHz Varian spectrometers and is located in rooms 5140 and 6118 of Pacific Hall. The Biomolecular NMR facility features a Varian 800MHZ, a Bruker 600MHz and a Varian 500MHz and is located in B007 of the Natural Sciences Building. Reservations are made on a day-to-day basis. During normal business hours, sign-up time is limited to 45 minutes on the 300 and the two 400s. Experiments requiring more time should be performed during the evenings or weekends. For reservation limitations on the 500, please visit the 500 scheduling page. Please note that while all of the facility's spectrometers are capable of a standard battery of experiments, for non-standard applications, please identify which spectrometer fits your needs best before reserving time. If your project has time requirements that extend beyond the normal boundaries of what is available on the scheduler or you experience problems with the instruments, please contact us at with your request. This will direct your query to everyone involved with maintaining the NMR facility. Core equipment includes Varian VNMRS 800 NMR with 3x Resonance Cold Probe (NSB), Varian VNMRS 500 NMR (NSB), Bruker Avance 600 NMR with 3x Resonance Cryoprobe (NSB), Varian VNMRS 500 NMR with Xsens Cold Probe (Pacific Hall), JEOL ECA 500 NMR (Pacific Hall), Varian Mercury Plus 400 NMR (Pacific Hall), Varian Mercury 400 NMR (Pacific Hall), and a Varian Mercury 300 NMR (Pacific Hall)

Type: Instrumentation
Recharge: No

Director: Stan Opelia
Contact: Anthony Mrse

Spectrometer, NMR (Nuclear Magnetic Resonance)