Shared Facilities

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VC Area / SIO Section Department Facility Description Instruments
CAMPUS Mechanical Aerospace Engineering MAE Dynamic Testing & Characterization Facility

Specializes in measurement of the dynamic properties of materials. This includes high strain rate testing using both tension and compression split Hopkinson bars as well as ballistic and impact testing.A variety of diagnostics are available including high speed photography as well as flash X-ray and a variety of optical techniques.CEAM has the capability to test a wide variety of materials including ceramics, metals, composites, concrete, and polymers at the appropriate strain rates and temperatures.Strain rates from below 100/sec to more than 30,000/sec are possible, temperatures range from -180 C to 1000 C. In addition to the dynamic facilities, quasi-static testing is also available. Core equipment includes: Split Hopkinson bars from 3 mm diameter to 76 mm diameter in both tension and compression (5 total), 25.4mm inch light gas gun 1 km/sec velocity, 56 mm Light gas gun 1 km/sec velocity, 150 mm Light gas gun 400/sec velocity, Imacon 200 Highspeed framing camera 16 frames maximum frame rate 5 nanosec/frame, HP 150 and 450 KV flash X-rays, Instron 20 Kip load frame, MTS biaxial 5 kip load frame, MTS 20 Kip load frame, MTS 50 kip load frame, Matec TB 1000 Ultrasonic analyzer, and a Ritec GA 2500 based Ultrasonic analyzer.

Type: Facility
Recharge: Yes

Director: Sia Nemat-Nasser
Contact: Lauri Jacobs-Cohantz

CAMPUS NanoEngineering NanoEngineering Research Facility

The proposed research program will utilize the facilities and equipment in the brand new, shared user facility, the NanoEngineering-Materials Research Center (NE-MRC), occupying nearly 9,000 sq.ft. in the SME building, housing more than 100 pieces of equipment and instrumentation specifically for materials research that supports the closing the loop goal. The equipment is divided among 5 large Suites that are interconnected: 1) an Electron Optics and Microanalysis Suite that houses 3 SEMs, two W-gun and the other FEG, two with EDS and EBSD capabilities, a 300kV TEM, and a 200kV FEG-STEM with EDS, 2) an Analytical Instrumentation Suite containing complete array of thermal analysis instruments, 3 XRD units, one with a high temperature stage, UV-VIS-NIR, RAMAN, AFMs, FTIR, and optical microscopes, 3) a Materials Preparation Suite with cutting, mounting, grinding, and polishing equipment plus 4 Chem-Hoods, 4) a Materials Synthesis Suite, with heat treatment furnaces, arc and induction melting, rolling mills, cold isostatic press, a new 2200C Spark Plasma Sintering machine, and a new 2500C vacuum/inert gas hot press and 5) the Mechanical Behavior Suite, which houses 3 servo-hydraulic load frames, 2 screwdriven load frames with high temperature testing capabilities, 2 impact testers, and 2 hardness machines Among the equipment located in this facility are SIO's (Emily Chen) SEM facility and SIO's(Gustaf Arrhenius) X-ray diffractometer.


Recharge: Yes

Director: Dr. Ken Vecchio
Contact: Dr. Ken Vecchio

Electron Optics and Microanalysis Suite, Analytical instrumentation, Materials Preparation Suite, Materials Synthesis Suite, SEM (Scanning Electron Microscopy), XRD (X-ray Diffractometer)
CAMPUS SDSC San Diego Supercomputer Center

The San Diego Supercomputer Center, a leader in data-intensive computing and cyberinfrastructure, provides resources, services, and expertise to UC campuses as well as the national research community including academia, industry, and government. Core services available via recharge to UC researchers include high performance research computing and data storage, IT equipment co-location services, grant & proposal support, and advanced user support including scientific and application programming, parallel programming, code optimization, etc. User support staff have domain expertise in astronomy, bioinformatics, computational chemistry, computer science, data mining, engineering, genomics, geophysics, machine learning, physics, simulation, and other areas. High Performance Computing systems range from the large-scale Comet and Gordon systems to the medium-scale Triton Shared Computing Cluster. Many services are available to industry and other external entities via service agreement (commercial contract).

Type: Facility
Recharge: Yes

Director: Mike Norman
Contact: Ron Hawkins

CAMPUS Research IT Services Integrated Digital Infrastructure

UCSD's Integrated Digital Infrastructure was developed to improve delivery of digital services, and to help guide UCSD faculty to new high-end IT opportunities. IDI provides a concierge service to guide you to the right services to meet your research and instructional needs; support of critical UCSD IT infrastructure, such as the SDSC colocation facility and the Triton Shared Computing Cluster, to maintain availability and ensure moderate pricing of important basic services; a new Library system for the preservation and sharing of curated UCSD digital assets such as research data sets; and opportunity funds for transformational projects and digital research programs that employ new digital technology in the research lab and in the classroom and lead the way for the UCSD community

Type: Facility
Recharge: Yes

Director: Larry Smarr
Contact: Thomas DeFanti

SOM CORE Bio Services

Core Bio Services offers high quality biotech products and services at competitive prices to the campus research community and to the San Diego biotech community. Core stocks restriction enzymes, modifying enzymes, transformation and transfection products, growth factors, ultrapure reagents, DNA sequencing and much more from a variety of vendors. Core also provides secure liquid nitrogen storage for cell lines and biologicals.

Type: Supplies
Recharge: Yes

Contact: Fritz Leader

SOM Center for AIDS Research CFAR Genomics and Sequencing Core

full-service core facility providing services, reagents and expertise to perform assays ranging from small-scale to large-scale analysis of gene expression, microRNA quantitation, virus detection and quantitation, and SNP characterization, using TaqMan and Droplet Digital PCR technologies. We have over 15 years of experience in experimental design, consultation, nucleic acid extraction, cDNA synthesis, primer design, qPCR, and droplet digital PCR. Next generation sequencing for a variety of applications (bacterial genome, genome resequencing, miRNA, other) is available. Core equipment includes: Applied Biosystems 7900HT Fast Real-Time PCR System, Applied Biosystems 7500 Real-Time PCR System, two Bio-Rad QX100 Droplet Digital PCR Systems, Agilent 2100 Bioanalyzer & 2200 Tape Staion, Thermo Scientific NanoDrop ND-1000 and ND-8000 spectrophotometers, Qiagen QIAcube, Life Technologies Ion Torrent Personal Genome Machine and Illumina MiSeq sequencers.

Type: Facility
Recharge: Yes

Director: David Looney
Contact: David Looney

MicroRNA quantification, Virus detection and quantification, PCR machine (polymerase chain reaction), Bioanalyzer, Spectrophotometer, Genome Machine, Sequencer
SOM CCBB Center for Computational Biology & Bioinformatics (CCBC)

The CCBB provides investigators with core bioinformatics expertise to manage and analyze large molecular datasets, especially from next generation sequencing. Our aim is to assist investigators to understand how to make good use of computational tools and analysis methods currently available for solving hypothesis-driven problems in molecular biology. We place special emphasis in the areas of genomics, systems biology and personalized medicine. We also provide expertise in statistical analysis and training where applicable.

Type: Facility
Recharge: Yes

Contact: Jennifer Beaudette

NOAA SWFSC Ocean Technology Development Tank

This test tank resides in the new SWFSC laboratory in La Jolla. It is a world-class (120 m wide by 20m long by 10m) deep thermohaline-controlled test tank facility which can also accommodate live animals.It can be used to test sensor performance, deployment platforms, acoustical/optical techologies for non-lethal fishery programs. It is a controlled environment to develop, test, and calibrate technologies before deploying them during surveys or at remote locations at sea.

Type: Facility
Recharge: Yes

Director: Roger Hewitt
Contact: Roger Hewitt

Test tank (deep)