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Research Cores

The School of Engineering and Applied Science’s core scientific facilities, located in the Allston-SEC (Science and Engineering Complex), provide faculty, researchers, and students with an array of specialized, equipment technologies, and services to support innovative research. These cores offer a wide variety of services and instruments that cater to the specific needs of the diverse research conducted in SEAS. Fees, access, and required training vary by core.

3D Printing

Physical size: 1,000  SF
SEC Location: 2.121

The 3D Printing core is managed by SEAS Science Operations. Engineering researchers in the Allston-SEC rely heavily on rapid prototyping tools. The many 3D printers provided in this core are vital for the rapid developing research to which our engineers depend on having immediate access. View the Price List.

Director: Leigh Needleman – SEAS Science Operations
Manager: Ted Sirota – SEAS Science Operations
email: tsirota@seas.harvard.edu
office phone: (617) 496 6754

Molecular and Cellular Biology Core

Physical size: 1,800 SF
SEC Location: LL2.232

The Allston-Science and Engineering Complex’s Molecular and Cellular Biology core provides a cell analyzer, a plate reader, centrifuges, cryostat, tissue culture BSCs and incubators, and microscopes. In addition there is a process and analytical HPLC, GPC, GC-MS, and LC-MS available for usage. The core offers staff support (SEAS Science Operations and Harvard Center for Mass Spectrometry) for training and service.

Usage Fees

Director: Leigh Needleman – SEAS Science Operations
Manager: Angie Greer – SEAS Science Operations

 

Imaging & Analysis Suite (Electron Microscopy)

Physical size: 4,000  SF
SEC Location: LL2.301

The Imaging & Analysis Suite is a satellite of the Center for Nanoscale Systems (CNS), a shared-use core facility. This Allston-SEC core will provide researchers with access to a FEI F20 TEM, Zeiss SEM, and processing equipment. The CNS is a member of the National Science Foundation’s National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NNIN) initiative to create a national network of world-class facilities available to all researchers.

For more information about instruments, fees and support staff: CNS home website and contact information.

Executive Director: William Wilson - CNS
Director: David Bell

Material Characterization & Analysis

Physical size: 3,000  SF
SEC Location: LL2.226

The Material Characterization & Analysis core is a satellite of the Center for Nanoscale Systems (CNS), a shared-use core facility. This Allston-SEC will provide researchers with equipment vital to the researchers of this building. These equipment provide research tools for analyzing microstructure, optical, chemical, mechanical, and particle analyses, and include some of the following tools: AFM, DMA, electrophoretic light scattering instrument, impedance analyzer, FTIR, interferometer, nanoindenter, particle counter, TGA, UV-VIS spectrophotometer and more.

For more information about instruments, fees and support staff: CNS home website and contact information.

Executive Director: William Wilson - CNS

Soft Lithography

Physical size: 430 SF
SEC Location: 2.125

The Soft Lithography core is a satellite of the Center for Nanoscale Systems (CNS), a shared-use core facility. This facility provides access and support for plasma etching, surface profilometry, and UV exposure for optical lithography. The core works in conjunction with the Material Characterization & Analysis Core at the Allston-SEC.

For more information about instruments, fees and support staff: CNS home website and contact information.

Executive Director: William Wilson - CNS

Optical Imaging (Light & Fluorescence Microscopy)

Physical size: 600 SF

The Optical Imaging Core is a satellite of the FAS Division of Science's Harvard Center for Biological Imaging (HCBI) and utilizes the HCBI’s unique lease-based procurement model. All systems will be replaced every 3 years and adapted to the needs of the SEAS community over time. The Optical Imaging Core currently houses upright (materials) and inverted (biological) Zeiss LSM 900 microscopes that can operate in widefield or confocal modes. The core also provides access to a Zeiss Axioscan high-throughput slide scanner capable of imaging up to 100 slides in brightfield, fluorescence or polarized light modes and two high-end image analysis workstations.

For more information about instruments, fees, and support staff:  Optical Imaging Core website and contact information. 

Director: Doug Richardson - HCBI
Imaging Scientists: Kwasi Agbleke (Harvard), Chris Hellriegel (Zeiss)

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