User Research Facilities

The Penn State User Research Facilities are a collection of core research facilities from Materials Research Institute, Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences, and Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment.  These core facilities are home to a number of state-of-the-art research instrumentation and labs and can be accessed by the research community at Penn State and worldwide.  The facilities can perform research for you or you can become personally trained, in some cases, to perform your own research. 

The Research Instrumentation Management System (RIMS) is the web-based platform used to manage these core facilities.  Currently RIMS is managing on the order of 200 instruments in various lab locations.

Materials Research Institute (website)

Materials Characterization Laboratory (MCL) (website)

  Operations Manager   Administrative Contact
  Josh Stapleton   Colette Orlandi
  +1-814-863-2224   +1-814-865-2328
MCL Technical Staff Directory
Nanofabrication Laboratory (Nanofab) (website)

  Director   Administrative Contact
  Susan Trolier-McKinstry   Jaime Reish
  +1-814-863-8348   +1-814-865-7348
NanoFab Technical Staff Directory

Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences

Microscopy and Cytometry Core Facility (website)
Proteomics and Mass Spectrometry Core Facility (website)
Shared Fermentation Facility (website)

Director of Research Instrumentation
Nigel Deighton

Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment (website)

Center for Quantitative X-Ray Imaging (website)

Zuleima Karpyn

Timothy Ryan

Laboratory for Isotopes and Metals in the Environment (LIME) (website)

Susan Brantley

Stopped Flow Spectroscopy Lab

Manish Kumar