What is the ADL?

The Analytical & Diagnostics Laboratory (ADL) — a major initiative under S3IP, a New York State Center of Excellence — is a collection of centralized, interdisciplinary, user laboratories open 24/7 and staffed by a team of PhD-level scientists and engineers with extensive industrial and academic experience.

Operating as a shared core facility offers significant advantages for our users:

  • Centrally Located: “One-stop shopping” for complex, multi-instrument characterization and analysis.
  • Centrally Managed: Easy access and scheduling for all instrumentation through our Facility Online Management (FOM) system.
  • Shared Costs: 24/7 access to world-class tools without having to pay 24/7 worth of operating costs and maintenance.

ADL-managed user facilities currently occupy over 15,000 sq. ft. in Binghamton University’s Innovative Technologies Complex (ITC) and consist of the main ADL in the Biotechnology building, and both the Health Sciences Core Facility (HSCF) and Surface Science Core Facility (SSCF) in the Center of Excellence building. The main ADL was established to assist the local research community with advanced materials diagnostics, analysis, characterization, and device processing using a New York State grant of $21 million, and opened in 2007 with Lawrence Lehman as its first director.

ADL-managed facilities contain major instrumentation necessary for:

  • Microscopy & Nanomachining: Optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and dual beam focus ion beam (FIB) systems.
  • Surface Analysis: X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) with small spot analysis and depth profiling capabilities, Atomic Force Microscopy, stylus and optical profilometry.
  • Non-destructive Testing: Scanning acoustic microscopy (C-SAM), high-resolution 2D and 3D X-ray imaging, and infrared microscopy.
  • Thermal & Mechanical Testing: DSC, TGA-MS, TMA, and DMA.
  • Structure & Particle Characterization: X-ray diffraction and laser particle size analysis.
  • Health Sciences Research: Confocal optical microscopes, flow cytometers, high-resolution fluorescence imaging, cell sorting, and analysis.
  • And more!

These facilities were created to support on-campus research and development activities by providing easy, affordable access to advanced instrumentation and training/workforce development opportunities. ADL instrumentation and technical support are also available to members of other academic institutions and research personnel from external organizations, both non- and for-profit.

ADL staff can provide many advanced services to our users, including:

  • Materials testing and analysis.
  • Root cause physical failure analysis.
    Technical consultation and problem solving for manufacturing and quality issues of companies.
  • Collaboration for technology and product R&D with emphasis on materials and processes.
  • Knowledge transfer and training.
  • Support to industry such as electronics, defense and aerospace, chemicals and materials, additive manufacturing, medical applications, government agencies such as NTSB and nonprofit organizations.
  • Research support to faculty and graduate students across the breadth of engineering and science programs at Binghamton University and other academic institutions.
  • And more!

Parties contemplating use of our facilities and/or technical support services can contact ADL staff at ADL@binghamton.edu to discuss their analytical requirements.