The Analytical and Diagnostics Laboratory (ADL) is a centralized, advanced research facility of S3IP, a New York State Center of Excellence at Binghamton University. The labs are equipped with more than 50 state-of-the-art instruments for characterization and analytical tasks, including:

  • Microscopy and Analysis: Optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and dual beam focus ion beam (FIB) system.
  • Surface analytical techniques: 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 analysis and mechanical testing: DSC, TGA-MS, TMA and DMA
  • Crystal structure and particle characterization: X-ray diffraction and laser particle size
  • Health Science: Confocal optical microscopes, flow cytometers, high-resolution fluorescence imaging, cell sorting and analysis

Operating the ADL as a common core lab offers advantages for academic and industry users:

  • Co-located instruments: “one-stop shopping” for complex, multi-instrument analysis
  • Centrally managed, online scheduling through Facility Online Management (FOM)
  • 24/7 access to world-class tools

ADL instruments are managed and maintained by a team of research scientists and engineers. They teach instrument use, supervise operation and assist with test results, data analysis and interpretation. ADL staff members with industrial and academic experience also provide services such as:

  • 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

The lab, established with a New York State grant of $21 million, opened in 2007 with Lawrence Lehman as its first director. The ADL’s Materials Science Core lab occupies 8,000 square feet in the Biotechnology Building and the Health Science Core facility occupies 4,500 square feet in the Center of Excellence Building at the Innovative Technologies Complex.

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