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The college is home to more than 136,000 square feet of state-of-the-art laboratory facilities. These include specialized laboratories in all departments, as well as major interdisciplinary facilities that serve the entire college and the surrounding community.

Major Interdisciplinary Facilites

Discovery Learning Center — The DLC provides 45,000 square feet of technically-advanced research space for collaborative teams of students, faculty and industry partners to conduct interdisciplinary research on topics such as biofuels, nanotechnology, unmanned vehicle systems, and advanced computer technologies.

Jennie Smoly Caruthers Biotechnology Building — The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering has moved into this new 330,000 square foot state-of-the-art research facility. The building has been designed to  promote collaboration amongst scientists and engineers in critical areas ranging from cancer, aging, and cardiovascular disease to inherited diseases, vaccine development, and tissue engineering.

Janus Supercomputer — Janus is a 184 TFLOPS supercomputer funded by the National Science Foundation and located on CU-Boulder's East Campus. Access is coordinated by the campus Research Computing (RC) Team.

Open-User Facilities

The Nanomaterials Characterization Facility (NCF) provides CU and its government and industry collaborators with the latest cutting-edge technology allowing characterization, imaging and probing of structures and materials on the nanoscale.

The Colorado Nanofabrication Lab (CNL) is an open-user facility that provides expertise, and equipment to facilitate interdisciplinary research in microelectronics, optoelectronics, and MEMS amongst university researchers and local businesses. The CNL is one of 14 user facilities in the NSF’s National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network.

The Comprehensive Antenna Testing Chamber, which enables 1 GHz to 110 GHz amplitude and phase near-field and far-field characterization of antennas, arrays, multi-antenna platforms, meta materials, lenses, DF systems, and electromagnetic composites, is open for university, industry, and government use. S-parameters, array diagnostics including the holographic measurements, are also possible. The chamber is set up in the spherical near-field mode for up to 50 GHz and far-field mode up to 110 GHz. Measurement control, data collection, and processing are software enabled. Contact Dejan Filipovic for more information.

Other Unique Facilities & Equipment

The Geotechnical Centrifuge Laboratory includes three geotechnical centrifuges. The largest, a 400 g-ton centrifuge, is one of the most powerful in the world and is capable of accelerating a 4,000 lb payload to a maximum of 200 g in about 14 minutes. A 15 g-ton centrifuge accommodates experimental payloads up to 0.45 x 0.42 x 0.60 m and will accelerate a payload of 140 kg up to 200 g.

A large-scale Turbulent Flow Facility has been developed by John Crimaldi and his students to study stirring, mixing, and chemical reactions in complex fluid flows. The facility is 15 m long and 1.5 m wide, and accommodates free-surface water flows up to 0.5 m deep at speeds of up to 1 m/s. The facility incorporates a unique two-color laser induced fluorescence system that can simultaneously image the mixing of two overlapping chemical species transported by the flow. For more information, contact crimaldi@colorado.edu.

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