Other Research Facilities

Below is a list of all facilities at The University of Texas at Austin that support research but are not classified as a research core facility.

Facility NamePurposeContact NameContact Phone No.
Bruker Multiphoton/Confocal MicroscopeThe multiphoton/confocal microscope is a high resolution, multi-platform imaging system. It is particularly suited to the bio-science and biomedical engineering fields as it allows for high speed, high resolution image capture in multiple modes quickly and without having to disturb the sample.Carrie Cunningham512-471-6705
IMPACT Asphalt LabSupports maintenance, repair and renewal of equipment in the asphalt testing lab which is being used to support state and federally funded sponsored research programs.Amit Bhasin512-471-3667
Atmospheric Processing Service CenterAnalyzes airborne gas & particle-phase pollutants using state-of-the-science instrumentation. Conduct environmental chamber experiments.RoseAnna Goewey512-232-5040
Sorbent-GC/MS Service CenterProvides mass spectrometry sample analysis using sorbent tubes and thermal desorption.RoseAnna Goewey512-232-5040
CEER Computer Modeling Service CenterProvides researchers access to computational equipment, software, and quality controlled data for conducting multi-scale air quality modeling that responds to sponsor’s needs and requirements.RoseAnna Goewey512-232-5040
FSEL Specimen RemovalProvides proper deconstruction and disposal of concrete and steel specimens. Included in this service center is the Forklift Usage rate, which is used to move specimens.Liz Clayton512-471-6348
Mechanical Engineering Machine ShopProvides machine shop fabrication and engineering services.Ricardo Palacios512-471-5388
Nuclear Engineering Teaching LaboratoryProvides services include Neutron Activation Analysis and Prompt Gamma Activation Analysis to measure the distribution and concentration of elements in sample materials, Neutron Radiography for imaging with neutrons, and sample irradiations. Also provides training for various organizations.Tracy Tippping512-232-4174
CEM Laboratory Fabrication FacilityProvides technical support along with manufacturing and assembly support for CEM’s internal research projects as well as interdepartmental support in the form of manufacturing and fabrication services for other research groups located at the Pickle Campus. Also supports and provides composite winding and manufacturing services along with an autoclave and ovens for post processing and curing of advanced composite components.John Hahne512-232-1610
Kirisits Microbial Service CenterOffers a variety of microbial analyses that are frequently performed to assess drinking water or wastewater treatment processes. The analyses include heterotrophic plate counts, extracellular polymeric substances quantification, quantification of a particular bacterium of interest by QPCR (environmental) scanning electron microscopy, environmental scanning electron microscopy with energy dispersive spectroscopy, microbial community analysis (illumina sequencing).Mary Kirisits512-232-7120
CRWR/EWRE Service CenterProvides a unique analytical facility for determining concentrations of environmental contaminants in soil, air & water samples. Services include specialized analyses from outside firms that are within the center's areas of expertise but are not commercially available. Students across the university can have the opportunity to learn how to use environmental analytical instrumentation, become familiar with quality control procedures, and help analyze the numerous samples typically required for research projects.Ricky Lugo512-471-4609

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Geophysical Systems Service CenterProvides access to geophysical data collection equipment, including multiple sonar systems for seafloor mapping, a robust set of ocean bottom seismometers, and a portable high resolution multichannel seismic system.Sara Sieberath512-471-0306
Center for Stable Isotope Mass SpectrometryCenter for Stable Isotope Mass Spectrometry is a state of the art, multi-user facility dedicated to the application of stable isotope geochemistry to the solution of diverse problems in the Earth Sciences.Sara Sieberath512-471-0306
Envirnomental Lab-Bureau of Economic GeologyProvides unique capabilities for collecting & analyzing samples of soil & water through drilling. The facility provides analytical services to researchers and an opportunity to students to learn how to use environmental analytical instrumentation, become familiar with quality control assurance & procedures used in environmental analyses. This center has geoprobe equipment, anion and chromatograph equipment and a unique multi-level sampler.Amelia Bridges512-471-0116
LIDAR-Bureau of Economic GeologyThe LIDAR (Light Detection & Ranging) technology uses airborne laser ranging to produce highly accurate models of topography & shallow-water bathymetry. The goal of the airborne imaging effort at UT Austin is to develop applications of new remote sensing technology to map coastal & near shore environments and landscape or lacustrine features outside the coastal zone.Amelia Bridges512-471-0116
Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) LabProvides micro to nanoscale SEM imaging & chemical analysis of various rock types. The lab is critical to a diverse range of funded research projects in the areas of reservoir characterization, fracture measurements and interpretation, and unconventional resources. A newly acquired Zeiss Sigma High Vacuum Field Emission SEM is devoted to generation of large-area, high-resolution, automated image mosiacs for fracture-scaling studies.Amelia Bridges512-471-0116
Nanogeosciences LabUses force spectroscopy tools to study features at the nanoscale. Of primary interest is the force field of fluid molecules or nanoparticles as well as pore walls of geological settings such as saline aquifers & unconventional shale gas reservoirs. The lab is equipped with Atomic Force Microscope (AFM), Zeiss Light Microscope with high-frequency capture camera, ultraviolet (UV) particle analyzer, packed column transport setup, and computational facilities.Amelia Bridges512-471-0116
Marine Seismic LabHouses & develops capability for ultra-high-resolution 3D marine seismic acquisition in the field. The system specializes in meter-scale vertical & horizontal resolution for the upper kilometer beneath the seafloor. The P-Cable seismic acquisition system includes 12X25m, 8-channel streamers, digitizers, SPSU, pneumatic acoustic sources and supporting equipment.Amelia Bridges512-471-0116
Thermal Ionization Mass Spectrometer (TIMS) LabMeasures the isotopic compositions and elemental concentrations of Rb-Sr, Sm-Nd, Lu-Hf, U-Th-Pb, Li, B, Mg, K, Zr, and REE. Equipment: Seven-collector Finnigan-MAT 261 thermal ionization mass spectrometer (1987) A single-channel ion-counting systems.Staci Loewy/Aaron Satkoski512-471-6873
Isotope Clean Lab/BannerThe Isotope Clean Lab is a 600 square foot clean chemistry lab with seven Class-100 workspaces for preparation of rock, mineral, soil, plant and water samples for chemical and isotopic analysis under low-contamination conditions.Staci Loewy/Aaron Satkoski512-471-6873
E-Beam/Electron Microprobe LabThe JEOL JXA-8200 electron probe microanalyzer (EPMA) is equipped with five wavelength dispersive spectrometers (WDS), an energy dispersive detector (EDS), and two image detectors in secondary and backscattered electron modes. The primary aim of the microprobe is quantitative elemental analysis of minerals on a microscale with high precision (less than a percent relative for major constituents) and low detection limits (commonly a few tens to few hundreds ppm).Omero Orlandinin/a
High Temp. Stable Isotope LabThis newly renovated lab is overseen by Jaime Barnes and houses a ThermoElectron MAT 253 with associated peripheral devices and instrumentation (TC/EA, GasBench II, Conflo IV, online silicate laser extraction line, general purpose vacuum extraction lines, Cl purification line). Instrumentation permits measurements of the stable H, C, N, O, S, and Cl isotope ratios of silicate, phosphate, and carbonate minerals, volcanic gases, air, and waters.Jaime Barnes512-471-6166
Isotope Clean Lab/LassiterWithin the Department of Geological Sciences there are three clean-room laboratories supplied with HEPA-filtered class 100 air where sample preparation and ion-exchange chromatography for isotopic analysis may be done under ultra-clean conditions, making possible very low analytical blanks (e.g., < 1 pg Pb for U-Pb geochronology, and <10 pg Sr). There are also two other laboratories with HEPA-filtered work stations where sample preparation and ion-exchange chromatography are performed. These labs are affiliated with the Mineral Separation Facility.Staci Loewy/Aaron Satkoski512-471-6873
High Resolution X-ray CT FacilityProvides high resolution non-destructive, density maps of solid samples (rocks, fossils, etc) up to a maximum size of 50 cm diameter by 150 cm high (50 kg mass). Equipment: An industrial CT scanner that is an adaptation of medical CAT scanners.Jessica Maisano512-471-0260
Thermochronology LabThe UT (U-Th)/He Geo- and Thermochronometry Laboratory is a state-of-the art facility for the development of (U-Th) dating and its applications to tectonics, petrology, volcanology, stratigraphy, geomorphology, and geoarcheology. The facility houses: (1) 3 fully-automated UHV He extraction lines with 2 diode lasers, 1 Nd:YAG lasers, cryogenic purification systems, quadrupole mass-specs, and step-heating apparati for diffusion measurements, (2) a Helix SFT magnetic sector noble gas mass-spectrometer with automated UHV gas extraction system with diode and excimer laser, (3) two Element2 HR-ICP-MS instruments for solution and laser ablation analysis for thermo- and geochronometry, as well as a dedicated clean room and sample preparation laboratories.Daniel Stockli512-475-6037

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Texas Archaeological Research Laboratory (TARL)TARL provides several different services mainly to the archeological community. It has three major services that offer/charge for. (1) In partnership with the Texas Historical Commission we maintain an online atlas of archeological data for all archeological sites recorded in Texas. As new sites are discovered, we are responsible for issuing official trinomial numbers that designate the locations. (2) When new projects (such as new roadways or new building projects) are initiated, most times a survey is required to insure no significant archeological sites are destroyed. We provide a service to search our records for any KNOWN archeological sites that would fall within the perimeter of any project. (3) The third service is curation of archeological collections that are recovered. Diane Ruetz512-471-5960
Kirisits Microbial Service CenterThis service center offers a variety of microbial analyses that are frequently performed to assess drinking water or wastewater treatment processes. The analyses include heterotrophic plate counts, extracellular polymeric substances quantification, quantification of a particular bacterium of interest by QPCR (Environmental) scanning electron microscopy, environmental scanning, electron microscopy with energy dispersive spectroscopy, microbial community analysis (Illumina sequencing).Mary Kirisits512-232-7120

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DPRI Histology & Imaging CoreProvides state-of-the-art imaging technology to facilitate studying biological processes at the whole animal, tissue, cellular and sub-cellular level; provides high quality, efficient and cost-effective services in histology and immunohistochemistry to the investigators in basic research or clinical applications.Julie Hayes512-475-8755
DPRI Flow CoreProvides sterile sorting and analysis of samples in a wide microscopic range. It has the ability to measure multiple parameters (up to 15 channels) on a single cell, which makes it a great tool in basic research, as well as in clinical applications.Julie Hayes512-475-8755

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CNS Research Greenhouse FacilityProvides greenhouse and growth chamber facilities for professors and researchers to conduct molecular, genetic, and  biological research.Shane Merrell512-953-4507
Center for ElectrochemistryMaintains a unique user electrochemical research instrumentation facility, allowing researchers from the University of Texas and visitors access to instrumentation and expert help in electrochemical studies.Xiaole (Joy) Chen512-471-6321
MSI Organic Geochemistry Analysis LabProvides polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon analysis, n-alkane or Fatty Acid/Neutral Lipid analysis, Amino acid analysis, Peptide synthesis & qPCR Analysis.Sarah Durand361-749-6828
MSI Core Facilities ServicesThis service center is for the Elemental Analyzer (EA) coupled to a Thermo Delta Plus XL Isotope-ratio-mass-spectrometer, which provides carbon & nitrogen isotopic compositions of marine (and environmental) material (plant & animal tissue, sediments, filters & others). This is also for the Gasbench II, a peripheral device connected to Delta V Plus isotope-ratio-mass-spectrometer, which provides measuring the carbon & oxygen isotopic composition of dissolved inorganic carbon, and carbonates as well as the oxygen & hydrogen isotopic composition of water.Sarah Durand361-749-6828
MSI Analytical ServicesServices are provided in the following categories, Algae & Seagrass Photosynthesis, Fish Early Life History, Plankton Processes & Characterization.Sarah Durand361-749-6828
Chemistry StoreroomProvides researchers access to goods for immediate research and instruction. Majority of goods are provided on a pass through basis from a contract supplier. John Baxendale512-471-2401
Chemistry Analytical ServicesProvides various analytical services like Mass Spectrometry, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR), X-Ray services, Electron Paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy, glassblowing services, Instrument Design & Repair (IDR) and Proteomics.John Baxendale512-471-2401
Chemistry NitrogenProvides researchers immediate access to liquid nitrogen on campus.John Baxendale512-471-2401
Physics Machine ShopAssists in the design, construction and repair of scientific instruments used in the College of Natural Sciences Departments for research.Kenny Schneider512-417-4968

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Therapeutex Pre-Clinical Core LabThe goal of the THERAPEUTEX Preclinical Core Lab is to characterize properties of new therapeutic compounds in animal models by focusing on drug delivery and pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic (PK/PD) studies. Efforts include drug formulation and optimization of delivery method as well as development of various disease related animal models with expertise in infectious disease and cancer/angiogenesis, evaluation of optimal drug concentrations, toxicity, efficacy, and target validation by tissue analysis of drug accumulation, metabolism, and elimination.Janet Walkow512-475-9746

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Applied Research Lab (ARL) Lake Travis Test StationThe facility was developed in the early 1950s to give ARL a place to conduct underwater acoustics research in a controlled environment. It resides 18 miles SW of the main ARL lab. The facility is offshore with controlled access.Tracy Hardwick512-835-3197
Applied Research Lab (ARL) Machine ShopThe ARL Machine Shop is a state-of-the-art machining facility that fabricates various items based on the needs of the federal award contracts and the end users.Tracy Hardwick512-835-3197

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