The Center for Sensor Materials supports five Shared Facilities that are available to students and outside users. Access by other Materials Centers and industrial partners is encouraged. Each facility is supervised by a manager, who develops instrumentation and assists in user training.
  Microfabrication Lab:
Manager: Dr. Baokang Bi
Microfabrication lab cleanroom
The Microfabrication Lab features a class 1000 cleanroom with areas for
  • photolithography
  • electron beam lithography
  • scanning probe microscopy
  • micro-Raman spectroscopy
  • sample preparation, metallization and processing.
Manager: Dr. Thomas Carter
LASER experiment
The LASER (Laser Application in Science and Engineering Research) lab is a research-oriented, collaborative user facility that houses a variety of laser systems, which include continuous wave, nano-, pico- and femtosecond devices. The Lab offers a wide range of spectroscopic services and capabilities to a broad range of users.
  Turbulent Mixing Lab
Director: Dr. Manooch M. Koochesfahani
The Turbulent Mixing Lab is equipped with flow stations to measure turbulent mixing and turbulent shear flows using optical techniques. The flow facilities include:
Turbulent Mixing Lab
Turbulent Mixing Lab
  • a water tunnel
  • a small and a large two stream shear flow facility
  • an axisymmetric water analog model of an IC engine
  • a gas phase research facility used for the examination of jet flow dynamics, and the study of simulated engine intake flow.
  Microwave Plasma CVD Lab
Manager: Mr. Brian Wright
Diamond Reactor
Thin Film Reactor
The Facility contains computer controlled plasma reactors for growth of doped diamond materials. It houses ten complete microwave plasma systems ranging from 300 W to 6 KW. These plasma systems are available to deposit, nucleate and etch substrate surfaces.
Engine Research Lab
Manager: Mr. Thomas Stuecken
Flow visualization
Steady state flow through an air cleaner assembly
The Engine Research Laboratory is equipped for on-line measurement and visualization of complex internal flows in automotive engines using novel laser methods. The internal flow diagnostic activity utilizes three approaches:
  • Molecular Tagging Velocimetry
  • Exciplex Fluorescence Imaging
  • Laser Doppler Velocimetry.