Testing Facilities

The research efforts underway at the UH Cullen College of Engineering involve a unique blend of high-end instrumentation and faculty expertise. Several facilities within the Cullen College offer external testing and research capabilities to research groups, government agencies and other entities interested in advancing technology and discovery. Here's a list of those facilities:

  • The mission of the BMERCL is to advance knowledge in biomedical engineering by promoting interdisciplinary research and training among engineers, biologists, chemists, and physicians. To this purpose we provide researchers with a single facility where they can access various tools to carry out their research in Molecular and Cell Biology, Imaging, Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering.

  • The University of Houston Nanofabrication Facility developed in cooperation with the Alliance for NanoHealth is a state-of-the-art cleanroom research facility equipped with an extensive toolset of nano/micro device prototyping and characterization. The Nanofabrication Facility consists of a 3,000 square feet of class 100 space and a 800 square feet of class 10 space. The Nanofabrication Facility is a self supporting facility managed by the Cullen College of Engineering. It is located on the Science and Engineering Research Compex.

    New and existing equipment is being continuously added to the facility. Below is the partial list of tools that is currently available to users:

    • FEI XL-30FEG SEM equiped with NPGS (nanopattern generation system)
    • FEI 235 Dual-Beam Focused Ion-beam System equipped with TEM sample extraction probe
    • AJA UHV six-source sputtering system
    • Bosch high vacuum sputtering system
    • Oxford Plasma Lab 80 Plus RIE (Ar, O2, CF4, CHF3, SF6)
    • Oxford Plasma Lab 100 RIE (Ar, O2, N2)
    • Oxford Plasma Lab ICP 180 RIE (Ar, O2, CHF3, SF6, C4F8)
    • Kasper Mask Aligner
    • Alpha-Step 200 Profilometer
    • Custom High-Rate Ion Mill
    • Brewer Cee 200 Spin Coater
    • Veeco 3000 Atomic Force Microscope
    • Gaertner Ellipsometer
    • AccuTherm AW 410 RTP/RTA
    • Blue M Electric 206 Size Oven (2)
    • Solvant (3) and Acid (1) Exhausted Wet Benches
    • Leitz ERGOLUX Optical Inspection Microscope
    • Olympus Inspection Microscope

    The facility and all its equipment is available to the entire University of Houston community as well as to the outside users on a pay-per-use basis. Refer to the Nanofab Userfees table for further information.

    Visit NanoFab Scheduler to schedule the time on one of the Nanofabrication Facility tools.

  • Design and Free Form Fabrication Laboratory

    The mission of the Design and Free Form Fabrication Laboratory is to developed and implement the infrastructure necessary for quality research and education in Rapid Response Design & Manufacturing. The research scope includes providing an environment for rapid response to design realization and flexible manufacturing, introducing new products frequently to retain/gain market share globally and loweing unit costs while increasing quality of rapid protoyping.

  • GM 2D-XRD facility offers a state-of-the-art 2D X-ray diffraction system for advanced characterization of materials:

    • Vantec 500 Detector, 2048 x 2048 resolution
    • Microfocus X-ray source, for very high x-ray intensity while utilizing only 50 W of generator power
    • Goebel mirror optics for parallel incident x-ray beam, pinhole collimator 0.3, 0.5 and 0.7 mm spot size
    • 5 axis goniometer: fully automated, for 2Theta, omega, phi, chi scans, and x, y, z translation stage.
    • Large mounting surface, together with xyz stage enables automated unattended measurement of multiple samples
    • Knife edge for reduction of air scatter and improvement of signal/noise
  • The Systems Optimization and Computing Laboratory (SOCL) explores the potential of mathematical programming techniques to solve various optimization problems. SOCL encourages interdisciplinary research with engineers, scientists, mathematicians, and industrial representatives. We focus on developing robust mathematical models, computational algorithms, and related software to make significant contributions to industry while maintaining high quality academic research. Current projects include robust optimization approach in radiation treatment planning, optimization applications in radiotherapy, optimization in hazardous material transportation, and stochastic dynamic programming models in inventory control.

  • Cleaner emissions, renewable fuels and increased fuel economy for heavy duty diesel vehicles are being studied at the University of Houston Texas Center for Clean Engines, Emissions & Fuels. TxCEF is a center of comprehensive research, development and testing of advanced powertrain and emission aftertreatment technologies for local, state and federal governments as well as the fuels, engine and aftertreatment industries.The following services are performed: 

    • Pre-verification testing
    • Technology screening
    • Optimization of technologies
    • Fundamental and applied research
    • Concept development
    • Technology demonstrations