Research & Scholarship at UMBC

Core Facilities

UMBC NanoImaging Facility

The NanoImaging Facility offers high-resolution imaging equipment for researchers at UMBC and from other academic institutions, government laboratories and industry in the surrounding area. Usage is on a fee basis and technical help will be offered.

The currently available instruments are:

• JEOL 5600 Scanning Electron Microscope, equipped for secondary electron and back-scattered electron imaging and X-ray elemental analysis.
• Dimension 3100 Atomic Force Microscope for imaging hard and soft surfaces in contact and tapping modes and for the manipulation of objects on the nanometer scale.

A Nova NanoSEM 450 Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscope manufactured by FEI will be added in 2014, thanks to an NSF Major Research Instrumentation grant. The instrument will be capable of nanometer resolution in both high and low vacuum, using a variety of detectors.

For more information, consult the facility's web page at or contact Dr. Laszlo Takacs, Department of Physics, 410-455-2524,

Molecular Charaterization and Analysis Complex

The Molecular Characterization and Analysis Complex (MCAC) is dedicated to developing cutting edge analytical techniques in order to solve modern problems while providing a stimulating learning environment and exposure to research for both undergraduate and graduate students.  The MCAC provides a vast array of instrumentation for mass spectrometry, NMR, and FT-IR, and a wide variety of other instrumental techniques for the analysis of compounds. Open to universities and all other facilities in need of analytical techniques, the lab strives to be an environment of peer mentoring, professional team building, and a place to develop critical thing skills by fusing academic research with both teaching and industry.

For more information about MCAC and its resources, visit

Contact for more information and rates: Mr Josh Wilhide, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, 410-455-2815,

High Performance Computing Facility

The UMBC High Performance Computing Facility (HPCF) is a community-based, interdisciplinary core facility for scientific computing and research on parallel algorithms. Started in 2008 by more than 20 researchers from more than ten departments and research centers from all three colleges, it is supported by faculty contributions, federal grants, and the UMBC administration. The facility is open to UMBC researchers at no charge. Researchers can purchase nodes for long-term priority access. System administration is provided by the UMBC Division of Information Technology, and users have access to consulting support provided by a dedicated full-time GRA. Installed in Fall 2009, the current machine is the 86-node distributed-memory cluster tara with two quad-core Intel Nehalem processors and 24 GB per node, an InfiniBand interconnect, and 160 TB central storage.

For more information about HPCF and its resources and projects, visit or contact the chair of the user committee, Dr. Matthias Gobbert, Department of Mathematics and Statistics,, 410-455-2404.

X-Ray Crystallographic Facility

We have expanded capability in the area structural analysis of biomolecules with an RU-H3R rotating anode X-ray generator with an R-AXIS IV++ image plate detector. For data collection of frozen crystals at 100K, we have added a 600 series Oxford Cryostream.

Contact for more information and rates: Mr. Dennis Cuddy, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, 410-455-2522,

UMBC Keith R. Porter Core Imaging Facility

The main purpose of this facility is to offer specialized microscope equipment as a research tool for laboratories here at UMBC and the surrounding area. This mission encompasses the procurement, maintenance, teaching of the equipment and protocol development. Instrumentation within this facility includes:

Confocal Microscope

Leica TCS 4D Scanning Confocal Light Microscope


Leica TCS SP5 Scanning Confocal Light Microscope

Scanning Electron Microscope


Transmission Electron Microscope



Sorvall MT2-B  and LKB Ultratome V


Ancillary Equipment:

Contact for more information and rates: Ms. Chere Perry, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, 301-367-8408,, 

General Services

The research enterprise of the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry is centered in the Robert and Jane Meyerhoff Chemistry Building, the research facilities of which were completely renovated over a three year period terminating in the dedication to the Meyerhoff's in October 2005. In addition to state-of-the-art NMR, Mass Spectrometry, and X-ray diffraction facilities, the department maintains of wide array of modern instrumentation to assist researchers in their quest of solving biochemical and chemical problems of critical significance.

An example listing of equipment includes:

  • Spectroscopy – polarimetry, circular dichroism, spectrofluorometry, stop-flow kinetics, DNA melt apparatus, laser spectroscopy, etc.
  • Electrochemistry – cyclic voltammetry, linear sweep voltammetry, coulometry, impedance spectroscopy, polarographic techniques, pulsed amperometric techniques, etc.
  • Separations – analytical and preparative ultra-centrifuges, high performance liquid chromatography, ion chromatography, etc.

Contact for more information and rates: Mr. Dennis Cuddy, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, 410-455-2522,

Glasswork Facility

Expert scientific glassware and glass component repair, design assistance and manufacture of novel glass pieces, and general glassblowing services are available to University System of Maryland users and outside entities.

Contact for more information and rates: Mr. Anthony Baney, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, 410-455-2966,