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Scientific Environment

The Russ College of Engineering and Technology at Ohio University provides the organizational facilities and resources to successfully perform the proposed project. The College is closely linked with Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (which provides the state-of-the-art Histopathology Core Facility), Konneker Research Facilities and Edison Biotechnology Institute (which provide specialized research tools for proteomics and genomics research, hybridoma facilities, various microscopy facilities, and mass spectrometry), Clippinger laboratories (which provide access to NMR and several mass spectrometry facilities), and a Bioinformatics facility. In addition, six research centers and institutes associated with the Russ College offer a wide array of analytical services. Dr. Wei also has access to flow cytometry facilities and a host of chromatography, spectroscopy, and microscopy equipment through Ohio University’s shared equipment.


The Wei Laboratory consists of a spacious Biomaterial Wet Processing Laboratory and shared cell culture room in the Stocker Center, the home facility of the Russ College of Engineering and Technology on the main campus of Ohio University, offering bench and desk space (5.5 linear ft biological safety cabinet, 5.5 linear ft fume hood, 100 linear ft bench space, 2 sinks, and separated desk areas) for graduate and undergraduate students. The laboratory is equipped with a fume-hood, polymer pultrusion and hot compression molding facilities, a freeze-drying machine, biomimetic coating facility, wet synthesis facilities, an oven, two water baths, an ultrasonic bath, a high accuracy pH meters, a centrifuge, a homogenizer, a chemical cabinet, an inflammable-resistant cabinet, a refrigerator, six hot plates and two balances. The Cell Culture Laboratory carries two water-jacketed CO2 incubators, a level II biosafety cabinet, a cold storage (4 ℃, -20 ℃, and liquid N2), a centrifuge, a microplate reader, a Brookhaven Instruments 90 Plus Particle Size Analyzer, an 11 Elite syringe pump (Harvard Apparatus), an aerosol photometer, a microcentrifuge, a refrigerated bench-top centrifuge, a microbiological incubator, a shaker incubator, a refrigerator, and a microscope.


Machine Workshop: A machine workshop in Stocker Center is available to the project for on-demand small equipment repairs and parts machining. One full-time technician provides service to faculty and students. Additionally, another machine shop is located at the ICMT, where it is equipped with a Turnmaster 6" lathe, Craftsman drill press, CAD capabilities, 3D printer (for manufacturing polymeric components), sandblaster, diamond saws, bandsaw and welding (Hobart TIG and Wirefeed MIG) equipment and a vertical milling machine. Three full-time technical staff are available to provide research support to faculty, staff and students.