Research Facilities

Lunte Laboratories

Dr. Lunte’s research laboratories are located in the Multidisciplinary Research Building (MRB) on the West Campus of the University of Kansas in Lawrence, which was occupied in January 2006. The MRB is a state-of-the-art, three-story (106,000 ft2) research facility designed with research labs, support space, and interaction areas to promote collaborative research. All laboratories in MRB are equipped with fume hoods, N2 (gas and liquid), and compressed air. Dr. Lunte’s labs have Nanopure water, safety cabinets, refrigerators, freezers, pH meters, balances, centrifuges, ovens, a water bath, and other standard laboratory equipment.

Dr. Lunte’s main research lab occupies 2,651 ft2 in the Adams Institute Research Laboratories on the second floor of the MRB, with 387 ft2 of student/staff office space adjacent to the lab. The research lab is equipped with a Waters and four Shimadzu HPLC systems capable of standard or microbore gradient separations and UV, fluorescence, or electrochemical detection. The lab also has a Thermo Scientific mass spectrometer equipped with a linear ion trap, as well as an Agilent CE system equipped with UV and conductivity detection. For microchip analysis, the main research lab has five stations with power supplies and electrochemical detection. All systems are equipped with computers and data analysis stations.

The lab is also set up for microchip evaluation with stereotaxic light microscopes and three fluorescence microscopes. One of the fluorescence microscopes has data collection capability, and is located in a separate room for in vivo microchip studies. A second research lab is located on the first floor of the MRB, and is primarily set up for microchip analysis with laser-induced fluorescence detection. This lab houses two laser-based fluorescence detection systems for microchip electrophoresis (approximately 500 ft2).

Lunte Lab Equipment & Instrumentation

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KU Nanofabrication Facility

The University of Kansas Nanofabrication Facility (KUNF) provides resources and personnel for the production of micro- and nano-scale devices. The facility primarily caters to researchers who are manufacturing micro- and nanofluidic devices for biomedical research, but also has the equipment and resources to accommodate broad research applications with micro- and nanofabrication needs. Services and usage of the facility are available to researchers from all public and private research institutions. Consultation and training are provided to new users in the use of micro- and nanofabrication procedures and equipment.

The KUNF is located on the first floor of Gray-Little Hall (formerly known as the Integrated Science Building) and consists of 10,400 ft2 of cleanroom space, and 548 ft2 of office space. The facility is available to KU researchers in all departments and provides training to new investigators and graduate students in the use of micro- and nanofabrication procedures and equipment.

KU Nanofabrication Facility

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