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SoE Research
Multiscale Systems

Research Facilities

The Multiscale Systems group includes the following research laboratories:

Core University Facilities



Computational Electromagnetics Laboratory

The Computational Electromagnetics Laboratory at the University of Vermont is an interdisciplinary research facility whose focus is on electromagnetic, optical and acoustic wave theory, computational techniques, asymptotic methods of analysis, and advanced materials properties. This laboratory has had over fifteen years of continuous external funding support from the United States Air Force Office of Scientific Research. Its’ teaching mission involves a variety of advanced research projects in electrical engineering, computer science and applied mathematics. Particular emphasis is on time-domain electromagnetics and optics in complex materials with applications to bioelectromagnetics, remote sensing and imaging, ground and foliage penetrating radar, and optical communication systems.


Materials Nanomechanics Laboratory

The Materials Nanomechanics Laboratory, directed by Fred Sansoz, focuses on the mechanics of nanostructured materials at small, atomic scale. Fields of innovation and intense miniaturization such as nanotechnology, microelectronics and bioengineering must gain crucial understanding from deformation and non-equilibrium processes in extremely small volume materials. In this area, the lab's goal is oriented toward exploiting novel phenomena at the nanoscale with broader impact on mechanical devices, energy conversion and sensor technology. [ find out more... ]

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Microfluid Mechanics Laboratory

The focus of the Microfluid Mechanics Laboratory, directed by Darren Hitt, lies in the investigation of complex fluid-mechanical and transport phenomena on microscopic length scales. The laboratory features experimental, theoretical and computational capabilities with most projects involving a combination. Biomedical interests include microcirculatory blood flow phenomena. [ find out more... ]


Semiconductor Processing Laboratory

The laboratory is equipped with all the apparatus necessary to fabricatesolid state electronic devices. This list includes fume hood, spinner,ozone generator, bake oven, oxidation furnace, optical aligner, laminarflow hood, ellipsometer, profilometer, evaporator, DC sputterer, ball bonder,and dicer. The main thrust of research in the lab, however, is centeredaround the Electron Cyclotron Resonance-Plasma Enhanced Chemical VaporDeposition, (ECR-PECVD) Reactor. This apparatus is used to deposit thinfilms of epitaxial semiconductors and device quality dielectrics at lowtemperatures. Substrates can be temperature controlled from -130 to 500C while RF biased to 1,000 V.

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Signal Processing Laboratory

Two Signal and Image Processing Labs support instruction and research.Instruction facilities include six signal processing workstations built around the TMS 320C30 digital signal processors (DSPs) and X-terminal basedSPW software, three image processing workstations that include PCVisionPlus frame grabber boards and a color printer. Current research projectsinclude wavelet and bit-plane based image compression, image characterization and compression using multiwavelets and a project in bulk data compression.


Turbulence and Multiscale Simulation Laboratory

The Turbulence and Multiscale Simulation Laboratory, directed by Yves Dubief, focuses on the understanding of complex mechanical sytems in which fluid flows play a predominant role: turbulence, fluid structure interaction, complex fluid flows, micro multiphase fluid. The objective of research conducted in the lab is to address current and upcoming engineering problems in a variety of fields, such as combustion, turbulence control, heat transfer, micro-propulsion and bio-flows. [ find out more... ]


Vortex and Particulate Flow Laboratory

The Vortex and Particulate Flow Laboratory, directed by Jeff Marshall, specializes in fluid dynamics research related to vorticity and particulate transport in incompressible fluids. Specific areas of fundamental research thrust include vortex-structure interaction; turbulent vortex-dominated flows; particulate transport, collision and adhesion; multiscale computational methods; vorticity-based computational methods; and thin-film flows. Targeted application areas include bio-fluid flows (blood, digestive); environmental flows (sediment transport, pump intakes); energy production (biofuel combustion); vehicle flow fields (cooling systems, tire spray); and rotorcraft aerodynamics (rotor wake vortices, wake-tail interaction). [ find out more... ]


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Core Facilities



Bioinformatics Facility

Within UVM's College of Medicine, this facility provides a well-coordinated program of statistical support for all medical and health-related research activities. [ find out more... ]

Instrumentation and Model Facility (IMF)

For more than twenty-five years, the Instrumentation and Model Facility (IMF) has supported research and education at UVM through innovative development of instrumentation, fabrication of mechanical devices, technical consultation, and service of existing equipment. The 14,000-sq.-ft. facility includes a professional machine shop including a welding area, milling machines, lathes, and ancillary equipment, an electronics design and fabrication facility (including an extensive electronics library), and a repair center for instrumentation ranging from laboratory instruments to personal computers. IMF is staffed by experienced scientific instrument makers as well as electronic, research project, and field service engineers. The Technical Services Program (TSP), a second group located in the IMF building, provides clinical engineering services to health care facilities, as well as paid service learning experiences for undergraduate students. [ find out more... ]

Microscopy Imaging Center (MIC)

The Microscopy Imaging Center (MIC) consists of six microscopy-based imaging systems. At the light and electron microscopic levels, it provides state-of-the-art, quality-assured, morphologically oriented services. The CIF is operated on a fee-for-service basis and provides professional consultation and assistance with equipment use, experimental design and interpretation. The imaging systems include: a JEOL 1210 Transmission Electron Microscope with x-ray microanalysis system for elemental analysis at the EM level; a JEOL JSM T-300 Scanning Electron Microscope; a BioRad MRC 1024 Confocal Laser Scanning Imaging Sysem; a Digital Instruments Atomic Force Microscope; an Olympus BX50 Light Microscope for Fluorescence In Situ Hybridization (FISH) with Sun Sparc Workstation; an Eppendorf Microinjection System; a Compucyte Laser Scanning Cytometer; and a Dell 400 Workstation for Microvoxel 3DReconstruction, Comos and Optimus processing. [ find out more... ]

Vermont Advanced Computing Center (VACC)

The Vermont Advanced Computing Center (VACC) is an advanced computing center on campus that offers high performance parallel computing hardware, sensor networks, simulation software, data integration middleware, and immersive visualization facilities, as well as related advanced computing support. [ find out more... ]

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