Furnaces & Ovens


Fisher Scientific Muffle Furnace

Fisher Scientific 750 Programmable Muffle Furnace

The Fisher 750 programmable muffle furnace offers working temperatures from 50 to 1125 °C, ideal for bonding glass devices and annealing materials. The PID controller holds up to four programs, each allowing up to 24 steps for ramp rates and soak times. The chamber volume is 0.58 ft3, and is plumbed with nitrogen for an inert atmosphere.

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Lindberg/Blue M 3-Zone Tube Furnace

Lindberg/Blue M 3-Zone Tube Furnace

The Lindberg/Blue M 3-zone tube furnace (STF55346C; 3.8 kW) offers working temperatures from room temp to 1100 °C. The UP150 PID controllers provide stepped program control for multiple ramp rate steps and soak times. The tube is 3" in diameter and 34" in length, and is plumbed with nitrogen for an inert atmosphere.


Blue M Stabil-Therm Oven

Blue M Stabil-Therm Oven

The Blue M Stabil-Therm gravity oven (OV-8A X; 500 W) offers working temperatures from room temp to 260 °C, and is used for photolithographic processes. The retrofitted Auber PID controller is easy to use, and provides accurate temperature control with fast ramp rates and minimal overshoot. The chamber volume is 0.30 ft3.

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Lindberg/Blue M Oven

Lindberg/Blue M Gravity Oven

The Lindberg/Blue M gravity oven (GO1305A-1; 750 W) offers working temperatures from 40 to 200 °C, and is currently being used to cure PDMS. The PID controller is easy to use, and provides accurate temperature control with fast ramp rates and minimal overshoot. The chamber volume is 2.00 ft3.


CMADP Upcoming Events

Special seminar by Dr. James P. Landers
Commonwealth Professor in Chemistry,
Mechanical Engineering & Pathology
University of Virginia

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 3:00pm
Simons Auditorium, HBC, West Campus

"Integrated Microfluidic Systems for Forensic DNA Analysis"
In 2006, we demonstrated that microfluidic technology could provide a ‘lab-on-a-chip’ solution for real-world genetic analysis. Sample-in/answer-out functionality was shown for the detection of bacteria in mouse blood and in a human nasal swab, with a sub-30 minute analytical time for DNA extraction, amplification, electrophoretic separation and detection. We extrapolated these technology developments to the analysis of short tandem repeats (STR) in human DNA; these clinically-insignificant (presumably) tetranucleotide sequences function effectively for statistically-relevant matching in human identification. Our efforts led to the development of a commercializable system designed for implementation in crime labs for STR profiling convicted felons or, in some states, profiling arrestees in booking stations. An intricate but functional microfluidic architecture allowed sample-to-profile to be achieved from a cheek swab in less than 80 minutes, using nanoliter flow control, infrared thermocycling and rapid electrophoretic separation of DNA with 5-color fluorescence detection. We have since demonstrated the fabrication of hybrid microdevices composed of inexpensive polymeric materials, many of these commercial-off-the-shelf. We have designed, built and functionalized fully-integrated DNA analysis chemistry/microfluidics on a rotationally-driven system the size of a compact disc. With this system, DNA can be extracted from a swab, PCR amplified to generate an abundance of DNA fragments of the STR loci, followed by resolution of those fragments in a separation in a 4 cm Leff channel that is complete in <300 sec with a 2-base resolution. The processes that allow for swab in–profile out microfluidics are carried out on an instrument that can be carried in one hand and weighs ~14 lbs, ultimately allowing for facile rapid human identification/screening in the field.
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