Infrastructure

Nevada Center for Applied Research Infrastructure

The center is based in the Applied Research Facility on the University’s main campus. We manage a variety of spaces within the building that are available to both the internal campus community and our external clients. Entities based in the lab spaces within the Applied Research Facility have access to chemical and biowaste management services and benefit from these crucial operating systems as part of their contract.

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Biosciences Entrepreneurial Lab

A fully-equipped, turnkey wet lab business incubation space designed for multiple operations with minimal sharing and equipment and training to accelerate the growth of new business.

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Wet and dry labs

Private laboratory spaces are available with 24/7 key card access. Wet labs are equipped with chemical storage, fume hoods and deionized water. Dry labs offer a working space for prototyping and data analysis.

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Office space

An office for administrative and research support includes high-speed network connectivity, access to conference and meeting areas and access to the University’s central receiving services for mail delivery.

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Robotics arena

A large high-bay with tall ceilings that can be utilized to test drones and is a working area for autonomous systems being developed on campus. The space also has a viewing balcony at the second floor level.

University Shared Research Facilities

The Nevada Center for Applied Research coordinates access to the University’s Shared Research Facilities (SRF) – an extensive resource of labs with cutting-edge research and development equipment available to the internal University community and external clients from industry, government, research organizations and other institutions.

In addition to services and high-end instrumentation, we offer support from highly experienced staff with expertise in designing and conducting experiments and analyzing data. Many facilities can also provide training and education upon request.

Investigators outside of the University, please contact Carlos Cardillo, NCAR Director (775) 682-5203 to inquire about the availability of instruments and services.

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  • Advanced Manufacturing and Materials Processing Laboratory

    Dr. Yiliang Liao, director of the research lab, has research interests including: laser materials processing and laser-assisted advanced manufacturing, laser-matter interactions, micro/nanoscale and additive manufacturing, mechanical/physical property enhancement, process/microstructure/property relationships of advanced materials, and integrated computational materials engineering.

    Technical info & pricing: AMMPL Website | Dr. Yiliang (Leo) Liao| (775) 784-6714
    For entities external to NSHE, contact NCAR for access: ncar@unr.edu | (775) 784-4781

    View equipment list for Advanced Manufacturing and Materials Processing Laboratory

  • Advanced Materials and Microscopy Laboratory

    The Advanced Materials and Microscopy Laboratory (AMML), a research laboratory in the Mechanical Engineering department, investigates the durability and mechanical behavior of materials and structures. The laboratory houses a variety of instrumentation used for Nano mechanical testing.

    Technical info & pricing: AMML Website | Yanyao Jiang | (775) 784-4510
    For entities external to NSHE, contact NCAR for access: ncar@unr.edu | (775) 784-4781

    View equipment list for Advanced Materials and Microscopy Laboratory

  • Animal Resources

    Animal Resources provides optimized animal care and welfare for high quality science, campus-wide veterinary care, and assistance with faculty research and teaching programs. We provide support to Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) facilities and all its associated academic departments, as well as outside entities. New projects are welcomed from all interested investigators.

    Technical info & pricing: AR Website | Ben Weigler | (775) 784-4874
    For entities external to NSHE, contact NCAR for access: ncar@unr.edu | (775) 784-4781

  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Department Shared Equipment Facility

    This facility, and the department shared resources, are primarily reserved for BMB faculty, staff, and students but the facility manager can arrange usage by individuals outside of BMB. Items available consist of a quantitative real-time PCR (qRT-PCR) system, several floor model super speed centrifuges, floor incubator/shakers, a lyophilizer, an automated electrophoresis system, several gas chromatographs, and a gel doc imaging system.

    Technical info & pricing: Elizabeth Brown | (775) 784-1288
    For entities external to NSHE, contact NCAR for access: ncar@unr.edu | (775) 784-4781

    View equipment list for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Department

  • Center for Advanced Transportation Education and Research

    The Center for Advanced Transportation Education and Research (CATER) is a focal research and education center in the desert southwest region (Nevada, California, Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico) that emphasizes interdisciplinary collaboration in applied transportation research. The Center's primary research activities aim to develop and apply advanced traffic management strategies to improve transportation system operations with a focus on optimizing existing resources to meet growing transportation demands.

    Technical info & pricing: CATER Website | Zong Tian | (775) 784-1232
    For entities external to NSHE, contact NCAR for access: ncar@unr.edu | (775) 784-4781

    View equipment and software list for Center for Advanced Transportation Education and Research

  • Center of Biomedical Research Excellence in Cell Biology of Signaling Across Membranes

    This COBRE is funded by a $10 million grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The COBRE consists of five research projects that integrate the University's research in cell biology, developmental biology, signaling, and neuroscience and fosters collaborations between basic scientists and clinicians seeking to better understand and manipulate the communication between cells that cause human neurological and other diseases. Collaborating cores include: Animal Resources; Transmission Electron Microscopy; Confocal Imaging; Cell Metabolism; Tissue Culture.

    Technical info & pricing: COBRE: CBSAM Website
    For entities external to NSHE, contact NCAR for access: ncar@unr.edu | (775) 784-4781

    View core descriptions and equipment lists for COBRE – Cell Biology of Signaling Across Membranes

  • Center of Biomedical Research Excellence in Integrative Neuroscience

    The center provides access to a wide range of state-of-the-art neuroimaging resources for investigators, including equipment, training and technical support, image analysis software, and access to special patient populations. These facilities are available to all campus investigators. Collaborating cores include: Neuroimaging Resources; Special Populations Database.

    Technical info & pricing: COBRE: IN Website | Lars Strother, Director, (775) 682-8695 | Hannah Jordan, Confocal Core Manager, (775) 682-0650
    For entities external to NSHE, contact NCAR for access: ncar@unr.edu | (775) 784-4781

    View core descriptions and equipment lists for COBRE – Integrative Neuroscience

  • Center of Biomedical Research Excellence in Smooth Muscle Plasticity

    This COBRE is a pilot grant program used as a mechanism to support new, innovative research projects that will utilize the University of Nevada School of Medicine (UNSOM) core resources of the Fluorescence Cytometry Shared Resource Laboratory and the Single Cell Molecular Expression Core to generate proof of principle data to accelerate successful extramural grant funding. Collaborating cores include: Nevada Cytometry Center; Single Cell Molecular Expression Core (SCME) (COBRE Core C).

    Technical info & pricing: COBRE: SMP Website | Doug Redelman | (775) 784-6459
    For entities external to NSHE, contact NCAR for access: ncar@unr.edu | (775) 784-4781

    View core descriptions and equipment lists for COBRE – Smooth Muscle Plasticity

  • Center of Civil Engineering Earthquake Research

    This center has been conducting large-scale, experimental research for over 30 years to make buildings and bridges safer. Both University and visiting researchers take advantage of the center's unique, world-class engineering facilities.

    CCEER has also established an Industry Support Group comprised of professional engineers to assist companies with developing products, improving competitiveness, and performing product qualification. Visit the Industry Support Group to see their extensive list of services and facilities or to request a quote.

    Technical info & pricing: CCEER Website | Sherif Elfass | (775) 784-6664
    For entities external to NSHE, contact NCAR for access: ncar@unr.edu | (775) 784-4781

    View the equipment list for Center of Civil Engineering Earthquake Research

  • Chemistry Department Shared Instrumentation Laboratory

    Housed in the chemistry building at the University, the lab provides access to synthesis and material science related instrumentation, optical based spectroscopy, mass spectroscopy (MS), x-ray crystallography, electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy, and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy. The lab a free resource for all University faculty, staff, and student researchers and does not charge for the use of the instrumentation with the exception of consumables. In general, the staff does not perform analyses, but are available for consultation and training. University investigators wishing to use equipment should contact the director of instrumentation for training and account setup.

    Technical info & pricing: CDSIL Website | Stephen Spain, Director of Instrumentation, (775) 784-6019 | Vince Catalano, Director of X-ray Crystallography, (775) 784-1329
    For entities external to NSHE, contact NCAR for access: ncar@unr.edu | (775) 784-4781

    View equipment list for Chemistry Department

  • DeLaMare Science and Engineering Library (DLM)

    The DeLaMare Library, located inside the Mackay Mines Building, is a dynamic and technology rich environment alive with learning and research activity. Nationally recognized and named to Make Magazine’s list of “Most Interesting Makerspaces in America” the library has been leading the way in the rapidly changing nature of academic libraries. In 2012 the library became one of the first academic libraries to offer 3D printing and scanning support in addition to supplying unique tools and technology to University faculty, students, and staff, as well as the public.

    Information & resources: DLM Website | Tod Colegrove | (775) 784-6945
    For entities external to NSHE, contact NCAR for access: ncar@unr.edu | (775) 784-4781

    View equipment list for DeLaMare Library

  • Electron Microscopy and Microanalysis Facility

    Located in the Paul Laxalt Mineral Engineering building, the facility provides services and research opportunities to students, faculty and local industry. Using state-of-the-art imaging equipment, the facility offers research and teaching services in transmission electron microscopy, scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy. Services that are offered to industry include: mechanical testing (impact, tensile and hardness), microcrack and failure analysis, high resolution surface morphology imaging, polymer testing, TEM/SEM sample preparation, SEM training, optical microscopy, and consulting.

    Technical info & pricing: EMMF Website
    For entities external to NSHE, contact NCAR for access: ncar@unr.edu | (775) 784-4781

    View equipment list for Electron Microscopy and Microanalysis Facility

  • Environmental Engineering Lab

    Located in the Harry Reid Engienering Laboratory Center, the Environmental Engineering Laboratory focuses their research primarily on water quality and water supply issues. Some specific examples include: optimization of biological processes for water and waste water treatment, development and testing of membrane bioreactor technology, bioremediation of acid mine drainage, microbial ecology studies, and investigation of biogeochemical reactions in the environment.

    Technical info & pricing: EEL Website | Eric Marchand | (775) 784-6817
    For entities external to NSHE, contact NCAR for access: ncar@unr.edu | (775) 784-4781

    View equipment list for Environmental Engineering Lab

  • In Vivo Imaging Core

    The In Vivo Imaging Core provides real-time imaging of small mammals utilizing a broad base of complementary technologies with adjacent animal housing and procedural space. Currently available technologies include: high-frequency ultrasound imaging, digital x-ray imaging, bioluminescent and fluorescent imaging, and confocal endomicroscopic imaging. These technologies are available to qualified staff within the University’s IACUC-approved program of care. Training resources are available to help in project design and data acquisition for best-possible science and animal welfare.

    Technical info & pricing: IVIC Website | Ben Weigler | (775) 784-4874
    For entities external to NSHE, contact NCAR for access: ncar@unr.edu | (775) 784-4781

    View equipment list for In Vivo Imaging Core

  • Mackay School of Earth Science and Engineering Microbeam Laboratory

    This laboratory houses two state of the art JEOL scanning electron microscopes (SEM), a field emission SEM and an easy to use portable tungsten-filament SEM. The lab is transforming research in the Earth Sciences at the University and is being used increasingly across campus. The SEM's are also accessible to entities outside the University, fostering cooperation and collaboration with the city of Reno, greater Nevada, and researchers throughout the world.

    Technical info & pricing: MSESEML Website | Joel DesOrmeau | (989) 255-0876
    For entities external to NSHE, contact NCAR for access: ncar@unr.edu | (775) 784-4781

    View equipment list for Mackay School of Earth Science and Engineering Microbeam Laboratory

  • Material Characterization Nevada

    The Materials Characterization Nevada (MCNV) lab, located in the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, offers services to industry, characterization and laboratory services in the form of research studies or measurements in the field of electrochemistry and surface analysis.

    Technical info & pricing: MCNV Website | Dev Chidambaram, Director, (775) 784-7066 | Zachary Karmiol, Research Scientist, (775) 842-0463
    For entities external to NSHE, contact NCAR for access: ncar@unr.edu | (775) 784-4781

    View services and equipment list for Materials Characterization Nevada

  • Mechanical Behavior Laboratory

    The Mechanical Behavior Laboratory (MBL), a research laboratory in the mechanical engineering department, focuses on elastic-plastic finite element analysis, fatigue and fracture of materials and structures, inelastic constitutive relations, rolling contact, multi-axial deformation, and fatigue/durability of bolted joints. The facility houses equipment dedicated to material testing, material preparation, characterization, and associated software packages.

    Technical info & pricing: MBL Website | Yanyao Jiang | (775) 784-4510
    For entities external to NSHE, contact NCAR for access: ncar@unr.edu | (775) 784-4781

    View equipment list for Mechanical Behavior Laboratory

  • Mechanical Engineering Manufacturing Lab

    The Department of Mechanical Engineering Manufacturing Lab offers a full range of precision machining capabilities including Solidworks CAD and MasterCam CAM for machine programming and solid modeling. The lab also offers a variety of precision measuring options.

    Technical info & pricing: MEML reservations | Brian Nagy | (775) 784-6795
    For entities external to NSHE, contact NCAR for access: ncar@unr.edu | (775) 784-4781

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  • Mechanical Engineering Multiphysics Laboratory

    The Multiphysics Laboratory is a 400 square foot facility located in Palmer Engineering. The lab conducts experimental research in fluid and solid mechanics, fluid-structure interaction, vibrations, chemo-electro-mechanics modeling, and smart material characterization.

    Technical info & pricing: MEMPL Website | Matteo Aureli | (775) 784-6973
    For entities external to NSHE, contact NCAR for access: ncar@unr.edu | (775) 784-4781

    View equipment list for Multiphysics Laboratory

  • Mick Hitchcock, Ph.D. Nevada Proteomics Center

    The Nevada Proteomics Center offers high quality mass spectral and electrophoretic proteomic analysis using state-of-the-art technologies to all research faculty and students in Nevada at extremely competitive rates. A variety of services are offered including: enzymatic protein digestions, LC-MS/MS, gel electrophoresis of 1-D or 2-D gels (including DIGE gels), staining and imaging of gels, spot excision, and differential expression analysis. The center also offers individual training and workshops.

    Technical info & pricing: MH-NPC Website | David Quilici | (775) 784-1590
    For entities external to NSHE, contact NCAR for access: ncar@unr.edu | (775) 784-4781

    View equipment list for Nevada Proteomics Center

  • Museum of Natural History

    The museum holds irreplaceable specimens of flora and fauna of the Great Basin and beyond dating as far back as the 1850's and houses decades of biological research and teaching collections of University faculty, students, technicians, and volunteers. As the only museum of its kind in the state, it is an invaluable resource for understanding Nevada's natural heritage. The museum is currently in the process of making data available through searchable public databases. Educational resources and tours for K-12 classes, clubs, and groups in the community are also offered to provide interactive and age appropriate hands-on learning.

    Information & resources: MNH Website | Chris Feldman, (775) 784-4053 | Beth Leger (775) 784-7582
    For entities external to NSHE, contact NCAR for access: ncar@unr.edu | (775) 784-4781

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  • Nevada Advanced Autonomous Systems Innovation Center

    The Nevada Advanced Autonomous Systems Innovation Center (NAASIC)=was established in 2014 with funding from the Governor's Office of Economic Development Knowledge Fund and is a business development arm of the University. The center is focused on serving as a catalyst for innovative business and the development of a technologically advanced workforce. Located in one of six federally authorized unmanned autonomous systems (UAS) test sites, the center connects entrepreneurs and business owners with the resources of a research University with substantial interdisciplinary expertise in autonomous systems.

    Program info: NAASIC Website
    For entities external to NSHE, contact NCAR for access: ncar@unr.edu | (775) 784-4781

  • Nevada Center for Bioinformatics

    The Nevada INBRE Bioinformatics Core provides state-wide bioinformatics support via, (bio)statistical analysis, proper design of large experiments, next-generation whole genome and whole transcriptome sequencing data processing and analysis, computational services, information technology guidance, bioinformatics software licenses and targeted bioinformatics training and resources to Nevada researchers and students.

    Technical info & pricing: NCB Websitecfb@unr.edu
    For entities external to NSHE, contact NCAR for access: ncar@unr.edu | (775) 784-4781

  • Nevada Genomics Center

    Designed to aid researchers, the structural and functional genomics services provided include sanger sequencing, next generation sequencing (NGS), fragment analysis, and various support services including DNA extractions. NGC has recently added a BSL-2 lab allowing the service of extractions from human blood and tissue. Contact the center to address questions you might have about additional services offered and sample prep requirements.

    Technical info & pricing: NGC Website | Paul Hartley | (775) 784-1657
    For entities external to NSHE, contact NCAR for access: ncar@unr.edu | (775) 784-4781

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  • Nevada Industry Excellence

    Nevada Industry Excellence (NVIE) is an industrial extension program of the Nevada System of Higher Education and assists businesses in the manufacturing, construction, and mining industries to become premier industry leaders in Nevada. By providing expert resources and programs to improve processes and increase efficiencies and productivity, Nevada Industry Excellence enables businesses to be flexible and responsive in a rapidly changing marketplace.

    Program info: NVIE Website | Northern Nevada: (775) 784-1935 | Southern Nevada: (702) 895-2615

  • Nevada Stable Isotope Laboratory

    Facilities are available to prepare and analyze a variety of materials for their nitrogen, sulfur, carbon, oxygen, and hydrogen stable isotope compositions using stable isotope ratio mass spectrometry. The lab can perform a variety of isotope analyses on a wide range of sample types. Customers are encouraged to contact the lab concerning specific analytical requirements before submitting samples for analysis.

    Technical info & pricing: NSIL Website | Simon Poulson | (775) 784-1104
    For entities external to NSHE, contact NCAR for access: ncar@unr.edu | (775) 784-4781

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  • Nevada Terawatt Facility

    The facility conducts research and trains students in the field of high-energy-density (HED) science, the study of the behavior of matter at extremely high temperatures and densities. This rapidly developing field explores the fourth state of matter, called plasma, under conditions similar to those occurring in the interiors of stars, nuclear fusion reactors, and lightning bolts. The facility is housed in the SAGE building located 10 miles north of the University campus in Stead, NV.

    Technical info & pricing: NTF Website | (775) 682-9700
    For entities external to NSHE, contact NCAR for access: ncar@unr.edu | (775) 784-4781

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  • Ozmen Center for Entrepreneurship

    The Ozmen Center for Entrepreneurship, located on the fourth floor of the Ansari business building, was founded in 2014 and made possible by a gift from Eren and Fatih Ozmen who are entrepreneurs and alumni of the University. The center serves as an idea space that develops entrepreneurial capacities and fosters the creation of ideas and new enterprise among students and faculty at the University.

    Information & resources: OCE Website | Chris Howard
    For entities external to NSHE, contact NCAR for access: ncar@unr.edu | (775) 784-4781

  • Physiology and Cell Biology Department Core Facilities

    Collaborating cores include:

    • Confocal Microscopy and Calcium Imaging Facility
    • Molecular Core
    • Histology and Immunochemistry Core

    Technical info & pricing: PCBDCF Website | (775) 784-6908
    For entities external to NSHE, contact NCAR for access: ncar@unr.edu | (775) 784-4781

    View core descriptions and equipment lists for Physiology and Cell Biology Department

  • Polymer Science and Engineering Lab

    The polymer science and engineering lab is a research lab in the Chemical and Materials Engineering department with a primary focus on supramolecular polymer synthesis, surface polymerization, and characterization of polymers with thermal, physical and electrochemical techniques. Major equipment includes an electrochemical impedance analyzer (EIS), a dynamic mechanical analyzer (DMA), a differential scanning calorimeter (DSC), and an integrated PEM fuel cell test station.

    Technical info & pricing: Alan Fuchs | (775) 327-2227
    For entities external to NSHE, contact NCAR for access: ncar@unr.edu | (775) 784-4781

    View equipment list for Polymer Science and Engineering Lab

  • Pronghorn: High Performance Computing

    The University's user-driven, high performance computing cluster is extending research capacity and supporting the latest research applications in areas such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotics, computational biology, computational neuroscience, bioinformatics and large data sets. Pronghorn is collocated at the Switch Citadel Campus located 25 miles East of the University of Nevada, Reno. Switch is the definitive leader of sustainable data center design and operation. The Switch Citadel is rated Tier 5 Platinum, and will be the largest, most advanced data center campus on the planet. Pronghorn is available to all University of Nevada, Reno faculty, staff, students, and to business, industry and off-campus affiliates. Priority access to the system is available for purchase.

    Technical info & pricing: P-HPC Website | hpc@unr.edu
    For entities external to NSHE, contact NCAR for access: ncar@unr.edu | (775) 784-4781

  • Surface Engineering & Tribology Lab

    The lab provides services in friction and wear testing, surface analysis and lubricant testing. Specific research exploration includes: experimental and computational analyses in advanced green- and bio-manufacturing; green solid and liquid lubricants and multifunctional bio-based hybrid lubricants; surface science and coatings; shoe-floor design and human tribology; triboluminescence; additive manufacturing; triboluminescence; additive manufacturing; sustainable, self-healing and self-lubricating composite materials; tribology of manufacturing systems; rock drilling technology; explicit finite element modeling and tribology analysis of welded joints.

    Technical info & pricing: SETL Website |  Pradeep Menezes | (775) 682-7413
    For entities external to NSHE, contact NCAR for access: ncar@unr.edu | (775) 784-4781

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  • University of Nevada, Reno Innevation Center—Powered By Switch

    Located in Reno’s Midtown district, the center is available to University faculty, staff, students, and alumni, as well as individuals and businesses through a membership model. The center offers co-working, conference, and meeting space to collaborate with entrepreneurs, investors, and commercialization experts and a makerspace to support the development of prototypes. The center provides access to mentoring by industry executives and experienced entrepreneurs in addition to providing opportunities to make connections with external networks and gain access to capital.

    Info & pricing: UNR-IC Website | icadmins@unr.edu | (775) 682-8612

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iLab Solutions core facility management software
The Nevada Center for Applied Research is excited to offer iLab Solutions to University researchers. iLab Solutions is the leader in providing web-based management services to academic research institutions with more than 1,400 cores and shared resource facilities across over 170 organizations in North America, Europe, and the Asia-Pacific region. Using iLab, institutional researchers are able to log in from anywhere using their NetID credentials to request services, schedule equipment, track projects and related billing and generate project reports using the software’s robust reporting features. Learn more about iLab and other resources