REFINE is envisioned to be a world-class lab in areas of Reverse Engineering, Fabrication, Inspection and Non-destructive evaluation. REFINE houses state-of-the-art equipment such as X-ray Microscopes, Focus Ion Beams and Scanning Electron Microscopes, Optical and Digital Microscopes, Probe Station and Failure Analysis tools and Circuit Edit and Debugging tools.
REFINE is open to collaborate with academia and industry to solve problems in areas of failure analysis, forensic analysis, hardware security, hardware hacking and reverse engineering of electrical components.
For further information and other inquiries, please contact REFINE director, Assistant Professor Sina Shahbazmohamadi.
REFINE at the Innovation Partnership Building
REFINE relocated from UConn’s main campus labs to the Innovation Partnership Building in March 2018.
The REFINE Lab in IPB features:
- Perfect Vibration isolation
- Perfect EMI isolation
- Acoustic noise mitigating wall panels
- Regular Exhaust and Corrosive Exhaust in Equipment chase
- Key card access doors
- 60-inch TV in every room
- World class lab environment
Optical and Digital Microscopy
Smart ZOOM 5
Optical and Digital Microscopy
Smart PROOF 5
3D X-ray Microscopy
VERSA 520 with Insitu Capabilities
Electron and Ion Microscopy
Crossbeam 340 with Laser ablation
High Resolution Fabrication and Ion Microscopy
XRADIA MIcroCT 400
Bruker XRD ( Xray Diffraction)
The Pratt & Whitney Additive Manufacturing Center (PW AMC) was established in April 2013 in partnership with Pratt & Whitney, to advance additive manufacturing research and development.
The Center uses advanced powder bed manufacturing technologies and high-powered electron beams and lasers to repeatedly melt fine layers of powdered metals like titanium into one solid integrated piece. This layer-by-layer “additive” process allows for the creation of extremely complex three-dimensional objects without the constraints of the traditional manufacturing process.
Additive manufacturing has nearly limitless potential applications and can be used for a wide range of products - from advanced turbine components for jet engines to personalized prosthetic implants for patients who need them.
For further information and other inquiries, please contact the PW AMC director, Professor Rainer Hebert.
PW AMC at The Innovation Partnership Building
The PW AMC is located at a custom-designed, dedicated space within the Innovation Partnership Building. At the IBP, the PW AMC center draws upon Connecticut’s rich heritage as a wellspring of innovation and a cradle of precision manufacturing, and serves as a hub for research, development and commercialization activities surrounding advanced and additive manufacturing, high performance computing and other aligned activities. Within this space, small, mid-sized and large companies – as well as entrepreneurs – will collaborate side-by-side with UConn researchers and students to advance new technologies.
PW AMC equipment
PW AMC arcam EBM A2x
EOS laser sintering system
LECO AMIC ONH 836
ODP 868 Optical Dilatometry Platform
Additional PW AMC equipment - not pictured
- One wire electrical discharge machining (EDM) machine (Agie Charmilles), which is CNC controlled and can remove parts from the build plate and perform finish machining
- Surface profiler
- High-temperature differential scanning calorimeter
- MRF arc-melter with single-crystal pulling option, gas purification, oxygen monitoring, vacuum casting
- Furnace rheometer for viscosity measurements of liquid metals and alloys
The UConn-Thermo Fisher Scientific Center of Excellence is one of the world’s foremost facilities for electron microscopy. Its microscopy instruments include the Themis Titan for sub-angstrom analysis of materials and the Talos TEM for simultaneous quantitative energy dispersive spectroscopy and analysis to uncover chemical composition of materials. This equipment is available for collaborative research with industry partners including applications for clean energy materials and the testing of additively manufactured components such as those found in medical devices and polymeric materials for biomedical applications.
For further information and other inquiries, please contact the UCONN - UConn Thermo Fisher Scientific Center for Advanced Microscopy and Materials Analysis director, Professor Steve Suib.
CAMMA at the Innovation Partnership Building
The IPB houses a total of seven Thermo Fisher Scientific instruments, including the flagship microscope, Titan Themis TEM, which is capable of more than one-hundred million times magnification, allowing scientists to see individual atoms, determine their arrangement and measure their electrical and magnetic forces. The microscopes moved to the IPB in April 2018.
Thermo Fisher Scientific Equipment
Helios Nanolab 460F1
Tecnai T12 S.TEM
Strata 400S DUALBEAM FIB
Rigaku SmartLab X-ray Diffraction System
Rigaku ZSX Primus IV XRF Spectrometer