Department of Chemical Engineering

Chemical Engineering High Performance Computing Center
This cluster has 324 processors available for computations submitted through a batch queue. It includes a head node (Intel dual core duo Xeon 2.00 GHz processors with 16 GB RAM and 3.5 TB HDD), five Sandy Bridge nodes (Intel Xeon 2.00GHZ and 32GB RAM), four compute nodes (Intel dual core duo Xeon 2.00 GHz processors with 2-4 GB RAM and 80 GB HDD) with nine compute nodes (Intel quad core quad Xeon 2.40 GHz processors with 6 GB RAM and 80-160 GB HDD) and sixteen compute nodes (Intel quad core duo Xeon 2.00-2.83 GHz 2-16GB RAM and 80-1000GB HDD).

HTCondor is a specialized workload management system for compute-intensive jobs. Like other full-featured batch systems, HTCondor provides a job queueing mechanism, scheduling policy, priority scheme, resource monitoring, and resource management. UPRM Instance consist of a head node with 2 x Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E3120 @ 3.16GHz, 8GB of RAM and 320GB HDD, this node is able to communicate with various desktop computer nodes across campus that use Ubuntu or Microsoft Windows as operating systems. Also the head node communicates with Nanobio Condor Instance at UPR RP to share node resources.

Thermal Evaporator
This instrument uses a resistive heating component to impart high temperatures to different source materials, causing them to reach melting point and create a vapor which is later condensed into a given substrate. This method is called "physical vapor deposition" and consists in the placement of films of pure compounds in different substrates. The deposition is done through the application of vacuum, by means of a mechanical and sub-molecular pump. Our thermal evaporator deposits layers with thickness in the range of Angstrom to microns, and can only do one source material per run. It reaches pressures up to 10-6 torr and it is mostly used for source materials like gold and platinum.

3i Spinning Disk Confocal Laser Scanning Microscope
TThis is a state-of- the-art Yokogawa CSU-X1 spinning disk confocal microscope with fully automated image acquisition and high resolution EM-CCD camera, mounted on an Olympus zero-drift X81 microscope with 10x-60x objectives. The system is equipped with an expandable laser light source with millisecond timing control of 405, 488, 532, and 640nm. This instrument can be used to make detailed characterization of nanoparticle intracellular uptake and localization.

BioRad Bio-Plex 200
This instrument is a high throughput ELISA that enables multiplexed fluorescent detection and quantification of proteins from a single sample. The system has a high throughput fluidics to assay up to 100 analytes per sample and a total of 96 samples in a single run.

Accuri C6 Flow Cytometer
A benchtop flow cytometer to enable quantification of single cell analysis and populations distribution base on cell size and florescent markers. The system is equipped with a blue (488nm) and a red (640nm) laser, two light scatter detectors and and four optic filters to capture emission in the range of 533/30, 580/40, 610/20 and 675/25 nm.