Shared Facilities

The ISM is in Regents Hall, a purpose-built science building that opened in 2012.

We have established two shared facilities dedicated to soft matter research, and we welcome industrial and academic researchers from relevant disciplines to visit and work with us.

  • Characterization Lab, located at Regents Hall Room 115, is equipped with state-of-the-art instruments for measurements in the following categories: microscopy, rheometry, light scattering, microcalorimetry, spectroscopy, mechanical test, and surface analysis.  

     Lab contact: Dr. Xinran Zhang (

Characterization Lab Panoramic Photo Showing Various Pieces of Equipment
  • Preparation & Evaluation Lab, located at 536 Reiss Science Building, is equipped with tools for sample preparation (such as milling, emulsification, and homogenization) and quick evaluation of sample properties including particle size, surface charge, light absorption, wetting, and others.

     Lab contact: Dr. Ian Morrison (

Preparation and Evaluation Lab Panoramic Photo Showing Various Pieces of Equipment

To view a PDF of our equipment list, please click here.