Facilities & Resources

CUNY Advanced Science Research Center

Located on the south end of The City College campus, the striking, 200,000-square-foot ASRC building embodies a bold vision of 21st-century discovery. At the center’s core is a world-class facility designed to inspire an innovative approach to the scientific method itself, one that links a new wave of talented scientists with hundreds of top researchers from CUNY campuses across the city.

The Center's Key CUNY ASRC Facilities

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Facility

The ASRC Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Facility features three AVANCE III HD NMR spectrometers operating at 600, 700, & 800 MHz suitable with state-of-the-art Bruker probes, including a 1.6-mm magic-angle-spinning (MAS) solid-state NMR probe (600 MHz), solution-state cryoprobes (all spectrometers), and other capabilities (e.g., high-pressure NMR).  The PI (Messinger) directs solid-state NMR operations at the NMR facility. NMR measurements are used for measuring the local compositions, through-bond and throughs-space structures, and dynamics of battery electrodes and electrolytes. 

Imaging Facility

The Imaging Facility currently hosts cutting-edge microscopy instrumentation including transmission electron microscopes with cryo capabilities (cryoTEM, S/TEM), as well as a scanning electron microscope with focused ion beam functionality (SEM/FIB) and a super-resolution confocal stimulated emission depletion microscope (STED). The facility allows for advanced imaging of materials and samples, such as chemical mapping by energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX) for surface chemical analyses coupled with SEM images. Researchers in the Center use electron microscopy to characterize the nanoscale structures and surface morphologies of battery electrode and polymer electrolyte materials. 

Surface Science Facility

The Surface Science Facility offers state-of-the-art surface analysis instrumentation including X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (TOF-SIMS), atomic force microscopy (AFM) and thermochemical nanolithography (TCNL). With a range of sample preparation chambers, hardware configurations, and in-house expertise, researchers have the capability to analyze a variety of different sample types. Surface analyses are used to measure the chemical compositions of battery electrode and polymer electrode surfaces. 

Nanofabrication Facility

The NanoFabrication Facility hosts a comprehensive toolset to develop micro- and nanoscale devices. The NanoFab comprises 5,000 ftof class 100, 1,000 and 10,000 cleanroom space. Major instrumentation includes: a 100 kV high-resolution e-beam lithography system; a field emission scanning electron microscope (SEM); chlorine and fluorine based inductively coupled plasma etchers; and metal and dielectric deposition systems, among others. The NanoFab is of interest to the researchers interested in controlling the structures of battery electrode architectures and cell components. 


The City College of New York

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140th St & Convent Ave

New York, NY 10031


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