IQ Center Equipment

These pages contain information about the equipment that is available for use in the IQ center. Some of this equipment lives permanently in a room that may be reserved, some is in a shared space and some is mobile. Check the page to see where it is located. Room descriptions are available here, and reservation information is available here.

Laser Cutter/Engraver

The Laser Cutter has the ability to cut or engrave pieces of wood, acrylic, and various other materials.


The IQ Center has a variety of still and video cameras both for checkout and for use in the center.


The IQ Center houses a number of high-end scanners to facilitate scanning real-world objects to build digital 3D models and prototype.

Zeiss Axio Imager M2

Microscope for reflected-light brightfield and transmitted light, with motorized convenience and PC interface.

SZX16 Stereomicroscope

The SZX16 is designed for advanced research and has a maximum numerical aperture of 0.30, producing a resolution of 900 line pairs per millimeter. It provides one of the largest zoom ratio of any stereo.

Olympus BX-41 Upright Microscope

The Olympus BX41 is a high performance and versatile microscope which makes superb fluorescence microscopy possible with its incident light fluorescence illuminator.

3D Printing

The IQ Center is home to 5 different 3-D printers with a wide variety of uses.

Scanning Electron Microscope

The IQ center features a Zeiss EVO 15 Scanning Electron Microscope. This is a flexible variable pressure SEM with wide range of detectors including secondary electron, backscatter, XDS and EBDS.

Laser Scanning Confocal Microscope

An important instrument for the study of biological systems is the laser scanning confocal microscope. The IQ center is home to an Olympus FV1000 inverted laser scanning confocal. This Scope is outfitted with multiple laser wavelengths and a humidified temperature controlled chamber covering the stage, making in perfect for long term study of living samples.

Upright Fluorescence Microscope

The Olympus BX 61 is an upright microscope with automated stage control. This microscope is also equipped with a CCD camera and Neurolucida software for automated nuron tracing and reconstruction.

Carbon Thread Evaporation Device

The Leica EM CED030 is a compact bench-top single and multiple carbon thread evaporation device for producing conductive carbon films on specimens for X-ray microanalysis (EDX, WDX) and carbon reinforcement films on collodium or formvar coated specimen support grids for TEM (from manufacturer).

Sputter Coater

The Cressington 108 sputter coater has fully variable current control, digital process timer with "pause", variable height specimen table, hinged top-plate and o-ring sealed vacuum chamber. The current controller allows independent choice of sputter current and argon pressure. Coverage and grain size are optimized for any specimen.

Lighting Equipment

The IQ Center has a variety of lights for research as well as film projects.