Facilities & Instrumentation

Facilities & Instrumentation

UNL has world class research facilities and instrumentation to support its robust research enterprise. Some assets of particular interest to industry that are available for cooperative use, include:

  • Biological Process Development Facility (BPDF) – suite of cGMP laboratories with capabilities to transition biopharmaceuticals from discovery to Phase I/II clinical trial. The BPDF features two fully capable cGMP pilot plants with fully staffed quality control support labs and a master cell banking suite.
  • Center for Biotechnology – offer core facilities for bioinformatics, flow cytometry, genomics, microscopy, plant transformation, and proteomics/metabolomics. Provide services and training to enhance the research environment and research capabilities at the University of Nebraska and for local and regional businesses.
  • Eastern Nebraska Research and Extension Center (ENREC) – formally know as Agriculture Research and Development Center (ARDC) the site 9,663 acre (3,912 hectare) agriculture and natural resource research and education facility with approximately 5,000 acres of irrigated and non-irrigated row crops, cool and warm season pastures and more than 6,000 domestic farm animals used for research and teaching. ARDC is approved to conduct field trials of regulated transgenic material.
  • Food Processing Center – 178,000 square-foot complex serving private/public partnerships. The center provides world-class facilities for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Food Science and Technology Department, ConAgra Foods Inc. and other private companies in leased space. Features wet/dry lab research space, food grade/non-food grade pilot plant space, a state-of-the-art distance education classroom and office space.
  • Greenhouse Innovation Center – 45,000 square feet of greenhouse and headhouse space. This center provides features state-of-the-art computer environmental controls, a LemnaTec High-Throughput Plant Phenotyping system, and 22 foot eve heights to allow for optimal air circulation. The greenhouses are heated and cooled with sustainable energy. Tailored greenhouse services are available.
  • Holland Computing Center (HCC) (Lincoln & Omaha) – UNL’s high performance computing facilities with 2 locations; the Schorr Center at UNL and the Peter Kiewit Institute (PKI) at Omaha. Personnel based in each location assist users, engage students and researchers, and maintain systems.
  • Nano-Engineering Research Core Facility (NERcF) – enhances research capacity and quality by providing in-house nanofabrication and nanocharacterization facilities open to use by faculty across the University of Nebraska system.
  • Nebraska Center for Material and Nanoscience (NCMN) – features facilities that support Cryogenics Instrumentation, Electron Nanoscopy Instrumentation, Nanomaterials and Thin Films, Nanofabrication Cleanroom, Surface and Materials Characterization, and X-Ray Structural Characterization.
  • Nebraska Innovation Studio (NIS) – the makerspace at  Nebraska Innovation Campus, is where creators of all sorts can share ideas, tools and knowledge. It features collaborative workspace and areas for woodworking, fine arts, and rapid prototyping and electronics. University faculty, students, staff and community members are welcome to join the studio for a monthly fee. Members can take part in workshops, be trained on available machines and ultimately, create and make things.
  • Nebraska Nanoscale Facility (NNF) – is one of 16 centers created under the NSF’s National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI), features facilities that support Cryogenics Instrumentation, Electron Nanoscopy Instrumentation, Nanomaterials & Thin Films, Nanofabrication Cleanroom, Surface and Materials Characterization, X-Ray Structural Characterization, Nano-Engineering, Laser Nanofabrication and Characterization, and Low-Dimensional Nanostructure Synthesis.

For additional information about these and other UNL research facilities and instrumentation, contact Industry Relations at 402.472.4135.