Core Analysis Facilities

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Key Figures

2nd largest spectrometer in Ohio
tied with The Ohio State University

1100 square meters
physical space available in
Miami's huge immersive virtual
environment (HIVE)

$16.6M university investment
in analysis infrastructure

2nd highest number
of science degrees awarded in Ohio
bachelor's degrees, FY2004-2013

$2.3M in industry partnerships

Bioinformatics and Genomics

Miami’s Center for Bioinformatics and Functional Genomics (CBFG) has an Illumina MiSeq next generation sequencer, ONT minION, two ABI DNA sequencers, an EpMotion 5073m NGS liquid handling workstation, two flow cell analyzers (BD LRSII and Attune NxT) and a sorter (BD FACSMelody), three qPCR thermocyclers, and ÄKTA FPLC, an Agilent Bioanalyzer2100l three nanodrops spectrophotometers (ND1000, ND2000, and ND3300), a Covaris M220 Ultrasonicator, Sage BluePippin, a Multi-Mode FiltreMax F5 plate reader, and four high-end computer workstations equipped with commercial and open-source software for bioinformatics analyses.

Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR)

Miami is home to the Ohio Advanced EPR Laboratory, the most advanced EPR facility in the state. It boasts a state-of-the-art Bruker ELEXSYS E580 spectrometer, capable of both pulse and continuous wave (CW) EPR.

Geospatial Analysis

Through the Geospatial Analysis Center, Miami students and faculty have access to GIS data and more than 20 high-end computers running the most current GIS and Remote Sensing Software. Center faculty also consult externally on geospatial data and analyses.


In addition to SEM and TEM equipment, Miami´s Center for Advanced Microscopy and Imaging (CAMI) has laser scanning confocal microscopes and wide-field multimode light microscopes. CAMI has resources capable of in situ elemental and phase analysis at the nanometer scale and larger.


Miami’s Molecular Microspectroscopy Laboratory (MML) provides researchers with state-of-the-art infrared, fluorescence, Raman, and optical microspectroscopy to identify contaminants and characterize materials. Equipment includes a Perkin Elmer Spotlight 300 Infrared Imaging Microscope and a Renishaw In-Via Raman Microscope. MML staff will also modify existing systems or design new systems to meet partners’ needs.

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) and Mass Spectroscopy (MS)

We provide researchers both within and from outside Miami with access to state-of-the-art equipment, including one Varian and six Bruker NMR spectrometers ranging from 200 MHz to 850 MHz. Miami’s Bruker US2 850 MHz spectrometer is one of the largest in the country. A new 400 MHz NMR with autosampler was recently funding by NSF. In addition, we have MS instruments from MALDI, LC-ESI, and LC- and nano LC-Orbitrap.

Statistical and Research Computing Support

The Statistical Consulting Center provides consultation on all aspects of data collection, analysis, and interpretation, including experimental design and structural equation analysis and modeling. The Research Computing Support Group also offers guidance on analysis and interpretation of results and additionally assists with custom mobile and desktop programming. Our high performance computing cluster contains 90 dual quad-core compute nodes with 64-bit Intel processors and 24GB-128GB memory per node. 

Virtual Reality (VR) and User Experience (UX) Testing

The Armstrong Institute for Interactive Media Studies (AIMS) at Miami University facilitates development of live action VR or VR games and animations that can be used for research or training. Equipment includes a three-walled/floor immersive VR environment, a Z-Space VR table offering manipulable “float in front of you” 3-D content, Samsung Gear and Occulus Rift VR headsets, a double telepresence robot, and 3-D and VR cameras. AIMS also uses industry-leading Tobii eye-trackers to facilitate UX studies.

Data Science and Analytics

The Center for Analytics and Data Science (CADS) is a joint initiative of the Farmer School of Business, the College of Arts and Science, and the College of Engineering and Computing. CADS brings together experts from information systems and analytics, statistics, computer science and software engineering, marketing, and accounting in an innovative research environment. The mission of CADS is to promote industry partnerships, provide experiential learning opportunities, and foster interdisciplinary research and teaching in analytics and data science.