Equipment and Facilities

The Laboratory of Nanotechnology and Nanomedicine is located at the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study. Our lab is equipped with extensive laboratory equipment for interdisciplinary research on the synthesis and characterization of nanomaterials. The Krasnow Institute has an in-house animal facility, cell culture laboratory, autoclave access, and a confocal microscopy facility, with a cleanroom under construction.

We make use of cutting-edge equipment both on and off George Mason's campuses in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area. At the GMU campuses, we have access to the Shared Research Instrumentation Facility (SRIF), Histology Laboratories, and the ARGO Cluster. Our D.C.-metro collaborations include Children's National Hospital, the NIST Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST) Nanofab, the George Washington Institute for Nanotechnology (GWIN), and Georgetown University.


Synthesis and physical characterization of nanoparticles
The ramé-hart Tensiometer-Goniometer is used for surface tension and wettability analysis. It stands on an air-bearing table to reduce ambient vibrations that could affect measurements. We also use spectroscopic techniques (NanoDrop and Biotek Synergy HT), Scanning and Transmission Electron Microscopy (SEM and TEM, including SEM with Focused Ion Beam), Field Flow Fractionation, and dynamic light scattering to characterize our particles.

Rame-Hart Tensiometer-Goniometer

In Vitro and In Vivo Studies
Our lab maintains extensive equipment for aseptic cell and tissue culture and analysis, including a biological hood, a cryotank, incubators, a hemocytometer, and microscopes. Pictured is the Level II-III Cell Culture Hood. For in vivo studies, we have access to the Krasnow Institute's Animal Facility (KIAF), which features Morris Water Mazes, skinner boxes, fear conditioning systems, and other animal study apparatus.

Biological Hood

Confocal Wide