A magnet for CUNY’s top scientists
The ASRC brings state-of-the-art equipment and instrumentation to CUNY, helping faculty from across the University expand the scope and scale of their work.
The ASRC will have CUNY’s first cleanroom, a sealed laboratory in which the most sensitive diagnostics and nanofabrication can be conducted in an environment that controls the level of dust, airborne microbes and other pollutants. The cleanroom will be among the most advanced in the New York area, comparable to the one now closest, at Brookhaven National Laboratory. The ASRC cleanroom will meet class 1000 levels, with class 100 levels in the rooms containing lithography and scanning electron microscope (SEM) equipment.
The cleanroom will contain equipment for diagnostics and fabrication, deposition and etching. There will be an optical microscope, a surface profiler, an ellipsometer, and a scanning electron microscope with e-beam writing. With these tools, it is possible to both fabricate nanostructures and to study their physical, electrical, and optical properties. New methods of synthesis have enabled scientists to produce carbon nanotubes, metallic nanowires, nanosized semiconductor particles called quantum dots, self-repairing polymers, and many more new functional materials.
The ASRC will house state-of-the-art imaging facilities that will include nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometers (NMRs), functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), cryo electron microscopes, transmission and scanning electron microscopes, confocal and fluorescent microscopes. These facilities will support the research of structural biologists as well as neuroscientists.
A wall of state-of-the-art display monitors in a small theater setting will allow researchers to see projections of their work in progress. High-performance computing systems will generate graphic displays of predicted molecular structures such as proteins and biological molecular complexes, or intricate weather and environmental models in real time.
Environmental Sensing Platforms
The top floor of the ASRC, as well as its rooftop observatory, will support research efforts in all aspects of remote sensing: sensor development, satellite remote sensing, ground-based field measurements, data processing and analysis, modeling, and forecasting. With the Environmental CrossRoads initiative’s focus on global water issues, a collaborative workspace with state-of-the-art instrumentation will be located on this floor.
Following is a more detailed look at the rooftop observatory platforms:
• Rooftop Observation Platform: The equipment platform will accommodate a number of instruments including a ceilometer (to measure cloud height), a hyperspectral microwave radiometer (to calculate temperature, water vapor and liquid water profiling), SODAR (sonic detection and ranging for wind profiling), and a sky radiometer (for solar, atmospheric and ambient measurements).
• LIDAR Observatory: The observatory will house a number of systems that use an optical remote sensing technology commonly known as LIDAR (for Light Detection and Ranging).
The center’s LIDAR systems will include a scanning eye-safe Doppler for 3D aerosol and wind imaging, and equipment that measures ozone and water vapor. The observatory will have an ash dome, tracking equipment used by many of the world’s top research institutions, educational programs and weather services.
• Satellite Receiving Antenna Platform: The antenna will allow for real-time reception of data to be used for the development of regional and national satellite products.