The current infrastructure consists of around 90 instruments for microscopy & imaging, advanced mass spectrometry, next generation sequencing and various other technologies. The infrastructure has a central contact point, Sharing Research Facilities, that helps researchers who are interested to use the equipment. For each instrument, an expert is available to give advice and training to users who would like to make use of one or more instruments. An advantage to organize equipment in such a large shared facility, is that the equipment is used more efficient and that interaction between the experts and users is stimulated. Also, it enables researchers to use state-of-the-art technologies without having to purchase the instrument itself. Because of the accessibility of the facilities, researchers can use equipment that best suits their research needs, even if that equipment is not present in their own laboratories. Facilitating access to advanced equipment in other laboratories prevents unnecessary duplicate investments and assures an up-to-date and advanced research infrastructure. An overview of the technologies with relevant research areas is given below, more information about the equipment is available on the website.
Microscopy & Imaging
Relevant for many research areas, such as biology, material science, chemistry, product analysis, consumer sciences
• Electron microscopy: HR-TEM and HR-SEM, both with cryo options
• A large variety of advanced light microscopes
• Scanning Probe Microscopy / Auger Electron Spectroscopy
• 3T-MRI with stimuli (odour, taste, visual, sound) and physiological monitoring accessories
• X-ray computer Tomography (XRT / μCT)
• High speed imaging; 3D and intensified options
• Unmanned Aerial Vehicle for Laser Scanning (LiDAR UAV)
Advanced Mass Spectometry.
Research possibilities are analysis of samples on molecular level (qualitative analysis, quantitative analysis, identification, characterisation, authenticity of samples, mapping of compounds on surfaces) in a broad research domain – fundamental and applied (life sciences, food, materials).
Relevant for research areas such as: chemistry, metabolomics, proteomics, food safety, plant physiology
A large collection of mass spectrometry, amongst others:
Next Generation Sequencing (NGS)
Research possibilities: Next Generation Sequencing facilities and technology can be applied for a wide variety of genomics applications measuring endpoints of key importance in gene regulation and the resulting biological effects.
Relevant for research areas such as genomics, bio-informatics, plant breeding, animal breeding.
Relevant for research areas such as (bio)chemistry, bioinformatics, genomics, animal breeding, plant breeding, toxicology, metabolomics, biology
A collection of various technologies, amongst others:
• X-Ray Powder Diffraction (XRD)
• Simulator of Human Intestinal Microbial Ecosystem (SHIME®)
• Seahorse XFe96 analyzer with hypoxic chamber
• Asymmetric Flow Field Flow Fractionation (AF4)
• High Performance Computing Cluster (HPC)
• Flow cytometry sorter.