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At UMass Lowell we make it easy to help you with your research. We now offer direct access to several research laboratories and services through our Core Research Facilities (CRF) program. The process is simple! Using our online order system,, you may reserve services, instruments and training at all of our Core Research Facilities. Open an account at There is no financial obligation until you place an order. We accept major credit cards.

Map & Parking Reserved visitor parking for North Campus Core Research Facilities is available in the Cumnock lot on University Avenue. Visitors may reserve parking by emailing or by calling 978-934-2800. Please provide the visitor's name or company, arrival time and departure time.


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Shared Laboratories & Services at UMass Lowell

Parking for the NERVE Center at 1001 Pawtucket Blvd is always free.

Let us help you with your research.

Industry-sponsored research collaborators, center-qualifying members and co-op sponsors receive industry partner rates. Search our resources at: Additionally, our online search engine links you to faculty laboratories providing services for fundamental and translational research. These services include:

Take advantage of our: • State-of-the-art Facilities

• Biological Characterization • Extrusion & Injection Molding • Mechanical Properties

• Professional Staff

We host ongoing industry outreach events. Details are on our website.

• Hands-on Training

• Easy Access • Favorable User Rates • Technology Forums & Workshops • Bridge to Faculty Expertise and Innovations

UMass Lowell has a lot to offer to industry. Visit ‘Connections for Business’ at to team with faculty, hire our co-ops, discover licensing opportunities and much more.


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Shared Laboratories & Services at UMass Lowell UMass Lowell One University Avenue Lowell, MA 01854 978.934.6421

Search our resources at: or call 978.934.6421

Nanofabrication Laboratory (NFL)

Materials Characterization Lab

NERVE Center Facility

The Mark and Elisia Saab Emerging Technologies and Innovation Center is home to our 4,200square-foot, Abbie Gregg-designed Class 100, 1,000 and 10,000 clean room.

Our laboratory is the University’s core facility for the characterization of solid materials and biological specimens. The facility offers a combined laboratory space of 4,000 square feet in the Olney Science Center and Mark and Elisia Saab Emerging Technologies and Innovation Center.

Our 10,000-square-foot robot test center, located at 1001 Pawtucket Boulevard, is the first and only comprehensive site of its kind in New England. A dedicated research, testing, and training facility featuring test courses for indoor and outdoor environments, pushing the limits of mobility, manipulation, and autonomy. Applications include home, industrial, military, and disaster response.

The professionally managed laboratory is designed to service industrial and academic community researchers. Our sophisticated capabilities include e-beam lithography, thin film deposition, etching and lab metrology capabilities. Additionally, we encourage discussions of placement of your equipment in our clean room bays. Our infrastructure includes advanced gas delivery, abatement and toxic gas monitoring systems.

We offer quality, sophisticated, state-of-the-art imaging and analytical instrumentation, including a variety of optical, scanned probe, electron and ion beam-based microscopies, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, light scattering techniques and time-of-flight-mass spectrometry. The Lab also offers three liquid state Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) instruments, and Thermal Analysis & Material Properties equipment.

The Facility features replicas of the National Institute of Standards and Technology's Standard Test Methods for Robots, water courses designed in collaboration with the U.S. Army, and scenario set-ups that simulate real-world situations. Our rates include the expertise of our robotics team and a comprehensive video recording of your session from multiple perspectives is provided.


Search our resources at: or call 978.934.6421

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UMass Lowell Core Research Facilities

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