Welcome to the lab!

Research in the Sletten Group is facilitated by a wide array of instruments. Explore our instrumentation below:

High performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) system

Liquid chromatography – mass spectrometer (LC-MS)

Dynamic Light Scattering (DLS)/ Zetasizer

Analyzes nanoparticle size, distribution, and surface charge


UV-vis spectrometers


Useful for measuring small amounts of material (< 1 mg)

pH meter

Bath sonicators

Uses mild sonication to aid in dissolution and cleaning

Probe sonicator

Uses high intensity and frequency sonication for nanoparticle formation

Dry solvent system

Dispenses tetrahydrofuran (THF), dichloromethane (DCM), Toluene (PhMe), acetonitrile (MeCN), and methanol (MeOH)

Microwave reactor

Can greatly improve yield and time by carrying out reactions at higher temperatures than solvent boiling points


Speeds up removal of water from samples



Freezer (-80 °C)

For long term storage of biological samples


Two rotary evaporators per room, including dry ice rotavaps to remove high boiling point solvents

Flow Cytometer

Cell sorting machine conveniently located in our own biosafety laboratory (BSL) space

Cell imaging microscope (EVOS®)

Cell culture incubator

For short term storage of cells

Biosafety cabinet

Two spaces in our own biosafety laboratory (BSL) room for handling sterile cell cultures

Cell culture centrifuge

Useful for spinning down sterile cell cultures

Biosafety laboratory microscope

Aids in simple visual inspection of cell cultures