Within the Office of Scientific Coordination, the Nanotechnology Core Facility supports collaborative nanotechnology research within FDA and research between FDA and other government agencies and universities. This facility is well-equipped with advanced analytical equipment, including electron, atomic force and optical microscopy; scattering; diffraction; spectroscopy; fractionation; chromatography; and elemental analysis facilities for nanomaterial assessment. Nanocore research provides information on nanomaterial characterization and the safety of products containing nanomaterials in FDA-regulated products.
Equipment available includes:
- SEM and TEM with Energy-Dispersive X-Ray spectroscopy
- Low Voltage Electron Microscopy
- Atomic force microscope
- Optical, confocal raman, and hyperspectral imaging
- UV-Vis Spectrophotometry, FTIR, Raman spectroscopy
- Dynamic, static, and X-ray scattering instruments
- HPLC with UV-Vis, Fluorescence, Charged Aerosol Detector, and evaporative light scattering detector
- Flow fractionation instruments
- Inductively coupled mass spectrometry
- TGA/DSC instruments
- Hyphenated Thermogravimetric Analyzer with FTIR-Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry
All potential use of NCTR equipment must be aligned with NCTR’s mission and may require a technology transfer agreement:
NCTR conducts scientific research to generate data for FDA decision making, and develops and supports innovative tools and approaches that FDA uses to protect and promote individual and public health.