Our laboratory is equipped for cell culture and molecular biology. We are not going to list every simple centrifuge here. The reason for this table is to list instruments that are not available in every laboratory and that might be interesting for scientist looking for specific support.
The Mini BioBundle System allows process development in scalable suspension culture starting with a process volume as low as 50 mL per vessel.
The nanoindenter from Optics11 allows probing of hydrogel matrices as well as tissues with cantilevers of varying stiffness to determine the elastic modulus of the specimens.
Most cell culture laboratories operate inverted microscopes. To image cells on hydrogel substrates these microscopes are not very useful especially when the substrate is thick. For imaging of hydrogel substrates we are using an upright miscroscope with water dipping objectives. The device is equipped with a HBO100 mercury light source and an Orca Flash 4.0 V2 CMOS camera reaching >80% quantum efficiency.
(For confocal imaging solutions with upright and inverted systems, STED and multiphoton imaging systems contact the imaging facility a CECAD)
Polymerization of hydrogels from acrylamide/bis-acrylamide is impaired by oxygen. To overcome this problem individual samples are produced in closed Teflon molds produced by the Team of H. Metzner (work shop) in house. For larger approaches an isolator is available that is supplied with nitrogen from a PeakScientific nitrogen generator.