Ultracentrifuge

The Optima XPN generates centrifugal forces for the separation of particles. This Optima XPN centrifuge is intended for use as a general purpose laboratory instrument for the separation of components through the use of relative centrifugal force. Applications may include the separation of blood, urine, and other bodily fluids, either alone or after the addition of reagents or other additives; chemicals; industrial or environmental samples.

Location: Maryland Hall 45 (basement level)

Contact information for training: Fill out a training request here or contact Bryan Crawford in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.

Reservations: iLab reservation system (Click Here).

Manufacturer: Beckman-Coulter

Capabilities and Options:

Three rotors are provided in good working condition and available for use:

  • 100,000 RPM rotor, Capacity: 8 tube samples with dimensions up to ½” X 2 ½”
  • 60,000 RPM rotor, Capacity: 6 tube samples with dimensions up to ½” X 2 ½”
  • 32,000 RPM rotor, Capacity: 6 tube samples with dimensions up to 1” X 3 ½”

Sample preparation supplies are also available:

  • Centrifuge Tube, 1” X 3 ½”, 38 mL
  • Centrifuge Tube, ½” X 2 ½”, 6 mL, Quick Seal
  • Centrifuge Tube, 7/16” X 2 3/8”, 4 mL
  • Centrifuge Tube, ½” X 1”, 2 mL, Quick Seal
  • Centrifuge tubes that can be autoclaved include the QuickSeal tubes listed above, but other tube sizes can be ordered at Beckman-Coulter. Tube materials that are acceptable for autoclave are polyallomer, polypropylene, and stainless steel.
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