Research Instrumentation Facility (CHEM)

Overview of Services

A staff of engineers and technicians who are dedicated to the proposition that engineers still know how to get their hands dirty and love to solve problems. The mission of the Research Instrumentation Facility is to provide support for both research and educational programs. We provide cost-effective and high quality services for design and fabrication of custom instrumentation and the maintenance and repair of equipment which is used throughout the Penn State community.

  • High voltage high speed switching
  • High frequency low noise amplifiers
  • Simple Spectrophotometer
  • Karl Fischer Titrator
  • Cyclic Voltammeter
  • Conductivity Meter
  • Optical communications

Examples of equipment repair:

  • UV/VIS spectrophotometers
  • FTIR spectrometers
  • NMR spectrometers
  • PCR machines
  • Bench top and floor model centrifuges (Sorvall, Eppendorf, etc.)
  • CO2 incubators, ovens, furnaces and environmental chambers
  • Shakers, water baths, stirrers and hot plates
  • Test equipment oscilloscopes. low and high voltage power supplies
  • Computer monitors


Bob Crable | Asst. Research Engineer

Jim Miller | Asst. Research Engineer

Randy Kochik | Asst. Research Engineer

Location and hours of operation

Hours Location
Monday - Friday
7:00am - 5:00pm                     
121 Benkovic Building
University Park, PA  16802

Links and Resources


Name Role Phone Email Location
Shari Miller
Administrator | Billing
101 Benkovic Building (Chemistry)
Teresa Spayd
Administrator | Billing
101 Benkovic Building (Chemistry)
Robert Crable
Administrator | Faculty-Staff
121 Benkovic Building (Chemistry)
James Miller
Administrator | Faculty-Staff
121 Benkovic Building (Chemistry)
Randy Kochik
Administrator | Faculty-Staff
121 Benkovic Building (Chemistry)