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University facilities

Facilities For the U-M community

Non-user university facilities on North Campus include an urban environment for driverless car research; a lab for 3D printing, scanning and visualization; functional and in-vivo MRI; and a facility for designing, prototyping and characterizing new batteries.

In collaboration with Ford Motor Company and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, the University of Michigan is building a laboratory to speed the development of new battery technologies. Located in the Phoenix Memorial Laboratory, the Ford Battery Lab will be equipped with everything needed to prototype and test battery designs from coin cells to vehicle-scale units. It is available to users within and outside the university.

Key Equipment:


  • 5L planetary mixer and disperser
  • Slurry homogenizer
  • Calendaring press
  • Slitting machine
  • Manual and prismatic electrode punches
  • Labcoater and multicoater
  • Rheometer


  • -40C dew point dry room
  • Coin cell crimper
  • 18650 cell winder and cell assembly
  • Prismatic cell assembly

Characterization & Testing

  • SEM with EDAX
  • Accelerated rate calorimeter
  • Raman microscope
  • Electrochemical scanning probe microscope
  • High throughput powder x-ray diffractor
  • Four electrochemical characterization systems

Contact: Greg Less, (734) 764-2794,

Functional and in-vivo MRI images living tissues in people and animals. The lab on North Campus is available, on a fee for service basis, to researchers at the University of Michigan.

Key Equipment:

7-Tesla MRI scanner

  • 31 cm bore
  • 3 gradients
  • Full range of MRI pulse sequences
  • Four transmission and receiving channels for parallel excitation
  • A wide array of RF coils, including arrays for parallel excitation
  • Physiological monitoring and other equipment for animal scans

Two 3-Tesla MRI scanners

  • Whole-body gradients with 50 mT/m amplitude and 200 T/m/s slew rate on each axis -simultaneously
  • ARC-parallel imaging with full 3D data kernel for accurate reconstruction
  • Volume reconstruction engine for real-time image generation
  • Optical RF for signal clarity and intensity
  • Time of flight imaging for high-definition images that display small-vessel detail and blood-flow subtleties, without contrast injections.

Contact: (734) 936-0558,

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