Biopolymer Characterization Core
Georgia Institute of Technology

Contact: Bettina Bommarius
Phone: 404-385-3089

The Biopolymer Characterization Core assists users and provides them with the appropriate instrumentation to perform their analytical experiments within the wide range of protein and other biopolymer characterization.

We target all disciplines that have an interest or quest to analyze their samples and assist both in equipment training and setup as well as experimental design.

Our core, located on the 5th floor of the Krone Engineered Biosystems Building, proudly announces the addition of the only new Analytical Ultracentrifuge in an academic location throughout the southeastern region that is available for your research. The instrument can analyze macromolecules in solution in their native condition. The new Optima AUC is the most robust technology for providing data used to determine protein molecular weight in basic protein research and quantification of aggregation levels for academic and biopharma research.

We have also acquired the only GPC on campus that allows for biomolecule characterization in aqueous solution - the Omnisec instrument from Malvern featuring five detectors in one machine allowing an in-depth analysis of macromolecules oligomeric status and molecular weight and polymerization/aggregation status.

In addition, our core features equipment that range from Biotek H4 Synergy plate readers with fluorescence and luminescence capabilities, Chiroscan CD spectrophotometry, AktaPure protein and peptide purification system, HPLC, DLS light scattering both for single and plate use to more specialized equipment such as a stopped flow spectrometer, a SEC-MALLS system and an analytical ultracentrifuge. View a complete list of our equipment, or login into SUMS.

More about this core facility at Georgia Tech's website »


Coming soon: the new Nanosight NS300 from Malvern using NTA technology. The NanoSight NS300 instrument uses a laser light source to illuminate nan-scale particles within a 0.3 mi sample introduced to the viewing unit with a disposable syringe. Enhanced by a near perfect black background, particles appear individually as point-scatters moving under Brownian motion. Fully programmable temperature control.

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