Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder

Integrated Instrument Development Facility

The CIRES/Chemistry Integrated Instrument Development Facility is multi-faceted, consisting of design, precision machine, electronics and scientific glassblowing shops dedicated to the design and fabrication of scientific instrumentation. IIDF specializes in complete instrument development, from concept to testing, but is happy to assist our customers at whatever level is needed whether they are inside or outside the university community.

IIDF is staffed by two Ph.D. scientists, three engineers, and a technician, who combined have more than 120 years of experience designing and building scientific instruments. State-of-the-art instruments have been provided for many departmetns at CU and for other major universities and research institutions worldwide. A number of these instruments have been commercialized, one patented, and are now in production by private companies.

IIDF Capabilities & Services

  • Microprocessor-Based Instrumentation
  • Data Acquistion Software
  • LabView Programming
  • Multi-Layer Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs)
  • Wire Electric Discharge Machining (EDM)
  • CNC Lathe & 2,3,4 Axis Mills
  • CAD Design Modeling
  • Optical Systems
  • Ultrahigh Vacuum (UHV) Chambers
  • TIG Welding and Brazing for UHV
  • Precision Grinding
  • Electro Polishing
  • Electroplating: AI, Rh, Ni, Pd, Pt, Cu, Ag, Au, Ru, In
  • Exotic Materials Processing
  • Cryogenics
  • Lab Equipment & Appliances Repair
  • Refrigeration Servicing Glassblowing - Pyrex & Quartz
  • Vacuum Dewar Evacuation
  • Metallizing and Special Coatings
  • Vacuum Leak Detection to 10-9 cc/s He

FY24 Rates

Customer type: Internal and Federal / External

  • Electronics Shop: $124 / $148
  • Machine Shop: $124 / $135
  • Glass Shop: $104 / $128

Examples of Fabricated Equipment

CHILLED frost point hygrometer
PCB Layout
1400 C Pyrolizer
Laser Particle Sizing Box

The Integrated Instrument Development Facility is operated in partnership between the University of Colorado Boulder Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES).
Donald David

Jim Kastengren

Yehor Novikov
Electronics Design and Instrument Repair
Lee Pappas
Apprentice Machinist

Ken Smith
Machine Shop Foreman
Daniel Warren