The LUIL is located in the CASES building, FB 1017. It has ample power, water, ventilation, and climate control for protection and optimal operation of sensitive instrumentation.

The NMR Laboratory is located in the basement of the Centennial Building, CB0012C.

Technician teaching student how the SEM works


In Northwestern Ontario, the LUIL is a unique research facility, providing common access to fundamental research techniques such as scanning electron microscopy, fluorescence and laser microscopy, nuclear magnetic, mass and infrared spectroscopy, elemental analysis, and x-ray diffraction.



Technicians working in a laboratory


Research Microscopes

Particle Size Characterization

  • CAD Zeta Phoremeter
  • EPA5002 Mastersizer 2000 particle size analyzer with Hydro 2000MU


  • FREEZE DRYER: Labconco Freezone 12 
  • Carbon Coater: Edwards Auto 306
  • Gold Coater: Ernest F. Fullam Gold Coater
  • DATA SERVER: Dell 1500
  • Automatic Twin-Jet Electropolisher
  • The Model 170 Ultrasonic Disk Cutter
  • The Ion Slicer
  • The Ultramicrotome Leica EM UC7

Biosafety Section

Some of the instruments in LUIL are located in a Biosafety Area, FB 1017J. Users are expected to have protocols approved by the Lakehead University Biosafety Committee. The protocols are then approved by LUIL staff and users receive training before given access to the section.