Infrastructure - alphabetical list

The laboratories at 4D Space are developed and equipped to assemble, inspect, calibrate and test instruments. The main focus is space instrumentation, but other disciplines are of course possible.

Aqueous chemistry involves a wide range of techniques and methods, from freeze drying and heating to instruments for measurement of chemical components. Photo: Gunn Kristin Tjoflot, UiO

The Aqueous Chemistry Lab is used for analysis of major and trace element compositions in natural waters and sediments. The lab provides data to research in environmental geosciences and for studies in disciplines related to pollution and environmental geosciences at the Dept. of Geosciences. It also has years of experience in providing analyses to a range of external clients.

The bioimpedance lab is equipped for impedance measurements in a broad frequency range, spanning from mHz to GHz. We study both linear and non-linear electrical properties. Furthermore, equipment for water sorption studies and near-infrared spectroscopy. We have expertise in electrode systems and measurements on humans, organs, cells, food, other biological tissues and inorganic materials.

Illustration: Cell-Lab

The cell laboratory is completely equipped for culturing mammalian cells and has instruments for measuring and controlling the oxygen level in the cells' micro environment. Cell irradiation facilities include a 220 kV X-ray machine as well as a cell irradiation set-up and a cell laboratory in connection with Oslo Cyclotron Laboratory for proton irradiation.


Compute nodes at Center for analysis of astrophysics data

Center for analysis of astrophysical data is an IT resource for the center of excellence RoCS, EU-projects, NFR projects at Institute for theoretical astrophysics and a resource for scientists and students at the institute and international colaborators.

The Electron Microprobe Laboratory at the Department of Geoscience, University of Oslo. Photo: Gunn Kristin Tjoflot, UiO

The Electron Microprobe Analyzer (EMPA) provides in-situ qualitative and quantitative chemical analysis of minerals and other solid materials at the micrometer scale. We have extensive experience in performing high-quality microanalyses for research and education at the Dept. of Geosciences, Material Sciences and other Institutes at UiO, for other Norwegian and Nordic research institutions as well as for industry clients.

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Finse Alpine Research Center, located in the northwestern part of the Hardangervidda mountain plateau. Seminars and meetings, as well as university field courses, are regularly held in the conference unit.

The lab in Forskningsparken houses a JEOL JIB-4500, a dual-beam focused ion beam (FIB) that allows sample preparation and investigation. The system is equipped with a Kleindiek micro manipulator needle, as well as a Kleindiek two-point electrical characterization system. The system is often used in conjunction with TEM-lamella fabrication.

Water wave tank

The function of the Hydrodynamic lab is to provide space, facilities, and equipment for physical, coastal and ocean research.

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The Instrument Laboratory is a mechanical workshop that serve primarily the faculty of mathematics and natural sciences as a partner in developments and prototyping of new instruments for experimental sciences.


The University of Oslo have a marine biological station in Drøbak that includes a research station (Biologen), established in 1894, and a lodging and conference centre (Tollboden), established in 1860.

PCB mounting lab

The NANO laboratories at the Department of Informatics provide resources for future research and innovation in nanoelectronics(microelectronics). The facilities will enable advanced research on system design in silicon with direct relevance to Norwegian world-leading nanoelectronics industry.

The Department of Chemistry maintains and operates an advanced state-of-the-art NMR laboratory with a fleet of 8 instruments in the range from 200 MHz to 800 MHz.

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The Norwegian Culture Collection of Algae, NORCCA, maintained and owned by the Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA) and the University of Oslo (UiO), includes algal strains from the two institutes and the former Danish algal culture collection SCCAP.

The node at the University of Oslo hosts two Transmission Electron Microscopes (TEM) that are part of the NORTEM national infrastructure. The instruments are fully equipped for structural, compositional and optoelectrical characterization of materials. We additionally have holders and systems for performing experiments at high and low temperatures, in-situ electrical biasing, and for studying in-operando solid-gas reactions.

The Norwegian Sequencing Centre Logo

The Norwegian Sequencing Centre is a national technology core facility offering sequencing services on the HiSeq X, HiSeq 3000/4000, HiSeq 2500, NextSeq 500 & MiSeq instruments from Illumina, and also the Sequel from Pacific Biosciences.

The Thermo TSQ 8000 (gas chromatograph - triple quadrupole mass spectrometer) is the main instrument in the lab, and provides sensitive analyses for example of biomarkers in petroleum. Photo: Gunn K Tjoflot, UiO

In the Organic Geochemistry Lab we analyse organic components in oils and environmental samples. The lab has over the years served as a research laboratory for several masters and PhD students in petroleum and environmental geosciences. The lab does not offer analyses, but the lab's instruments may by appointment be used by students and academic staff under the supervison of the lab personell.

The Oslo Cyclotron Laboratory (OCL) houses the only accelerator in Norway for ionized atoms in basic research. The laboratory serves as an experimental center for various fields of research and applications. The main field of research is within nuclear physics and nuclear chemistry. In addition, isotopes are produced for nuclear medicine.

An example for a measurement instrument used in physical oceanography – the Ekman current meter which is used to measure flow in the water. Photo: Eyvind Aas, UiO

Several marine instruments are used in the field both in teaching activities in physical oceanography in the Oslo-fjord and for research activities at Department of Geosciences, UiO. The main instrument is the CTD (conductivity-temperature-depth) permanently mounted onboard on one of the UiOs research vessels – F/F Trygve Braarud.

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PoreLab is a Norwegian Center of Excellence created in 2017 and situated at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, and the University of Oslo (UiO). It focuses on the physics of porous media using experimental, theoretical and computational methods.

RV Bjørn Føyn and RV Trygve Braarud. Photo.

The University of Oslo and the faculty of natural sciences has two research vessels in the Oslo Fjord, F/F Trygve Braarud (70') og F/F Bjørn Føyn (40').

The scanning electron microscope gives high resolution imaging of the smallest details of a rock surface. Photo: Gunn Kristin Tjoflot, UiO

The scanning electron microscope (SEM) at the department is a variable pressure FEG-SEM with dual EDS and high-resolution EBSD and cathodoluminescence (CL) system. It aids researchers and students over a range of research fields: sedimentology, environmental, petroleum, isotope- and structural geology, petrology, mineralogy, and micro-paleontology. Services are provided to industry and other when capacity.

TAP is a time-resolved technique for precise kinetic characterization of gas-solid reactions in catalysis, adsorption, and other applications. Unlike in conventional kinetic devices (e.g. well-mixed or tubular flow reactors), gas transport in the TAP reactor occurs via Knudsen diffusion – a special transport regime whereby molecules collide with the reactor walls and catalytic surfaces, but not with each other.

More information about the TAP-reactor and the group can be found at the group pages.

One of the drones in the infrastructure, a Matrice 300 RTK equipped with the DJI L1 LiDAR system taking off in Sodankylä, Finland, piloted by Clare Webster. Photo: Cassie Lumbrazo

Also called DroneLab@UiO, the Drone Infrastructure Lab is equipped with a variety of drone systems ranging from light to heavy with payloads and sensors suitable for acquiring data on relevant scientific processes. The lab is used in both research and teaching in the Department of Geosciences, and services are also provided to external clients. Since 2021, the lab serves as a core infrastructure for research at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences.

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The flow laboratory together with the friction and interface lab from the Dept. of Geosciences provides high quality of analysis for UiO researchers and external partners. The laboratory also provides teaching at the Dept. of physics. The laboratory is used in the physics department to analyze different types of samples ranging from monitoring crystal growth to the characterization of biological materials.

The flow rig instrument in the 'Strømningslaben' is developed and built up at the Dept. of Geosciences. Photo: Sajjad Ahmadigoltapeh, UiO

The Flow Rig Laboratory (in Norwegian; Strømningslaben) provides experiments on water flood, liquid-liquid and liquid-gas relative permeability in situ reservoir conditions in core samples. Since 2012, the The Flow Rig Laboratory has served as a research facility for PhD research fellows and scientists at the Dept. of Geosciences, UiO. The lab is also open for routine measurements to industry clients and non-UiO organisations.

The Atomic Force Microscope –Nanowizard/JPK; the white light interferometer profilometer – ContourGT/Bruker; The HADES apparatus/ ESRF /Grenoble, France, and the Nano Indenter G200X instrument. Photo: Yi Hu

The Friction and Interface Lab is used in Earth Science to analyse rock samples, and other geo-materials, biological samples could also be analysed. The laboratory was newly upgraded in the past 3 years and interconnects with the Flow Laboratory at the Dept. of Physics. Together they provide high quality analyses for UIO researchers and external partners. The lab also provides teaching at the Dept. of Geosciences.