The Central Microscopy Facility houses a wide range of microscopy instrumentation utilized for studying properties of atmospheric aerosols, including a micro-Raman spectrometer, Atomic Force Microscope, Transmission Electron Microscopes, Scanning Electron Microscopes, and X-Ray Photoelectron Spectrometer. The electron microscopes are also capable of performing Energy Dispersive X-Ray Analysis.
Originally founded as an NSF Supercomputer Center, SDSC is now an organized research unit within UC San Diego. Home to several supercomputers, including the Triton Resource, intended to be a data-intensive computing system particularly for University of California researchers, and Trestles, a 100-teraflops system introduced to the NSF-funded XSEDE program in 2010. SDSC also houses a unique supercomputer named Gordon, which utilizes large amounts of flash memory rather than spinning hard disks, making it ideal for addressing data-intensive problems.
The Molecular Mass Spectrometry Facility at UC San Diego, open to users from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, houses five mass spectrometers. Many of these systems have multiple ionization sources, ranging from electron ionization (EI), chemical ionization (CI), atmospheric pressure chemical ionization (APCI), and fast atom bombardment (FAB).
- Bruker Biflex IV Matrix-Assisted Laser Desorption Ionization Time-of-Flight (MALDI-ToF) Mass Spectrometer
- Thermo Finnigan Traceplus Gas Chromatograph – Mass Spectrometer
- Thermo Finnigan MAT 900XL Magnetic Sector Mass Spectrometer
- Micromass Quattro Ultima Triple Quadropole Mass Spectrometer
- ThermoFinnigan LCQdeca Mass Spectrometer
This research center, a collaboration between many academic institutions across San Diego, contains two separate algal growth facilities, allowing for mass production of algal species. CAICE collaborates with Cal-CAB on studies of the impact of biological organisms on sea spray.