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Northwest Missouri State University

Ultra Centrifuge (Photo by University Photography)

Ultra Centrifuge (UC)

A centrifuge is a technique that separates the solids from solution. It separates the components of a solution into specific layers according to the density of each of the components. By placing the solution in tubes and spinning relatively fast in a centrifuge, a force is generated which causes the heavier particles or solutions to move the bottom of the test tubes. The Ultra centrifuge can be used for various applications including biochemistry, cell biology, nanomaterial separations, nucleic acid purification, proteomics, virus concentration, and other chemistry applications. This ultra centrifuge machine is capable of spinning between 30,000 to 100,000 RPM with appropriate rotor.