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Imaging and Kinetics Spectroscopy Laboratory

The Laboratory for Imaging and Kinetic Spectroscopy (IMAKS) provides cutting edge instrumentation for vibrational spectroscopy, optical microscopy, and time-resolved emission and transient absorption spectroscopy.


The Laboratory for Imaging and Kinetic Spectroscopy (IMAKS) at NC State University is located in Partners III building on Centennial Campus and is a part of the Department of Chemistry. It was established by Professor Stefan Franzen in 2002 as a vibrational spectroscopy facility. Funding was provided by private foundations, the National Science Foundation and NC State University. In the summer of 2007 the facility took over responsibility for the microscopes that had previously been part of a research center and thus entered into the field of optical microscopy. With Professor Felix (Phil) Castellano joining the Department in 2013, the research scope of the facility expanded into the areas of time-resolved emission and transient absorption spectroscopy on subpico- to microsecond time scales.


  • Subpicosecond UVVIS-NIR Time-resolved Transient Absorption Spectrometer
  • Subpicosecond Mid-IR Time-resolved Transient Absorption Spectrometer
  • Nanosecond UVVIS Time-resolved Transient Absorption Spectrometer
  • Edinburgh Instruments Mini-Tau Fluorescence Lifetime Spectrometer
  • CW UVVIS Edinburgh Instruments FLS980 Fluorescence Spectrometer
  • Multi-purpose CW Raman/Laser Induced Fluorescence Spectrometer
  • CW General Purpose Mid-IR Bruker Alpha FTIR Spectrometer
  • Zeiss LSM Pascal Laser Scanning Inverted Confocal Microscope
  • Zeiss Axiovert 35 Inverted Confocal Microscope
  • Zeiss Axioplan 2 Upright Fluorescence Microscope
  • Leitz Diavert Inverted Confocal Microscope

Contact Information

For additional information about the facility please contact IMAKS Director, Dr. Evgeny Danilov (