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University of Illinois at Chicago
SoleSource #440JCM
Announcement of a Sole Source Purchase
Award Info Published Thursday November 6, 2014
Awarded to:
Vendor: WITec Instruments Corporation, Knoxville, TN
Amount: An estimated $199,978
Terms:  One-time transaction
The University award process may be delayed up to thirty days as this award goes through a state approval process.
The hearing has been cancelled
Published Wednesday October 29, 2014
The hearing has been cancelled since no vendors registered to attend or submitted comments regarding this notice.
First published Tuesday, October 14, 2014
The University awarded a contract for WITec's Alpha 300RA Raman and AFM Imaging to WITec Instruments Corporation, Knoxville, TN, for an estimated $199,978.
Purchase the WITec's Alpha 300RA high resolution Raman and AFM Imaging System. A single company providing the entire system is critical to our research needs for integration and service considerations.

Other considerations were: 1) Ability to identify 2-5 micron graphene grains and high resolution imaging of MoS2. 2. Fiber-Coupling between laser and microscope, and between microscope and spectrometer for easy alignment, better flexibility and use beyond the Raman system. 3. Ability to not translate the sample from the Raman to AFM position. 4. Must have a lens based spectrometer. 5. System must provide polarization setup for incident laser and Ramna Beam. This is important since it provides information on the lattice orientation of the samples. 6. System must be priced less than $200K.

The WiITec's Alpha300RA high resolution Raman is the only system that satisfies all the criteria
The University has determined that this purchase is only economically available from this source because the items are required for research and no other source is able to meet the researcher's documented needs.

For additional information, contact:
John Meehan
University of Ilinois at Chicago
Purchasing Division (M/C 560)
809 South Marshfield Avenue
Chicago, IL 60612-7203
Phone: (312) 413-5961
FAX: (312) 996-2055
State Purchasing Officer - Aaron M. Finder

We will hold a public hearing at the date, time and location specified below, if we receive a request to testify regarding the sole source determination. We will also hold a hearing if any vendor submits a signed statement showing the capability to provide the stated supplies/services at or below the amount indicated.

The public hearing allows any interested party the opportunity to testify for or against the sole source determination as described in this notice. The purpose of the hearing is to receive information from the public in a reasonable manner. Formal rules of evidence will not apply. The hearing officer will produce minutes of the hearing and may record it in order to aid in the production of the minutes. After conclusion of the hearing we will decide whether the sole source determination was appropriate.

We must receive any request to testify and any vendor statement no later than the registration date and time indicated below. If we do not receive a timely request or statement, we will not hold the hearing. We reserve the right to cancel the procurement prior to any scheduled hearing. Please confirm the status of the hearing with the Hearing Contact.

October 29, 2014
2:00 PM
Stratton Building
Room 511
401 S. Spring Street
Springfield, IL

If you cannot attend the meeting in-person at the primary location, you may attend via audio or video conference, as available, at one of the optional locations.

Alternate Location(s):
James R. Thompson Center
Room 9-035
100 West Randolph
Chicago, IL

Hearing Contact:
Aaron M. Finder
Phone:(217) 558-3050
Fax:(217) 558-5407
Date, time, and location are subject to change and/or cancellation. It is the responsibility of potential participants to confirm these details prior to attendance.

Registration Deadline:
October 24, 2014
Register with:
Aaron Finder
Phone:(217) 558-3050
Fax:(217) 558-5407

The State of Illinois has a policy to encourage prospective vendors to hire qualified veterans, minorities, females, persons with disabilities and ex-offenders.

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Sole Source Justification
  • 440JCMPart1.pdf (276 KB)
Sole Source Justification Part 2
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