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University of Illinois at Chicago
SoleSource #589JCM
Announcement of a Sole Source Purchase
Award Info Published Friday November 20, 2015
Awarded to:
Vendor: Princeton Instruments, Trenton, NJ
Amount: An estimated $64,600
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 Monday November 2, 2015
The hearing has been cancelled since no vendors registered to attend or submitted comments regarding this notice.
First published Monday, October 19, 2015
The University awarded a contract for a spectrograph and imaging camera system to Princeton Instruments, Trenton, NJ, for an estimated $64,600.
Purchase Princeton's IsoPlane SCT-320 Imaging Spectrograph and Excelon Digital CCD Imaging Camera System to detect Raman spectroscopy.

A new Chemistry Professor transferred from Northwestern University will continue his research in his lab that will focus on single molecule chemistry study using nanoimaging and nanospectroscopy technology.During his postdoctoral research at Northwestern University, The Chemistry Professor has used this instrument for more than 5 years. Future research proposals to federal agencies seeking funding will all be based upon the funtionality and specifications that this unqiue instrument provdes. Eventually, the lab budget will include up to six research assistants and consistent training and experience with this instrument is paramount.

The performance of this system allows for multiple spectroscopic measurements limiting the need to purchase unforeseen additional equipment in the future. Thus , thousands of research hours of Princeton's Isoplane Instrument and system has led to knowledge and experience that can't be fully utilized with any alternative device.
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.

November 4, 2015
2:00 PM
Stratton Building
Room 511
401 S. Spring Street
Springfield, 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 30, 2015
Register with:
Aaron M. 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
  • 589JCMPart1.pdf (429 KB)
Sole Source Justification Part 2
  • 589JCMPart2.pdf (59 KB)