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University of Illinois at Chicago
SoleSource #610JCM
Announcement of a Sole Source Purchase
Award Info Published Tuesday January 5, 2016
Awarded to:
Vendor: ScientaOmicron, Taunusstein, Germany
Amount: An estimated $535,000
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 December 28, 2015
The hearing has been cancelled since no vendors registered to attend or submitted comments regarding this notice.
First published Tuesday, December 15, 2015
The University awarded a contract for vacuum VT confocal Raman microspectroscopy to ScientaOmicron, Taunusstein, Germany, for an estimated $535,000.
Purchase from ScientaOmicron their ultrahigh vacuum (UHV) variable temperature (VT) confocal Raman microspectroscopy for research.

The noted equipment is the only instrument/system that combines proven Ultrahigh Vacuum peformance (1.3 x 10-8Pa) with an optical spectroscopy package. This system includes in-vacuum optics (lens elements) which can be independently remotely positioned with piezo motors to ensure proper focus for both the excitation source (laser) and collection of emitted light (photons).The focal length of the lens will decrease from more than 5 inch to less than 0.5 inch. Smaller focal length will provide tighter focus laser spot and much bigger photons collection angle. This is extermlely critical for tip -enhanced Raman spectroscopy study. Additionally, the ScientaOmicron unit includes the capability to perform non-contact atomic force microscopy (AFM) with in-vacuum optics. AFM feature can make the measurements on insulator samples available. It's very important have this feature to apply this technique to all different kinds of samples (not just metal and semiconductor samples).

Based upon thorough knowledge of the marketplace, the Chemistry Professor concludes that no other supplier provides this complete set of features in any product they offer, except ScientaOmicron.
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.

December 30, 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:
December 25, 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
  • 610JCMPart1.pdf (347 KB)
Sole Source Justification Part 2
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