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University of Illinois at Chicago
SoleSource #671JCM
Announcement of a Sole Source Purchase
Award Info Published Wednesday June 1, 2016
Awarded to:
Vendor: Bruker AXS Inc,, Billerica, MA
Amount: An estimated $300,000
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 May 16, 2016
The hearing has been cancelled since no vendors registered to attend or submitted comments regarding this notice.
First published Tuesday, May 3, 2016
The University awarded a contract for Bruker's Discover 8X-Ray Diffraction System to Bruker AXS Inc,, Billerica, MA, for an estimated $300,000.
Purchase of Bruker's Discover 8 X-Ray Diffraction System. The Bruker D8 Discover is a highly versatile diffractometer with highly automated features. This means that changes among measurement setups can be carried out with high precision, with minimal hands-on involvement of the user. For example, in order to perform the multiple measurements mentioned above the user would have to switch x-ray optics and ensure the x-ray beam is properly aligned. Failure to do so would result in erroneous measurement results and corrupted data. The requested system includes the Pathfinder (discussed more later) that allows for tool-free switching of x-ray optics that allow for fast and reliable conversion from one measurement configuration to another with accurate alignment necessary for high-resolution measurements. The system makes it possible to obtain count rates ~ 3 x 10^9 with a divergence ~ 0.03 degrees. The system also includes a high-resolution monochromator crystal that does not require alignment. This monochromator is especially well-suited for epitaxial oxide films that will be studied with count rates of 3 x 10^8 and divergence ~ 0.08 degrees.

No other X-ray diffraction systems have these specifications.
The University has determined that this purchase is only economically available from this source because the item or service is copyrighted or patented and is not available except from the holder of the copyright or patent.

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.

May 18, 2016
2:00 PM
Stratton Building
Room 511
401 S. Spring Street
Springfield, IL

Hearing Contact:
Aaron M. Finder
Phone:(217) 720-7105
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:
May 13, 2016
Register with:
Aaron M. Finder
Phone:(217) 720-7105
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
  • 671JCMPart1.PDF (521 KB)
Sole Source Justification Part 2
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