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Public Higher Education Bulletin

University of Illinois at Chicago
Exemption #778IDM

Announcement of an Exempt Purchase

Award Info Published Wednesday October 12, 2022

Quantum Design, IncorporatedSan Diego, CA

  • Amount: $298,220
  • Terms: An estimated start date of 10/11/2022 through 10/10/2023
  • Renewals: None



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0 BEP vendors
0 VBP vendors
0 Small businesses

The University award process may be delayed up to thirty days as this award goes through a state approval process.

First published Wednesday, October 12, 2022
The University awarded a contract for Next Generation Helium Liquefier (NexGen).
Next Generation Helium Liquefier (NexGen)with High Pressure Recovery.
This purchase is exempt from the usual selection processes of the Procurement Code because the procurement expenditure is for performing sponsored research and other sponsored activities under grants and contracts funded by the sponsor or by sources other than State appropriations. (30 ILCS 500 / 1-13(b)(8)) At the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC), the shared Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) instrument core, located in the Center for Structural Biology, houses three NMR spectrometers with an additional instrument planned for installation in the coming months. Thus, this facility demands substantial liquid helium, which is both costly and uses a depleting natural resource. This instrument purchase will prepare the site and install a helium recycling unit that has multiple instrument capabilities in the Center for Structural Biology. The addition of this new system will streamline our operations, modernize our facility, and enable an increased user base for this shared facility.

For instructions on how to obtain a comprehensive purchase description, disclosure or contract forms, contact:
Ian Masterton
University of Illinois at Chicago
UIC Purchasing Division
809 South Marshfield Ave., 3rd Floor (M/C 560)
Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: (312) 996-2801
FAX: (312) 996-3135

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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