Technology Transfer Laboratories, facilitated by the CIVET Team, incubate commercializable research from within Rutgers University and nurture partnerships with interested clients from private enterprise, government and other academic institutions.

The laboratories house unique testing platforms to facilitate prototype/product development for successful innovation. Located primarily on Rutgers University’s Busch campus, we serve researchers within the academic and industrial communities.


RFID research has expanded and diversified since major chain stores mandated that suppliers implement the technology. CIVET's RFID Technology Transfer Laboratory is dedicated to collaboration between industry and the university to meet these challenges.
The Rutgers RFID Lab is a world class technology center equipped to support technology research, logistical work flow simulations, and retail supply chain compliance testing. Our Lab boasts the following resources:

  • Drive-through dock door portal, pallet, and forklift 600 feet/minute variable-speed conveyor

  • Latest generation of readers, antennas and software applications

  • The lab is also equipped to provide RFID tag performance and durability testing including temperature and humidity chambers, pressure chambers, and shock and vibration equipment.

    Rutgers' RFID lab facilities and equipment are available to support academic initiative, funded research, and fee-based testing services.

    Through a collaboration with industrial partners RFID TagSource and Motorola, we have recently completed a comprehensive testing of commercially available RFID tags. The results are tabulated in a reference guide available for download for free here. This guide is meant for potential users who would like to identify the best tag(s) for their prospective RFID application(s). The report includes RFID tag performance testing results, detailed information about a wide range of RFID tags and information about providers of those tags. The guide also includes helpful articles and charts to further assist with RFID tag selection. Tag Guidance Document.


    CIVET's microfabrication facility is a micro and nano-technology resource center focused primarily upon specification, development and testing of devices suitable for biological materials ranging from proteins to whole cells. We work collaboratively with industrial and academic research teams to secure grants, design suitable devices, independently verify efficacy of such designs and train the next generation research force in this exciting area of technology. Researchers can avail themselves of leading edge expertise while working in our laboratories and enter into productive partnerships that further the state of the art.

    We currently have the equipment to perform a wide range of processes including: optical and soft lithography, nano imprint lithography, rapid prototyping, surface engineering and characterization, microfluidics, macro-to-micro coupling, deep reactive ion etching, metallization, and bonding. In addition, we have a Nano eNablerTM system that can dispense arrays of atto- to femtoliter liquid samples.

    Research projects currently ongoing in the facility include the development of various "lab-on-a-chip" systems. For example, in clinical applications, we are making microfluidic immunosensor assays to continuously monitor blood or cerebro-spinal fluid for inflammation markers in septic patients, and designing a continuous microdialysis-based blood protein extraction system for monitoring inflammatory responses after cardiac surgery. For laboratory applications, we are developing a microfluidic device for purification and analysis of DNA, thus miniaturizing the phenol extraction protocol.