The electronics shop provides support for electrical design, construction, and repair. When appropriate, we also provide software development support in the context of instrument design and construction.


Chemistry Building
1101 University Ave.
Room S307 (subbasement)
Madison, WI 53706

Design and Fabrication

We design and build analog and digital circuits for research and teaching laboratories. Common circuits include detector pre-amplifiers, signal conditioning amplifiers, computer interfaces, motor drivers, high voltage and high frequency circuits, and specialized power supplies.

We etch double-sided printed circuit boards (PCB) for prototyping.

Consultation for Circuit Designs and Troubleshooting

If you need advice concerning the electronics for your experiment, stop by the shop, call us, or send us an email.

Electronic Parts Sales

We have an extensive stock of new and obsolete discrete components, integrated circuits, connectors, switches, resistors, capacitors, IC sockets, wire and cable, enclosures, and more.

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Equipment Lending

We make short-term loans of equipment including power supplies, meters, function generators, oscilloscopes, etc. to research groups in the chemistry department.


Items we repair include laboratory instruments, power supplies, hot/stir plates, heatguns, ovens, and more. If you have a question about what we can repair, please stop by, call us, or send us an email.



Software Development


  • Photothermal 3D Printer

    Authors Chang-Uk Lee, Kyle C. H. Chin, and Andrew J. Boydston Abstract Direct additive manufacturing (AM) of commercial silicones is an unmet need with high demand. We report a new technology, heating at a patterned …

  • Slug Sensor

    Segmented slug-flow reactors are increasingly popular for heterogeneous synthesis. Slug formation is a complex process that must be optimized for ideal mass transport. This sensor helps detect slugs in real-time, an invaluable tool when studying …

  • IoT Datalogger

    The electronics shop has setup an Internet of Things network for data-logging applications within the Department of Chemistry.

  • Potent Reductants via Electron-Primed Photoredox Catalysis: Unlocking Aryl Chlorides for Radical Coupling

    Nicholas G. W. Cowper, Colleen P. Chernowsky, Oliver P. Williams, and Zachary K. Wickens; Journal of the American Chemical Society We describe a new catalytic strategy to transcend the energetic limitations of visible light by …

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  • CSHEMA Symposium tour

    This year, UW-Madison hosted a symposium on electrical safety for CSHEMA, a professional organization of environmental health and safety (EHS) officers. As part of the symposium, CSHEMA attendees visited the glass and electronics shops to …

  • Student Shop Managers Consortium 2023

    Amber Bartz attended the Student Shop Managers Consortium this year. See her summary slideshow below. SSMC 2023

  • Shops participate in CHOPS outreach program

    The Chemistry Shops participated with other facilities throughout the department to advertise our graduate program via CHOPS: the Chemistry Opportunities program. Click below to see the slides prepared for this program. 2020-10-13-CHOPS Chemistry Opportunities (CHOPs)

  • Driving Hardware for Instrumentation Discussion at SciPy 2020

    Blaise Thompson led a “birds of a feather” session in which students, scientists, and engineers compared notes about strategies for using Python for driving scientific instrumentation. Several people volunteered to present, and over 100 people …

  • Science Olympiad 2020: Detector Building

    Blaise Thompson coached five Madison high schoolers in Science Olympiad. Each student built their own digital thermometer as well as learning the theory and practice of analog and digital detector design.

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Electronics Shop Staff

Blaise Thompson

Position title: Instrumentation Scientist

Email: blaise.thompson@wisc.edu

Phone: 608-263-2573

Amber Bartz

Position title: Electronics Technician

Email: afbartz@wisc.edu

Leah Gunn

Position title: Student Instrument Maker

Email: lcgunn@wisc.edu

Lorenzo De Simone

Position title: Student Instrument Maker