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State of Ohio - Controlling Board Request
30 East Broad Street, 34th Floor
Columbus, Ohio 43215-3457
(614) 466-5721 FAX:(614) 466-3813
CAPITAL REQUEST Controlling Board No.
Status:  Approved
Meeting Date:  12/4/2017


Ohio State University


Eligible for Local Administration?
Real Estate Acquisition
    Release of Capital Funds(R.C.Sec. 127.14G) and/or R.C.126.14
    Transfer of Capital Funds (R.C.Sec. 127.14G and/or Sec. 127.15)
    Higher Education Authorization Request (Sec. 3333.071)
    Other Statutory Authority/Bill Section:
Fiscal Year(s)
Bill No.
SB 310
Eligible for OBM
Director Approval?
Capital Request
    Release of Capital Funds (R.C.Sec. 127.14G)
    Transfer of Capital Funds (R.C.Sec. 127.14G and/or Sec. 127.15)
    Waiver of Competitive Selection (R.C.Sec. 127.16B)
      No Competitive Opportunity
      Agency Released Competitive Opportunity
    Agency Released Competitive Opportunity (R.C.Sec. 127.162)
    Release Percent for Arts (R.C.Sec. 3379.10)
    Other Statutory Authority/Bill Section:

For FYAmountNameAddressCounty
OSU01 2018 $56,575.00 Thomas Keating LTD Station Mills, Daux Rd, Billingshurst
West Sussex, United Kingdom, RH14 9SH

FromToFYFund GroupFund CodeAppropriation Line ItemAppropriation Line Item NameTransfer AmountPrev Rel Amount

Fund GroupFund CodeAppropriation Line ItemAppropriation Line Item NameTotal Amount
7034 C315FW Resonance Spectrometer $56,575.00

Mary Lynn Readey 12/04/2017
Agency Director or Authorized Agent On The Date Of
11/01/2017 Christine Morrison
Date Controlling Board President/OBM Director
Name:  Leeanne Chandler Title:  Contracts Administrator
Phone:  (614) 292 - 0893 Fax:  (614) 292 - 2539 E-Mail:
  The Ohio State University respectfully requests Controlling Board approval to release capital appropriation in the amount of $56,575.00 from Fund 7034, ALI C315FW (Resonance Spectrometer), in FY18, and a waiver of competitive selection to contract with Thomas Keating LTD., West Sussex, United Kingdom, for the Resonance Spectrometer project in Columbus, Franklin County.  
  The Ohio State University (OSU) requests that $56,575 be released in support of the purchase of one high frequency Electron Spin Resonance (ESR) Quasi-Optical Bench spectrometer with accessories from Thomas Keating LTD located in Billingshurst, West Sussex, U.K. (OAKS VIN 0000249769). The total cost of this equipment is $226,300. After extensive studies of the market by OSU it was determined that Thomas Keating LTD was a Sole Source manufacturer for this highly specialized system based on technical specifications required. Thomas Keating LTD has provided similar systems to the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), and National institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) with success and our researchers have spent time analyzing the existing systems. Thomas Keating LTD has been able to quote with favorable pricing as similarly compared to these other national labs. OSU received an Action Fund Award for a Resonance Spectrometer system in the amount of $160,854 in addition to a grant from the National Science Foundation for $750,000. OSU will also provide a cost share match of $160,854.

The purpose of the Resonance Spectrometer project is for the construction of a broadband 330 GHz variable temperature magnetic resonance spectrometer system which will be used for material characterization. The Electron Spin Resonance System, once combined with other components will be used to conduct electron paramagnetic resonance spectrometry at high frequencies. This equipment will be paired with the Vector Network Analyzer systems that were purchased already under this ALI on Controlling Board Request OSU0100859. The equipment that is being purchased is needed for characterization and operation of the system that will be constructed. The ability to probe material properties with millimeter wavelength will enable better development of new materials for millimeter wave applications.

The purchase of the Electron Spin Resonance system will benefit the State of Ohio by becoming a part of a spectrometer system that will be installed at The Ohio State University where it will be accessible not only by the researchers from The Ohio State University but also to other interested researchers at universities throughout Ohio. Due to the high cost and complexity of such measurement systems, they are not widely available to researchers. To our best knowledge, there are no other similar systems located at a user facility available to researchers in Ohio.

The purchase of this equipment will enhance our abilities to probe material properties with millimeter wavelength which will lead to better development of new materials for millimeter wave applications and enhance the potential for new discoveries, obtaining more federally funded research grants and thus create the potential for new job opportunities for Ohioans.
  Reference BOR0100363, OSU0100859  
Attachments Controlling Board Request No.: OSU0100937
Attachment TypeAttachment Description
Project Budget Project Budget
DAS equipment purchase award letter Award Letter
Bid tabulations/price quotations Quotation
Sole source vendor letter Sole Source Vendor Letter
Other Sole Source Department Letter
Private Business Use Report PABR
Release and Permit Information
NameFYAmountR & P #R & P DateIssued ByComments
Thomas Keating LTD 2018 $56,575.00

Capital Request Required Information
Purchases of Equipment - Thomas Keating LTD
Controlling Board Request No.: OSU0100937
1.  Identify the equipment and provide the amount of each item.
Supply/Equipment NamePrice per UnitNumber of UnitsAmount
Electron Spin Resonance QO Bench $226,300.00 1 $226,300.00
2. Selection Process
a.  Explain how the Request for Proposal (RFP) or Request for Quote (RFQ) was publicized or advertised.
  Based on the Principal Investigator's (PI) and Co-PI's extensive market research which included contacting national labs regarding their current Electron resonance equipment it was determined that there was only 1 vendor capable of producing this highly specialized integrated instrument.
b. Number of proposals/quotes distributed. 0
c. Number of days in which interested parties had to respond to the RFP or RFQ. 0
d. Number of proposals received. 0
e. For each proposal/quote received provide name, complete address of the principal place of business, and amount of each proposal (or attach a list).
NameProposal AmountAddressCityStateCounty
f. Indicate who rated the responses and was involved in the selection of the contractor.
  The Principal Investigator and Co-Principal Investigator conducted the research and review of the quote received in response to the technical specifications.
Identify the selected vendor.   Thomas Keating LTD
  Explain why this vendor was selected.
  This is the only vendor that can supply quasi-optical microwave bridge, microwave probes and a cryogen cooled bolometer detector as an integrated unit.
4. Provide vendor's location of their principal place of business.
Station Mills, Daux Rd, Billingshurst
West Sussex, United Kingdom,   RH14 9SH