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Welcome to IMSERC

Integrated Molecular Structure Education and Research Center



IMSERC Mission

IMSERC’s mission is to further research at Northwestern by providing access to and educating students on the proper use of instrumentation needed for molecular structure characterization. The Northwestern University Integrated Molecular Structure Education and Research Center (IMSERC) has been established to educate Northwestern students to be scientific leaders of 21st century, and support world-class research. The synthesis of small molecules fuels research of numerous core disciplines and interdisciplinary activities, including chemistry, molecular/cellular biology, drug discovery, chemical biology, translational medical research, materials, catalysis, nanotechnology and energy storage/conversion. All research at Northwestern utilizing novel compounds relies on IMSERC to characterize these molecules before application testing can begin. As a “one stop shop” for molecular structure characterization, all instrumentation and staff scientist offices are located in a single location.


External Users

We wholeheartedly welcome you to use our facilities under the guidance and instruction of our talented staff, and to discover our unique instrumentation and capabilities.  If you know IMSERC capabilities (NMR, mass spectrometry or X-Ray crystallography) meet your needs, click here to learn more about opportunities to utilize IMSERC’s instrumentation and services.  If you would like to find out more about NU services available to outside users, please click here and your request will be routed to the appropriate group to assist with your project.





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