IMSERC maintains a comprehensive fleet of instrumentation needed for small molecule characterization and quantitative studies.  We can assist with instrument selection or with grant preparation.  For details on instrumentation, consult the sub menu items on this page.  

Below is an example of text that would be used in a typical NSF proposal:

The IMSERC provides a single access point to comprehensive suite of analytical tools to characterize synthetic “small molecules”. The lab operates 8 mass spectrometers including an Agilent 6210 time-of-flight LCMS, Waters GC-TOF, Bruker Autoflex III MALDI, 2 Bruker AmaZon ESI LCMS instrument and 2 Agilent 6890 GC-MS instruments with quadrupole analyzers.  The lab provides small molecule and macromolecular structural characterization capabilities by NMR with a 600 MHz Bruker Avance III, 600 MHz Agilent DDR2 with triple-resonance coldprobe, 500 MHz Avance III with direct coldprobe, 2 500 MHz Agilent systems (DDR2 + INOVA), 2 400 MHz Agilent DDR2 spectrometers and a 400 MHz Varian instruments solid state spectrometers. Through the NU, UofC, UIC open access initiative, NU users also have rapid access to the 800 and 900 MHz Bruker Avance II spectrometers at UIC which are both equipped with triple-resonance cold probes.  IMSERC maintains three single crystal X-ray diffractometers with Apex II detectors and a STOE STADI-MP powder diffractometer configured for transmission and reflection geometries.  Thin films can be analyzed in the Materials Science J. B. Cohen X-Ray Diffraction facility which provides user access to >10 diffractometers configured for specific experiments.  NU researchers also have rapid access to synchotron based X-Ray diffraction at Argonne National Lab’s Advanced Photon Source  through the NU managed DND-CAT and LS-CAT beamlines.  The IMSERC provides access to FTIR, Raman, UV-Vis and fluorescence spectrometers for optical characterization.