Other Instruments and Services

Location: The IMSERC Optical and Trace analysis labs are located in B172 and B176.  Mission: The optical and trace instrument labs support Northwestern University education by providing equipment support for Chem 101, Chem 220 and Chem 350 classes.  In addition the equipment is made available to research groups in fields ranging from characterization of novel […]

X-Ray Crystallography

Mission The X-Ray Crystallography Facility supports Northwestern Research by performing solid-phase, single-crystal analysis on a variety of small molecule samples such as drug candidates, catalysts, organic LEDs and energy storage networks.  IMSERC staff analyze samples submitted to the facility and offer training to qualified researchers to solve their own structures or collect their own data. […]

Mass Spectrometry

Mass Spectrometry Resources Mass Spectrometry is used to determine molecular weight, provide structural information on compounds, monitor reaction progress, determine sample purity, and quantify sample concentration and can be used to gain structural information. Analysis can be performed using sample volumes of less than 1 uL and concentrations of <1 uM. This typically corresponds to 10-15 […]


Instrument Access You may only use instrumentation with your own log in credentials and are responsible for any issues that occur while logged in Allowing another user to access instrumentation on your account will result in suspension of access to instrumentation and require a meeting with your supervisor prior to reinstatement Training is complete only […]


Look here for training manuals. Online Submission Guide Using MNova Mass Spec Manuals For the MALDI-TOF: Bruker Autoflex III Manual click here For the GCMSD Manual click here For the GC-TOF Mnual click here For the Amazon SL Manual click here For the Amazon X Manual click here NMR Manuals For the Data Access Manual […]


Training Requests: IMSERC has online pre-training materials for each area.  To request training, obtain information on the instruments and take the pretraining quiz (NMR only) go to: ICPAES: Request training through QBIC at: http://qbic.facilities.northwestern.edu/ Mass Spectrometry: http://imserctraining.northwestern.edu/MSTrainingRequest/multiscreen.html NMR Spectroscopy: http://imserc.facilities.northwestern.edu/nmr/nmr-training/ Optical Instruments: http://imserctraining.northwestern.edu/OpticalTrainingRequest/multiscreen.html X-Ray: Contact an X-Ray staff member General Training New users should have samples ready for analysis […]

Getting Started

Account Setup and Physical Access to Labs The “Getting Started” process will help you obtain one or more of the following: An NUCore account, giving you the ability to request training and reserve time on facility instruments. A chart string assignment to your NUCore account, allowing you to bill instrument time in IMSERC. Access to […]


IMSERC Staff:   Dr. Andrew Ott – IMSERC Director, Research Professor Office:  Tech BG53 Phone:  847-467-1622 email: IMSERC-Director@northwestern.edu     Mr. Sam Ritchey – IMSERC Admin Office:  Tech BG53A Phone:  847-467-7359 email:  chemhelp@northwestern.edu   Mass Spectrometry Mr. Saman Shafaie – Mass Spectrometry Specialist Office:  Tech BG88 Phone:  847-491-5514 email:  sepehr@northwestern.edu      Dr. S. Habibi […]


IMSERC is located on the Ground and First floors of the Technological Institute (Tech), between the B and C wings.  Staff offices and most laboratory equipment can be found on the Ground Floor.     Intercampus Shuttle Bus If you are coming from the Chicago campus, the easiest way is to take the intercampus shuttle […]


IMSERC Fun Facts: Founded: 1969 •  Total NMR magnetic field in 2013: 101T / 3900 MHz / 25,000,000x Earth’s magnetic field •  Length of superconducting wire in IMSERC:  over 1,500 miles •  Number Experiments in 2012: 74,000 •  Darkroom closed: 2000 •  Photographic images taken in 2012: ~5 million •  Most selective instrument? You decide: –  […]