OVERVIEW OF INSTRUMENT TRAINING MODULES

Instrumentation in the Department of Chemistry at Missouri S&T is made available to serve the academic community as well as commercial entities.  Access to instrumentation requires proper training and instrument training modules have been developed to enable faculty and their students and representatives of third parties.  Priority will be given to support academic enterprises.

The instrumentation includes apparatus for separation (GC), spectroscopy (IR, UV/Vis, fluorescence, benchtop NMR), thermal analysis (TGA, DSC), and elemental analysis (CHN).  An overview of Instrument Training Modules is provided in PDF format for downloading and printing (last updated Sept. 2, 2020) and module description are available online by clicking on the appropriate tab below.  

List of previous trainees who completed training of moldules on FTIR.

Information about upcoming  FS20 courses:  GCMS Basics Training, FTIR General Training

 

  • GCMS
  • FTIR
  • Benchtop NMR
  • FS5 Spectrometer
  • CHN Analyzer
  • ME5 Microbalance
  • Refractometer
  • MP Apparatus
  • TGA
  • DSC

GCMS

Shimadzu QP-2020 GCMS Training Modules

GCMS the VERY Basics for Dummies: Lecture/Lab Combined

  • Organization
    • Training Period: 2 hours
    • Capacity: 2-4 Students (TAs and Profs) 
    • Offered: Week before and First week of Fall and Spring Semesters 
  • Content
    • The very basics of use for the GCMS using a routine or standard method for the delivery of education. Access of the instrument, setting up a singular sequence and/or utilizing a preprogrammed sequence, automated sampling use, and protecting the instrument is covered. Changing columns and more complex sequences are not covered.

GCMS Basics – Lecture. Co-Registration with lab portion required. PM in Fall; AM in Spring

  • Organization
    • Training Period: Minimum of 8 hours in 2-3 hour blocks delivered over the course of 2 weeks.
    • Capacity: 6-8 students 
    • Offered: Starts first week of Sept., Feb., and June respectively; details will be announced 
  • Content
    • Basics of GC and MS necessary to method development; sample preparation and solvent selection, GC and MS method development and how to protect the instrument; sample sequence building

GCMS Basics - Lab. Prerequisite: GCMS Basics – Lecture. PM in Fall; AM in Spring 

  • Organization
    • Training Period: Minimum of 12 hours in 2-2.5 hour blocks delivered over the course of 4 weeks.
    • Capacity: 1-2 students 
  • Content
    • Lab housekeeping, hands-on introduction to the software, method and sequence building practice with a focus on how to get good data, analysis of actual liquid samples, data analysis, database searching and validation of results, report formatting and generation.

GCMS - Headspace Analysis. Prerequisite: GCMS Basics – Lab 

  • Organization
    • Training Period: 2 hours
    • Capacity: 1-2 students 
    • Offered: Nov. and April
  • Content
    • Use of the GCMS for headspace sample analysis.

GCMS - SPME Analysis. Prerequisite: GCMS Basics – Lab 

  • Organization
    • Training Period: 2 hours
    • Capacity: 1-2 students 
    • Offered: Nov. and April
  • Content
    • Use of the GCMS for sample analysis using solid-phase microextraction.

 

FTIR

Thermo Nicolet iS50 FTIR Training Modules

FTIR General. AM in Fall; PM in Spring

  • Organization
    • Training Period: 3 hours
    • Capacity: 1-2 students 
    • Offered: Sept. & Oct., Feb. & March, and June, respectively; details will be announced   
  • Content
    • Lab housekeeping, a few fundamentals regarding FTIR, experiment configuration, data acquisition using the main sample compartment and the built-in ATR using liquid and solid samples; data display, formatting, and saving; a little data interpretation; analysis of user samples; cleanup.

FTIR – Pressing Solid Samples. Prerequisite: FTIR General

  • Organization
    • Training Period: 1 hour
    • Capacity: 1-2 students 
    • Offered: As needed.
  • Content
    • Pressing of solid samples for analysis in transmission mode. (Due to the popularity of the ATR, this topic is no longer covered in the general training.) 

FTIR Advanced - Near-IR. Prerequisite: FTIR General

  • Organization
    • Training Period: 2 hours
    • Capacity: 1-2 students 
    • Offered: As needed. 
  • Content
    • Use of the FTIR in the near-IR range.

FTIR Advanced - Far-IR. Prerequisite: FTIR General

  • Organization
    • Training Period: 2 hours
    • Capacity: 1-2 students 
    • Offered: As needed. 
  • Content
    • Use of FTIR in the far-IR range.

Benchtop NMR

Magritek Spinsolve Benchtop NMR Training Modules

Benchtop NMR – Basics

  • Organization
    • Training Period: 2 hours
    • Capacity: 1-2 students 
    • Offered: As needed. 
  • Content
    • Lab housekeeping, sample prep, shimming the magnet, acquisition of 1H and 13C spectra, a little data interpretation, analysis of user samples. 

Benchtop NMR – Advanced. Prerequisite: FTIR General

  • Organization
    • Training Period: 3 hours
    • Capacity: 1-2 students 
    • Offered: As needed.
  • Content
    • Multidimensional and multinuclear experiments.

FS5 Spectrometer

Edinburgh Instruments FS5 Fluorescence Spectrometer Training Modules

Fluorescence – Basics

  • Organization
    • Training Period: 3 hours
    • Capacity: 1-2 students 
    • Offered: Nov., April, July
  • Content
    • Lab housekeeping, a few fundamentals regarding fluorescence and the instrument, emission scans vs excitation scans and Ex/Em mapping and acquisition of each, user samples and ways to look at the data. 

Fluorescence – Lifetime measurement

  • Organization
    • Training Period: 2 hours
    • Capacity: 1-2 students 
    • Offered: As needed.
  • Content
    • Use of the instrument to measure fluorescence lifetimes.

Fluorescence – Phosphorescence

  • Organization
    • Training Period: 2 hours
    • Capacity: 1-2 students 
    • Offered: As needed. 
  • Content
    • Use of the instrument to measure phosphorescence lifetimes.

Fluorescence – Quantum Yield

  • Organization
    • Training Period: 2 hours
    • Capacity: 1-2 students 
    • Offered: As needed. 
  • Content
    • Use of the instrument to determine quantum yields.

CHN Analyzer

Exeter CE-440 CHN Analyzer Training Modules

CHN – Basics

  • Organization
    • Training Period: 1 day
    • Capacity: 1-2 students 
    • Offered: Scheduled on request. 
  • Content
    • Lab housekeeping; instrument theory, practice, and limitations; sample prep including use of the microbalance; preparation, calibration and checking of the instrument, student sample runs and data quality; troubleshooting. 

CHN – Low-combustible Samples (Lecture only)

  • Organization
    • Training Period: 1 hour
    • Capacity: Small group
    • Offered: Scheduled on request. 
  • Content
    • Analysis of samples with low combustible content.

ME5 Microbalance

Sartorius ME5 Microbalance Training Modules

Microbalance Use

  • Organization
    • Training Period: 1 hour
    • Capacity: 1-2 students 
    • Offered: Scheduled on request. 
  • Content
    • Proper use of the microbalance (for anyone using it not in conjunction with instruments in the Shared Instrument Lab).

Refractometer

Abbe Mk II Refractometer Training Modules

Refractometer Use

  • Organization
    • Training Period: 1 hour
    • Capacity: 1-2 students 
    • Offered: Scheduled on request. 
  • Content
    • Proper use of the refractometer, including limitations on measurement, sample application and cleanup.

MP Apparatus

Electrothermal Digital Melting Point Apparatus Training Modules

Melting Point Measurement

  • Organization
    • Training Period: 2 hours
    • Capacity: 1-2 students 
    • Offered: Scheduled on request. 
  • Content
    • Proper use of the digital melting point apparatus.

TGA

TA Instruments Q50/Q500 (TGA) Thermogravimetric Analyzer Training Modules

Thermal Decomposition

  • Organization
    • Training Period: Two 1 hour sessions/same day separated by sample run time.
    • Capacity: 1-2 students 
    • Offered: Scheduled on request. 
  • Content
    • Session 1: Lab housekeeping, sample prep, instrument ops guidelines, basic method development, method editing                    
    • Session 2: Basic data analysis, pan cleaning, instrument shutdown

DSC

TA Instruments Q2000 (DSC)   Differential Scanning Calorimeter Training Modules

Conventional DSC

  • Organization
    • Training Period: Two 1 hour sessions/same day separated by sample run time.
    • Capacity: 1-2 students 
    • Offered: Scheduled on request. 
  • Content
    • Session 1: Lab housekeeping, sample prep, instrument ops guidelines, basic method development, method editing                    
    • Session 2: Basic data analysis, instrument shutdown

Modulated DSC. Prerequisite: Conventional DSC

  • Organization
    • Training Period: Two 1 hour sessions/same day separated by sample run time.
    • Capacity: 1-2 students 
    • Offered: Scheduled on request. 
  • Content
    • Session 1: Sample prep, modulation parameters, method development               
    • Session 2: Data analysis, shutdown
  • UV-Vis
  • Ice Maker

UV-Vis

Agilent Cary-5000 UV-Vis Training Modules

Solutions Spectrum

  • Organization
    • Training Period: 1.5 hours
    • Capacity: 1-2 students
    • Offered: Scheduled on request
  • Content
    • Lab housekeeping, sample preparation, dilution, instrument parameters and operation. 

Diffuse Reflectance

  • Organization
    • Training Period: 1.5 hours
    • Capacity: 1-2 students
    • Offered: Scheduled on request
  • Content
    • Baselines, sample preparation, instrument parameters and operation. 

Ice Maker

Frigimat Cub Dry Ice Maker Training Modules

Dry ice generation

  • Organization
    • Training Period: 0.5 hours
    • Capacity: 1-2 students 
    • Offered: Scheduled on request
  • Content
    • Safety, operation, block formation, handling, liquid CO2 monitoring.