Shared Instruments Laboratory

Information regarding Access to Shared Instruments Lab and Instrumentation Rules for Shared Instruments Lab. See a brief schedule of standard fees here. An expanded summary of analytical chemistry capabilities more aimed at commercial users is available here. Information about available instruments:

Shimadzu QP2020 GCMS
  • Instrument:  Shimadzu QP2020 GCMS
  • Acquisition: 2018
  • Location: 140 Schrenk Hall
  • Contact:  Dr. Nathan Leigh, leighn@mst.edu
  • Standard Usage Fee: $33/hr (Effective July 1, 2020)
  • Availability
  • This instrument is composed of a gas chromatograph (GC), mass spectrometer (MS), rotary pump, personal computer system (PC) including monitor and printer, and other options. The instrument enables mass spectrum measurement for qualitative analysis or identification of unknowns and Selected ion Monitoring (SIM) measurement for quantitation of trace constituents. The user manual can be found here.
  • Instrument:  Thermo Vanquish HPLC
  • Acquisition: 2021
  • Location: 140 Schrenk Hall
  • Contact:  Dr. Nathan Leigh, leighn@mst.edu
  • Standard Usage Fee: $25/hour (Effective July 1, 2021)
  • Availability
  • The Thermo Vanquish HPLC has a binary pump, autosampler with cooling, column oven, and a diode array detector; it is controlled by ChromeleonTM software.  It is set up for reversed-phase chromatographic separations; users are expected to provide their own columns and eluents.  (Note that Waters-branded columns will require adapters to mate with the Viper fittings in the column oven.)
  • Instrument:  Exeter Analytical CE-440 CHN Analyzer
  • Acquisition: 2018, 2019 computer update
  • Location: 140 Schrenk Hall
  • Contact:  Dr. Nathan Leigh, leighn@mst.edu
  • Standard Usage Fee: $35/hr (Effective July 1, 2019)
  • Availability
  • Instrument:  TA Instruments Q500 Thermogravimetric Analyzer
  • Acquisition: Purchase date --/--, 2019 computer update, SIL Installation July 2021
  • Location: 140 Schrenk Hall
  • Contact:  Mr. Dave Satterfield, davesat@mst.edu
  • Standard Usage Fee: $18/hr (Effective July 1, 2019)
  • Availability
  • The Q500 TGA measures the change in mass of a sample with respect to temperature – thermal decomposition.  It utilizes a sensitive micro-balance and precision temperature monitoring and control.
TA Instruments Q2000 DSC
  • Instrument:  TA Instruments Q2000 DSC
  • Acquisition: 2010, 2019 computer update
  • Location: 140 Schrenk Hall
  • Contact:  Mr. Dave Satterfield, davesat@mst.edu
  • Standard Usage Fee: $20/hr (Effective July 1, 2020)
  • Availability
  • The Q2000 DSC measures the difference in temperature between a reference and a sample, and thus measures the heat flow and heat capacity of a material with respect to temperature or time, using sensitive thermocouples and precision electronics.
Jasco P-2000 polarimeter
  • Instrument: Jasco P-2000 Polarimeter
  • Acquisition: 2009, 2021 computer update
  • Location: 139 Schrenk Hall
  • Contact:  Dr. Nathan Leigh, leighn@mst.edu
  • Standard Usage Fee: $10/hr (Effective July 1, 2020)
  • Availability
  • Instrument:  Agilent Cary 5000 UV-Vis Spectrometer
  • Acquisition: 2018, 2021 computer update
  • Location: 139 Schrenk Hall
  • Contact:  Mr. Dave Satterfield, davesat@mst.edu
  • Standard Usage Fee: $18/hr (Effective July 1, 2020)
  • Availability
  • Instrument:  Agilent Cary 50 UV-Vis Spectrometer
  • Acquisition: 1999
  • Location: 139 Schrenk Hall
  • Contact:  Mr. Dave Satterfield, davesat@mst.edu
  • Standard Usage Fee: $12/hr (Effective July 1, 2020)
  • Availability
  • Instrument:  Dymax Curing Oven
  • Acquisition: 2007
  • Location: Schrenk Hall 140
  • Contact:  Mr. Dave Satterfield, davsat@mst.edu
  • Standard Usage Fee: $10/hr (Effective July 1, 2020)
  • Availability
  • Instrument:  Edinburgh Instrument FS5 Spectrofluorometer
  • Acquisition: 2018, 2021 computer update
  • Location: 139 Schrenk Hall
  • Contact:  Dr. Nathan Leigh, leighn@mst.edu
  • Standard Usage Fee: $18/hr (Effective July 1, 2020)
  • Availability
  • In fluorescence or photoluminescence spectroscopy, the sample is excited with light of a certain wavelength and the emission spectrum, typically at longer wavelengths, is recorded and displayed as the number of emitted photon versus the emission wavelength. The fluorescence spectrometer is the device to measure the fluorescence or photoluminescence spectra. It consists of a xenon lamp that provides a broad spectrum for a choice for excitation wavelengths, an excitation monochromator that selects a specific wavelength out of the broad xenon lamp spectrum, a sample compartment, and an emission monochromator that selects a specific emission wavelength and provides scanning through a spectral range, and a sensitive detector that is capable to detect single photons.  Attached is the full user manual.
  • Instrument: Nicolet iS50 FT-IR
  • Acquisition: 2019
  • Location: 139 Schrenk Hall
  • Contact:  Dr. Nathan Leigh, leighn@mst.edu
  • Standard Usage Fee: $22/hr (Effective July 1, 2020)
  • Availability
  • Instrument:  Magritek Spinsolve Carbon Benchtop NMR
  • Acquisition: 2016
  • Location: Schrenk Hall 139
  • Contact:  Dr. Nathan Leigh, leighn@mst.edu
  • Standard Usage Fee: $10/hr (Effective July 1, 2020)
  • Availability
  • For organic chemists 13C NMR forms the backbone of routine molecular analysis. Spinsolve Carbon has outstanding resolution and a high sensitivity that enables the power of proton-carbon NMR in a benchtop instrument. This spectrometer is the most flexible and cost effective way to get carbon-13 NMR in your laboratory.
  • Instrument:  Varian 3800 GC
  • Acquisition: 2002, 2019 computer update
  • Location: 140 Schrenk Hall
  • Contact:  Dr. Nathan Leigh, leighn@mst.edu
  • Standard Usage Fee: TBD
  • Availability
  • The Varian 3800 GC is equipped with an autosampler and a flame ionization detector.  More information will be available after it is installed.
  • Instrument:  Electrothermal Model 1A 8102 melting point apparatus
  • Acquisition: before 2000
  • Location: 140 Schrenk Hall
  • Contact:  Dr. Nathan Leigh, leighn@mst.edu
  • Standard Usage Fee: $5/hr
  • Availability
  • The digital melting point apparatus allows easy determination of melting points up to 450 deg C.  Melting point capillaries of the proper size are provided; check with Dr. Leigh if you wish to use your own.
  • Instrument:  Abbe Mk II refractometer
  • Acquisition: before 2000
  • Location: 139 Schrenk Hall
  • Contact: Dr. Nathan Leigh, leighn@mst.edu
  • Standard Usage Fee: $5/hr
  • Availability
  • The refractometer measures the refractive index of liquid samples of low to modest viscosity.
  • Instrument: Johnson Matthey magnetic susceptibility balance
  • Acquisition: before 2000
  • Location: 139 Schrenk Hall
  • Contact:  Dr. Nathan Leigh, leighn@mst.edu
  • Standard Usage Fee: $5/hr
  • Availability
  • This Evans-type balance measures the force between a sample and permanent magnet, thus revealing paramagnetism or diamagnetism.  It is recommended that users provide their own sample tubes.
  • Instrument: Kern full-circle polarimeter
  • Acquisition: before 2000
  • Location: 139 Schrenk Hall
  • Contact:  Dr. Nathan Leigh, leighn@mst.edu
  • Standard Usage Fee: $5/hr
  • Availability
  • This polarimeter is generally used with a sodium lamp, but other light sources can be used; it features a tripartite field of vision for better accuracy in focusing and features direct readings down to 0.05 degrees and interpolations easily made to 0.01 degrees.  The standard sample tube is 200mm in length but it can be used with shorter sample tubes (if provided by the user).