Shared Departmental Instruments

Access to the Shared Instrument Lab is by card swipe only.  Trained users may be granted card swipe access by doing the following.

  1. Complete and submit the "Access Rules and Request" - please read it carefully and follow the instructions; AND

  2. Submit evidence of having completed the mandatory General Lab Safety Training (GLST).  This proof may be in the form of an email to Dr. Leigh, to which you attach a single pdf containing either (a) a copy of the web page indicating which GLST modules you have completed and the dates of completion, or (b) copies of your completion certificates for the various GLST modules.  Alternatively, you may request that we query EH&S to get that information (but note that this is a slower option).

Due to COVID-19 related restrictions, ALL access to the lab is by reservation – including after hours access.  An online form has been created and must be completed to schedule a reservation and to note your agreement with university policy.  A tutorial on the reservation system is available here. 

The Shared Instrument General lab calendar is regularly updated with important notices about the lab. 

Available Instruments:

  • Instrument:  Shimadzu QP2020 GCMS
  • 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:  Hitachi Elite HPLC System
  • Location: 140 Schrenk Hall
  • Contact:  Dr. Nathan Leigh, leighn@mst.edu
  • Instrument:  Exeter Analytical CE-440 CHN Analyzer
  • Location: 140 Schrenk Hall
  • Contact:  Dr. Nathan Leigh, leighn@mst.edu
  • Standard Usage Fee: $35/hr (Effective July 1, 2019)
  • Availability
  • Instrument:  TA Instruments Q50 Thermogravimetric Analyzer
  • Location: 140 Schrenk Hall
  • Contact:  Mr. Dave Satterfield, davesat@mst.edu
  • Standard Usage Fee: $18/hr (Effective July 1, 2019)
  • Availability
  • The Q50 TGA, manufactured by TA Instruments measures the change in mass of a sample with respect to temperature. It utilizes a sensitive micro-balance and precision temperature control.  A quick start guide has been compiled for new users.  The full user manual is also available. 
  • Instrument:  TA Instruments Q2000 DSC
  • Location: 140 Schrenk Hall
  • Contact:  Mr. Dave Satterfield, davesat@mst.edu
  • Standard Usage Fee: $20/hr (Effective July 1, 2020)
  • Availability
  • Instrument:  CEM MDS-2000 Microwave Processor
  • Location: 140 Schrenk Hall
  • Contact:  Mr. Dave Satterfield, davesat@mst.edu
  • Instrument: Jasco P-2000 Polarimeter
  • Location: 139 Schrenk Hall
  • Contact:  Dr. Nathan Leigh, leighn@mst.edu
  • Standard Usage Fee: $10/hr (Effective July 1, 2020)
  • Instrument:  Agilent Cary 5000 UV-Vis Spectrometer
  • 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
  • Location: 139 Schrenk Hall
  • Contact:  Mr. Dave Satterfield, davesat@mst.edu
  • Standard Usage Fee: $12/hr (Effective July 1, 2020)
  • Availability
  • Instrument:  Edinburgh Instrument FS5 Spectrofluorometer
  • 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 fluorescnce 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 wavelegnth and provides scanning through a spectral range, and a sensititive detector that is capable to detect single photons.  Attached is the full user manual.
  • Instrument:  Carver Laboratory Presses
  • Location: 315C Schrenk Hall*
  • Contact:  Mr. Dave Satterfield, davesat@mst.edu
*Out of Service
  • Instrument: Nicolet iS50 FT-IR
  • 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
  • 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.