The Department of Chemistry Instrumentation Facility

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The Department of Chemistry Instrumentation Facility is the shared instrument facility for the Chemistry Department located in the sub-basement of the Camille Edouard Dreyfus Building on the main MIT campus.  The facility's function is to maintain a sufficient number and type of state-of-the-art major analytical instruments in order to support the ongoing research programs principally within the MIT Chemistry Department. Currently, there are three permanent staff members and up to five student instrumentation stewards who provide instrument training, maintenance, repair and applications assistance to well over 500 users. The lab currently houses seven NMR spectrometers, one EPR spectrometer, one high resolution Fourier transform mass spectrometer, a GC-MS, a polarimeter, a MALDI-TOF mass spectrometer, a Q-TOF mass spectrometer, and an FT-IR spectrophotometer.  Facility Pictures

Special thanks go out to the National Science Foundation for their generous financial support. Without their continuing support the DCIF would not be able to supply the MIT and surrounding scientific communities the level of support needed to maintain this state-of-the-art facility. Thank you NSF for continuing to aid MIT in advancing the frontiers of science.

General Laboratory Policies    This is a multi-use laboratory so in order for us to maintain the highest level of service possible please read this! Thank you.


NMR: Nuclear Magnetic Resonance: (Our NMR Links page can be found here.)

  • Our NMR Page    Descriptions of the NMR instruments available within the facility.
  • NMR Links Page    A page filled with various useful NMR related links.

  • NMR related Books and Tutorials: (Instructional sheets and manuals for both Bruker and Varian NMR instrumentation can be found here.)

  • The Basics of NMR   An introductory text to NMR in HTML format by Dr. Joseph P. Hornak at the Rochester Institute of Technology.
  • The Bruker NMR Guide and Encyclopedia. A great resource from the people at Bruker Analytik GMBH
  • Advanced NMR Course by Françoise Sauriol (Queens University, Canada)
  • Yet another NMR Spectroscopy Course. This one is by Prof. James Keeler at the University of Cambridge.
  • The Basics of MRI Also written by Dr. Joseph P. Hornak
  • Introductory NMR  A short introduction to some basic principles of NMR.
  • The ACRONYM Page  Ever wonder what those acronyms stand for?
  • An NMR Tutorial from The NMR-Collaborative Training Project (NMR-CTP) at Rider University by Alexander Grushow, PhD

  • Useful NMR Related Tables and Calculators:

EPR: Electron Paramagnetic Resonance:

MS: Mass Spectrometry:

FT-IR: Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometry:

  • Our FT-IR Page  Descriptions of the FT-IR instrumentation available in the facility. 
  • FT-IR Links Page   Web pages devoted to FT-IR spectroscopy.  This page also includes some great links to IR resources.
  • Download a copy of the PE-2000 quick training sheet here. (Requires Adobe Acrobat)


Poster Printer:

  • The DCIF owns an Canon iPF8400s color poster printer (Installed 4/15/2016).
  • Submission Instructions adobe image -- Please follow these instructions exactly! The poster printer software will only accept files with a specific format.
  • Students may use the DCIF's "Isabella" computer (the left-most computer in the processing room, with a wide screen monitor) to create and convert posters. Isabella has Photoshop, Adobe, and Microsoft Office, in addition to the NMR processing programs.
  • A flatbed scanner is available upon request.