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Facilities and Research Centers

Materials Characterization Laboratory

Welcome to the Material Characterization Laboratory (MCL) in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. The MCL is located in Dunbar Hall and is equipped with a Kappa Apex II Duo X-Ray Diffractometer, Philips X’pert MPD X-ray Powder Diffractometer with Thin Film Diffraction capabilities, Bruker Daltonics BioToF High-Resolution Mass Spectrometer (HRMS), and Perkin-Elmer TGA, DSC, and 2400 Series II CHNS Elemental Analyzers.

The MCL provides services for the needs of research groups within the university. The facility also provides services for those outside the NDSU.

Kappa Apex II Duo

Kappa Apex II Duo is top-of-the-line solution for a sealed tube chemical crystallography system. It is equipped with Bruker’s latest 4-circle goniometer which combines the gold-standard high precision D8 base with the most versatile Kappa stage available, the most sensitive Apex II CCD detector for crystallography, and the unique combination of a low powered Cu IµS microfocus source plus standard sealed tube Mo X-ray source. The high brilliance Cu IµS microfocus source is suitable for absolute configuration and protein screening. For more information, contact MCL manager Angel Ugrinov.

More information about our X-Ray Crystallography services

Phillips X'Pert MPD Powder X-Ray Diffractometer

X-Ray Powder Diffractometer Phillips X’Pert MPD system is equipped with vertically mounted goniometer and Cu X-ray source. The instrument has Bragg-Brentano para-focusing optics for Phase and ω Stress analysis and Parallel beam optics for thin film experiments. The data collection is controlled by X’Pert data collector v. 1.2 and can perform different scans for powder samples. PDF-2 database and Jade + software are available (unfortunately the last update is since 1993) for search-math job.

Waters Synapt G2-Si Mass Spectrometer

Synapt G2-Si HDMS with ESI source combines StepWave and UPLC separtions with Quantitative Time of Flight (QuanToF) technologies, for the highest peak capacity and data quality. StepWave is the most sensitive and robust ion source available through its unique ability to 'actively' select ions and 'passively' reject neutral contaminants. The resolving quadrupole is available in 4KDa, 8KDa (8KDa is installed by default for our machine).

TriWave Ion Mobility capable: The dual collision cell arrangement of TriWave enhances MS/MS possibilities, by providing Collision Induced Dissociation (CID) and/or Electron Transfer Dissociation (ETD) fragmentation with high resolution and accurate mass measurements.

The MALDI SYNAPT G2-Si MS System enables you to produce optimal results for imaging, chemical materials characterization, proteomics and pharmaceutical applications. The MALDI SYNAPT G2-Si is powered by a solid state laser with a repetition rate of 2.5KHz to maximize the speed analysis. The laser spot size can be selected for optimizing sensitivity and speed of analysis, or for maximizing spatial resolution in Imaging studies. Due to the orthogonal geometry of the Tof analyzer, the source is decoupled from the mass analysis. So, unlike axial MALDI-Tof or Tof/Tof instruments, this ensures that high resolution and accurate mass are achieved in both MS and MS/MS modes across a wide mass range.