About CIF


Chemical Instrumentation Facility Mission

The mission of the Chemical Instrumentation Facility (CIF) is to provide analytical instrumentation services and consultation in the areas of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, Mass Spectrometry, X-Ray Diffraction, Spectrophotometry, and other related areas. These services include operation, training, purchase, and assistance in experimental planning and data interpretation as it pertains to the facility instrumentation. CIF is administered by the Chemistry Department, but exists to support chemical research campus-wide. 

We typically work with graduate students and other researchers. The primary focus is training students to use our instruments to further their research.  In limited cases, we will run samples for researchers. We also assist other academic institutions and Iowa businesses. Fees are charged for use of the instrumentation. ISU Research Park-affiliated companies are charged at the external rate.

Internal (ISU) Rates     External (non-ISU) Rates

For more information about how we can assist you, please drop by or contact one of the CIF staff directly. The office is typically staffed from 8:30 pm to 5:00 pm. Most of the lab doors are unlocked during the day, but require access cards to allow entry in the evenings and on weekends. You must be registered with the Chemistry Department in order to use our services. Please see the Forms Page for details. 

Instruments Personnel Office Phone E-mail
NMR Dr. Sarah Cady (Manager) 1234 Hach 515-294-5805 sdcady@iastate.edu
NMR Dr. Shu Xu 1234 Hach 515-294-5975 sxu@iastate.edu
Mass Spec Dr. Kamel Harrata (supervisor) 1236 Hach 515-294-4057 kamel@iastate.edu
X-ray Dr. Arkady Ellern (supervisor) 1711 Gilman 515-294-7956 ellern@iastate.edu
SpectroscopyDr. Brett Boote (supervisor)1234 Hach515-294-5975bboote@iastate.edu