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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.

Bruker Daltronics BioTOF HRMS

High-resolution mass spectrometer Bruker Daltonics BioTOF system with high performance ESI, APCI and nESI sample introduction and ionization sources. The instrument is controlled by computer and data can be analyzed and simulated by DataAnalyzer software.

BioToF User Manual (pdf)

Perkin Elmer CHN and TG/DSC


Instruments can perform CHN combustion analysis and TG/DSC measurements. The TG/DSC can be operated under inert atmosphere.