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Coordinated Instrumentation Facility

The Coordinated Instrumentation Facility (CIF) is a University-wide department, operating under the Tulane University School of Science and Engineering, for the management of shared research equipment. The CIF laboratory personnel maintain the equipment and assist researchers with method development and data collection.  The CIF is a university-wide resource and a multi-disciplinary research center that operates on a fee for service basis.

Contact Information

Dr. Deborah A. Grimm 633 Lindy Boggs Building E-mail:  dgrimm@tulane.edu  504-865-5142

Diane S. Lenz 605 Lindy Boggs Building E-mail:  dlenz@tulane.edu  504-865-5142

Tulane University, 605 Lindy Boggs Building, 6823 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70118-5698

Services – There is a fee for these services.

Inorganic Analysis (ICP-MS Elemental Analysis; X-ray Diffraction; ICP-OES Elemental Analysis) Researchers use this equipment to analyze sediments and natural waters for contaminant metals as well as minerals. The Inductively-Coupled Plasma Atomic Emission Spectrometer (ICP) analyzes liquid samples or acid-digested solid samples for trace metals in the parts-per-million range; while the ICPMS is capable of much higher sensitivity. In addition, the ICPMS can be used to measure isotopic ratios. The X-Ray Diffractometer determines the mineralogy and crystallinity of solid samples such as rocks, sediments and man-made materials (e.g., polymers and inorganic compounds).

Organic Analysis (GC-MS; C-H-N-S Analysis; NMR) The 500MHz Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Spectrometer is used for the characterization of chemical structures and interactions in organic molecules. The GC-MS are used to confirm molecular weight of newly synthesized organic molecules and to measure organic pollutants isolated from environmental samples. The elemental analyzer (CHNS) is used to determine the carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen and/or sulfur content of synthetic molecules, river sediments, and/or plant material.  The Boggs laboratory also houses a clean room for the preparation of samples for ultra-pure trace metal analysis.

Imaging (SEM/EDS/WDS; TEM/EDS; Cryo-Imaging for EM available; Confocal Microscopy) The electron microscopes are used for the imaging of both biological and materials microstructures. The EDS and/or WDS allow for elemental mapping of these samples. The multi-photon microscope (confocal) is used to image microstructures as well as cellular structures both in fixed media and in vivo.

All laboratories have the requisite sample preparation equipment for most common applications.

Numerous publications and presentations have included significant contributions from CIF scientists and/or data. Researchers are using CIF equipment to study groundwater hydrology, to measure the concentration of pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs) in natural waters, to study the three-dimensional structures of hydrogels, and to characterize newly formed materials and molecules.