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Institute for Integrated Research in Materials, Environments and Societies (IIRMES)


The Institute for Integrated Research in Materials, Environments, and Society (IIRMES) serves to embrace and extend existing interdisciplinary research collaborations between faculty and students from different disciplines in physical, natural and social sciences. IIRMES maintains an inventory of capital equipment that permits multi-scalar chemical analyses for elemental, isotopic and molecular characterization. This centralization of the instrumentation enhances their effective utilization, scheduling and maintenance in a focused environment that actively encourages shared use to beneficially increase peer exchange, collegial interaction and collaborative ventures in cross disciplinary research, training and teaching. IIRMES provides analytical services and instrument training for both internal and external clients. The analysis request form is available from the website.

Center for Education in Proteomics Analysis (CEPA)

Center for Education in Proteomics Analysis (CEPA) was developed from a $500,000 grant from the W. M. Keck Foundation supplemental with matching funds provided by the CNSM. CEPA houses an Applied Biosystems 4800 Matrix Assisted Laser Desorption Ionization, tandem Time of Flight Mass Spectrometer (MALDI-TOF/TOF-MS) for protein and polypeptide analysis and identification together with ancillary sample preparatory equipment including a 2D gel electrophoresis system, a spot cutter, a liquid sample handler with digestion and target spotting and software for spot recognition and peptide digestion mass finger print mapping. A proposal will be submitted in the near future for the acquisition of a liquid chromatography interfaced electrospray ionization quadrupole-time of flight double focusing mass spectrometer (nano-LC-ESI Q-TOF). CEPA is supported by a full time Ph.D. level scientist who reports to the Director of IIRMES. CEPA Rates and CEPA sample application forms are available from the website.

Compressed & Liquid Gases

Due to cuts in State funding it has become necessary for the College to implement a recharge policy for compressed and liquefied gas usage. This policy is necessary to ensure the centralized service for the continued availability of gases for teaching and research.

Effective July 1, 2011, gas users will be required to fill out a form indicating intended use each time they remove a full compressed or liquefied gas cylinder from inventory and how the cost will be covered. This form and the accompanying policy (see attached) will be available from the Safety Office and from the College website. Gases used for teaching require signature authorization by the Department Chair and will be paid for by the Department or College. Gases used for research will be charged to the PI. In those rare instances where a cylinder is used for both teaching and research or has multiple researchers, we ask that users assign and prorate the charges accordingly. We recognize that some researchers do not have active grants or discretionary funds (17 accounts) to pay for gas usage. Under these circumstances, PI's may request a fee waiver giving a short justification of why they require the gas and their plans for acquiring funds to pay for their future gas needs. Waivers will be based upon availability of funds. Links to the various forms are given below

Marine Laboratory

Opened in September 2011, the CNSM marine laboratory facility has two separate closed sea water systems, one with six tanks and a wet table housed outside the lab and the other consisting of five tanks and a wet table housed inside the lab. The inside seawater system holds approximately 1400 gallons, while the outside hold approximately 2500 gallons. Each system has a 750 gallon sump with two filters, one chiller, one protein skimmer, and UV sterilization, further, the water temperature is maintained at 15° C. Feed to the systems is pumped from two 6000 gallons seawater storage tanks housed in the basement of the building. The facility is supported by 5 inshore vessels with different capabilities ranging in size from a 14' aluminum skiff to a 25' Parker with two 150 hp Yamaha engines. Please contact the marine technician for further information.

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Capital Equipment Inventory

The College houses an impressive array of scientific instruments located within the various departments and institutes. For further information on specifications, capabilities, access and training please contact Zed Mason (

Major Equipment in Participating Departments and IIRMES*

Microscopy and Imaging

  • JEOL 1200EXII Transmission Electron Microscope*
  • FEI Quanta 200 Analytical Scanning Electron Microscope with Oxford EDS/EDX*
  • Olympus Fluoview 1000 confocal laser scanning system
  • Zeiss microscope for Nomarski and fluorescence microscopy
  • Veeko Nanoscope III Multimode Scanning Probe Microscope*
  • Scanning tunneling microscope*
  • Reflection plasmon resonance


  • Beckman L8-70M ultracentrifuge
  • Sorvall high-speed centrifuges


  • Beckman 2D HPLC*
  • Pharmacia FPLC
  • Beckman PACE Proteomics CE*

Mass Spectrometry

  • ABI 4800 Double-Focusing MALDI-TOF/TOF­MS/MS*
  • GBC Optimass orthogonal TOF ICP-MS and New Wave 213 LUV Laser Ablation System*
  • Finnegan MAT Delta-XP Stable Isotope Gas-ratio Mass Spectrometer*
  • Perkin Elmer 6100 Dynamic Reaction Cell (DRC) ICP-MS with coupled 2D Beckman HPLC and dual Diode array spectrophotometers*
  • Agilent 5975 Inert MSD Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometer (GC/MS)*


  • 400 MHz Brucker NMR
  • UV-visible/IR Spectrophotometers
  • Beckman gamma and LS-233 liquid scintillation counters
  • RisØ TL/OSL-DA-15 Luminescence Reader*
  • Cell Lab Quanta Flow Cytometer
  • X-ray diffractometer/2D CCD detector
  • Circular dichroism spectrometer
  • Dynamic light scattering apparatus
  • Electron paramagnetic resonance spectrometer
  • Isothermal Titration Calorimeter*


  • Perkin Elmer PCR machines
  • Oligonucleotide synthesizer
  • Phosphorimager
  • DNA Sequencers

Sample Preparation

  • Speed-Vac concentrator
  • AMSCO glassware washing unit
  • AMSCO Autoclaves(2)
  • Queue System Cryostar 7220 ultra low temperature freezer(2)
  • ProPicII spot cutter and imager*
  • Janus Liquid handler*
  • Conoco Freeze Driers


  • DesignJet 500
  • LaserGraphics Personal LFR Plus
  • Nikon Super Coolscan 4000


  • Physical Property Management System*

*housed within IIRMES as part of the CSU core analytical facility