University of California, Riverside

High Resolution Mass Spectrometry Facility



Mass Spectrometry Facility / Service

Our Experience

A Regional Mass Spectrometry Facility was established in late 1983 in the Chemistry Department at the University of California Riverside. From its start in 1983, it has been available to any researcher with the need for mass spectrometry analyses. In addition to providing these analyses for our on campus researchers, during our 30 years of existence we have helped over 560 faculty or private firm professionals from over 180 institutions outside of UCR with their mass spectrometry needs. Users have come to us from 40 states, 6 foreign countries, and have included 5 Nobel Laureates. We have analyzed a wide variety of chemical species which up to now have included 49 elements from the preiodic table. Combined, our staff currently has  nearly 60 years experience analyzing samples from a variety of sources. We continue to encourage all researchers to take advantage of our considerable experience when they consider their needs for MS analyses.

Our philosophy has always been to work closely with users in order to determine the best approach that will most quickly perform the analyses. When one technique does not seem to confirm an expected MW, we automatically try others to confirm or to provide information about the unexpected species.

Three of our current four instruments have the ability to obtain accurate mass data from which we can provide molecular formula information. The remaining instrument provides MS/MS data in lieu of exact mass measurements.

Since 1988, the mass spectrometry laboratory has been a part of the Analytical Chemistry Instrumentation Facility (ACIF) within the Chemistry Department.  Analytical capabilities encompassed include NMR, Optical Spectroscopy, and X-Ray Crystallography.

Please check for the latest status of what is happening at the facility at the Lab Updates page.

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Riverside, CA 92521
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High Resolution Mass Spectrometry Facility
Chemical Sciences Bldg.

Tel: (951) 827-5287
Fax: (951) 827-4713