9:00 AM, IMSERC
The high throughput Differential Scanning Calorimeter (DSC) is available to all users. Please submit your
DSC training request
if interested in this type of thermal analysis
December 02, 2020
IMSERCs state-of-the-art PXRD and SCXRD capabilities propel my research forward and reveal fascinating chemical phenomena.
Read more on Sylvia's success story
regarding the transformation of dynamic crystalline Metal-Organic-Frameworks on an energy landscape
9:00 AM, IMSERC
This MRI-NSF funded diffractometer optimized for non-standard measurements, commonly found in synchrotron beamlines, is available to all users. Please submit your
StadiVari training request
11:30 AM, IMSERC
The formal Chem432 class taught in winter quarter is open to post-doctoral visitors. Researcher will be trained on how to collect data and solve crystal structures for publication or just to understand the experiment better when submitting samples or writing and reading publications. If you are
interested in partaking in the course please let us know
along with the chart string. Deadline for enrollment is January 4, 2021. Classes start on January 11
. Lectures and the computer lab are held from 8 to 9:30 on Tuesdays and Thursdays
9:00 AM, IMSERC
Installation of the high-energy Ag-radiation single crystal diffractometer is scheduled for the end of the week. Diffractometer will enable routine high-pressure measurements in Diamond Anvil Cells and total scattering experiments
August 12, 2020
The in-situ PXRD capabilities at IMSERC have provided essential data for my doctoral work.
Read more on Becca's success story
regarding panoramic solid-state synthesis using In-situ powder X-ray diffraction techniques
9:30 AM, IMSERC
Dear users, we are pleased to start offering remote training on most of the instruments in IMSERC. Please
submit your training requests
as normal and we will contact you regarding your training session. At the meantime, please familiarize yourself with the revised
COVID-19 IMSERC policy
April 09, 2020
10:00 AM, IMSERC
IMSERC and Rigaku will be holding a Zoom meeting on CrysAlisPro, which is the software used on the new single crystal diffractometers. The Q/A workshop will go over some of the basic and advanced options of CrysAlisPro. Please contact a Crystallography staff for more information
8:00 AM, IMSERC
Installation of the rotating dual anode single crystal diffractometer (DW-Synergy) is scheduled for the first week of March
February 26, 2020
January 30, 2020
IMSERC has new imaging capabilities available for tissue, materials, and/or other surface analysis research. The technique is capable of routinely achieving 20 um resolution, and it can be tuned down to even 5 um for spatial resolution in pixel creation. The newly acquired Rapiflex Tissuetyper MALDI-TOF instrument from Bruker allows for a 70x increase in speed throughput while also affording for greater than 10x spatial resolution. Send IMSERC your imaging requests today.
January 29, 2020
Northwestern's Integrated Molecular Structure Education and Research Center (IMSERC) has been awarded the 2019 Core Facilities Service Excellence award. This is a NU-wide award provided by the Office for Research, the evaluating body. This award is given annually to recognize exemplary core facilities within the University based on their annual evaluation as well as their national recognition and contributions to scientific breakthroughs.
January 21, 2020
November 15, 2019
IMSERC welcomed its new Director, Dr. Ben Owen, on November 1, 2019. Prior to joinging Northwestern, Ben worked for Agilent Technologies as a Product Specialist for Mass Spectrometry in the Chicago metro area. Ben earned his Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from Purdue University in Professor Hilkka Kenttämaa's research group where he focused on mass spectrometry instrumentation and method development for the analysis of lignocellulosic biomass metabolism and degradation for biofuel production. Ben's office is located in Tech BG53B (Andy Ott's former office). Ben will co-direct IMSERC and the combined mass spectrometry and clinical pharmacology cores in IMSERC.
September 01, 2019
The second out of three new single crystal diffractometers has been installed. Instrument will be used in the next 3-4 weeks for service work and training of new users before releasing the instrument to students
August 01, 2019
The instrument was upgraded with Avance III HD console w/ BBFO probe and SampleXpress in the early August, 2018. It runs the automation used be done on Au400. The Prodigy probe is finally installed today after one year delay. It is our best instrument for most heteronuclear NMR experiments. The 31P has a sensitivity of ~700 on this instrument. To put it in perspective, the A600 has the sensitivity of ~500 and Au400 has ~200 for 31P.
August 01, 2019
The first out of three new single crystal diffractometers has been installed. Instrument will be used in the next 1-2 months for service work and training of new users before releasing the instrument to students
May 15, 2019
The 1.6mm HFX probe from PhoenixNMR allows our users to do 19F samples. With spinning rate up to 40k Hz, proton solid NMR spectrum also looks much sharper.
April 02, 2019
Gabrielle Allison joined the IMSERC team in the fall of 2018. She is an Indiana University graduate with experience in clinical method development. She worked in R&D at the American Institute of Toxicology where she developed analytical LC-MS/MS methods for clinical lab testing in a CLIA and ISO certified laboratory. She has also worked in the Animal Health Division of Covance Laboratories, a clinical research organization where clinical trials are brought to market. At IMSERC, her expertise is enabling the Clinical Pharmacology core to expand its service lines and foster drug development research with interested collaborators. She specializes in small molecule method development and is currently in charge of rapid PK testing within the Clinical Pharmacology core. For more information about the work Gabby and the Clinical Pharmacology core offers, visit
August 30, 2018
This installation is the highlight of whole NMR upgrade project. The new HFCN600 boasts the best 19F sensitivity (~ 7000) around Chicagoland!
June 28, 2018
As a backup to the DCH cryoprobe, a new BBFO probe is tested on the Ag500. In addtion, the old BACS-60 autosampler is replaced by a SampleXpress.
April 10, 2018
The Bruker Avance III system is upgraded with new BOSS III shims, BBFO probe, and SampleXpress, bringing much needed convenience to our users.
March 26, 2018
DD2-mr400 is upgraded to a Bruker Avance HD Onebay console capable of doing both Solids and Liquid NMR experiments. The standard configureation is for Solids, with a 4mm Bruker HX probe.
March 12, 2018
The old Agilent DD2-mr400 console and autosampler are replaced with brand-new Bruker Avance HD Nanobay console and SampleXPress! It marked 1st step of our multi-million dollar NMR upgrade project this year at IMSERC.