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First of its kind electron diffractometer coming soon

December 21, 2023
We are pleased to announce that the first of its kind dedicated electron diffractometer is scheduled to be installed in IMSERC on February 5th, 2024! Northwestern is the first academic site in USA that will be equipped with Rigakus Synergy-ED diffractometer.

User's Success Story

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

X-Ray Crystallography Training for Post-Docs in IMSERC

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 11th. Lectures and the computer lab are held from 8 to 9:30 on Tuesdays and Thursdays


CrysAlisPro workshop

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


NEW mass spectrometry imaging capabilities at IMSERC

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. Learn more.

IMSERC awarded Core Facilities Excellence Award

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.

New IMSERC Director announced

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.

New Mo-microsource single crystal diffractometer

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

X500 is upgraded with a Bruker TXO Prodigy probe and SampleXpress autosampler!

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.

New Cu-microsource single crystal diffractometer

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

New IMSERC Staff

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

A BBFO probe added on Ag500

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.

Au400 upgraded to Bruker 400 MHz HD Nanobay console

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.