Department of Chemistry Instrumentation Facility

The Department of Chemistry Instrumentation Facility (DCIF) is the shared instrument facility for the Chemistry Department located in the sub-basement (18-0090) of the Camille Edouard Dreyfus Building on the main MIT campus.  The facility's function is to maintain a sufficient number and type of state-of-the-art major analytical instruments in order to support the ongoing research programs, principally within the MIT Chemistry Department.

Currently, there are two permanent staff members and up to five student instrumentation stewards who provide instrument training, maintenance, repair and applications assistance to well over 500 users. The lab currently houses seven NMR spectrometers, one EPR spectrometer, one high resolution Fourier transform mass spectrometer, a GC-MS, a polarimeter, a MALDI-TOF mass spectrometer, a Q-TOF mass spectrometer, and an FT-IR spectrophotometer. Learn more by visiting the DCIF website.

The DCIF is a multi-use laboratory. If you have any comments or suggestions to improve your experiences with the DCIF please email In order for us to maintain the highest level of service possible, please familiarize yourself with the following:


For External Organizations

Users from outside MIT who wish to request access to the DCIF should fill out this online form and familiarize themselves with the following safety information.

Thank you

Special thanks go out to the National Science Foundation for their generous financial support. Without their continuing support the DCIF would not be able to supply the MIT and surrounding scientific communities the level of support needed to maintain this state-of-the-art facility. Thank you, NSF, for continuing to aid MIT in advancing the frontiers of science.