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 three permanent staff members and six 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. 

We will be conducting group training for the new Bruker Neo 600 starting August 10, 2018. Training will be in groups of 5 at 10am and 2pm each day through August 17; if you wish to be trained in this initial phase, please come down to the DCIF to sign up for a slot. After August 17 we will arrange small group training on the 600 on an as-needed basis for as long as necessary.

  The lab will undergo a significant facility upgrade beginning mid-February 2018 through early fall of 2018. During that time, we will replace all of our existing MS instruments, our FTIR, and four of our existing NMR spectrometers; we are adding high resolution QTOF ESI capability, an AccuTOF DART system, high-resolution MALDI, LC/MS, a 600 MHz cryoprobe NMR system, and several nitrogen cryoprobe NMR systems. The DCIF lab will remain in operation throughout the upgrade, although individual instruments will be down while they are either upgraded or replaced. Contact us with any specific questions you have.

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.