A wide shot of several instruments in the Department of Chemistry Instrumentation Facility.

Department of Chemistry Instrumentation Facility (DCIF)

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.

Reservations note – we have replaced Res1B with our web-enabled/mobile Res1P application as of January 4, 2021

We will complete our preventative maintenance cycle the week of April 19 – check the Instrument status page for details

COVID-19 update: The DCIF remains in Phase 3 for now –  the details of lab operations during this phase can be found in the  DCIF Phase 3 Guide. The lab will continue to be open 24 hours/day, 7 days/week for MIT users that are authorized to enter Building 18;  manual instruments may be reserved with Res1b, although there are some safety-related restrictions that are found in the Phase 3 Guide; and new user trainings will continue, using our new remote-access training materials.

Since access to the MIT campus continues to be limited for the wider community, our process to accommodate external DCIF users will continue as is. External DCIF users should reach out to us if they have samples that we can help with. For batch sample submission, also consider using the Batch NMR Automation process – Batch Automation spreadsheets can be found further down the page under ‘Application Notes’.

We will continue to operate with one member of staff working from home each week throughout the winter and spring; the schedule for DCIF staff working from home for the next four weeks is:

April 19-23 – Walt
April 26-30 – John
May 3-7 – Mohan
May 10-14 – Bruce

The remote drop-off (Building 18, Room 18-524c) for NMR automation samples is available 24/7; please use the Avance400 Batch Automation spreadsheet to submit your samples via remote drop-off.

Please check back periodically for updates. If you have specific questions, please email Walt Massefski (listed under ‘Staff’ below).

About the DCIF


Application Notes

Below are a series of application notes that describe special applications or the use of DCIF instruments in the study of non-standard samples.

DCIF Seminar series

The DCIF sponsors seminars through our own Seminar series (including occasional external seminars), gives guest lectures as part of the MIT Chemistry curriculum, and runs informal short courses on advanced topics in spectroscopy. Slides from some of these presentations can be found below.

Upcoming seminars