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

COVID-19 update: As of June 7, 2021, the DCIF  has moved to a post-Phase 3 policy – masks continue to be worn at all times in the lab, but all social distancing and touch transmission rules have been lifted, in keeping with the revised MIT campus policies. The lab is open to all MIT research staff and students 24 hours/day, 7 days/week if you have authorized DCIF access;  manual instruments may be reserved with Res1P.

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’.

Good news! Our DCIF Staff work-from-home policy has ended; all four DCIF staff are now available to help with your research needs on-site (vacations and holidays excepted). Group training and training for EPR and solid-state NMR have resumed.

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