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College of Arts and Sciences


Research Facilities

The College of Arts and Sciences supports a wide variety of research service facilities to aid the research of our faculty and students, as well as to provide support services to the residents and commercial enterprises in South Carolina.

Working in the Electron Microscopy Center

Electron Microscopy Center

The Electron Microscopy Center at the University of South Carolina is a core facility providing all levels of technical support and consultation in the area of light microscopy, electron microscopy, and elemental analysis.  The center provides microscopy and specimen preparation services for biological and materials science research. In addition, the center offers necessary training and access to all microscopes and ancillary equipment to faculty, staff, and students of the University of South Carolina System as well as external users. Services are provided on a fee-per-service basis.

Magnetic Measurement

Magnetic Measurement Facility

The Magnetic Measurement Facility is operated by Hanno zur Loye.  The facility has a high precision SQUID magnetometer which is capable of measuring the magnetization of solid samples as a function of applied field (up to 7T) and temperature (down to 1.8 K).  The magnetometer has an oven insert which is capable of reaching 800 K.  Quantitative measurements can typically be performed on samples weighing 15 mg or greater and qualitative measurements can often be performed on samples weighing as little as 1 mg.  Services are provided on a fee-per-service basis and a mail-in program is available for individuals outside the University of South Carolina.

Mass Spectrometry Facility

Mass Spectrometry Facility

The Mass Spectroscopy Facility, operated by Bill Cotham, Mike Walla and Lijian He, provides centralized access to high-performance mass spectrometry for researchers at the University of South Carolina, as well as to public and private institutions outside the University. The facility is part of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, but its services are widely used by researchers in academic areas throughout the University, including biology, geology, pharmacy, medicine, public health, and engineering.
 Services are provided on a fee-per-service basis and are subject to both staff and instrument availability.

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Facility

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Facility

The Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Facility, operated by Dr. Perry Pellechia and Helga Cohen, provides access to high-performance nuclear magnetic resonance instrumentation to researchers at the University of South Carolina, as well as to public and private institutions outside the University. The facility is part of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, but its services are widely used by researchers in academic areas throughout the University.
 Services are provided on a fee-per-service basis and are subject to both staff and instrument availability.  The staff can perform and interpret experiments for users.

Powder X-ray Diffraction Facility

Powder X-ray Diffraction Facility

The powder X-ray diffraction facility is operated by Professor Hanno zur Loye. Data can be collected on powders, small flat specimens, and thin films. The facility has the ability to carry out phase identification and, if the structures are known, carry out quantitative phase analyses. A hot stage exists for collecting data at elevated temperatures. Services are provided on a fee-per-service basis.

Single Crystal X-ray Diffraction

Single Crystal X-ray Diffraction Facility

The single crystal facility, run by Dr. Mark Smith, is devoted to solving small molecule and extended ionic structures, including twinned, disordered, and air- or moisture- sensitive crystals. Services include determination of absolute structure (stereochemistry). Data can be collected at temperatures from 90 to 300K. Services are provided on a fee-per-service basis

Surevey Research Laboratory

Surevey Research Laboratory

The Survey Research Laboratory (SRL) SRL is a full-service organization that has the capacity to carry out all phases of survey research, including identification of the most appropriate method for gathering information, questionnaire design, sample selection, data collection and processing, and analysis. The SRL conducts all modes of survey data collection, including telephone, mail, Internet, and local area face-to-face surveys. The SRL works cooperatively with faculty from throughout the USC system and from other universities, with state agencies, and with local governments to provide data on the beliefs, attitudes, opinions, experiences, and characteristics of the general public and of various groups.

The Center for Elemental Mass Spectrometry

The Center for Elemental Mass Spectrometry

The Center for Elemental Mass Spectrometry (CEMS) is a core analytical facility and cost center at the University of South Carolina.  The facility is run by a full-time laboratory manager and used primarily by faculty and students in the Department of Earth & Ocean Sciences.  The research focus for CEMS is primarily in geochemistry and chemical oceanography.  The main tools in the facility are plasma-source mass spectrometers, which are used for trace metal and isotope ratio measurements on a wide variety of sample types, including rocks and minerals, sediments, fossils, soils, organic material, seawater, groundwater, surface water, and microscopic marine organisms.  CEMS also does a variety of work on a fee basis for individuals and organizations from across and outside the University of South Carolina.