Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Lab Tour (#RealTimeChemCarnival)

Since this week is #RealTimeChem week on Twitter, I thought I'd give a peak (get it, since this is a mass spec lab?) into my lab.

This is how I started my day off:

Dilution: the only wet lab technique I have used in the last three years...

Again, not a whole lot of chemistry going on here. Just dilutions...

This is our electrospray source. Ions are formed here before being guided into the cell (pictured from above).

The belly of our instrument. In total we have 2 turbo pumps, 2 turbo/drag pumps, and 6 mechanical pumps.

 This is my magnet (yes, I am that possessive). This is a 4.7 T Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometer (My mass spec > your mass spec).

First signal of the day. Hello little ions, it's good to see you again.

Command center: Mid-experiment

So that's what my lab looks like (at least the functional parts of it). I'll be doing another post later this week to explain how my mass spec works and why it's awesome.