The MS Lab is Open for Sample Submission

Please fill out this google form for submission of bench stable samples.

MALDI Open Access available by appointment.
If you have need of open access use of another instrument, please contact lab staff.


Dezmond Bishop, PhD, email: dezmondbishop@ucsb.edu

Mass Spec Facility Manager

Location and Hours

The Mass Spectrometry facility is located in room 4624W in the Physical Sciences Building North (PSBN) attached to the Chemistry building. Approximate hours of opperation are 8:30am-4:30pm M-F (excluding campus holidays).

Sample Submissions

Samples may be submitted for analysis by staff using the MALDI (nominal mass only) or GC-MS (nominal mass or accurate mass). Please fill out the Form and drop sample off at PSBN 4624W. Recharge rates can be found here. Approximate lead times are 1-2 days for single samples and up to 1 week for large batches of samples. Lead times may be influenced by demand, instrument maintenance, and sample complexity. For special requests please contact staff.

Instrument Training

Researchers may receive operator training on the Bruker MALDI and Waters LCT-Premier instruments. Currently the LCT- Premier is out of service.

All users must be initially trained by facility staff. Generally, each research group designates a "superuser" for each instrument and that "superuser" receives in depth training from facility personnel. After being checked out by the facility staff on an instrument the superuser is granted sign-up privileges and is then responsible for the use of that instrument within their research group. The superuser may run samples for others in their group or perform follow up training. Additional users from a research group may obtain sign-up privileges after being checked out by facility staff.

Reserving Instrument Time

Open access usage is currently limited to MALDI usage only. Typical usage is described below.

Instrument time reservations are on a first come-first serve basis. Reservations for exceptionally large blocks of time must be approved by the facility staff. An on-line reservation utility can be found here. Users are assigned log-in credentials after satisfactorily completing instrument training.

Please see the facility manager for more information.

Additional Services

The facility staff is always available to answer questions and consult on specific analytical questions. Additionally we are pleased to make presentations to research groups and classes regarding facility capabilities and mass spec techniques in general.