Please note that the staff of the Core will be off for the annual Winter Recess from about noon on 12/24/2014-1/2/2014. Happy Holidays and see you in 2015! The lab will only be accessible if you have been granted 24/7 access prior to the break using your Harvard ID.
Please note that the facility will be closed on Monday, September 1 because of Labor Day. During this time, the doors will be locked and you will need to have authorized 24/7 HUID key access (Harvard researchers only) to use open access instrumentation. Our staff will also be off on Monday so we will be unable to run samples for you. We will return on Tuesday. Have a great holiday!
We just received the Agilent 6550 q-TOF high resolution tandem mass spectrometer. We are very excited about using this instrument and seeing how it can complement existing technologies in our laboratory. It will be installed and ready to use by the end of the month. This instrument has ion-funnel and Jetstream heated ESI source for high sensitivity.
Our Northwest Laboratories Building Operations has just installed a new Parker Hannifin Nitrogen Generator system that is fully redundant and can supply >250 L/minute of ultra-high purity nitrogen for our mass spectrometers. This is an impressive system that was designed by Jim Sheehan and his staff and is going to make our lab even more efficient. We used to rely on boil-off from liquid nitrogen dewars which does not have a consistent output, and causes a lot of wasted cryogen. Read more about Parker Hannifin Nitrogen Generator System
Our Waters MALDI-TOF lost its Penning gauge (device for measuring pressure) when coming back up from a system vent. We were able to replace it this week and it is now pumped down and ready to use. If you would like to use it, please proceed through the normal SPINAL reservation and try it out. Let me, Sunia know if you experience any problems. Also, if you notice it is not working, please let us know so we can try to fix it.