High Resolution Mass Spectrometry Facility (HRMSF)

Announcement Regarding COVID-19

 watch for updates on policies for ramping up facility services and training here

We will soon be start ramping up services at the HRMS Facility.  We are excited about supporting your research once again.

Because of the circumstances at this time, we will not go back to operating the Facility as usual.  There will be ramp up period where services will be limited and only staff will be operating the instrumentation.

The Facility’s lab and office doors will be locked at all times.

Staff are available by email, phone and text to discuss your samples or to setup Zoom/Skype consultations.

 We will be receiving samples for analysis by contactless drop off.  Please contact Lynn or Vic by submitting service request forms by email (Forms) and to arrange times for sample drop off.

At this time, no new training on instrument operation will take place.

For those researchers that were previously trained on Facility instruments, there will be no walk-on usage of instruments without prior approval. 

  • Please coordinate with HRMSF staff to determine how best to schedule instrument usage
  • At that time instructions on required sample prep space and instrument disinfection procedures will be provided.
  • PPE must be used when entering and while in the lab at all times (face shields, and masks when appropriate, gloves, and lab coats).
  • If you do not have proper PPE, you will not be allowed to enter the lab.

University Policy Links:

  1. OVPR: OVPR offers research ramp-up planning guidance
  2. CCoM: Guidelines for Proposed Ramp-Up Plan

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Lynn Teesch at lynn-teesch@uiowa.edu.

Thank you for your patience at this time.

Stay safe!

Lynn and Vic


About Us

The High Resolution Mass Spectrometry Facility (HRMSF) provides high resolution mass spectrometry services for researchers at the University of Iowa and across the United States.  Using high resolution mass spectrometers, we can obtain accurate mass measurements to determine the elemental compositions of new synthetic molecules, metabolites, and natural products.  We can also perform tandem mass spectrometry (MS/MS) experiments, which are used to assist in the structure determination of unknown molecules and quantitative analysis at trace levels.  We have four mass spectrometers available (both GC-MS and LC-MS) for on-campus researchers.  Open access instruments are available to those on-campus who have been trained by the HRMSF staff.  Presently we serve researchers in over 35 research groups from six different colleges within the University of Iowa.

Services Available

The HRMSF staff is available for consultation with researchers to develop mass spectrometry strategies to resolve research problems.  Most samples require 15 to 60 minutes of analysis time. We charge on an hourly rate of $68 for UI researchers. Charges for open access instrumentation usage are lower (please see our service rates page for more detailed information). Mass spectrometry services are also available to non-University of Iowa researchers at a somewhat increased rate (analysis forms for both University of Iowa and non-UI researchers on our forms page

More Information

For more information please contact us by either the telephone number or the email addresses listed on our contact information page.