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Major magnet grant to advance state-of-the-art in chemical analysis
Date:6/15/2010

ipal investigator on the grant.

The ICR User Program facility serves more than 100 external researchers per year and leads the world in instrument and applications development for the technique. Since the technique's inception, more than 775 FT-ICR instruments have been installed in laboratories worldwide. In addition, the ICR program at Florida State has trained 32 undergraduates and 42 postdoctoral fellows, and generated five M.S. and 21 Ph.D. graduates, for careers in industry, government and academia.

The 21-tesla magnet system will raise research already under way at the magnet lab to new heights. Areas of research include:

  • Petroleomics Analysis of the world's most complex mixture, petroleum. More precise analysis of crude oil samples can lead to better, faster and more efficient drilling, refining and delivery.
  • Proteomics The analysis and cataloging of proteins. To understand biological processes, scientists need to learn how proteins function in cells. Proteins, which compose much of the machinery of living cells, will be analyzed intact (top-down) rather than in pieces (bottom-up) as at present, a particularly promising direction for discovery of new drugs and their mechanism of action.
  • Biofuels Analysis of the chemical composition of biofuels. Although ethanol is the first widely used biofuel, other sources, including algae and pine trees, offer potentially better performance and less environmental impact. The new instrument will provide detailed insight into biofuels at every stage of their production and use.

"The Chemistry Division at the NSF is very excited about this unique and potentially transformative project, which would not have been possible to fund without the availability of Recovery Act funds," said Luis Echegoyen, director of the division.

Florida State has received its first year of funding for the project. The system's design and construction is proceeding by competitive bids fr
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Contact: Alan G. Marshall
marshall@magnet.fsu.edu
850-644-0529
Florida State University
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