ARC - Materials and Molecular Analysis (MMA)

COVID-19 Operations Update:

The ARC-MMA is operating again as usual with training offered again in person, and all self-use instruments available for scheduling and on-site use. Masks are required in all laboratories.

Please direct questions and special requests to Karolien.Denef@ColoState.EDU

Overview of Services

The Materials and Molecular Analysis Center (MMA), formerly known as the CIF, is one of three Centers in the Analytical Resources Core at Colorado State University. We provide state-of-the-art research infrastructure and education services in support of advanced chemical and materials sciences. The MMA is organized into 5 laboratories, each offering a complement of sophisticated instruments and technical expertise to support faculty/student research, and industrial and educational outreach in the following categories: Materials Analysis (Thermal, Magnetic and Physical Properties), Mass Spectrometry (GCMS, LCMS, TOF and QTOF, single and triple quads, ion trap), Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (NMR and EPR), Optical Spectroscopy (ATR-FTIR, UV-Vis-NIR, Fluorescence, DLS) and X-ray Diffraction (single crystal, powder, thin film, XRD, XRR, GAXRD, SAXS/WAXS). The instruments are available for use by principal investigators and their associates, students and research scientists at CSU, our collaborators and others after appropriate review. Most instruments are available on a self-service basis twenty-four hours per day after appropriate classes or training provided by faculty and staff associated with the MMA.

Acknowledgements in Publications

Acknowledgement of facility contributions is expected in publications that include any data generated in the facility.  An example of an appropriate acknowledgement is “The authors wish to thank the Analytical Resources Core at Colorado State University for instrument access, training and assistance with sample analysis”.







Karolien Denef, PhD



Chemistry C1F

Brian Newell, PhD

Materials and X-ray Lab Manager


Chemistry C1D

Daniel Bates, PhD

Materials Analysis Scientist


Chemistry C1B

Claudia Boot, PhD

Mass Spectrometry Lab Manager


Chemistry C1A



Location and Hours of Operation

Chemistry Building, 1872 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO 80523

Chemistry Research Building, 997 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO 80523

Facilities available 24/7 | Staffed: Monday - Friday, 8 AM - 5 PM

Links and Resources


Name Role Phone Email Location
Karolien Denef, PhD.
Chemistry C1F