Central Instrument Facility

CV-19 Update:

The Central Instrument Facility will begin Phase 1A opening and re-start research service operations on June 1, 2020.  During Phase 1A, there will be no or only limited self-service operations available with full and assisted service instead.

If you would like to request services during this first phase, please follow these new User Guidelines, here CIF User Guide Document


Overview of Services

The Central Instrument Facility CORE (CIF) is one of the Foundational Core Facilities at Colorado State University, operated by the Department of Chemistry. Our mission is to provide state-of-the-art research infrastructure and education services in support of advanced chemical and materials sciences. The CIF is organized into 6 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: Imaging and Surface Science (SEM, TEM, AFM, XPS, Profilometer, Contact Angle Goniometer), 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, VASE ellipsometer, 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 CIF.

Leadership & Staff

Name Role Phone Email Location
Christopher Rithner, PhD Director 970-491-6475 cdr@colostate.edu Chemistry C1E
Karolien Denef, PhD Assoc.Director, Life Sciences Manager 970-491-3832 karolien.denef@colostate.edu Chemistry C1F
Brian Newell, PhD Materials Science Manager 970-491-6209 brian.newell@colostate.edu Chemistry C1D
Daniel Bates, PhD Materials Analysis Scientist 970-491-4046 Daniel.Bates@colostate.edu Chemistry C1B
Patrick McCurdy, PhD Surface and Imaging Science Manager 970-491-1876 patrick.mccurdy@colostate.edu Chemistry B115A
Claudia Boot, PhD NMR and MS Science 970-491-7049 claudia.boot@colostate.edu Chemistry C1A
Roy Geiss, PhD Electron Microscopist 970-491-6103 roy.geiss@colostate.edu Yates Y101
Tom Frederick, MSEE Electronics Specialist 970-491-5545 tom.frederick@colostate.edu Chemistry B01

Chemistry buildingLocation and Hours of Operation

1827 Campus Delivery

Fort Collins, CO 80523


Facilities available 24/7

Staffed: Monday - Friday, 8 AM - 5 PM

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 Central Instrument Facility at Colorado State University for instrument access, training and assistance with sample analysis”.


Links and Resources


Name Role Phone Email Location
Christopher Rithner, PhD.
Chemistry C1E
Karolien Denef, PhD.
Associate Director
Chemistry C1F