Centre for Environmental Analysis and Remediation (CEAR)

Instrument Training

CEAR provides access to chemical analysis equipment and research support to SMU scientists engaged in research projects. Graduate students and senior undergraduate students, with the recommendation of their academic supervisor, may receive extensive training on the use of selected instruments.

The instrumentation training prepares users on basic sample preparation, software and hardware familiarization and method development. Instrumentation training has been established as a multi-step procedure that includes self-directed learning computer modules and hands-on training for specific instruments.

Currently, training programs are available for the following instruments:

  • Liquid Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry (LC/MS)
  • Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry (GC/MS)

Users interested in have continuous access to instrumentation with minimum supervision, are required to demonstrate proficiency in the use of the particular analytical technique.

Self-directed Learning

Self-directed learning modules are available for the following instruments:

  • Gas Chromatography
  • High Pressure Liquid Chromatography
  • Mass Spectrometry

These computer-base training programs introduce users to the basic concepts of chromatography and spectrometry by reviewing the principles of instrumentation, processes and applications for each technique. Every module comprises theory, examples and exercises presented in an interactive fashion. Every section concludes with a quiz to evaluate the topics visited.

Self-directed learning is free of charge and can be scheduled at any time during regular business hours. Contact us to book a session.

Hands-on Training

After reviewing the basic concepts of each technique, users are provided with specific training for each instrument. Students are required to execute short experiments to be familiarized with the respective hardware and software. Depending on the complexity of the instrument, users are scheduled for one or more sessions. At the end of the training, students are evaluated in their skills and knowledge to execute a routine analysis. Based on his/her performance, a recommendation is given to the Users Committee to approve the usage of the instrument without supervision.