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Doing Business As Name:University of Tampa
  • Kenyon Evans-Nguyen
  • (813) 257-1702
  • Kelly A Deister
  • christine theodore
Award Date:07/29/2021
Estimated Total Award Amount: $ 360,000
Funds Obligated to Date: $ 360,000
  • FY 2021=$360,000
Start Date:09/01/2021
End Date:08/31/2024
Transaction Type:Grant
Awarding Agency Code:4900
Funding Agency Code:4900
CFDA Number:47.049
Primary Program Source:040100 NSF RESEARCH & RELATED ACTIVIT
Award Title or Description:MRI: Acquisition of a High Resolution Mass Spectrometer for Education and Research
Federal Award ID Number:2117256
DUNS ID:004115770
Parent DUNS ID:004115770
Program:Major Research Instrumentation
Program Officer:
  • Amanda Haes
  • (703) 292-7909

Awardee Location

Street:401 W Kennedy Boulevard
Awardee Cong. District:14

Primary Place of Performance

Organization Name:University of Tampa
Cong. District:14

Abstract at Time of Award

This award is supported by the Major Research Instrumentation and the Chemistry Research Instrumentation programs. The University of Tampa is acquiring a high resolution mass spectrometer equipped with an orbitrap analyzer, a direct analysis in real time (DART) interface and an ultrahigh pressure liquid chromatography (UPLC) unit to support Kenyon Evans-Nguyen and colleagues Kelly Deister, Michelle Crosby and Christine Theodore. In general, mass spectrometry (MS) is one of the key analytical methods used to identify and characterize small quantities of chemical species in complex samples. An instrument with a high resolution liquid chromatography sector provides additional structural identification power by separating mixtures of compounds before they reach the mass spectrometer. The direct analysis in real time is an ion source that produces electronically or vibronically excited-state species such as helium, argon or nitrogen that ionize atmospheric molecules which then undergo ion-molecule reactions with the sample molecules to be analyzed. The instrument broadens participation by involving diverse students with this modern analytical technique. It is extensively used to train undergraduate and high school students and by collaborators at neighboring institutions. The award of the UPLC-MS/MS system is aimed at enhancing research and education at all levels. It is especially useful for quantifying, characterizing compounds to develop advanced data sets to aid natural products research. The instrumentation is also used for characterizing the spatial and temporal distributions of contaminants in Tampa Bay. The instrument also serves researchers characterizing and analyzing new psychoactive substances (NPS), also known as substances of abuse, in biological specimens. An important use is for the development and construction of ambient ionization sources capable of combined molecular, organic, and elemental analysis for applications in forensic science. This award reflects NSF's statutory mission and has been deemed worthy of support through evaluation using the Foundation's intellectual merit and broader impacts review criteria.

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