Due to the high costs associated with the operation and maintenance of major research instruments, the university has initiated a progressive strategy that will defray costs while ensuring the preservation of our valuable scientific tools.  This progressive strategy involved the establishment of the Southern University Research Services Center (SoURSCe). 

SoURSCe is the preferred analytical services provider for faculty and staff, as well as industrial customers, who require analytical services to support their research needs. SoURSCe provides researchers at the university with access to a much-needed centralized analytical resource, which allows for university dollars to remain within the campus, as well as it provides a revenue stream that will offset the necessary costs associated with operating and maintaining it's instruments.  Researchers at the university are encouraged to use and support the central instrument facility as a fiscally responsible method to maximize the usage of university research dollars; the university clearly understands that it is paramount that the research dollars go toward the maintenance of the university's instruments.

In addition to generating funds for supplies and maintenance, this facility fosters a research atmosphere conducive for active faculty involved in cutting edge research at the university, as well as enables researchers at Southern University to become more competitive in securing support from federal funding agencies.  The very existence of this facility stimulates research opportunities and collaborations. As for the quest of federal and state research funds, this facility definitely provides necessary assurances to reviewers that the university has the infrastructure in place, and the university is committed to preserving a strong, successful research program at a primarily undergraduate institution.

Instruments available through SoURSCe include:

  • 400 MHz Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectrometer (NMR)
  • Inductively Coupled Plasma Optical Emission Spectrometer (ICP-OES)
  • Atomic Absorption Spectrometer  (AA)
  •  Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM)
     Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectrometry (EDS)
  • Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM)
  • X-Ray Powder Diffraction  (XRD)
  • X-ray Fluorescence (XRF)
  • CHNS/O Elemental Analyzer
  • Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS)
  • Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA)
  • Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC)
  • Infrared Spectroscopy (IR)
    • Diffuse Reflectance Infrared Fourier Transform Spectroscopy (DRIFTS)
    • Attenuated Total Reflection (ATR)
    • Thermogravimetric Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (TG-FTIR)
  • Pycnometer Absolute (Volume Measurement)
  • Potentiostatics/Galvanostats
  • Frequency Analyzers
  • Multiple Independent-Channel Battery Testing System

SoURSCe provides analytical services free of charge to faculty members who are engaged in scholarly research, but do not have funding to support their research efforts. Faculty with grant-supported research initiatives, local industries, and commercial laboratories will be charged a nominal fee.

For more information on SoURSCe, contact:

Edwin H. Walker, Jr., Ph.D.
Southern University Research Services Center
Department of Chemistry
Lee Hall Rm. 214
P.O. Box 12566
Baton Rouge, LA  70813
Phone: 225.771.3721
Fax: 225.771.3717



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