What "Other" Laboratory Instruments Can Be Shared and How

Rob Cinq-Mars, University of New Hampshire

Beyond the typical large and costly instruments such as NMRs and electron microscopes what other laboratory instruments can be reasonably shared resulting in greater efficiencies, lower overhead costs, higher quality, improved support, freeing lab space and optimizing laboratory resources? This presentation looks at all the other lab instruments that are reasonable to share among labs, how to facilitate and benefit from sharing, and who is succeeding at this now.

The following points are covered in detail:

  • What instruments can be shared
  • Who pays for what?
  • Where shared instruments can be located to provide reasonable access to all users.
  • Professional operation, maintenance and support of shared instruments
  • Scheduling
  • Breaking down barriers between labs, departments and colleges
  • Avoiding contamination (Biological, radiation, etc.)
  • Improving instrument quality and timely upgrades.
  • Success stories: Who's doing it now

Learning Objectives

  • Other than the large expensive instruments, what scientific instrumentation is suitable for sharing.
  • What is the best way to facilitate sharing, in terms of location, operation, scheduling, preventing contamination, etc.
  • Who is successful at sharing greater quantities of instruments now and how do they do it?
  • What are the benefits to sharing greater quantities of scientific instruments?


Rob Cinq-Mars is a senior Electrical Engineer employed as an Analytical Instrumentation Engineer III at the University of New Hampshire. He has been involved with the specification, acquisition, installation, maintenance and repair of scientific instruments at the University for fifteen years.


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