The Analytical Laboratory for Great lakes Exploration (ALGE) is a core research facility at Michigan Technological University. We provide access to gas chromatography, mass spectrometry, ultraviolet/visible spectroscopy, and analytical microscopy instrumentation.
ALGE is located on the second floor (room 223) of the new Great Lakes Research Center building of the Michigan Technological University Michigan Tech Campus Map
ALGE contact: Michael R. Gretz, Professor, Rm 222 GLRC, firstname.lastname@example.org 906 487 3175
PLEASE REVIEW ALL ALGE FACILITY POLICY STATEMENTS ON THIS PAGE BEFORE REQUESTING ACCESS.
Only authorized users will be permitted to use the instruments. Users are authorized by the instrument oversight committee upon successful completion of training classes or equivalent.
Training opportunities will be offered, including MTU coursework, one on one training, or group sessions —consult ALGE staff for the next scheduled opportunity. Users are not permitted to train other users. User authorization may expire after six months or so of lapsed usage.
Authorized users can reserve instrument time up two weeks in advance by signing up in the instrument log book on each instrument. Sign up requests can be made to email@example.com .
The following ALGE instruments must be reserved by the sign-up procedure:
The sign-up procedures described above may be relaxed depending on the level of use a particular research group requires and the ability of users to work together on their needs.
Use charges will be levied for authorized users. Use charges for each ALGE instrument are determined by the instrument oversight committee following procedures endorsed by the Michigan Tech Research Accounting Office.
Instrument use rates (/hour) are summarized below.
Be sure that your sample is prepared appropriately for analysis on ALGE instrumentation and that the results required match the capabilities of the instrument.
Each instrument has operating instructions (paper or video) for reference during use. The instructions describe basic operations and procedures, as well as the standard conditions in which the instrument should be left after each use. Failure to execute the shut-down procedures as specified may needlessly confuse the next user.
All non-standard experiments involving the instruments must be approved in advance. If there is a problem with any instrument report it immediately. There is no penalty for reporting accidental damage to equipment. Not reporting a problem or deliberate misuse of equipment will not be tolerated. Deliberate or negligent use of the equipment will may result in the assessment of repair charges to faculty. Unauthorized use of the equipment or forging or erasing entries in the log book will result in disciplinary action.
Users must have received basic laboratory safety training in their own academic unit equivalent to that required in the Biological Sciences Department.
All users must adhere to lab safety guidelines and cleanliness in the working environment. This is a University mandate.
Please acknowledge ALGE in all resulting publications, including articles, posters, and news releases. Publications citing ALGE use are essential when a proposal is being prepared for a replacement instrument. Please supply a reprint of any publication that contains data recorded from ALGE to Michael Gretz