Access and usage policy

The Lumigen Instrument Center (LIC) consists of five core facilities: nuclear magnetic resonance and electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopies (NMR and EPR), mass spectrometry (MS), electron microscopy (EM), x-ray crystallography diffraction (X-Ray) and optical spectroscopy and calorimetry (OS and CAL). As a state-of-the-art research instrument center, the LIC strives to meet the needs of WSU researchers by providing user training, consultation, and fee-for-service analyses.


Since our primary role is enabling users to perform research, the LIC is a 24-hour open-access laboratory for university users and daily access (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) for regional users. To become a user, the following three steps must be fulfilled for each core facility.


Every user must register for each core facility on the Core Management System under their PI's Laboratory. All WSU research groups are considered internal users. Users from outside the university are considered external users and must also be registered in the Core Management System. Dr. Westrick, Center Director, can assist the external user in the registration process ( 

Laboratory safety

With proper training, a safe workplace provides a productive environment as mandated by Wayne State University and other state and federal agencies. All users must have the appropriate and valid laboratory CITI certifications. Laboratory managers will inform you of the certifications required for each laboratory.

Instrument-specific training

Users can be trained and approved to operate instrumentation independently. Training may require several sessions for more specialized instrumentation applications. Users cannot operate any instrument or equipment without senior scientist approval. All training and approvals are recorded and kept on file.

Access rights

Issuing of access rights is done in accordance with the university and the Department of Chemistry's key/card policies. The LIC and the chemistry department have additional requirements for users

  • Users must be a WSU employee, graduate student or supervised undergraduate student
  • Users must have fulfilled the laboratory, workplace safety and instrument training requirements
  • Users must have current authorization paperwork on file
  • Users must not share their access card with anyone

Acknowledgments in publications and presentations

It is essential that responsible users of the LIC acknowledge the LIC and external instrument funding in all publications and presentations. A simple acknowledgment provides the message to all stakeholders (Office of the Vice President of Research, federal funding agencies, and departments) that their investments support state-of-the-art research. Remember, forgetting this acknowledgment suggests that the LIC did not play an important role in your research.

When analyses conducted at the LIC are published in journals, book chapters, conference proceedings or dissertations/theses, we request the manuscript include an acknowledgment similar to the following.


  • (Type) analyses were performed at the Lumigen Instrument Center, Wayne State University, Detroit MI
  • The (instrument(s)) are housed in the Lumigen Instrument Center, Wayne State University, Detroit MI
  • Analyses were performed at the (NMR and EPR, MS, EM, X-Ray crystallography, or OS and CAL laboratory(ies)), Lumigen Instrument Center, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
  • Thank you, Lumigen Instrument Center, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI

Note: When appropriate, users are also asked to include laboratory personnel co-authorship or an acknowledgment that assistance was provided by the laboratory managers/personnel.

Required acknowledgments

Acknowledgment of the funding source including government, private, and university grants of an instrument used in the published research is required.

Examples of acknowledgments

  • The (name of instrument) used to analyze chemicals and was purchased with funds provided by NSF-MRI grant XXX or NIH- grant XXX
  • This work was supported in part through instrumentation funded by the National Science Foundation through grant XXXXXX or National Institute of Health grant XXXX
  • This work was supported by NSF/NIH grant XXXX

Grant-funded instrumentation