The NSF has announced it will fund a proposal entitled, “MRI: Acquisition of a high performance matrix-assisted laser ionization dual time-of-flight (MALDI/TOF-TOF) mass spectrometer (MS),” through the Major Research Implementation program. The proposal led by Dr. Carolyn Cassady will provide funds to purchase a state of the art MALDI-TOF mass spectrometer. The MALDI-TOF instrument will be part of the department’s Mass Spectrometry facility. MALDI-TOF allows molecular weight characterization of non-volatile compounds, such as biomolecules and polymers. The instrument will support researchers in the departments of Chemistry, Chemical & Biological Engineering, and Biological Sciences.