General guidelines for using the facility

The EAL analytical service: The EAL offers self-operation service for majority of its instruments and sample drop-off service for limited instruments. Refer to individual instrument user guideline for details. Self-operation means users are responsible for setting up and running instruments as well as data processing. For self-operation service, the EAL covers most of supplies and consumables needed for instrument operation and sample analyses/preparation.

However, users need bring or purchase certain consumables or supplies for their own use. Refer to individual instrument user guideline for details. Drop-off service offers fast, convenient and complete analytical service for the most common needed analyses. The EAL trained personnel are responsible for operation, sample preparation, analysis and data processing. There is no need for users to bring or purchase any consumables or supplies for drop-off service. EAL is a core facility serving all campus researchers. All new users must consult EAL director BEFORE commencing any work. For your protection, for the protection of those around you and to prevent damage to expensive equipment, no use of the facilities will be authorized until adequate training has been given or adequate previous training demonstrated. All users must familiarize themselves with the Laboratory Safety Code of Practice and/or Health & Safety rules pertaining to the laboratory in which they work BEFORE commencing any work. All users must complete the log-book provided to instruments or equipment to let EAL personnel and other users know the progress of the specific instruments or equipment.


The EAL is a state-of-the-art analytical core laboratory on campus. The facility serves as a centralized laboratory that provides instrumentation access to undergraduate/graduate education and analytical services to on campus researchers and researchers from public and private sectors. With users from diverse groups, we require that each user go through the following getting started procedures, training requirements and facility important policies before using the facility.