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MSE 250


2-Hour Training: $20 + $8 includes two Concavus Pans (if necessary)

Regular Usage: $5 per 1/2 hour

  • Covid-19 Protocols for Renewed Access to Facilities
    1. Due to Covid-19, the MSE Fee-For-Service facilities are allowed to reopen during Phase 2 to users that have been already approved for laboratory access in ramp-up Phase 2 through the appropriate process within their college.

    2. New users will not be permitted access to MSE facilities as training is no longer allowed to maintain social distancing.

    3. Renewed access to all laboratories and equipment will be subject to UCR Phase guidelines and MSE Covid Protocol.

    4. Users will need to submit a proof of approval from Dean(s) or VCRED for Research Ramp Up.

    5. Users will then re-request access to specific lab/instruments to the Lab Manager.

    6. Due to the serious nature of Covid-19, all users will need to schedule a Zoom Meeting with the Lab Manager to review the MSE Covid-19 Protocols before access is permitted.

    7. After meeting with the Lab Manager, access to your previously permitted instruments and facilities will be renewed.

  • Instrument Specifications
    Crucibles and Pans for Automatic Sample Changer (ASC)

    Concavus Pan and Lid:

    Al (99.5% purity), 5 mm diameter, 4 mm height, 30/40 µL volume

    Maximum temperature of 600°C

    Set of 96 - Order Number from Netzsch: DSC21400A66.010.00

    Sample Capacity 200 mg (350 mg including sample holder)
    Resolution 0.1 µW
    Enthalpy Precision

    ± 0.1% for indium

    ± 0.05% to ±0.2% for most samples

    Temperature Range -40°C to 600°C
    Calibrated Heating Rates for User

    2.5 K/min (Air only)

    5 K/min (N2 only)

    10 K/min (N2 only)

    20 K/min (Air and N2)

    30 K/min (N2 only)

    Additional Heating Rates available by request (may require use fees)

    Available Heating Rate 0.001 K/min to 500 K/min
    Furnace Cooling Closed-loop intracooler IC40: -40°C to 600°C
    Gas Atmospheres

    UHP Nitrogen

    Air (80% N2 20% O2)

  • Useful Documentation
    UCR training and operators manual UCR MSE Netzsch DSC Training Notebook rev. 1.2 (last updated November 16 2018)
    Manufacturers crucible compatibility table Crucible Compatibility Table
    Manufacturers recommended Alumina and Pt crucible cleaning procedure Cleaning Alumina and Pt Crucibles
    Manufacturers gases compatibility table Gases Compatibility Table
    Mettler Toledo tips and hints for thermal analysis in practice Tips and Hints
    Mettler Toledo thermal analysis of polymers Thermal Analysis of Polymers
    Manufacturers Cp sapphire method guide Netzsch Cp Sapphire Method
    Manufacturers tips for Cp measurement Netzsch Tips for Cp Measurement
    Metter Toledo measuring Cp guide Mettler Toledo Measuring Cp Guide
    ASTM method for Cp - sapphire method ASTM Method for Cp - Sapphire Method
    Manufacturers TGA and DSC accessories catalog TGA and DSC Accessories
  • Training Videos
  • Access to DSC
    1. Only trained users are allowed to operate the equipment

    2. Trained users are NOT ALLOWED to train anyone else on the equipment

    3. Trained users are NOT ALLOWED to bring in any unauthorized visitors even if the visitors are observing the trained user without prior notification to the lab manager

    4. All visitors MUST complete the following 3 training modules via UC Learning and inform the lab manager prior to entering the lab as an EH&S requirement

  • Training Request for DSC
    1. Have your PI send the facilities manager, Perry Cheung (, an email indicating request and approval for your training

    2. Complete the following 3 training modules via UC Learning

      1. Laboratory Safety Fundamentals [previously Laboratory Safety Orientation (Fundamentals) 2013]

      2. Hazardous Waste Management

      3. Compressed Gas Safety

    3. Review the TGA & DSC Policies and Regulations

    4. Fill out the TGA & DSC FAU Authorization Form with FAU, PI signature, and your PI's departmental MSO or FAO signature

    5. Deliver a printed copy of your visitor's training transcript  and signed FAU form to facilities manager (MSE 311)

    6. Send a recent headshot photo of yourself to the facilities manager (a simple JPEG using your phone will suffice)

    7. Access to the computer requires your ENGR login and password

    8. For non ENGR users, you will need to send the facilities manager an email with your UCR NetID first, who will then forward a request to Systems to create an ENGR account

    9. Wait for an email from Systems, then proceed to create an ENGR account via their webpage.  If you have issues, send an email to Systems ( or visit them (Bourns Hall A344/308)

    10. Send the facilities manager your ENGR username

    11. You will receive an email in a few days with your username and temporary password to reserve time on our Faces scheduling system (Group: ucr_tga_dsc)

    12. Check available 2 hour blocks on Faces and arrange a time with the facilities manager for training

    13. Reserve a 2 hour block on Faces for the "Netzsch DSC" resource

    14. Review ALL DSC Training Videos (see above) first before your actual in-person training session

    15. Meet outside lab manager’s office (MSE 311) on agreed training day and time.  Bring 2 pairs of gloves.

    16. Once training is completed, you may request a key for MSE 250 from the facilities manager

  • Non-ENGR Student Account Issues
    1. If you cannot log-in to a computer with your ENGR account, your account may be expired (needs to be renewed yearly if non-ENGR student)

    2. Send an email to facilities manager, Perry Cheung (, an email with your ENGR login indicating expired ENGR account

  • Charges and Billing
    1. All services and instruments are accessible by advanced appointment on first-come-first-serve basis.

    2. An online web-based reservation system should be used for scheduling by registered users, who have the relevant access privileges.

    3. Minimum reservation time on any instrument is a 1/2 hour. There is no limit on the length of reservation. A maximum continuous reservation time may be imposed if the demand becomes significant.

    4. Starting time for each session is the booking time on the FACES system.

    5. Your usage will be billed based on your FACES reservations.

    6. Not recording a session within one hour of concluding the use is subject to 2x the hourly rate penalty charge per incident for each hour not recorded.

    7. If users are found in violation of the scheduling procedure twice within a 3-month period, their access will be revoked for up to 6 months.