Faculty Instrumentation

The Forensic Toxicology Facility is located in OE107 at the FIU Modesto Maidique Campus (MMC).

The Facility operates state-of-the-art analytical instrumentation applicable to research, training, and both routine and specialized analytical and forensic case work. This instrumentation provides the Facility with capabilities in robust and reliable ultra-trace analysis of drugs, analysis of toxicologic biomarkers, environmental pollutants, and natural products, in addition to the ability to conduct blood ethanol and volatiles analysis for forensic casework.

Mass Spectrometers and Chromatographic systems

Agilent 6530 QTOF LC/MS/MS Mass Spectrometer with UHP 1290 Infinity UHPLC

With Jet Stream Technology and Atmospheric Pressure Chemical Ionization. Qualitative and Quantitative analysis of synthetic psychoactive drugs, unknown analysis characterization.

Agilent 6460 Triple Quadrupole LC/MS/MS Mass Spectrometer with UHP 1290 Infinity UHPLC

With jet Stream technology, electrospray ionization. Quantitative analysis of drugs and basic research on biomarker validation studies are offered for both academia and private industry clients.

Agilent 7890/5975 GC/MS system with automatic liquid sampler 7693.

Split/splitless injection port, Electron impact (EI) ionization capability and equipped with 150 sample vial tray. Customized Method Development for both industry and research university laboratories, including forensic and analytical toxicology screening and quantitative methods, is performed on this instrument.

Agilent model 7890 dual-column gas chromatograph equipped with 7683 autosamplers and dual micro-electron capture detectors (µECD).

For the sensitive and selective detection of halogenated and other electron rich organic compounds.

Affiliated instrumentation in Dr. DeCaprio’s research group:

  • Laminar flow biohazard hood
  • Labconco RapidVap N2 sample concentrator
  • Paragon kiln for glassware cleaning
  • Pierce sample derivatization station
  • Beckman TL-100 benchtop ultracentrifuge
  • SPE vacuum extraction station
  • Eppendorf Speed-Vac centrifuge
  • Fisher benchtop UV/visible spectrophotometer
  • Tekmar tissue homogenizer
  • Bio-Rad electrophoresis equipment (large gels, mini gels, Western blot apparatus, gel dryer).