Shimadzu Environmental Research Laboratory (SERL)

The Shimadzu Environmental Research Laboratory (SERL) at South Dakota Mines is a multidisciplinary research facility focusing on environmental and biotechnological research.

Shimadzu Laboratory Instrumentation includes:

  • LCMS IT TOF- a liquid chromatograph mass spectrometer that combines ion trap and time-of-flight technologies
  • LCMS 2020- a single quadrupole liquid chromatograph mass spectrometer
  • GCMS 2010- a gas chromatograph mass spectrometer with pyrolizer, FID, and on column injection system
  • FTIR- a Fourier transform infrared spectrophotometer with an ATR
  • TOC- a total organic carbon analyzer
  • UV-Vis- a UV-visible spectrophotometer
  • Potentiostat
  • Moisture analyzer
  • Semi-micro balance


South Dakota Mines has partnered with Shimadzu Scientific Instruments via the Shimadzu Academic Partnership Program (SAPP).  

Benefits of this partnership are: 

  • Enhanced research infrastructure at South Dakota Mines
  • Hands-on experience for Mines students and faculty with state-of-the art instrumentation
  • Competitive advantage students will have when entering work force  
  • Competitive advantage students will have when applying for graduate schools
  • Use of Shimadzu instrumentation in laboratory courses to improve student education 
  • Mines enrollment will grow and stand out in South Dakota and the region
  • Ability for Mines to obtain more donations in the future
  • Ability of Mines faculty and researchers to carry out advanced research
  • Enhanced competitiveness of Mines faculty to obtain external funding 
  • South Dakota Mines and Shimadzu media attention generated in the Dakotas and beyond
  • Mines can have commercial opportunities to charge a fee for instrument usage
  • Multiple onsite and offsite instrumentation trainings and seminars

The SERL is operated by the Engineering and Mining Experiment Station (EMES). For more information about the instrumentation and user access please visit the EMES website, or contact Dr. Scott Beeler (