Central Instrument Facility Team

The mission of the Central Instrument Facility (CIF) is to promote innovative and collaborative research development by offering advanced, sophisticated instrumentation, analytical expertise and educational resources critical to advancing the chemical and materials sciences and related disciplines at CSU.

Dr. Chris Rithner

Dr. Chris Rithner
Director/Senior Research Scientist Lab Manager, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance

Office: CIF, Chemistry, C1E
Phone: (970) 491-6475
Email: Chris.Rithner@colostate.edu

Education:
Ph.D. in Chemistry, University of Vermont
B.S. in Chemistry, University of California, Irvine
B.S. in Biology, University of California, Irvine

Karolien Denef

Dr. Karolien Denef
Associate Director/Research Scientist III
Lab Manager, Mass Spectrometry and Spectroscopy

Office: CIF, Chemistry, C1F
Phone: (970) 491-3832
Email: Karolien.Denef@colostate.edu

Education:
Ph.D. in BioScience Engineering, University of Leuven, Belgium
B.S. in Bio-Engineering, University of Leuven, Belgium

Claudia Boot

Dr. Claudia Boot
Research Scientist II
Mass Spectrometry/NMR Scientist

Office: CIF, Chemistry, C1A
Phone: (970) 491-7049
Email: Claudia.Boot@colostate.edu

Education:
PhD in Ocean Science, University of California, Santa Cruz
BA in Ecology, Population, Organismal and Evolutionary Biology, University of Colorado, Boulder

Dr. Patrick McCurdy

Dr. Patrick McCurdy
Research Scientist III
Lab Manager, Imaging and Surface Science

Office: CIF, B115A
Phone: (970) 491-1876
Email: Patrick.McCurdy@colostate.edu

Education:
Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry, Colorado State University
B.S. in Science Education, University of Nebraska at Lincoln

Dr. Roy Geiss

Dr. Roy Geiss
Research Scientist II
Analytical Specialist TEM/SEM

Office: CIF, Yates 101
Phone: (970) 491-6103
Email: Roy.Geiss@colostate.edu

Education:
Ph.D. in Applied Physics, Cornell University
B.S. in Physics, Lafayette College

Dr. Brian Newell

Dr. Brian Newell
Research Scientist II
Lab Manager, Materials Analysis

Office: CIF, Chemistry, C1D
Phone: (970) 491-6209
Email: Brian.Newell@colostate.edu

Education:
Ph.D. in Chemistry, Colorado State University
B.S. in Chemistry, Texas State University-San Marcos

Tom Frederick

Tom Frederick
Electronics Specialist
CIF, Electronics Shop

Office: Chemistry B01
Phone: (970) 491-5545
Email: Tom.Frederick@colostate.edu

Education:
B.S in Electrical Engineering, Montana State University
A.A.S. in Electronic Technology, AIMS Community College