Abstract by Brigham Clawson
Chemistry and Biochemistry
Optimization of a Time of Flight Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometer Through New Standard Operating Procedure
Modern scientific instruments are essential for research, but they can also be temperamental and fragile. Instrument damage can be costly and halt research progress. Well-written standard operating procedures (SOPs) can help to minimize instrument damage due to operator error. We are currently using temperature resolved time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (ToF-SIMS) to analyze display glass surface. We have developed a detailed standard operating procedure for this complex instrument. This SOP instructs users in sample loading and instrument set-up and establishes measurement protocols for our current experiment. This SOP has helped our research progress by (i) speeding up training for new team members, (ii) ensuring uniformity of measurement practices between group members, and (iii) avoiding instrument damage. Here, we discuss the elements necessary to make an SOP that is both comprehensive and accessible to new users.