The Center for Elemental and Isotopic Analysis (CELISA) was created by the vision of Dr. David Matty, professor emeritus in Central Michigan University's Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. In 2008, the university accepted a donation of a 2001 Thermo-Finnegan Element2 HR-ICP-MS from Dow Corning. Matty acquired internal funding and a $235,000 CMU 2010 Vision Grant shortly thereafter in order to develop CELISA's analytical center, and also drafted a successful NSF-MRI proposal with a team of CMU faculty that helped obtain a laser ablation system for the center. CELISA began operating in the fall of 2010.

Several new research opportunities. Direct benefits to Michigan.

The Center for Elemental and Isotopic Analysis provides new and expanded opportunities for research, the procurement of external funding for research and the training of students in modern methods of analytical chemistry.

Activities made possible by CELISA have the potential to provide a tangible, direct benefit to Michigan, including:
  • the enhanced ability to test the properties of advanced materials for technological progress;
  • insight into the discovery of new mineral resources;
  • and projects that may improve environmental quality or help to better understand ecological conditions around the state and region.
CELISA provides CMU researchers with a better mechanism to characterize and understand trace element signatures in a wide variety of materials, and can do this by providing enhanced capabilities for inorganic chemical analysis - laser ablation and high-resolution mass spectrometry - previously not available at CMU.

Staff at CELISA envision conducting trace element projects related to anthropological studies and the forensic sciences. There may also be an opportunity involving the general public and various students in K-12 outreach programs.