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CO2 Fence Project

 CO2 art fence

Longzhu Shen, a graduate student working with the Teresa Heinz Professor of Green Chemistry Terry Collins, and Bier created the CO2 Fence in Spring 2012.  Longzhu won permission to place the sculpture in the Carnegie Mellon ArtPark along Forbes Avenue in Oakland.  Bier was Shen's faculty sponsor for the art project with the goal to bring awareness to climate change.  The CO2 Fence was also installed in the city of York, PA by York College students in 2013. 

Photo of by Steve Ellington

Virtual Mass Spectrometry Laboratory (VMSL)

We are creating an internet-based mass spectrometry education tool called the Virtual Mass Spectrometry Laboratory. The site is being developed to educate students, teachers, and researchers about mass spectrometry, using case studies and 'virtual' mass spectrometers to achieve this goal.

The Virtual Mass Spectrometry Laboratory was generously funded by the NSF.

Remote Control of 'Real' Mass Spectrometers

We are developing new teaching methods by operating a mass spectrometer from a class room, "remotely". This teaching methodology was first used in Chemistry Lab IV in 1999 with real-time video and is used in Chemistry 09-543: Mass Spectrometry: Fundamentals, Techniques and Applications and in the Center for Molecular Analysis to training large groups of students.  We are interested in using the remote control of mass spectrometers for research purposes as well.

Carnegie Mellon Courses Taught

  • Chemistry 09-543: Mass Spectrometry: Fundamentals, Techniques and Applications
    View Syllabus [.pdf]
  • Chemistry 09-445: Undergraduate Research
  • Chemistry 09-331: Modern Analytical Instrumentation (mass spectrometry section only)

Mark E. Bier

Research Professor and Director, Center for Molecular Analysis

Department of Chemistry
Carnegie Mellon University
Mellon Institute
4400 Fifth Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
412-268-3540 (office)
412-268-1061 (fax)

Office: MI 555