In 2000, Oregon State University received a $1 million grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation of Los Angeles, Calif., to establish the W.M. Keck Collaboratory for Plasma Spectrometry on campus, linking state-of-the-art geochemical analysis capabilities to one of the most extensive supercomputing networks for marine research in the world.
Since then the Keck Collaboratory has continued to grow its analytical capabilities through acquisitions funded by the NSF and OSU. Today the facility includes a clean room, the first Nu Plasma 3D MC-ICP-MS, a Nu Plasma MC-ICP-MS, two Thermo X-Series ICP-MS instruments, ICP-OES, and a Photon Machines Analyte G2. The Keck Collaboratory supports research in earth and environmental sciences. It offers hands on experience to the many undergraduate and graduate students.