Dynamic and socially conscious research is the hallmark of Seaver College of Science and Engineering. Undergraduate and graduate students are involved in all phases of research and discovery. Much of our work is conducted in cooperation with LMU’s Office of Research and Sponsored Projects. Here is a look at our centers and research instruments.

Research Centers


The Center for Urban Resilience – CURes – is one of 17 research centers and institutes at LMU.  CURes is housed in the Frank R. Seaver College of Science and Engineering, but report to LMU Provost Joe Hellige.  

CURes is a bridge-builder among stakeholders supporting positive urban ecology interventions in Los Angeles and beyond through courses, research, community science and public outreach. Urban ecology is more than the study and protection of nature in cities. It is the study of cities as ecological communities in and of themselves. Urban ecology looks at cities both as complex social and ecological systems and places that are uniquely structured for human needs. Consequently, cities are indispensable laboratories of innovation for urban problems. Creative adaptation while living within limits — resilience and sustainability — is key to facing the coming social and environmental challenges of the 21st century. How cities respond to these challenges will promote or detract from the well being of a city’s residents.

CURes harnesses the creative energies of LMU faculty, students and staff to develop sustainable solutions for a broad range of problems.

Center for Santa Monica Bay Studies

The Center for Santa Monica Bay Studies, established in 2008, is a joint program of the Seaver College of Science and Engineering at Loyola Marymount University and The Bay Foundation.  The mission of the center is to engage in multidisciplinary research on environmental and social issues affecting Santa Monica Bay and its watersheds, and to contribute to policies and actions that improve the environmental conditions of the bay and surrounding urban areas. 

The Center is actively conducting research at the nearby Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve, Malibu Lagoon, in the coastal ocean, on campus, and at other locations throughout the watershed. 


The Frank R. Seaver College of Science and Engineering at LMU operates several state of the art research instruments. See a selection below and click any piece of equipment to view more details.

Atomic Force Microscope (AFM)
Manufacturer: Asylum Research
Resolution: <1nm
Magnification: 1,000,000+

Confocal Microscope (CM)
Manufacturer: Zeiss
Model: Confocal LSM 5 Exciter Vario Two RGB with ZEN 2008
Resolution: x/y resolution- (1/NA); z resolution- (1/NA2)
                   (NA- numerical aperture of microscope objective)
Magnification: varies through objective magnification

Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectroscopy (ICP-MS)
Manufacturer: Perkin Elmer
Model: ELAN DRC-e
Detection limits range: 0.1 ppt to 10 ppb, varying from element to element 

Liquid Chromatograph - Mass Spectrometer (LC-MS)

Manufacturer: Perkin Elmer
Model: Flexar FX-15 UHPLC, Flexar FX-PDA UHPLC detector, Flexar SQ300 MS
Mass range: 20-3000;
Ion Sources: ESI 0.004-1.4 mL/min (no split);
Mass Accuracy: +0.1u/24 Hr;
Resolution (FWHM): 0.6u ± 0.1 (20-3,000u)

NMR (Nuclear Magnetic Resonance) Spectrometer with Automation

Manufacturer: Brucker
Model: AVIII400 Nanobay
Resolution: <0.005Hz

Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM)

Manufacturer: FEI
Model: SEM QUANTA 200
Resolution: High Vacuum/Low Vacuum; 3.0nm @ 30kv (SE); 4.0nm @30kv (BSE)
Magnification: 20 to 1,000,000 x (quad view)

Varian Gas Chromatograph - Mass Spectrometer (GC-MS)
Manufacturer: Varian
Model: GC-3800, MS-2200

  • GC-3800
    • CP-1177 Split/Splitless Injector with EFC
    • 1079 PTV Temperature Programmable Injector with EFC
    • Simultaneous operation with the MS using single column/split effluent or parallel columns
  • MS-2200
    • MS/MS for selectivity
    • MSn delivered through ion trap technology
    • Mass Range: 10 to 650 µ
    • Full spectrum scan rate: Up to 10 Hz (dependent on mass range)
    • Positive Chemical Ionization with the sensitivity and convenience of El