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Overview

The Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) facility at the Institute of Materials Science at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT provides the necessary instrumentation to fulfill the demand of advanced studies of macromolecules and materials science in solution and in solid state. The facility is equipped with four spectrometers: a solution NMR Bruker 500 MHz and three solid-state NMR, (i) Bruker DMX 300 MHz, (ii) Chemagnetic CMX 300 and (iii) a new Bruker Avance III 400 MHz equipped with a variety of both liquid and solid NMR probes). Most of the state-of-the-art NMR experiments can be readily performed with these NMR spectrometers.

All researchers at the University of Connecticut have equal access to these NMR instruments. To gain access to these instruments, please request an appointment to discuss your needs and schedule training sessions as appropriate. Once properly trained, the NMR spectrometers are available upon reservation through theĀ UConn IMS NMR Laboratory Reservation Webpage.

Researchers from other universities and industrial companies can also have access to the NMR facility, depending on the availability of the equipment. Should you have questions regarding the procedure for using the NMR facility at the Institute of Materials Science, please contact Dr. Ed Kurz, Director of the IMS Industrial Affiliates Program at 860.486.4186 or by email.

Instrument time is subject to hourly fees for the Bruker Avance III 400 MHz instrument at the rates of $10.00/hr for UConn researchers, $18.00/hr for other university researchers and $55.00/hr for companies. For companies, consulting fees may apply depending on service request. Please contact the Industrial Affiliates Program for details. The hourly fees for other NMR instruments remain to be determined.

Instrument Reservations

The open-access NMR spectrometers housed at UConn IMS NMR Facility are available in 30 minutes increments of time and can be reserved for blocks of time ranging from 30 minutes to 24 hours depending on the time of the day and whether the usage is on a weekend or weekday. Instrument time is subject to hourly fees according to the following table.

Note that the new instrument Bruker 400 MHz WideBore (WB) schedule is currently arranged to perform different types of experiments in alternate weeks: one week for solid-state high resolution NMR spectroscopy and one week for NMR diffusion experiments. This alternation in one-week period helps to reduce the set up time when switching between solid-state MAS probes and pulse field gradient probes.

To gain access to these instruments, please request an appointment at 860.486.4623 to discuss your needs and schedule training sessions as appropriate. The three solid-state NMR instruments require a significant amount of training compared to the liquids NMR instrument, in particular the new Bruker Avance III 400 MHz which has capabilities for more advanced experiments such a triple resonance (REDOR) and pulse field gradient (PFG Diffusion).