NMR Laboratory

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Welcome to the NMR Laboratory

The NMR (Nuclear Magnetic Resonance) Lab of the School of Chemical Sciences offers a wide range of spectrometers, probes, and technical capabilities including multi-dimensional, multi-nuclear, and solid-state NMR. Supported by four full-time staff and two student hourlies, ten spectrometers in three locations allow walk-up and long-term NMR experiments 24/7. Spectrometers at 400 MHz, 500 MHz, and 600 MHz are available for short-to-medium length experiments; 750 MHz and 300 MHz wide-bore spectrometers with specialty probes and solids accessories can perform multinuclear and solid state NMR experiments. All are equipped for variable temperature operation. Our ten Varian spectrometers and 1 Bruker spectrometer include (in MHz): Seven liquid-state NMRs: 400 (two), 500 (four), 600; Two solid-state NMRs: 500, 750; Two liquid/solid compatible NMRs: 300 and 750. An automated Bruker CryoProbe was added in the summer of 2016. We also provide automated, on-flow NMR sample analysis (from vials) for undergrad organic chemistry courses offered via the Department of Chemistry. Electronics and IT staff provide additional support.

To make the most of NMR as an analytical tool, all newcomers receive about 4 hours of individual basic training with additional instruction available for variable temperature control, multi-dimensional NMR, and specialty spectrometers and experiments. Our primary goal is to provide the highest level of NMR performance to the students, staff, and faculty of the School and UIUC campus. The NMR Lab is also available to all outside users, both academic and industrial (contact the Director).

Farewell to Professor Ian Fleming

Ian Fleming with SCS NMR friends - photo

We bid a fond farewell to Professor Ian Fleming from the University of Cambridge, UK. Six years in a row, Dr. Fleming has spent spring semester here at Illinois teaching Chem 530, Structure and Spectroscopy. After years of coursework lectures and textbook revisions, plus some local guest presentations, he departs Illinois to return to Cambridge. He will be missed by many, but we look forward to seeing his new textbook published soon, "Spectroscopic Methods in Organic Chemistry, 7th Edition".

Spotlight on: NMR Labs

Significant Events


NMR staff - left to right -  Dean Olson, Lingyang Zhu, Andre Strisno, and Niki Duay photo
NMR Lab Staff - (from left to right) Dean Olson, Lingyang Zhu, Andre Sutrisno, and Nikki Duay
Ms. Nikki Duay Technical Assistant; since April 2018
Ms. Tracie HubertTechnical Administrator; January 1986 – January 2018
Dr. Andre Sutrisno Solid State NMR; since June 2014
Dr. Lingyang Zhu Liquids NMR; since November 2011
Mr. John Rosheck Research Engineer since July 2012
Dr. Dean Olson Director; since December 2010
Dr. Vera Mainz Director for 25 years; retired summer 2010
Prof. David Sarlah Faculty advisor since July 2017
Prof. Martin Burke Faculty advisor January 2012 to July 2017

NMR Laboratory
146 Roger Adams Lab
MC-712 Box 81-5
600 South Mathews Ave.
Urbana, IL 61801
Dean Olson, Ph.D.
NMR Lab / EPR Lab
tel: (217) 244-0564
fax: (217) 244-8068
dolson [at] illinois [dot] edu
Lab Hours: 24/7 access is by i-Card only
Staff Available 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Monday through Friday

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