Welcome to the NMR Laboratory

Helium Shortage

ChemFOM can be accessed here. Our current NMR rates can be found here.

Remote Connection to Your Campus Computer.

Newcomers to the NMR Lab should visit 146 Roger Adams Lab and see Nikki Duay for a briefing.  Further information is available from the NMR Lab Staff and this web page.

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, eight 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; a 300-MHz wide-bore spectrometer with specialty probes and solids accessories can perform multinuclear and solid state NMR experiments. All are equipped for variable temperature operation. Our 7 Varian spectrometers and 2 Bruker spectrometers include (in MHz): Seven liquid-state NMRs: 400 MHz (one), 500 MHz (four), 600 MHz (two); one solid-state, 300-MHz NMR; one liquid/solid compatible NMR: 750 MHz. An automated Bruker CryoProbe (500 MHz spectrometer) was added in the summer of 2016 and another automated Bruker Prodigy probe (600 MHz spectrometer) was added in the winter of 2021. We also provide automated NMR sample analysis 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).

Spotlight on the NMR Lab:

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Significant Events

  • May 2020: Click here for Covid-19 Safety Video.
  • Mar 2020: CORES Physical Distancing Efforts In Response to the Coronavirus: Remote Connection to Your Campus Computer
  • May 2018: Farewell to Professor Ian Fleming (Cambridge) after six years in a row teaching Chem 530 "Structure and Spectroscopy" every spring semester.
  • April 2018: Nikki Duay hired as an operations manager with a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering.
  • January 2018: Tracie Hubert retired after 32 years of service to the NMR Lab.
  • Summer 2016: Installation of new Carver B500, a Bruker 500-MHz spectrometer with broad-band CryoProbe (cooled with LHe) and automation.

Installation of the Carver B%00

  • January 2016: Recycling of helium began. A collection system connected to all magnets transfers helium gas to Loomis Lab for re-liquification.

Helium bag that is part of the helium collection and recycling system.

  • March 2013:  Agilent 750 MHz NB liquids/solids NMR spectrometer made available for use.
  • Spring 2012:  MNova NMR software made available to all campus users, students, and staff for free
  • Spring 2010:  750 MHz WB spectrometer installed with solid-state NMR probes & console components


NMR Lab Staff - (from left to right) Dean Olson, Lingyang Zhu, Andre Sutrisno, and Nikki Duay
NMR Lab Staff - (from left to right) Dean Olson, Lingyang Zhu, Andre Sutrisno, and Nikki Duay


Ms. Nikki Duay Operations Manager; since April 2018
Ms. Tracie Hubert Technical Administrator; January 1986 - January 2018
Dr. Andre Sutrisno Solid State NMR; June 2014 - August 2022
Dr. Lingyang Zhu Liquids NMR; since November 2011
Mr. John Rosheck Research Engineer since June 2011
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