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SCS Research and Service Facilities Newsletter

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

  • February 2023:  Our new solid-state NMR spectroscopist, Dr. Collette Xu, arrived from the U. of Ottawa and the National High Magnetic Field Lab in Florida.  She manages two solid-state NMR specialty spectrometers in Noyes Lab.
  • October 2022:   New Bruker 500-MHz wide bore spectrometer and probe installed for solid-state NMR.  The 6 mm HXY MAS solid-state NMR probe provides access to additional quadrupolar nuclei, including low-gamma nuclei such as K-39.
  • March 2021: New Bruker 600-MHz spectrometer, with broad-band Prodigy CryoProbe (cooled with liquid nitrogen). See system overview here.
  • 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


Details here.

Left to right: Collete Xu, Dean Olson, Nikki Duay and Lingyang Zhu - March 2023



Dr. Collette Xu

Solid State NMR; since February 2023

Ms. Nikki Duay

Operations Manager; since April 2018

Dr. Lingyang Zhu

Liquids NMR; since November 2011

Mr. John Rosheck

Research Engineer since June 2011

Dr. Dean Olson

Director; since December 2010

Prof. David Sarlah

Faculty advisor since July 2017

Dr. Vera Mainz

Director for 25 years; retired summer 2010

Ms. Tracie Hubert

Technical Administrator; January 1986 - January 2018

Dr. Andre Sutrisno

Solid State NMR; June 2014 - August 2022

Prof. Martin Burke

Faculty advisor January 2012 to July 2017

Prof. Scott Denmark

Faculty advisor 2010-2012