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Welcome to the Yusuf Hamied Department of Chemistry NMR facility

We provide NMR analytical chemistry services to:

  • Research workers within the department
  • Research workers in other University departments
  • External customers (please contact the NMR Facility team, who will be able to answer your enquiry)

Equipment

  • 12 high field superconducting magnet systems, with associated hardware, enabling a wide variety of experiments at various field strengths 
  • There is a separate Solid State NMR facility for the group of Professor Clare Grey  (more information available at the Grey Research Group website)

For more information about the individual instruments and their capabilities, go to the NMR Spectrometers page.

Services and supplies

  • A large range of deuterated solvents and NMR tubes.
  • Other chemicals of use in NMR spectroscopy.  
  • Assistance with basic interpretation of results
  • Tips on how to process your spectra to get the best results
  • Help with TopSpin, planning experiments, setting up the spectrometers, modifying pulse programs, automation, DOSY, NUS, Slice Selective NMR, VT, Kinetics, and much more.

TopSpin 4.x is now supplied free by Bruker for academic use. New members of the department wishing to get a copy of TopSpin for themselves should see the instructions available below for getting it installed and using it to process your spectra. We recommend that all users of the NMR facilities view their spectra on a computer in order to extract the most information.

Installation guide for installing the latest version of Bruker's software TopSpin 4.x  - TopSpin 4.x installation guide - March 26th 2020

Processing with TopSpin, written by Duncan - https://www.ch.cam.ac.uk/analytical/nmr/files/topspin-processing-2016-10-31-handouta.pdf

A Spectrometer Comparison Chart correct for 2021 can be found at the bottom of the drop down Spectrometers menu - please consult this to ascertain your best route for getting your NMR results!

We are generally always busy, with a lot of samples in the in-tray.  You may receive an email with your data enclosed before your spectra have been checked and your sample is returned.  If you have checked your data personally and are happy with the results please inform us, and we will put your NMR sample tube out to be collected.

As a rule we DO NOT print the spectra out because most of our users are happy with the electronic data, and we have minimised the amount of paper used in the facility.  If you have a reason for requiring the spectra to be printed please inform us by email, on the submission form or by telephoning the NMR team.

Contact us

For more information on what the spectrometers might do for you, please contact one of the NMR Facility staff:

Or email all the NMR team at once using nmr@ch.cam.ac.uk

Email sample submission forms to nmr-submission@ch.cam.ac.uk for all users.

Email consumables requisition forms to nmr-consumables@ch.cam.ac.uk for any solvents and NMR tubes.

You can find more information about the NMR Facility staff members here. If you have questions about any aspect of the NMR Facility, email nmr@ch.cam.ac.uk or phone 36397. We can usually be found in Room B28 in the basement NMR corridor however we will not be able to allow visitors in our room at the moment.

We have a twitter account - @camnmrservice - https://twitter.com/camnmrservice/  We will use this for status updates, important news and chat (which as it is French for cat also includes cats!!) as we don't take ourselves too seriously!  We look forward to receiving your tweets and likes!

Current status

A fantastic new NEO console and other upgrades to the 400MHz solid-state spectrometer Glenlossie have just been completed thanks to a successful grant application from Alex Forse. To reflect this the Forse Group have renamed the instrument "Lossie". If you need further information please contact Alex himself.

A third team member for the NMR Facility is soon to arrive. Our Senior NMR Specialist starts in September. Duncan and Andrew are extremely excited by the possibilities this opens up for extending the scope of the facility and the opportunity to start long awaited projects to improve the NMR offering.

Please see our Working in NMR and COVID-19 page available by clicking the tab at the top of all pages for full details and information, including our updated NMR Users Guide!

You MUST submit a signed (electronically or physically) and dated copy of our NMR Risk Assessment form before you can use ANY of our services. This includes consumable ordering or submitting samples to the NMR Service. See below for a copy.

The analytical backup server has all the NMR data you need on it, as well as useful files and software. Full instructions on how to connect to our "NMRarchives" and "NMRshares" shares are available on the Data page.

Future Developments

Training with remote tools such as Teams, Zoom and remote desktop will be developed as appropriate. Video guides and introductions will be expanded to cover a number of topics. Support for solid-state researchers will be enhanced by our new team member. Method development will restart and new techniques will be explored. Further small equipment upgrades will be pursued. Administrative matters will be streamlined further to simplify processes and eliminate waste. The consumables vending machine project will be recommenced with a new site being scoped. Safety protocols will be reviewed and rewritten, and all rooms will be cleaned and reconditioned for better working conditions for all our researchers. Communication with PI's, Administrators and Lab Managers will continue to be maintained so that all stakeholders feel connected to the analytical facility team. To enable our three person team to function in a fully transparent manner, we are now using the Slack app to communicate on a real time basis as well as OneNote and OneDrive to store and serve out files as we require them. Our aim is to offer the best NMR facility experience in the UK to all our users. 

Knowledge base of common questions is being added to the Tips and Videos page by us both. Thanks to Zhang-He Goh from the Gaunt Group for suggesting a number of improvements.

Forms

Submission forms to submit samples for the NMR Service from January 2021 are available for downloading:

Consumables requisition forms for withdrawal of deuterated solvents and tubes from January 2021 are available for downloading:

NMR Covid-19 specific risk assessment for downloading, signing and return:

Before any research worker (including Part III students) uses any of our facility services, including service sample submission and consumables requests, they must download, read, sign and date, then return the risk assessment (preferably as a PDF) to nmr@ch.cam.ac.uk. Please contact us on that email address if you have any questions or comments about this.