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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 
  • 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.For new members of the department wishing to get a copy of TopSpin for themselves - please 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. Please do not visit our office in the basement (Room B28) as there will be no access to talk to Duncan in person except in emergencies.

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!

Current status

There are four open-access spectrometers in use: Arran (700MHz Dual Probe) in B14, Laphroaig (400MHz SmartProbe) in B18, Lagavulin (400 MHz SmartProbe) in B25 and Tobermory (400MHz NEO Prodigy N2 Cryoprobe) also in B25. Book a slot using Clustermarket. All new members of Chemistry must watch the training videos (see below), fill in and send us a signed and dated risk assessment form and enter their details in the Google Sheets sign-up form.

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

Reconditioned Bruker 500MHz Avance III spectrometer with UltraShield + magnet and SmartProbe is on order ready to be installed in B13 starting 22nd February, thanks to EPSRC money obtained from the School of Physical Sciences and topped up by the NMR Facility. This will be used to bolster our open-access capabilities following the decomissioning of the 600MHz last year. The 700MHz will continue as an open-access instrument on a part-time basis as previoiusly.

New (reconditioned) SampleJet sample changer for Tobermory on order thanks to support from Prof. Matt Gaunt and SynTech CDT.

New Sample Case Plus 60 position changer for Arran 700MHz compatible with cryoprobe, open-access usage and non-obstructive to MAS operation is on order!!

Video training for the user operated spectrometers is now in production. Training will be a blended mix of remote, face to face and online depending on the Covid-19 restrictions imposed by the department. Open-access users who are new members of the department who are not able to watch these training videos on Moodle can now find them embedded in our tips, videos and knowledge base page.

Knowledge base of common questions is being added to the Tips and Videos page by us both.

Forms

Submission forms to submit samples for the NMR Service from October 2020 are available for downloading:

Consumables requisition forms for withdrawal of deuterated solvents and tubes from October 2020 are available for downloading:

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

Before any research worker 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.