skip to content

Welcome to the 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

  • 13 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 2020 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 when research recommences.

Email consumables requisition forms to nmr-consumables@ch.cam.ac.uk when research recommences.

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.

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

The 400MHz open-access spectrometer Lagavulin was relocated from Room B12 to B25 at the start of last month and the 600MHz was decommissioned after a short period of further operation on 3rd August. This has allowed B12 to accomodate Clare Grey's new DNP installation which is now taking shape. We will continue to use the 700MHz as a temporary open-access instrument, and this will be continuing in September for a short while longer before the solid state probe is required to be installed.

Please see our new 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.

A reminder that the NEW SAMPLE ID rules for the open-access spectrometers are still required to be followed. This is to help us produce individual usage reports for these instruments at the end of each month in order that we can charge separate grant codes if PI's desire. Please see the notices on the walls behind each submission PC for full details. In short you need to use your group PI's initials followed by a hyphen (-) and then your crsid followed by the forward slash (/). For example CA-AB220/ABC123-F2 or DRS-AM123/AM-02-F23-35

The new 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

Video training for open-access spectrometers in post-production using footage shot of Duncan by Photography and screen video capture of NMRKiosk by Andrew. It will be ready for the new intake of PhD students in October. We will also be reinstating access to Glenlivet and Glengrant as separate instruments subject to masks being worn at all times in B19 when two operators are present.

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 are available for downloading:

Consumables requisition forms for withdrawal of deuterated solvents and tubes from us 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.