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There are currently two members of staff in the NMR Facility - but we are soon to be welcoming our Senior NMR Specialist to the department and our team in September!! We hope that their appointment will propel the NMR Facility to even greater levels of productivity, service, teaching, innovation and communication. Duncan and Andrew are very excited about our new colleague who we will introduce in August. We can't wait to get going with all the projects and ideas we have on the back burner to make the NMR Facility the premier service team in the department. Watch this space.......

Duncan Howe

Duncan Howe and Andrew Mason are NMR specialist technical assistant-staff with 23+ years experience each on the departmental instruments.  Duncan has a joint Chemistry/Computing degree from the University of St Andrew's and generally runs the 500MHz Cryoprobe instrument, Aberlour in B28.  He can advise on all aspects of NMR, and specialises in computer related queries and the implementation of new techniques and experiments on our spectrometers.  Particular strengths include Non Uniform Sampling, the use of the Dynamics Centre for DOSY processing and kinetics. Duncan is the NMR Facility training lead, standardising the way in which new users are taught the safe and correct way to operate a high field spectrometer. Why not have a look at Duncan's NMR Blog!

Andrew gained his Chemistry degree at the University of York and can usually be found on the 400MHz QNP Cryoprobe spectrometer, Cragganmore also in B28 although he is currently working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic.  He deals with the majority of the external samples that require preparation prior to analysis and is responsible for the safe disposal of these materials and other contaminated waste.  He is responsible for the accounts, administration, trained user recording, consumable ordering and price negotiation and implementation of the booking system. He can help with all general NMR enquiries, is in charge of the facility website, social media, general housekeeping in the section and is the lead on the NMR training/tutorial video production. He is very interested in implementation of the LEAN process in an academic environment in order to reduce cost, improve efficiency and productivity and eliminate mistakes and failure modes.

The NMR Facility team run the NMR Service spectrometers in B28, and operate the other instruments for researcher workers without access to a group user.  We also look after the day to day requirements of the magnets such as nitrogen and helium fills, and are able to fix most of the smaller problems that can occur with these systems.  We liaise with the manufacturer of our instruments - Bruker - to arrange engineer visits and coordinate repairs as required.  If you require NMR solvents or tubes, then see us in B28 where we will be delighted to help you.  We can also help you to choose experiments to solve your particular problem, and can offer advice when your spectra are not what you expect.  We deal with requests for NMR experiments from researchers in other University departments, collaborate on research projects*, and coordinate work with scientists from external companies.  To send an email to both of us at once, please use the address
If we are not in B28, you can probably find one of us in the other rooms on the basement corridor.  Please come and see us if you need information or assistance with anything NMR related.  We don't bite and it may save you some time! We like to provide a friendly face when things are not going to plan with your NMR research, or share a joke and impart some knowledge to you while hearing about your day or even your nights out! Many of our research workers become friends and even customers in the fullness of time!
* Collaborative research papers published in 2014 and 2018:
Ibrahim Jalloh, Adel Helmy, Duncan J. Howe, Richard J. Shannon, Peter Grice, Andrew Mason, Clare N. Gallagher, Michael P. Murphy, John D. Pickard, David K. Menon, T. Adrian Carpenter, Peter J. Hutchinson, and Keri L. H. Carpenter   A Comparison of Oxidative Lactate Metabolism in Traumatically Injured Brain and Control Brain Journal of Neurotrauma.Sep 2018.ahead of print
Keri L. H. Carpenter, Ibrahim Jalloh, Clare N. Gallagher, Peter Grice, Duncan J. Howe, Andrew Mason, Ivan Timofeev, Adel Helmy, Michael P. Murphy, David K. Menon, Peter J. Kirkpatrick, T. Adrian Carpenter, Garnette R. Sutherland, John D. Pickard, Peter J. Hutchinson   13C-labelled microdialysis studies of cerebral metabolism in TBI patients Eur J Pharm Sci  Volume 57, 16 June 2014, Pages 87–97