• Spectrometers
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  • Theory & Techniques
Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) is a highly sensitive tool for the analysis of molecular structure and function. The NMR Facility at the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is home to three solution-state NMR spectrometers: an Agilent Technologies 400-MR DDR2 400 MHz, a Varian Unity Inova 500 MHz, and a Varian Unity Inova 600 MHz spectrometer. All spectrometers are housed in the Chemistry/PSBN building. They are dedicated to a wide range of organic and inorganic small molecule and polymer research programs including those in the areas of green and sustainable chemistry, clean and renewable energy, polymer and materials research, synthesis of new drug leads and bioactive natural products, and inorganic & organometallic chemistry. The 600 MHz spectrometer is also being used for biomolecular NMR research, mainly on proteins and nucleic acids, conducted by Prof. Rick Dahlquist and several other groups from the chemistry department and MCDB. A Bruker 800 MHz spectrometer, currently managed by Materials Research Laboratory (MRL) is used mostly for solid-state NMR, but is accessible for occasional solution NMR, especially for proteins, where high sensitivity and/or high resolution is required but cannot be obtained on the other instruments. Other related and complimentary capabilities include separately managed instruments for EPR and dynamic nuclear polarization (DNP), a frontier technique being explored by a leading expert in the field Prof. Song-I Han.

These state-of-the-art, broadly shared instruments represent decades of infrastructure and staff support from the Chemistry Department and UCSB and reflect the outstanding education and training programs and frontier research conducted at UCSB. With funding support from UCSB Office of Research, the instruments were acquired with instrumentation awards from National Science Foundation through Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI) and National Institutes of Health through Shared Instrumentation Grant (SIG, S10) and High-End Instrumentation (HEI) Grant Program.

All instruments are user operated with readily available staff assistance. They are open to all campus researchers after proper training. The facility also provides resources and support to graduate and undergraduate education, campus-wide outreach programs and regional commercial interests in their R&D efforts. To help improve the access and operation of these NMR instruments, we always welcome your input and support. Moreover, your continuing groundbreaking research and progress will enhance our ability to acquire the latest cutting-edge instrumentation capabilities to meet the analytical needs of campus-wide research, training, and education.

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