• Spectrometers
  • Reservation

The NMR Facility at the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is home to four solution-state NMR spectrometers: a Varian Unity Inova 400 MHz, an actively-shielded Agilent Technologies 400-MR DDR2 400 MHz, a Varian Unity Inova 500 MHz, and an actively shielded 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 including basic chemistry, biomedical science, bioegineering, clean energy, green chemistry, material science, and nanochemistry. The 600 MHz spectrometer is also being used in biomolecular, mainly protein NMR research. A Bruker 800 MHz spectrometer, currently managed by Materials Research Laboratory (MRL) and being used mostly for solid-state NMR, is accessible for occasional solution NMR where high sensitivity and/or high resolution is required but cannot be achieved on the other instruments.

These state-of-the-arts, broadly shared instruments represent decades of infrastructure and staff support from the Chemistry Department and reflect the outstanding education, training and research conducted at UCSB as a whole. In addition to 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 and are open to all campus researchers with proper training. The facility also provides resources and support to graduate and undergraduate education and is open to outreach programs and industrial use in their R&D efforts. To help improve the access and operation of these NMR instruments, we always welcome your input and support. Your continuning research and progress will enhance our ability to upgrade and acquire new state-of-the-arts instrumentation capabilities to support campus-wide research, training, and education.


For questions and comments, please contact Dr. Hongjun Zhou (