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Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectroscopy is a powerful technique for the analysis of molecular structure and function. Its familar application in the public domain, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), is widely used in macroscopic tissue and organ imaging for disease diagnosis or functional studies. The NMR Facility at the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is home to three high-resolution, 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. With funding support from NSF, a new state-of-the-art Bruker Avance NEO 500 MHz spectrometer equipped with a cryoprobe and a 400 MHz spectrometer have been acquired with an expected operational date in early 2020.

All spectrometers are housed in the Physical Science Building North (PSBN). 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. A Bruker 800 MHz spectrometer, currently managed by Materials Research Laboratory (MRL), is used mostly for challenging solid-state NMR, and is accessible for occasional solution NMR, especially for proteins. Other related and complimentary capabilities on campus include several instruments for solid-state NMR and EPR and dynamic nuclear polarization (DNP).

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, training and research programs conducted at UCSB. With funding support from the 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 and to continue to acquire the latest cutting-edge instrumentation capabilities to meet your analytical needs, we always welcome your input and support.

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