NMR/EPR

Welcome to the USU magnetic resonance facility! Here at the USU magnetic resonance facility we strive to further the University's mission statement of Learning, Discovery, and Engagement.

We are an at cost teaching and research facility seeking to expand the understanding and use of magnetic resonance. We currently house two fourier transform nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometers and a continuous wave electron paramagnetic spectrometer.

NMR/EPR Contact Information
Phone: (435) 797-1619
Email: chem@usu.edu

Sample Prep 101 PDF

Instruments

Bruker Avance III 500 MHz Spectrometer

Resonators

  • Bruker Smart Probe 1H/X
    • X Channel can observe 19F - 109Ag
    • Equipped with automatic tuning and matching accessory
    • Variable Temperature Capabilities
  • Bruker TXI Triple Resonance Probe 1H/13C/15N
    • Dedicated 1H, 13C, 15N and 2H channels
    • Equipped with automatic tuning and matching accessory
    • Variable Temperature Capabilities

Accessories

  • Bruker SampleCase Autosampler
    • 24 sample automation rack
    • Works with ICON NMR to acquire large amounts of data quickly
  • 500 W linear Amplifier
    • Used with TXI probe and possible future upgrades
  • BCU I smart Cooler

Bruker Avance III 500 MHz Spectrometer

Bruker EMX Plus EPR Spectrometer

Resonators

  • Standard X-Band Resonator
  • Cryogen X-Band Resonator
  • Dual Mode Resonator

Accessories

  • Cryostats
    • Liquid Helium Cryostat
    • Liquid Nitrogen Cryostat

Bruker EMX Plus EPR Spectrometer

JEOL 300 MHz Spectrometer

Probes

  • Broadband Observation Probe
    • HF Channel: 1H and 19F
    • LF Channel: 31P - 15N
    • Variable Temperature Control

Accessories

  • Variable Temperature Unit
  • Automatic Tuning and Matching

Rates and Forms

Bruker Avance III HD - 500 MHz

USU Users

Prime Hours After Hours
$10.00/hr $6.00/hr

 Off-Campus Users

Prime Hours After Hours
$25.00/hr $25.00/hr

JEOL - 300 MHz

USU Users

Prime Hours After Hours
$6.00/hr $6.00/hr

 Off-Campus Users

Prime Hours After Hours
$15.00/hr $15.00/hr

Data Acquisition

An additional fee is added for samples sent in to be run by the NMR manager.  For non-automated acquisition the fee is $25.00/sample.  For large number of samples automated acquisition is available at a reduced setup fee.  Please contact the NMR manager to learn more.

Sample Preparation

Solid/liquid samples sent to be prepared by the NMR manager will be charged $25.00/sample + materials cost.  All samples must be approved before being mailed.  All samples must come with an indication of desired solvent.  It is the responsibility of the sender to ensure the used deuterated solvent will completely dissolve the sample

Cryogens

All experiments requiring cryogens must be set up at least 2 weeks in advance when using liquid nitrogen.  Liquid helium experiments are performed several times throughout the year.  For the current liquid helium schedule please contact the NMR manager.  The price of liquid helium is charged to the user. 

Off Campus Users

Off campus users that choose to use the Utah State University Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Facility have two options in terms of data acquisition. Samples can be run by the off campus user or by the NMR manager.

Run by Off campus User

An outside user may be trained by the NMR manager for data acquisition on the instrument of their choice at no charge to the user (other than booked time on the instrument for training). Upon completion of their training, an outside user may then schedule time and use the NMR when desired at the current going rate for the instrument.  For training please contact the NMR manager.

Run by NMR Manager

Data may also be acquired by the NMR manager for an additional charge.  Data will be sent back in standard Bruker format or .pdf.  Data will be acquired during prime hours unless a sample requires long (1+ hr) acquisition time.  In such cases they will be run at off hours.  Large numbers of samples may be run through automation at a discounted additional charge.  Samples sent should be in quality tubes with ~0.65 mL of solvent to ensure a successful locking and shimming.  NMR caps should be compatible with the solvent in the tube. For more information on NMR tubes, solvents, and caps please see NMR Sample Prep 101

Prepared by NMR Manager

Samples may also be prepared by the NMR manager for an additional cost.  Unprepared samples must be approved before sending.  All samples must be accompanied by predicted MW, acceptable solvents to dissolve the entire sample, and any safety warnings.  All sent samples will be dissolved in 0.65 mL of deuterated solvent and be run using Wilmad economy tube.  If specialty preparation is required, i.e. small sample size or specialized experiment, please contact the NMR manager to discuss options. 

All published work using the Utah State University NMR facility must acknowledge the appropriate grants.  Please see the acknowledgements tab for more information.

Collaborations

The Utah State University Magnetic Resonance Facility is always seeking new short term and long term collaborative projects in a variety of fields.  Whether you are a staff scientist in industry or a faculty member in academia we are looking to collaborate with you!  Please contact our staff to discuss how the USU magnetic resonance facility may be able to aid your research.

Citation Support

Publications using Utah State University's Magnetic Resonance Facility must acknowledge the facility and the grant used to obtain the specific instrument.

Upon acceptance of work, the accepted manuscript should be reported to the NMR manager so an updated list of publications using the facility may be maintained.

First Second
500 MHz Bruker AVANCE III HD NMR Spectrometer MRI-1429195
300 MHz Jeol NMR Spectrometer CHE-0443641
CW X-Band Bruker EMX Plus EPR Spectrometer MRI-0722849