Exploring the use of a benchtop NMR system in an undergraduate teaching programme
Dr Catherine Santai is an Associate Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry and Program Lead of the Integrative Sciences programme at Harrisburg University of Science & Technology, USA. The programme uses a number of analytical techniques teaching undergraduates about their use, giving them the experience ahead of entering research or industrial roles in later life.
So far, the Magritek Spinsolve benchtop NMR spectrometer has been used in the Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry laboratory sessions. These provide invaluable hands-on lessons about NMR techniques and analysis of a variety of compounds. NMR is used alongside Fourier transfer infrared (FTIR), atomic absorption (AAS), ultraviolet-visible (UV-VIS) and fluorescence spectroscopies.
PRAISE FOR THE SYSTEM
Dr Santai is very enthusiastic about the use of the Magritek Spinsolve and its benefits compared to other NMR or spectroscopy systems.
She says: “The fast processing time, easy operation and shimming in a robust instrument means that I can feel comfortable with students using it.
“I shopped around quite a bit for an NMR to meet our needs – primarily teaching. The Magritek system is a great space saver (table-top) and does not require cryogen, so upkeep costs of the instrument are very low.”
Santaid says that, “The most common student mistake would be to break a tube off inside the instrument. Fixing this does not require a service technician visit, but rather can be easily removed by the user. I love the simplicity of its design.”
SPINSOLVE IN SUMMARY
Spinsolve is an innovative multinuclear NMR spectrometer that provides an impressive performance compared with some other benchtop systems. With its small footprint, low weight and low cost users can have powerful, high resolution NMR spectroscopy in the chemistry lab, alongside other analytical instruments such as IR, GC, LC, MS, FTIR and Raman systems.
Magritek’s Spinsolve benchtop NMR spectrometers are supplied worldwide to academics in teaching and research; they are also supplied to industry for research and reaction monitoring through to quality control use.
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