Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Facility dedicated

A $1.5 million upgrade to the Natural Products and Small Molecule Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Facility at Oregon State University was dedicated on June 23.

Rodger Kohnert, manager of the Natural Products and Small Molecule Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Facility at Oregon State University, shows off their new 700 MHz spectrometer. (photo: Theresa Hogue)

An open house and tour of the facility in Gilbert Hall highlighted the upgrade. Eventually, the facility will be moved to the Linus Pauling Science Center building currently under construction on the west side of campus.

The facility provides state-of-the-art instrumentation for chemistry research at OSU, as well as the state of Oregon, local businesses, and other colleges and universities. It includes a Bruker Avance III 700 MHz nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer, one of the most sensitive carbon-detecting magnets in the world, as well as two new 400 MHz spectrometers for more routine spectroscopic needs.

Facility manager Rodger Kohnert gave tours during the event, explaining that the high quality instruments made it one of the premier sites in the United States dedicated to the analysis and structural determination of natural products and other carbon-based molecules.

Kohnert displays some data gathered by one of the facility's spectrometers as students look on during an open house. (photo: Theresa Hogue)

Rich Carter, a professor of chemistry and principal investigator with the facility, said that more than 100 researchers benefit from the facility on a regular basis, and the spectrometers give graduate and undergraduate students the chance to use state-of-the-art instruments that will advance their work and give them an edge as they pursue careers in the sciences.

He said the facility positioned OSU as a leader in the field of natural products analysis. The facility offers tools for researchers to develop new therapeutic compounds for treating human diseases.

The upgrade to this facility was made possible by financial support from OSU, the National Science Foundation and the Murdock Charitable Trust.

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