Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy Facility

RMIT’s Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy Facility houses a range of solid and solution state nuclear magnetic resonance equipment.

Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy is a sophisticated and powerful yet non-destructive technique that employs strong magnetic fields and radiofrequencies to reveal the structural and dynamic characteristics of materials at the molecular level.

The facility supports teaching and research staff and students in the School of Science and is also available for collaborative projects across RMIT.

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The NMR facility supports a variety of applications in many disciplines of scientific research, medicine, and various industries.

Key services

Research areas

Many other possible applications exist from the study of bio-molecular systems and structural biology to geological and environmental science applications.

Most NMR facilities offer either liquid state NMR spectroscopy or solid state NMR spectroscopy and, rarely, time domain NMR. The NMR instrumentation and staff expertise in various complementary branches of NMR make the RMIT facility uniquely suited to the exploration of complex systems that are resistant to other means of analysis.

Equipment

Our instruments cover the range from low-field NMR (Minispec mq20 spectrometer) to (relatively) high-field (Bruker 300MHz Avance III and Agilent/Varian 500MHz DD2 spectrometers).

Minispec mq20

Designed to investigate the time domain NMR characteristics of liquid, solid and gaseous state materials. These characteristics reveal the dynamic properties of, and interactions between, atoms and molecules in a sample.

It is especially useful for investigating components of differing mobility’s in mixtures ranging from food-stuffs to polymer blends to ionic liquids to geological samples.

Bruker 300MHz spectrometer

Designed for walk-up routine molecular structural analysis, via proton and multinuclear NMR spectroscopy, of organic compounds in solution.

It is heavily used by synthetic organic chemists in the College of Science, Engineering and Health.

Varian 500MHz spectrometer and VARIAN ProStar HPLC

Equipped for multinuclear analysis of solutions, for solid state analysis of organic solids, and for LC-NMR spectroscopy. It is used by materials chemists, environmental scientists, natural product chemists and those who pursue metabolomics.

When coupled with the ProStar HPLC the set up has the ability to separate components within a sample in situ. This is the preferred NMR technique for components which are unstable to light, air, time or the environment. It is particularly useful for the structural identification of natural products.

Opening hours

Standard opening times are 9.30 am - 5.00 pm Monday to Friday. 
Some experiments may be left running overnight.

Bookings

Users must register and be trained before booking time on instruments in advance. Please contact the relevant NMR steering committee member depending on your area of interest.

If you can't use your booking, please cancel it as soon as possible to allow others use the instruments.

Fees

Access to is free to School of Science research staff and students. Costs for other users will be on a cost recovery model depending on the number of samples and the amount of time needed.

Contact

Address: RMIT Building 3, level 1 room 5, 124 La Trobe Street Melbourne 3000.

Key staff

The facility is managed by the NMR steering committee:

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