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University of Wisconsin–Madison

Upgrade for Workhorse 500 MHz NMR for Catalysis and Materials Research


The Magnetic Resonance (MR) Facility in the Paul Bender Chemistry Instrument Center provides shared equipment that enables fundamental characterization capabilities for chemical research. Six nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometers support a broad range of needs including  high-throughput automation with a primary goal of quickly verifying chemical structures involved with synthetic research; primary support for undergraduate and graduate level laboratory coursework; studies of solid-state samples for catalytic and materials research, support for reaction monitoring; and state-of-the-art capabilities supporting research in chem-bio and other research areas requiring light (e.g., photochemistry, light-enhanced sensitivity) and other more complex experiments.

This project supports replacement of the superconducting magnet on the 500 MHz NMR spectrometer (500P) that supports research on solid-state samples, and also supports liquids kinetics and reaction monitoring studies. Research efforts that use the spectrometer involve catalytic systems, functionalized nanoparticles, biomass materials and viability of bacterial cell walls. This spectrometer also provides the ability to gain mechanistic details in vivo about reactions, very useful for the understanding and design of new catalysts.


Ive Hermans, professor of chemistry


Charles Fry, distinguished scientist in chemistry and director of the Magnetic Resonance Facility


Shannon Stahl, professor of chemistry

Jennifer Schomaker, professor of chemistry

Joel Pederson, professor of soil science

George Huber, professor of chemical and biological engineering


Resonance (MR) Facility in the Paul Bender Chemistry Instrument Center