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£1.4m upgrade of the 800 MHz spectrometer to establish Scottish High Field NMR Centre

Lead by Prof. Dušan Uhrín, Scottish NMR spectroscopists, have been awarded £ 1.4 mil for a major upgrade of the 800 MHz NMR spectrometer housed in the School of Chemistry of the University of Edinburgh.

Building on the existing Scottish NMR Users Group, and drawing on support from ScotCHEM and SULSA, this grant establishes a Scottish High Field Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Centre. It is part of a major EPSRC-lead investment of RCUK into UK NMR infrastructure.

The Centre will provide access to the mid- to high-magnetic field liquid- and solid-state NMR spectrometers in Scotland. It brings together researchers from from the universities of Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, St Andrews and Strathclyde, Heriot-Watt University and the Beatson CRUK Institute, Glasgow forming the hub of a network of NMR users across physical and life sciences.

Professor Dušan Uhrín, Chair of NMR spectroscopy in Edinburgh, said: “This new centre will transform the way NMR is applied to chemistry, biology, environmental and material sciences in universities and industry across Scotland. It will create a platform for interactions with other regional and national NMR centres in the UK.”

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