Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Facility

McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario
What the facility does

Provides high quality nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) data, analysis, and education to solve chemical, biochemical and materials science problems.

Areas of expertise

McMaster has one of the world’s best-equipped nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) facilities. These facilities harness the power of NMR spectroscopy to answer questions about the specific physical and chemical properties of samples with atomic scale resolution. 

NMR spectroscopy is uniquely capable of studying kinetic and dynamic properties and it complements many other techniques in establishing the structure of samples. NMR provides the tools to elucidate the molecular structure of your complex natural product, identify minor impurities, determine the specific chemical modification made to a polymer, gain better understanding of an important protein dynamical process, or study the details of the breakdown in lithium-ion battery cathode materials.

Because NMR spectroscopy is a nondestructive technique, precious samples can be recovered after testing is completed.

Research services

External clients:

  • Provide timely, high quality, traceable NMR data.
  • Provide data analysis and technical report services.
  • Verify the molecular structure and purity of reagents and products.
  • Identify and quantify chemical impurities.
  • Consult with clients on new and challenging problems.
  • Maintain strict confidentiality when dealing with client samples, data, reports and discussions.

Internal McMaster users:

  • Train students, post-docs and other researchers to acquire, process and interpret their own NMR data.
  • Consult with researchers when they encounter new and challenging problems and advise them on the best course of action.
  • Implement new NMR experimental techniques to either improve on the established methods, or to introduce entirely new capabilities.
Sectors of application
  • Chemical industries
  • Education
  • Energy
  • Life sciences, pharmaceuticals and medical equipment
Bruker AV3HD 850 MHz NMR spectrometer with TCI CryoProbe and solids probesThis spectrometer provides ultra-high field nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy for liquid and solid-state samples. 
Bruker AV3HD 300 MHz wide-bore NMR spectrometer with solids, imaging and diffusion probesNMR spectroscopy, diffusion and MR-Imaging of solid-state samples.
Bruker AVANCE NEO 700 MHz NMR spectrometer with TCI CryoProbeNMR testing of protein samples.
Bruker AVANCE NEO 600 MHz NMR spectrometer with BBO Prodigy CryoProbeNMR testing of solution state organic, inorganic and polymer samples.
Bruker AVANCE NEO 500 MHz NMR spectrometer with solids and solutions probes, and wide sample temperature rangeHybrid spectrometer for solution and solid-state samples. Broad sample temperature range is accessible.
Bruker AVANCE NEO 700 MHz NMR spectrometer with BBO CryoProbeHighly sensitive, ideally suited for precious natural products testing.
Bruker AVANCE NEO 400 MHz NMR spectrometer with iProbeVersatile spectrometer for synthetic chemical testing and reaction monitoring.


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Magnetic Resonance and Materials for Energy Storage Lab
Giuseppe Melacini Research Lab
IVAN NMR Workshop – Accessibility in the NMR Lab