Melissa Edmondson and the team at Kings College London were an early adopter of the NMReady for undergraduate teaching. They use it for teaching, outreach and research within the department
“Kings Chemistry Teaching Labs purchased the Nanalysis 60 MHz benchtop NMR back in 2013 and over the years it has become an integral part of the laboratory programme. Undergraduate students typically run both their starting materials and products for the majority of their synthesis experiments. The frequent use and in lab data analysis means NMR interpretation becomes second nature to our students by the time they reach year 3.
In addition to undergraduate teaching we also use the NMR as part of our spectroscopy outreach event which is aimed at giving external groups of year 12 and year 13 students an introduction and practical experience of spectroscopic techniques. This is very successful event that we run once a year and have received excellent feedback from the schools and students.
Besides teaching the 60 MHz NMR has also been used by various research groups within chemistry and pharmacy who are particularly interested in the possible portable nature of the NMR and its application in quality control.
The instrument itself is very easy to use with students requiring minimal training before they can use the NMR independently. The run time for each spectra is very short so even with only one instrument in the department we very rarely have students waiting to run their samples.
Day to day very little maintained or set up is required; the front filter may need changing from time to time but this is very easy to do and the instrument notifies you of when this needs to be done.
The NMR itself is very reliable and when left shimming in standby mode is always ready to use. On the few occasions when things do go wrong the team in Calgary are always happy to connect remotely to the instrument and fix any problems they find.
Overall I am very happy with the purchase of this instrument and the ongoing support given by Nanalysis and GPE Scientific. I would specifically recommend this instrument to undergraduate teaching labs as it really does show the students the value of NMR in chemical synthesis."
“Our NMReady-60 works just as great now as it did 4 years ago when it was purchased. Its compact size makes it easy to accommodate in a teaching lab and the spectra are so easy to run. I haven’t needed much support from customer service but when I have, they’re friendly and easy to work with. This instrument is a valuable tool for our small liberal arts students to learn from and we couldn’t be happier with it.”
Dr. Robert Todd and the team at Tans World Chemicals Inc. envisioned to supply researchers with a unique line of chemical products not offered by large chemical supply houses, Trans World Chemicals, Inc. services customers in biomedical, pharmaceutical and agricultural research as well as universities and other chemical companies.
Dr. Michael Katz, with considerable support of the Department of Chemistry, wrote an application for a benchtop NMR to the “Teaching and Learning Framework” grant at Memorial University. In class or in the lab, the long-term goal of the grant was to create a new teaching infrastructure within the chemistry department where students get first hand experience with all aspects of NMR (sample prep, data collection, and interpretation).
Dr. Carlos Velazquez’s research group is actively engaged in the development of safe and effective cancer chemotherapeutic and chemopreventive agents. While queuing up for a 600 MHz NMR spectrometer in his department, students in Dr. Velazquez’s research group have the time-saving option of using a benchtop NMReady to analyze samples of starting materials and relatively simple products. Using the benchtop spectrometer, students usually know if they produced the target compound before the high field NMR is even ready for them to use.
Dr. Mosher is the Chair of the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department at the University of Northern Colorado and was first impressed with the NMReady when he came across the instrument at ACS. Dr. Mosher decided to purchase the instrument when he was “re-vamping” the organic chemistry laboratory. His goal was to increase the exposure of the students to instrumentation used in industry and by practicing chemists. While the department had a 400MHz FT-NMR, it was not conducive to undergraduate use.
Dr. Metz was first intrigued by the NMReady because it uses standard 5 mm NMR tubes just like research spectrometers. Having devoted 40 years to the field of NMR himself, he recognized a pressing need for a small, sensitive, and user-friendly high resolution instrument optimized for beginning students. He believes the NMReady represents a near-perfect synthesis of these qualities. Despite having numerous high-field spectrometers, Boston College has incorporated the NMReady into its undergraduate chemistry teaching labs, greatly expanding students’ hands-on experience with NMR. The instrument is being used regularly by freshman to senior students in organic, honors, and advanced methods labs.
Penchem designs, develops and manufactures innovative advanced polymer solutions to solve the most demanding requirements in automotive, semiconductors, electronics, electrical, photo-optics and green energy saving applications.
The NMReady is used to improve workflow and performance. By characterizing monomers prior to polymerization, it helps ensure that the polymerization reactions will be high yielding and optimized. Reactions can be easily monitored while in progress and compositional ratios can be easily determined on intermediates and end products.
Dr. Pullarkat incorporated the NMReady into undergraduate chemistry labs at NTU for over 200 students, giving each of them hands-on access to NMR and aligning it with his lecture course on NMR.
Dr. Pullarkat’s research interests include the investigation of Ru, Pd and Ir metallacycles and related systems for their potential as catalysts in various organic synthetic scenarios, especially catalytic protocols for the asymmetric generation of new chiral phosphines from non-chiral substrates.