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.