Chemistry undergraduates at Samford University use the Spinsolve Carbon benchtop NMR system in research and education programs

Dr. Paul Wiget is an assistant professor of chemistry at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. He chose the Spinsolve Carbon benchtop NMR spectrometer to support both his research work and for teaching. For Dr. Wiget the ability to perform 13C, DEPT, HSQC, HMBC experiments was most important. He also saw the scripting function as extraordinarily helpful as it would enable the running of a HSQC experiment and followed by an HMBC routine allowing extraction from the 13C data overnight even when measuring dilute samples.

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“We use NMR in our second semester organic laboratory as means to adequately characterize the intermediate and product of a two-step synthesis, an independent project that makes up about two thirds of the students’ grade. We have found that often the carbon channel is most useful in this project due to the inherently low dispersion associated with the proton channel”

Continuing to describe the benefits of Spinsolve, Dr Wiget says

“the greatest benefit of the system is its ease of use and low-level of training for student operation. We are also very fond of no longer needing an air source for spinning. The instrument is very fast and reliable compared to the old, larger, 60 MHz instrument we had. The requirement of consistent spin and the finicky nature of the software made the instrument less practical for student use, and very challenging for research purposes”

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