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Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectroscopy

The Higher Technical Vocational College of
Chemistry in Wels, Austria uses the Magritek Benchtop
Spinsolve to teach students the basic practices of NMR

Magritek, a leading provider of compact NMR and MRI instruments, reports on how their Spinsolve Benchtop NMR spectrometer is being used for teaching practical analytical chemistry to students at The Higher Technical Vocational College of Chemistry in Wels, Austria.

HTBLA Wels is a higher technical vocational college of chemistry in Austria. Here, Dr Harald Baumgartner is responsible for the instrumental analytical laboratory. The lab's main focus is to teach students the basics of NMR (interpretation of spectra). Starting this year, all the students have to do their own practical work towards their thesis. This may be in the field of synthetic organic chemistry so NMR is used to determine the chemical structures of the materials the students synthesize. In other experiments, the course offers quantitative analytics (e.g. determination of the iodine number of vegetable oils) and kinetic studies.

A college student learns about NMR with the Magritek Spinsolve Carbon at HTBLA Wels in Austria.

NMR has been part of the curriculum for some years. However, this was through a very old 1H-60 MHz NMR. New instruments usually require fillings of expensive liquid helium for cooling the magnet. Dr Baumgartner says "Compared to the old 60 MHz spectrometer, the Magritek Spinsolve benchtop spectrometer is so much easier to use. It is software-based so collecting and processing data is quite straightforward. As well as ¹H spectra, our Spinsolve allows us to measure more complex spectra including ¹³C-spectra. Even 2-dimensional experiments are now available to the students."

Magritek's Spinsolve benchtop NMR spectrometer is supplied worldwide to academics in teaching and research; also to industry for research and reaction monitoring through to quality control use.

Magritek in profile
Founded in 2004, Magritek is an advanced technology company exporting from Germany and New Zealand to customers all over the world. The initial technology and IP used in Magritek products was developed by research teams at RWTH University, Germany, and Massey University and Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand. Today, Magritek provides complete NMR and MRI solutions and applications for Chemical, Oil and Gas, Food and Construction Industries as well as components and subsystems suitable for Research Laboratories and Academic Education.

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