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The Chemistry Department of George Washington University
has two Magritek Benchtop Spinsolve NMR spectrometers which
are used to teach undergraduate students the applications of NMR

Magritek, a leading provider of compact NMR and MRI instruments, reports on how the Chemistry Department of George Washington University is using benchtop Spinsolve NMR spectrometers in their laboratory practical sessions.

Dr Michael King is Chair of the Department of Chemistry at George Washington University, a private, coeducational research university located in Washington DC. Among his activities, he teaches the organic chemistry laboratory which provides an introduction to and practice in basic skills of synthesis, separation, purification, and identification of organic compounds.

The Chemistry Department has two benchtop Spinsolve NMR spectrometers from Magritek for the physical/analytical chemistry and organic chemistry laboratories. In Dr King's class, it is used for qualitative organic analysis. The experiments performed by his students utilize the basic 1D proton mode; loading samples, obtaining spectra and then use the MNova software to clean up and analyze the resultant data. Every year about 160 students at GWU take this class, with each practical lab session having around 14 students. In the lab class each student is provided with solid and liquid unknowns and they have to determine from spectroscopy (NMR, IR) the structure of both.

Commenting on why he likes the Spinsolve for teaching, Dr King says, "What I like about the Spinsolve and about the software is the high throughput. Obtaining the spectrum takes only a few minutes - less time than making the solution and putting it into the NMR tube. Place the sample tube in the instrument; then run a few scans, we typically do 16, and the students have a high quality spectrum. In terms of preparation we just run a short few minute shim at the start of lab session and its good for the rest of the day"

Teaching NMR has changed radically in the last 15 years. In those times, providing students with simulations was regarded as cutting edge. With the advent of the modern benchtop technologies like the Spinsolve now available at GWU, Dr King says "students are now doing real science. They have their own samples, individual samples, and they are running their own spectra, so it's real world not virtual world."

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
Magritek provides complete NMR and MRI solutions and applications for Chemical, Pharmaceutical, Oil and Gas, Food and Construction Industries as well as components and subsystems suitable for Research Laboratories and Academic Education. Magritek has offices in Aachen, Germany, San Diego, USA, and Wellington, New Zealand and a global network of distributors and agents to support customers. The initial NMR technology and IP used in Magritek products grew out of decades of world-class research by Ampere prize winner Professor Bernhard Bluemich's group at RWTH Aachen University, and Gunther Laukien prize winner Paul Callaghan's team at Massey University and Victoria University of Wellington.

To obtain full details of the Spinsolve Phosphorus benchtop NMR spectrometer and the full range of analytical products from Magritek, visit, For further information, view website: 
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