Quebec/Eastern Canada High Field NMR Facility

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The Québec/Eastern Canada High Field NMR Facility was officially inaugurated May 4, 2004. It is located in a newly renovated lab on the ground floor of the Pulp and Paper Research Centre at McGill University. The facility is comprised of Varian INOVA 500 MHz and 800 MHz NMR spectrometers, with an attached wet lab for sample preparation.

The 800 MHz spectrometer is equipped with four channels, each with a waveform generator, triaxis pulsed field gradients, and the capability of decoupling deuterium while maintaining a deuterium lock. There are currently four probes available for this instrument: HCN triple resonance probe (XYZ gradients), HCN cold probe (Z gradients), HCP triple resonance probe (XYZ gradients), and a 1H-15N probe optimized for short 15N pulses.

The 500 MHz spectrometer is equipped with four channels, three with waveform generators, Z axis pulsed field gradients, and the capability of decoupling deuterium while maintaining a deuterium lock. There are currently two probes available for this instrument: an HCN triple resonance probe and an HCN cold probe. A gH{X} Nano probe is expected on loan from Varian.

Generally both the 500 MHz and 800 MHz instruments operate with the cold probe, however probe changes can be made on request.

Academic, government and industrial researchers may submit requests for instrument time. Time is allotted based on availability and suitability of the sample and is charged based on our fee structure. First time users must fill out an acknowledgment of services contract prior to any experiments being run. Users may request to operate the spectrometers themselves as outlined in the training policy.

Any publication resulting from work carried out at the Facility must contain an acknowledgement: «NMR experiments were recorded at the Québec/Eastern Canada High Field NMR Facility, supported by the Canada Foundation for Innovation, the Groupe de Recherche Axé sur la Structure des Protéines (GRASP), McGill University Faculty of Science and Department of Chemistry and PROTEO, The Québec Network for Research on Protein Function, Structure, and Engineering» and a copy of the publication should be submitted to the Facility Manager.