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Innovative research infrastructure with a global reputation: the Northern Bavarian NRM Centre repositions itself

09 February 2018 University of Bayreuth

The University of Bayreuth is becoming a globally respected research site in an additional field: the University Council and Senate of the University of Bayreuth have now approved the “Northern Bavarian NMR Centre”. The Centre will house14 magnetic resonance spectrometers on campus including one of the world’s most powerful instruments – a 1 GHz NMR spectrometer – thus making them more widely accessible to the scientific community.

For the first time, the University of Bayreuth’s key NMR instrumentation has been allocated to a single organization. This will make it easier for researchers at the University of Bayreuth and beyond to gain access to the high-performance instrumentation, which had previously only been used by a handful of specialists. The new NMR Centre thus represents a further development in the ongoing research strategy in the field and will enable outstanding research contributions at the highest international standards.

The instruments that have been grouped into a single organizational unit – the Norther Bavarian NMR Centre – have a range from 300 MHz to 1 GHz and are designed for experiments on liquids and solids. At the University of Bayreuth, they are used by scientists from biosciences, life sciences, materials science, polymer and colloid research, molecular research, geosciences, and high temperature/high pressure research. This makes the NMR Centre attractive for scholars from many different disciplines, since there are competent experts on site and the scholars can benefit from the excellent infrastructure. “The University of Bayreuth is thus continuing its interdisciplinary approach. Therefore, we are hoping to see synergy effects from the joint research at the Centre,“ said University President Prof. Dr. Stefan Leible.

Prof. Dr. Jürgen Senker, head of the NMR Centre in its new form and Chair of Inorganic Chemistry III, added, “We provide researchers – whether internal or external users – with access to high performance instrumentation. We also supervise and train researchers in using such instruments, since we have the necessary expertise in the various scientific fields relating to NMR. We assist early-career scholars with measurements, and we help analyse the data.“ An additional advantage of the new centre is the possibility to simplify the organization of the maintenance and costs for such instruments. If the instrumentation is managed by the same organizational unit, the individual scientists and research groups need only to rent the instrument for their project and do not have to be involved in the organization at all. This enables scientists to devote their full attention to their research.

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  • The hall that houses the 1 GHz spectrometer is made of wood to protect the sensitive instruments. Photo: Jürgen Rennecke/Uni Bayreuth.

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