Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Facility, Material Science Building

The Department of Chemistry in the College of Science at the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH), part of the University of Alabam's system, has successfully acquired a new cutting-edge Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Spectrometer. This modern facility in the Materials Science Building represents a significant stride in the College of Science's commitment to fostering advanced research and collaboration within the academic and local communities.

NMR instrumentation

NMR instrumentation

Dr. Vogler, Chair of the Department of Chemistry, explains the profound significance of the NMR Spectrometer, remarking on its pivotal role in obtaining structural information for diverse compounds. The facility can be utilized for diverse applications, ranging from unveiling new molecular structures to precisely quantifying various components within a solution. The acquisition of this advanced technology will facilitate groundbreaking research across multiple scientific disciplines.

This new NMR machine, which supersedes its predecessor by two decades, employs cutting-edge technology to enhance signal detection. This technological leap involves cooling the receiver coil to liquid nitrogen temperatures, exponentially amplifying signals. Such advancements place this facility on par with high-frequency instruments, enabling unprecedented exploration within biology and chemistry.

The implications for research are significant, especially in biological sciences, where small sample sizes pose a challenge. The facility's advantages extend beyond the UAH campus, with Dr. Vogler encouraging collaboration between academia and industries seeking precise structural verification or material quantification.

Organic Chemistry professor Victor Ogungbe underscores the profound impact of the NMR facility on research endeavors. "With applications spanning diverse fields such as polymers, inorganic compounds, organic compounds, and bioorganic molecules, the enhanced capabilities of this facility hold great promise," he says. Students and researchers alike stand to benefit from expedited experimentation and advanced training, both of which are integral to career development within academia and industry.

Professor Olaf Nachtigall, whose expertise lies in inorganic chemistry, emphasizes the versatile nature of the NMR facility. Equipped with multiple probes to accommodate various research focuses, the instrument's automated features streamline experimentation processes. "The user-friendly software, a marked improvement over its predecessor, facilitates broader accessibility and promotes collaborative research efforts," he says.

As UAH's new state-of-the-art NMR instrumentation begins operations, individuals and entities interested in leveraging its capabilities are encouraged to contact Dr. Vogler at This facility's integration elevates UAH's research capabilities and is a testament to the College of Science's dedication to advancing scientific knowledge and fostering interdisciplinary collaboration.