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Use of automatic NMR instruments in self-service regime

Purposes Adressed to Requirements Cost Dates Location

This activity deals with basic aspects of the NMR technique: main concepts, sample preparation, safety, acquisition in automatic mode and data processing with MNova. It provides access to the following equipment working on a self-service basis:

• Bruker 400 installed in the Faculty of Pharmacy
• Varian Mercury 400 installed in the PCB

The applicant may choose to carry out the Varian and or the Bruker practical part in order to have access to the corresponding NMR instrument.


To provide basic information on safety issues and use of NMR instrumentation, focusing on the following items:
  • Safety in an NMR lab.
  • Description of the Unitat de RMN lab. Alternatives to automatic equipment.
  • Features and capabilities of the instrumentation, common experiments and basic parameters.
  • Basic concepts of data processing with MNova software.
  • Introduction to the use of automatic medium field NMR instrumentation (practical session).

 Addressed to

All researchers requiring self-service access to the aforementioned equipment and meet the requirements.


  • 1. Be linked to a research group of the UB or Public Center as a master student, PhD student, post-doc or professor, or, being in possession of a degree, and be linked for at least one year to a company located in the PCB.
  • 2. Be registered as a CCiTUB user. Proceed otherwise through Users tab at www.ccit.ub.edu.
  • 3. Be registered as a Unitat de RMN user. Proceed otherwise through info@rmn.ub.edu and notify the previously assigned CCiTUB User Number.
  • 4. Fill in the online registration form of the corresponding course (http://www.rmn.ub.es/es/usuarios/login.php) and deliver it signed to the Unitat de RMN.
  • Some background of NMR fundamentals would be recommendable (Friebolin book level and Claridge chapters 1-3).


The corresponding to 1 hour of Highly Qualified Technician according to current official rates of the UB.


Day October 16th, 17th and 18th of 2023


Lectures: NMR Unit classroom located in the PCB Cluster building (C. Baldiri i Reixac 10 basement-1, door S1C33).
Varian practical seminar: Varian Mercury 400 lab at PCB.
Bruker practical seminar: Bruker 400 lab at Pharmacy Faculty.

  • Basic description of NMR instrumentation Magnet, radio frequency console, probe, etc
  • Safety issues
  • Precautions required in the presence of magnetic fields
    Maintenance operations (cryogenic liquids)
  • Unitat de RMN basic aspects and rules
  • Available equipment
  • Instrumentation
    Characteristics of instrumentation (sensitivity, nuclei)
    Alternatives to automatic instrumentation
  • Preliminary operations prior to acquisition of experiments. Sample preparation (solvents, tubes)
  • Acces protocol and experiment setup
  • Available experiments
    Practical setup of experiments (vnmrj, iconNMR)
    Information provided by NMR basic experiments. Combined experiments
    Examples and basic experimental conditions
  • System access. Practical aspects
  • Basic processing features with MNova software


Through an online form available in the user's personal space on the Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Technology (NMR) website.

This personal space will only be accessed after communication of the CCiTUB number to the NMR Technology.

In case of doubt, you can request information by email to info@rmn.ub.edu

For more information:

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Technology (NMR) of the CCiTUB.


Some background of NMR fundamentals would be recommendable (Friebolin book level and Claridge chapters 1-3).

Recommended bibliography:
  • Basic One-and Two-Dimensional NMR Spectroscopy (second Edition). Horst Friebolin. VCH (1993)

  • High-Resolution NMR Techniques in Organic Chemistry. Timothy D.W. Claridge. Tetrahedron Organic Chemistry Series Volume 27 (2009)

  • http://mestrelab.com/resources/

Organized by:

Centros Científicos y Tecnológicos
Universitat de Barcelona
Director: Dr. Juan Fran Sangüesa

Dr. Francisco Cárdenas
Nuclear Magnetic Ressonance(NMR) technology of the CCiTUB.



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