Department of Chemistry, University of Alberta         February 2004
NMR News 2004-01
News and tips for users of the Varian NMR systems in the Department

There are no fixed publishing dates for this newsletter; its appearance solely depends on whether there is a need to present information to the users of the spectrometers or not.

Other content of this NMR News is no longer meaningful and has been removed May 2010.


NMR-related forms on the web
One of the most often asked question is where to find NMR-related forms. They are all available on-line on the NMR home page. Just follow the link
NMR forms and information in the middle of the home page. You will find a sample submission form, a form to obtain keys to the NMR labs (one key works for all of them), another one to register for access to the ibd5 500 MHz spectrometer and many more.

Use of spectrometers without on-line reservations
Occasionally, somebody uses a spectrometer simply because nobody else is using it at the time. This can happen when the previous user logged out before the booked time has expired. There is nothing wrong with this form of instrument usage.

On the other hand, there are periodical complaints about some users who feel they can just take the spectrometer and use it without proper reservations on a "first come first serve basis". This is not the way the system works. Reservations always have priority with one exception: if somebody does not use the booked time slot within 5 minutes. In this case the time can be used by anybody else and the original user has lost his/her right to instrument access. 5 minutes may seem harsh to some, however, as we have 15 minute time slots we cannot have more than 1/3 of the time being wasted.

If you find somebody using as spectrometer without reservation and the person refuses to let you on while you have a legitimate reservation, please send an e-mail to the NMR supervisor indicating the time of the incident and the name and group affiliation of the person. The exact time when this happened will help greatly in checking the reservation file and the login records of the spectrometer. The "first-come-first-serve" users should note that this behavior will not be tolerated.

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