Changes in instrumentation
in the NMR labs
As everybody noticed, the renovation of EB-44 is in full swing and u500
is now boarded up for more than a month without any access to that system.
Unfortunately, the situation will remain unchanged and we do not know an end
date of the renovation. Please check with the on-line reservation system
for availability of ibd5. It can be used most of the time but sometimes
this can change on very short notice. We have very little control over what is
done and when in EB-44.
Change to the i600
schedule and i600 access
Based on a recent review of the usage and access to the i600, changes will be
implemented effective June 1, 2009. The NMR support group will have
substantially more time on that instrument and therefore many more researcher
can have access to i600 by submitting their samples to the NMR service. If you
like or need to time the submission of your sample(s), Monday 09:00 to Tuesday
09:00 is the time assigned for general Departmental sample on i600.
This approach was chosen because i600 is our oldest and by far least
user-friendly system and therefore unsuitable for general access for
self-measurement. It is possible that later this year or early 2010, the console
will be replaced and ProTune installed (the current console is not compatible
with ProTune). This would increase the ease of use dramatically and the
situation re. access will be reassessed. For now please make use of the NMR
service for i600 experiments. The submission sheets contain i600
as a choice when samples are submitted.
Display of cut-up 200 magnet
On April 28, 2009 our display of the cut-up 200 MHz magnet was officially
opened. It is located outside the E1-60 lecture theatre. Besides the
dissected magnet, the display contains a probe with sample and a 15 minute slide
presentation with some general thoughts about NMR and magnets in particular.
This presentation can be obtained
here. It is in
PowerPoint 2003 format.
Change of computer hardware
As announced in the last NMR News, the SUN computers and with them the old VNMR
interface will disappear gradually. As of this writing there are only 3 SUN
systems left: m400, s400 and i600. They will be changed
over next, probably in June 2009.