The mission of the new NSF-funded National Gateway Ultrahigh Field NMR Center is to promote and advance cutting-edge science using ultrahigh magnetic fields with focus on the areas of biomolecules and metabolomics by solution and solid-state NMR and materials science.
The centerpiece is a new 1.2 GHz NMR spectrometer with existing shared CCIC high-field NMR systems serving as “staging instruments”. Users from Academia, National Research Labs and Industry are supported by expert research scientists at the Center. The Center will also coordinate a diverse range of educational and outreach activities.
Organization and Operation of the Center
The 1.2 GHz NMR spectrometer is funded by the NSF grant RI-1 1935913 (October 2019 – September 2024), which was awarded to Drs. Rafael Brüschweiler (PI), Christopher Jaroniec (co-PI), Blanton Tolbert (co-PI), Philip Grandinetti (co-PI), and Mark Foster (co-PI).
The Center’s NMR research staff scientists are: Drs. Alexandar Hansen, Chunhua Yuan, Dawei Li, Lei Bruschweiler-Li, Tanya Whitmer, and Dan Conroy.
The daily operation of the Center will be managed by the Center’s Research Scientists and Staff and overseen by the PI/co-PI team with the advise of an External Advisory Committee and a Users Committee.
Once the NMR system has been commissioned, users from academia, national labs, and industry are invited to apply for NMR time at 1.2 GHz, including justification for the utility and need of NMR at ultrahigh magnetic field. If preliminary data is needed, NMR time can be obtained on NMR spectrometers at Ohio State’s shared CCIC NMR center which serve as staging instruments. A user fee is charged for all NMR systems on an hourly basis.
The National Gateway Ultrahigh Field NMR Center is located in the basement of the CBEC building on the North side of The Ohio State University Campus in Columbus, Ohio.