McGill Magnetic Resonance Facilities (MMRF) are now recycling helium


Published: 14May2021

In late April 2021, a helium recovery system was installed for the Chemistry NMR/EPR Facility in Otto Maass and the QANUC high-field NMR facility in Pulp and Paper.  This technology, one of only a few in Canada, allows for up to 90% of the helium used in the facilities to be recycled, thus protecting a valuable, and limited, natural resources, and limited greenhouse gas emissions.  Funding was obtained from the Sustainability Project Fund, the NSERC RTI program, the Faculty of Science, and the Department of Chemistry.  The system was highlighted in the McGill Reporter and some technical information is available at the recovery system website.

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