Department members Tara Sprules, manager of the national high-field NMR facility QANUC, and Robin Stein, chemistry department (MC2) NMR/EPR manager, have just had an article published in the CIC newsletter about helium. Together, they use about 2900 L of helium annually to make their eight NMR spectrometers function, and recent cost increases have left them feeling nervous about the future. They're not alone - some other NMR managers across Canada have also reported price increases and the occasional delay in receiving the precious liquid. With this article, they hope to spur a national discussion of the future of helium for research in Canada.
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