Because of the coronavirus outbreak, some services are limited.  Facility managers have been communicating details to users as reopening plans are slowly put in place.  Please do not assume that you may use any instrument until you have been told that the instrument is available.  Contact the relevant manager if you have any questions.  Please see the MC2 coronavirus page, the Chemistry Department coronavirus page, or the McGill coronavirus webpage for more information.


Liquids NMR: Varian Inova 500 MHz NMR Spectrometer (“QANUC 500”)

Contact for chemistry users: nmr.chemistry [at] (Robin Stein) - Contact for biology experiments (QANUC): tara.sprules [at] (Tara Sprules) - Location: OM37

Use the McGill NMR booking system to book time

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1H, 2D using 1H and 13C


Varian Inova (three-channel, VT, z gradient)


  • HCN (most commonly used): simultaneously tuned to 1H, 13C, and 15N, with z gradient (excellent for 1H and 2D, very poor for 13C direct detect). Has ProTune for automatic 1H tuning
  • H/F C: 1H or 19F and 13C, no z gradient. Best in facility for 19F

Booking rules

  • Two hours at a time maximum
  • Wait at least one hour before booking another two hours


  • The QANUC 500 does not belong to the chemistry department! It is part of the QANUC high-field regional NMR centre. Thus, chemistry is lower priority than long protein experiments that are sometimes run on this instrument
  • Always check FACES before using this instrument
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