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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.

NMR/EPR Training Form

If you have a McGill ID, use this form (log in above) to request training on liquid-state NMR, solid-state NMR, or EPR.  Non-chemistry department users will be given an introduction to the procedure for submitting samples and processing data.  Chemistry department users will learn to use the instruments themselves (see below).

If you do not have a McGill ID, send an email to Robin Stein at nmr.chemistry [at] mcgill.ca (subject: NMR%2FEPR%20training, body: Name%3A%20%0AEmail%20address%3A%20%0AInstrumentation%20and%20level%20for%20training%20(liquids%20NMR%20level%201%2C%20liquids%20NMR%20level%202%2C%20liquids%20NMR%20special%20topics%2C%20solid-state%20NMR%2C%20and%2For%20EPR)%3A%20%0API%20name%3A%20%0API%20email%20address%3A%20%0AStatus%20(undergrad%2C%20grad%20student%2C%20etc.)%3A%20%0ADescription%20of%20sample(s)%20and%2For%20information%20you%20would%20like%20to%20obtain%3A%20%0AExperience%3A%20%0AAvailability%20over%20next%20two%20weeks%3A%20) containing your name, your email address, the instrument(s) on which you would like to be trained (solution-state NMR, solid-state NMR, and/or EPR), your PI's name, your PI's email address, your status (whether you are a grad student, a postdoc, etc.), whether you would like level 1, level 2, or special topics training, a description of your sample(s) or information you are looking for, any experience you have already with the technique you are interested in, and your availability over the next two weeks both for remote (Zoom) and in-person training.

There are two routes for liquid-state NMR training.  Users who expect to become independent with small molecule NMR experiments should first take level 1 and then level 2 training. Level 1 is for the sample changer instruments and processing.  It consists of an online (Zoom) portion for safety procedures and using software (between 45 minutes and 1 hour) and an in-person one-on-one demonstration of the autosampler instruments (15 minutes).  You do not need to bring a sample, although you should not request training until you will need to use the instruments, as otherwise you will forget what you have learned by the time you need to run samples.  Level 2 is for the non-sample changer instruments and advanced processing.  It too has an online (Zoom) and an in-person one-on-one component, each of which takes about 30 minutes.  You may bring a sample if you wish and you are encouraged to bring some data.  You should usually leave a couple of weeks or so between level 1 and level 2 training.

Users who wish to use liquid-state NMR for one particular application which is not related to small molecule NMR (for example, determination of chitosan degree of deacetylation) should choose liquid-state NMR training (special topics).  In this case, you will bring your sample and will work with the facility manager to determine the best way to run your experiment.

Solid-state NMR training and EPR training is done on your samples.  Robin, the NMR/EPR manager, will work with you until you are confident in the basic steps of your experiment.  For solid-state NMR, this includes packing rotors, spinning them up, acquiring spectra of standard samples, and acquiring your own samples.  For EPR, this includes turning the instrument on and off, inserting samples, tuning the resonator, setting parameters, and acquiring data.  There are both online and in-person components to this training

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