Bruker’s Benchtops for Education – How to Offer Hands-On NMR and EPR Experience to Students

Science students should learn a wide range of analytical techniques, but the infrastructure and maintenance needs of full-blown Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) and Electron Spin Resonance (ESR) spectrometers can limit access. So Bruker has created special editions of FT-NMR and microESR benchtop instruments for colleges and universities to be used for a wide range of experiments in a teaching laboratory.

Magnetic resonance techniques are often considered complex and expensive to maintain, especially for colleges and universities. However, Bruker’s compact microESR and FT-NMR benchtop systems can be placed on a bench without requiring any infrastructure or liquid cryogens. With their low footprint, they represent a great alternative allowing undergraduate and graduate students hands-on training. In the first part of this webinar, guest speaker Judy MacInnis will shortly introduce ESR spectroscopy before sharing her experience of the successful integration of the microESR benchtop system in practical courses at Cape Breton University (Sydney, NS). Afterwards Barbara Czarniecki will introduce the Fourier EduLab and showcase that Bruker’s 80 MHz cryogen-free FT-NMR benchtop system is the perfect teaching tool for NMR spectroscopy.

What to Expect

In this webinar we will introduce both benchtop systems, the microESR and the Fourier 80, and highlight their potential as teaching tools. Moreover, we will showcase examples of our teaching package that includes suggested experiments and spectra to support the learning experience.

Key Points


  • Low cost
  • Size and weight
  • Portable
  • Plug in and go instrument
  • Zero maintenance
  • Simple interface

Fourier EduLab

  • Cryogen-free, compact permanent magnet
  • No new infrastructure required
  • Installs on bench or in fume hood
  • Optimum cost of ownership
  • Operated with TopSpinTM or GoScanTM

Advantages for Undergraduates

  • Hands on experience of magnetic resonance techniques
  • Ease of use
  • Laboratory/instruction manual on how to use
  • Better preparation for future studies and career

Who Should Attend?

The main audience for this webinar is those involved in academic teachings and laboratory instruction. In particular, this webinar is also of interest to chemistry and biochemistry professors, and scientists already using or wanting to use EPR and/ or NMR. The webinar will be useful for physics professors, university department chairs, post docs, and graduate students.


Dr. Barbara Czarniecki

NMR Application Scientist at Bruker BioSpin

Barbara Czarniecki completed her DSc in Organometallic Chemistry at ETH Zurich, which following graduation, she continued to research and teach. 

Judy MacInnis

Senior Laboratory Instructor in Chemistry and a transmission electron microscope technician at Cape Breton University (Sydney, NS)

In her position at CBU, Judy provides instruction and training to undergraduate students on the various types of analytical instrumentation in the Department of Chemistry. This ‘hand-on’ experience is an invaluable asset to the students during their future chemistry careers. She has over 25 years of experience in teaching chemistry, both at the high school and university levels. Judy holds a Master’s Degree in Chemistry from St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish NS, as well as a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Education (Math/Science) Degree, with distinction, from Mount Allison University, Sackville NB.