Mat science NMR 101

NMR 101 - How NMR Works

An information-rich and non-destructive analytical tool, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy uses the inherent magnetic properties of specific atomic nuclei to reveal the structure, identity, concentration, and behavior of molecules in solid or liquid samples.

Research and quality assurance laboratories across various fields of study rely on NMR to:

  • characterize molecular structures
  • monitor the composition of mixtures
  • study molecular dynamics and interactions
  • quantify known and unknown components

A wealth of established methods make NMR easier to use than ever before, while also flexible enough to study targets from small molecules to RNA hundreds of nucleotides long.

Recent advances in technology and software have made NMR compact and approachable enough for use in most analytical labs, with more powerful options for targeted research applications.

NMR spectrometers range from cost-conscious benchtop systems to sophisticated research spectrometers with high-field magnets to maximize sensitivity and resolution.

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