Magnetic research technique attracts £1.4 million funding

The NMR facility at Strathclyde

A Scotland-wide research centre, in which the University of Strathclyde is a partner, has received an investment of £1.4 million for the study of materials and molecular structures and their applications in health care and environmental science.  

Strathclyde is one of eight members of the new centre, which will explore the application of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR), a scientific technique used in chemistry, biology, environmental and material sciences.

The funding for the centre, named the Scottish High Field NMR Centre, forms part of a £20 million UK-wide investment in NMR infrastructure by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). Contributions have also been made by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, the Medical Research Council and the Natural Environment Research Council.

Strathclyde’s NMR facility, in the University’s Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry, houses four NMR spectrometers, which are used for molecule-focused studies across a broad range of research disciplines.

Senior Research Fellow Dr John Parkinson is the head of Strathclyde’s NMR facility. He said: “This grant will provide researchers at Strathclyde with access to the highest magnetic field state-of-the-art solid-state and liquid-state NMR spectroscopy facilities in Scotland and the capability to share in the pooled expertise of NMR spectroscopists.

“The funding is a tremendous endorsement of NMR spectroscopy at Strathclyde and in Scotland as a whole, and the expertise of scientists driving the research discipline forward.”

The centre will be led at the University of Edinburgh and also involves researchers from the Universities of Aberdeen, Dundee, Glasgow and St Andrews, Heriot-Watt University and the Cancer Research UK Beatson Institute.