Department of Chemistry

Training Center

Training Flow Chart

  • Initial Bruker training (Waltz and Tango) is held every Tuesday morning at 0900hrs - no appointment necessary. This training also provides access to the ILSB 400 instrument for whom it is relevant. All users must start with this training. For reference there are training videos for these systems, which can be found here: Video1 Video2 Video3 Video4 Video5

  • Basic Varian training provides access to the Inova 500 in 1221. Please contact the staff for access to the training videos, and then arrange a quiz and check-out.

  • Intermediate Varian training is held on the VnmrS 500 system in Reed-McDonald 415. Applicants should feel comfortable running the Inova 500 before requesting training. Please contact the staff for access to the videos, and then arrange a quiz and check-out.

  • Advanced Varian training is held on the VnmrS 500 system in 1327. Applicants should feel comfortable running the VnmrS 500 in Reed-McDonald before requesting training. Please contact the staff for access to the videos, and then arrange a hands-on training session.

  • Additional training for Bruker room temperature probes is held on the Avance Neo 500 in 1321 (Salsa). This training allows the system to be used both manually and in IconNMR, and additional topics may be covered in a later session.

  • Additional training for Bruker cold probes is held on the Avance 500 in 1235. Initially this training allows the system to be used in IconNMR, but may be continued to use the full TopSpin software. Applicants that need to run the full TopSpin software should feel comfortable using IconNMR and adjusting the basic pulse sequence parameters before requesting additional training. Please contact the NMR staff for access to the videos, and then to arrange a quiz and check-out.

  • Training on the Avance Neo 400 solids (Foxtrot) system is more of an apprenticeship, and is significantly more involved. Please contact the staff for training on this system, special topics (eg: variable temperature), and experiments (eg: DOSY).

  • Training on the EPR needs to be arranged with the staff. Initial training is done for room temperature, and only after the user is comfortable using the system may cryo EPR training be arranged

Each system has its own set of reservation rules. This variability allows each system's schedule to facilitate the system's role. We have some systems intended for quick, walkup use and others for long-term studies. A summary of the rules for systems requiring reservations is shown in the table below.
For those instruments scheduled using the FACES System, a primer on learning to use it may be found here.


System and Location

Inova
500
1221
VnmrS
500
RMD 415
Avance
500
1235
VnmrS
500
1327
Avance
500
1321
General Rules
Divisions 15 min 15 min 30 min 30 min 30 min
Reservations/Day 4 4 4 4 4
Max Future Reservations 4 4 6 4 4
Prime Time 8A-8P 8A-8P 8A-8P No No
Advanced Booking 4 days 4 days 4 days 14 days 14 days
Prime Time Rules
Max Reservation Block 15 min 15 min 60 min N/A N/A
Consecutive Reservations Allowed Yes Yes Yes N/A N/A
Non-Prime Time Rules
Applies to Weekends Yes Yes No N/A N/A
Max Reservation Block 12 hrs 12 hrs 12hrs N/A N/A
Consecutive Reservations Allowed Yes Yes Yes N/A N/A
  • Never, for any reason, allow anyone else to use your login information. Violating this rule can have severe repercussions at the university level for all involved.

  • Never, for any reason, are you to bring a person with a pacemaker close to a magnet.

  • Avoid bringing ferromagnetic materials anywhere near a magnet. This includes most tools and office supplies. Check your lab coat pockets!

  • Be wary of bringing electronics close to a magnet, we are not responsible for their loss.

  • Do not make a reservation for anyone else or that you do not plan to keep, and delete a reservation if circumstances prevent you from keeping it as planned.

  • Your experiment is expected to be completed within your reserved time.

  • On systems with sample changers, never take someone else's sample out of the sample changer.

  • You may use an instrument without a reservation, but if someone has made a reservation during a time slot: that person has priority and you must surrender the instrument to that person.

  • Do not use an instrument for any purpose other than that for which it has been designed and set up.

  • It is not, and never has been, anyone else's responsibility to save your data, deal with your sample, et cetera. You need to make arrangements beforehand if you cannot be present at the conclusion of your experiment, or you run the risk of losing it all.

  • Data should be saved in your data directory. We will not prevent you from saving data in other locations to which you have write privileges, but we will not backup data from any location other than your data directory.

  • When your immediate use for an instrument is done you should log out or change users. On systems where you log into the computer: log out. On systems where you log into the software: change users. Never power down a computer.

  • Remember your chemical hygiene. Do not bring food or drink into the lab. Do not wear gloves when working on computers.