£1.4m upgrade is focus for new research

Edinburgh scientists are to benefit from a £1.4 million investment in leading edge technology to study materials and molecular structures.

Image of the School of Chemistry's 800 MHz NMR Spectrometer
The School of Chemistry's 800 MHz NMR Spectrometer

The grant will enable an upgrade of a spectrometer to be housed in a newly established centre for research.

The instrument uses Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) – a key technique used widely in science, from materials chemistry to medicine.

The new centre – based at the University’s School of Chemistry – will provide a focal point for NMR research and industry engagement.

Scottish centre

The award will be used to upgrade the School’s 800 MHz NMR spectrometer.

The new facility – called the Scottish High Field NMR Centre – will bring together researchers from the universities of Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, St Andrews and Strathclyde, Heriot-Watt University and the Beatson CRUK Institute, Glasgow.

It will build on the existing Scottish NMR Users Group network, and draw on support from the Scottish Universities Life Sciences Alliance and ScotCHEM.

This new centre will transform the way NMR is applied to chemistry, biology, environmental and material sciences in universities and industry across Scotland. It will create a platform for interactions with other regional and national NMR centres in the UK.

Professor Dušan UhrínPersonal Chair of NMR Spectroscopy

UK investment

The announcement was made as part of a £20m UK-wide investment in NMR infrastructure by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, Medical Research Council and Natural Environment Research Council also contributed to the funding. They form part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), a non-departmental public body funded by the UK government.

This investment means researchers will have new systems that provide greater sensitivity and a greater understanding of molecular structures, with potential impacts in pharmaceuticals, biomaterials, materials science and biotechnology.

Professor Sir Mark WalportChief Executive, UKRI

Related links

School of Chemistry


Scottish Universities Life Sciences Alliance


Scottish NMR Users Group