NSF Grant for NMR

National Science Foundation logo
NSF Grants George Fox Chemistry Department
for a new NMR Spectrometer


The George Fox University Chemistry Department has been awarded a $150,000 grant from the National Science Foundation, which will allow the department to purchase a $300,000 high-field Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectrophotometer. The university through budget and off-campus support, will provide the other half of the project cost.

The 400MHz NMR is one of the most important and powerful tools available to chemists and biologists, and allows scientists to study the structure of molecules. The instrument, with its, high-field superconducting magnet can be used to identify unknown substances, determine arrangements of atoms in molecules and study the interactions of molecules in solution. The NMR uses the same theory and similar technology to the medical MRI.

The NSF award is based on a proposal entitled "Use of NMR Spectroscopy to Enhance the Undergraduate Chemistry Curriculum at Several Institutions". The NMR instrument will be used in almost every course taught by the chemistry department, including organic chemistry, advanced instrumental analysis, and junior and senior research projects. The instrument will also be available for students at both Corban College in Salem and Warner Pacific College in Portland. The instrument can be controlled through advanced software and the internet from these external locations.

The addition of a 400 MHz NMR spectrometer to George Fox's chemistry department will further enhance the university's extensive equipment holdings and provide state-of-the-art research and educational experiences for faculty and students.