Our instruments

The Nuclear Magnetic Resonance facility at Deakin's Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus is equipped with state-of-the-art instrumentation, including three brand-new NMR spectrometers recently installed and funded by an ARC LIEF award.

Our capabilities

We're able to conduct high-resolution solution-state NMR, multinuclear solid-state NMR, ultra-fast magic angle spinning, micro-imaging and pulsed field gradient experiments. 

Such a versatile range of equipment combined with the diverse expertise of our staff and our broad variety of collaborative partnerships make this NMR facility one-of-a-kind in Australia.

Our spectrometers

Bruker AVANCE III 500MHz Wide Bore

Specifications

  • 11.75 Tesla (500 MHz 1H frequency) wide bore Ultrashield superconducting magnet
  • Four-channel Bruker Avance III spectrometer
  • BCU II temperature control unit
  • X, Y and Z gradient amplifiers

Probes available

  • 4.0mm MAS HX probe. Maximum spinning rate 15 kHz. Two channels: X (15N to 31P) and H (1H or 19F) temperature range: -30 to +70°C
  • 4.0mm MAS HXY probe. Maximum spinning rate 15 kHz. Three channels: X (15N to 31P), Y (38 to 148 MHz) and H (1H or 19F). Temperature range: -30 to +70°C
  • 2.5mm MAS HX probe. Maximum spinning rate 35 kHz. Two channels: X (15N to 31P) and H (1H or 19F) temperature range: -30 to +70°C
  • 1.3mm ultra-fast MAS HX probe. Maximum spinning rate 60 kHz. Two channels: X (15N to 31P) and 1H. Temperature range: -30 to +70°C
  • Diff50 pulsed field gradient HX probe for diffusion measurements on solids or liquids. Maximum Z-gradient 2500G/cm. Wide range of coils including 1H (5mm and 10mm, 5mm high temp, solenoid), 1H/13C (5mm) 7Li (5mm, solenoid), 19 (5mm), 23Na/27Al (5mm) temperature range: 0 to +80°C (-50 to +150°C for 1H high temp)
  • Micro5 imaging probe with maximum gradient strength 300G/cm, 4mm 1H solenoid coil, 4mm 7Li solenoid coil, and 5mm X coils as listed above
  • Micro5 imaging probe with X,Y and Z gradient coils. Maximum gradient strength of 150G/cm. 25mm 1H birdcage coil and an extended variable temperature 10mm 1H coil.

Bruker AVANCE III 300MHz Wide B

Specifications

  • 7.05 Tesla (300MHz 1H frequency) wide-bore superconducting magnet
  • Two-channel Bruker Avance III spectrometer
  • BCU I temperature control unit
  • Z gradient amplifier

Probes available

  • 4.0mm MAS HX probe. Maximum spinning rate 15 kHz. Two channels: X (15N to 31P) and H (1H or 19F). Temperature range: -30 to +70°C
  • 2.5mm MAS HX probe. Maximum spinning rate 35kHz. Two channels: X (15N to 31P) and 1H. Temperature range: -30 to +70°C
  • 5mm static probe. Single channel (13MHz to 123MHz). Temperature range: -150 to +400°C
  • Diff50 pulsed field gradient HX probe for diffusion measurements on solids or liquids. Maximum Z-gradient 2500G/cm. Wide range of 5mm coils including 1H/13C, 11B, 19F, 31P and 127I.

Bruker AVANCE III 500MHz Standard Bore

Specifications

  • 11.75 Tesla (500MHz 1H frequency) standard bore superconducting magnet
  • Three-channel Bruker Avance III spectrometer with 2H-lock
  • Six-capacity sample changer
  • BCU II temperature control unit
  • Z gradient amplifier (60G/cm).

Probes available

  • 5mm inverse triple resonance 1H/13C/15N probe with 2H lock channel and Z gradient. Temperature range: -150 to +150°C
  • 5mm HX probe (1H/19F) and (15N to 31P) with 2H lock channel and Z gradient. Temperature range: -150 to +150°C.

JEOL Eclipse+ 400MHz

Specifications

  • 9.4 Tesla (400MHz 1H frequency) standard bore superconducting magnet
  • X-channel JEOL Eclipse+ spectrometer with 2H-lock
  • 64-capacity sample changer
  • Z gradient amplifier (30G/cm).

Probes available

  • Autotune broadband 5mm probe: 1H/ 15N to 31P. Temperature range: -100 to +120°C
  • 6mm MAS solid-state probe. Maximum spinning rate 12kHz. Two channels: X (15N to 31P) and 1H. Temperature range RT to +100°C
  • 6mm low speed MAS solid-state probe. Maximum spinning rate 5kHz. Two channels: X (15N to 31P) and 1H. Temperature range RT to +100°C. Rotor suitable for gels and slushes.

JEOL EX270MHz

Specifications

  • 6.35 Tesla (270MHz 1H frequency) standard bore superconducting magnet
  • X-channel JEOL EX spectrometer with 2H-lock
  • 1H, 19F and multinuclear capability, including low gamma nuclei down to 197Au

Probes available

  • Dedicated 5mm 13C/1H probe
  • Dedicated 5mm 19F probe
  • 10mm X/H probe 15N to 31P
  • 10mm low frequency X/H probe 197Au to 17O
  • Temperature range of all probes: -100 to +120°C.

Specialty probes

Bruker Diff50 pulsed field gradient HX probe

At Deakin we're equipped with the latest in pulsed field gradient probes, including the Bruker Diff50. 

This probe can achieve gradient strengths of up to 2500G/cm, and we have an extremely wide range of inserts allowing us to measure diffusion coefficients from nuclei such as 1H,7Li, 13C,19F, 23Na and 27Al over a wide range of temperatures.

1.3mm ultra-fast MAS HX probe

Magic angle spinning (MAS) is a commonly used method for improving resolution and sensitivity in solid-state NMR.

Our 1.3mm magic angle spinning (MAS) probe can spin powder samples at speeds of up to 60kHz. This leads to much narrower spectral line widths for nuclei such as 1H, allowing individual hydrogen sites to be resolved.

We use this probe to acquire high-resolution two-dimensional solid-state NMR spectra that show correlations between different1H sites, or between 1H and other nuclei such as 13C or 14N.

Micro5 imaging probe

Our Micro5 and Micro2.5 probes allow us to image small (<2.5cm diameter) samples at 11.75 T using various nuclei including 1H and 7Li. 

With X, Y and Z gradients, we can extract slices from the sample in all three dimensions and even reconstruct full 3D images. We can also record spectra from specific regions of the sample, down to a voxel size of approximately 1 µm 3.

We are using this capability to study in situ the physical and chemical processes occurring inside electrochemical devices as they are being operated.

Additionally, we are developing new methods to reduce distortions and enable faster image acquisition.

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If you have a project that needs purpose-built nuclear magnetic resonance equipment, we invite you to make use of our open access facility:

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