J.B. Stothers NMR Facility
Department of Chemistry
Western University
London, Ontario, Canada
Facility Staff
Current Staff Members

Mathew Willans
NMR Facility Manager (2008 - Present)

Aneta Borecki
NMR Instrument Specialist (2013 - Present)

  • Honours B.Sc. in Chemistry, University of Western Ontario
  • M.Sc. in Chemistry, University of Western Ontario, Prof. John Corrigan

  • Aneta has worked in the Chemistry Department at Western for several years, but just recently began her position in the NMR facility. She currently splits her time with our department's X-ray facility, as well as with Prof. Beth Gillies, and is in the NMR facility on Thursdays and Friday mornings. In the NMR facility, Aneta focuses primarily on training users and doing service work, as well as performing cryogen fills and spectrometer calibrations.

    Former Staff Members

    Nadine Merkley
    NMR Instrument Specialist (2007-2009)

    Nadine worked in the NMR facility for 3 years, ending in 2009. Nadine brought her many years of NMR experience working under the direction of Prof. Gary Shaw to the NMR facility. She took care of the day to day operations of the facility, training, service samples and hands-on help with the students.

    Current position: Technical officer, NRC Institute for Marine Biosciences, 1411 Oxford Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, B3H 3Z1

    Zhimin (Steven) Yan
    Interim NMR Manager (2008)

    Steven was the interim manager of the NMR facility, taking over for Chris Kirby in early 2008, and keeping the seat warm until Mathew Willans began in the fall of that year. During his time, Steven managed the facility during a very hectic time in which the spectrometers were moved from the basement of the Chemistry building to the ground floor of the new Materials Science Addition.

    Current position: Technical officer, National Institute for Nanotechnology, 11421 Saskatchewan Drive, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, T6G 2M9
    Chris Kirby
    NMR Facility Manager (2000-2008)
    • Ph.D., Bill Power
    Kyle Pollard
    NMR Instrument Specialist (2004-2007)
    • B.Sc., University of Lethbridge, Prof. Paul Hazendonk
    • Current position: Manager of Operations and Safety, Department of Biochemistry, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada