J.B. Stothers NMR Facility
Department of Chemistry
Western University
London, Ontario, Canada
User Rates and Policies
User Rates

The rates below are for users who are acquiring their own NMR spectra. The rates for service work, where NMR facility staff acquire the spectra on your behalf, can be found on the liquids-NMR service and solid-state NMR service pages.

The rates differ depending on the day and time. The rates are higher during prime-time hours, which are considered to be between 9:00 am and 6:00 pm on weekdays. The rates for Western researchers that are not part of, or affiliated with, the chemistry department are double those listed in the table below.
User Rates (Liquids NMR)
Spectrometer Prime-Time ($/hour) Non-Prime ($/hour) Training ($/session)
Mercury 400 6.00 6.00 20.00
Inova 400 6.00 3.50 20.00
Inova 600 6.00 3.50

General Policies
  1. The safety rules must be followed at all times.
  2. A wet-lab, MSA room 0216A, is available for use at all times by any user of the NMR facility.  After use, please clean-up after yourself.
  3. Lab coats and gloves are not permitted inside MSA room 0216B.  Coats can be placed in the NMR facility’s wet-lab (MSA 0216A) and gloves can be discarded in the wet-lab’s garbage.
  4. Broken, cracked, and heavily used NMR sample tubes must not be used.  NMR tubes must be a minimum of 7” in length.
  5. All users will added to the NMR e-mail list and must read any e-mails sent out by the NMR facility.
  6. Every Monday, one of the three spectrometers will be unavailable from 9:30 am until 4:00 pm.  A schedule for each semester will be sent out via e-mail and/or posted on the facility’s website.
  7. An offline computer is available for processing NMR data using the VNMRJ software.  Alternately, ACD labs NMR software may be borrowed from the facility and installed on your own computer.
  8. The spectrometer’s computers are not designed for data storage, thus your NMR data should be transferred via secure FTP shortly after acquisition.  All NMR data is removed each summer; notice of the exact date will be provided via e-mail.   
  9. If there are serious problems with the spectrometers during weekday evenings or weekends, please e-mail chemnmr@uwo.ca with a description of the problem.

Mercury 400 policies

  1. Experiments submitted between 9:00 am – 6:00 pm on weekdays that are longer than 30 minutes will automatically be submitted to the night queue and begin after 6:00 pm.
  2. Samples must be clearly labeled with your supervisor’s initials using a permanent marker on the cap itself, not the NMR tube.  Additional labels can be placed on the side of the cap.
  3. Samples should be picked up within 48 hours of completion of the NMR experiment(s).  Samples are placed in the plastic tray on the computer table labeled “Current Week”.  On Friday afternoon of the current week, any remaining samples are transferred to the tray labeled “Last Week”, which is on the Mercury console.  At the end of the following week, any samples left in the “Last Week” tray are placed in the “Free NMR Tubes” box and are free to any user of the facility.
  4. Do not move spinners from slot-to-slot, i.e. the spinner from slot 1 should not be placed in slot 3 and vice versa.
  5. Do not place spinners or NMR tubes in the slots labeled “NO SPINNER HERE” or in slot 50.

Inova 400 and 600 policies

  1. Time on the Inova spectrometers is booked using the FACES NMR website, faces.ccrc.uga.edu.  Each user will be granted their own personal FACES account after receiving Inova training.  Under no circumstances are users allowed to book time using another user’s FACES account.
  2. Arrive at your reserved NMR time promptly and ensure that you do not use more than your reserved time.
  3. NMR time must be reserved regardless of the time or day.
  4. No more than two hours of consecutive time can be booked on weekdays between 9:00 am – 6:00 pm; 3 hours are permitted for titrations, variable-temperature, and kinetics experiments upon approval by an NMR facility staff member.
  5. The logbook must be signed every time an experiment is performed.  Any problems and unusual spectrometer behaviour may be noted in the logbook.
  6. Odd nuclei or variable-temperature experiments are not to be performed until training has been received from NMR facility staff.