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NMR Facility History

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The UTHSCSA biomolecular NMR facility was founded in 2001 through an NIH Instrumentation Grant for the purchase of a four-channel 600 MHz NMR spectrometer. This grant funding helped to leverage additional funding from the UTHSCSA Children Cancer Research Institute, the UTHSCSA Permanent Univerisity Fund, and the Houston Foundation, which enabled the acquistion of 500 and 700 MHz four-channel NMR spectrometers to complement the 600 MHz spectrometer.

The installation of the 500, 600, and 700 MHz instruments began in the Summer of 2001 and was completed in the Spring of 2003. The instruments have been fully operational since this time and are housed in two adjacent laboratories on the fifth floor of the UTHSCSA Allied Health Science Building on the Medical Center North Campus. The electrical power to the spectrometers was initially supplied by a 12 kVA Controlled Power single conversion UPS, although this later was found to have a switching delay that under some circumstances was too long. This UPS was subsequently retired and replaced with a 12 kVA double conversion Powerware unit in the Summer of 2003, which has functioned flawlessly since then.

The initial setup of the facility was carried out by Dr. Andrew Hinck, a faculty member within the Biochemistry Department at UTHSCSA. Dr. Hinck currently serves as the Director of the facility, although he has been assisted since early 2003 by Udayar Ilangovan, a former postdoctoral fellow at UCLA. Dr. Ilangovan currently oversees maintenance of the three instruments, as well as user training and maintenance of the pulse program libraries.

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Last updated on August 26, 2005