To combat the spread of COVID-19, the WSU NMR Center will be instilling new guidelines for instrument usage, effective June 8th, 2020.

  • Access to the WSU NMR lab will be for trained users only, through key card access at the main entrance to the NMR Center. No tag-along students allowed.
  • If you do not currently have key card access to the WSU NMR center, please contact Zachariah Heiden ( or Bill Hiscox (
  • No back-to-back reservations are allowed. There must be a 15 minute gap between reservations. This doesn’t mean that you have an extra 15 minutes to run your sample. The instrument must be vacant for at least 15 minutes for the disinfectant to work prior to the next user.
  • Hand sanitizing stations will be available inside/outside the main entrance to the NMR center. Please sanitize your hands before entering/exiting the center. Surface disinfectant, wipes and hand sanitizer will be available at each workstation.
  • Upon completing the analysis of your sample, please spray lightly (3-5 squirts from squirt bottle) the desktop, keyboard and mouse with disinfectant. Use disinfectant wipes on the spinners and depth gauges after use, and dry thoroughly with a clean KimWipe. Dispose of all trash in the provided waste receptacle near each instrument.
  • No gloves from outside of the WSU NMR Center are allowed. Nitrile gloves are available at the table inside the door to the NMR center for usage while in the NMR Center. Please dispose of them in the trash located at each workstation, or by the main entrance door.
  • If you feel uncomfortable using the NMR Center, samples can be submitted and run by the NMR Center staff at the service rate of $35 per hour [instrument time ($10/hour) plus staff time ($25/hour)]. Please submit any service samples at the sample submission table inside the NMR Center entrance, along with a sample submission form ( Samples must be labeled with sample ID, your name (or initials) and your lab PI’s name. Samples will be run within one business day of receiving the electronic sample submission form. Completed samples will be placed in the completed sample rack inside the entrance to the NMR center. Completed samples lying in the sample rack for more than two business days will be discarded.
  • Masks/face coverings are strongly recommended. If you do not have your own mask, they are available through University Stores.

Failure to comply with the new guidelines will result in loss of access to the NMR center for one week for the first offense, one month for the second month, and indefinitely for the third offense.