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NMR Center Renovations

Starting January 13th, the WSU NMR Center will be undergoing renovations to upgrade the instrument space over the next 4-6 weeks.

The scope of the work will consist of removing the degrading sound absorbing panels, replacing them with new ones. The flooring in room B3E (the instrument bay that hosted the 400 WB) will be replaced with new carpet. Access to the NMR Center will also change to swipe card access using your Cougar Card.

The removal of the degrading sound absorbing panels will start on Monday, January 13th around the 600.  The removal of these panels will cause for the 600 to be unavailable on the 13th, and possibly the 14th. We will try to have the 300, 400, and 500 available when the 600 is unavailable. On the 14th and 15th, the panels will be removed around the 300, 400, and 500. During this time, these instruments will be unavailable, and the 600 will be available for use. During the renovations, we will do our best to have at least one instrument available for data collection.

We anticipate that the transition to swipe card access to the WSU NMR lab will be completed by the end of January. To prepare for this transition, if you do not currently have a duo prox system Cougar Card, please visit the Cougar Card center in the CUB to receive an updated Cougar Card for free. It will take five minutes, if they are not busy. If you are unsure if you have a duo prox Cougar Card, then it is very likely that you do not. WSU is beginning the transition to duo prox cards, and starting in the summer of 2020, all future Cougar Cards will be duo prox cards.

For updates on the renovations and instrument availability, please look at the instrument schedules on iLab or our new website ( for details. We will do our best to keep the instrument schedules up to date to minimize any inconvenience.

How to request training on an instrument at the WSU NMR Center

Thank you for your interest in NMR Spectroscopy at WSU!

To become a user of the NMR Center’s instruments, you will need to sign up for training here. Training and account setup are usually completed in two sessions. The first session is an introduction and lecture on the operation of one of our spectrometers, sample handling, safety, data collection and storage, and some data processing. We also set up your account so that you can reserve instrument time, and log into the instruments. You are also assigned a door code for 24/7 access to the facility. During the second session you will bring your own sample to run, and practice your skills. You can ask questions or seek further training at that point. NMR users at WSU are mostly self-sufficient-users run their own samples and experiments, collect and file data, and do data processing independently. Two Ph.D. Scientists are available for assistance during the week and by e-mail. To sign up, use the New User Training Form.


Dear WSU NMR Community,

From time to time, stuff happens, there are updates, even emergencies can happen. This page will include updates and helpful information on outages, dangerous conditions, or just simple malfunctions.

You may comment on this blog, contribute, and ask questions. All WSU NMR Users are welcome to participate here. This is where to notify others of existing adverse or hazardous conditions, instrument problems, etc.


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