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Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy Laboratory

Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy at Argonne: Probing the structure of matter from the nucleus’s perspective.
Nuclear magnetic resonance facility in Building 241

The Chemical Sciences and Engineering Division houses two NMR facilities able to probe the atomic structure of materials. We have a long-standing history of excellence in conducting state-of-the-art NMR analyses to serve the research community within and outside Argonne. Users welcome!


  • Multinuclear broadband observe probes (2.5-, 5-, or 10-mm tube diameter) with digital tuning from 15N to 31P and 19F with 1H decoupling
  • Automatic tuning and matching system and robotic sample changer
  • Variable temperature with -150°C minimum, 200°C maximum and ±0.1°C accuracy
  • 500 MHz NMR spectrometer with high level of automation. Active parameter sets for: 1H, 2H, 7Li, 11B, 13C, 14N, 15N, 17O, 19F, 25Mg, 27Al, 29Si, 31P, 95Mo, 119Sn and 195Pt
  • Solution-state NMR with one-, two- and three-dimensional pulse sequence library
  • Solid-state NMR for energy storage and conversion through collaborations


  • Elucidate structure and composition of solid, liquid and gaseous materials, including catalysis, energy storage and biological samples.
  • Probe chemical activity, dynamics and reaction kinetics.
  • Investigate surface, interface and bulk chemistries.