NMR Facility

The Washington University High-Resolution NMR Facility is managed by Manmilan Singh (director) and Jeff Kao (spectroscopist). The facility is located in Louderman 355 (314-935-6669) and Wrighton 240 (314-935-9411). The facility houses five modern multi-nuclear spectrometers with field strengths from 7.05-14.1 Tesla. The spectrometers are equipped with Red Hat Linux Enterprise computers and are networked to the Chemistry Computing Facility (CCF).

The facility provides

  • 24/7 access to NMR spectrometers and software;
  • hands-on education in the use and application of NMR technology to assess spectral assignment, molecular dynamics, and structure;
  • implementation of traditional and newly developed NMR methods; and
  • collaborative research opportunities with facility staff.

Online Scheduler for NMR Instruments

Use the online scheduler for reserving NMR time. If you have not yet registered for an online account, you will need to create a new account first. Once you complete registration, the system will send you an account activation email. If you don't receive the email within one hour of your registration, please check your spam or junk folder.

NMR Instrument Scheduler


Agilent, 600 MHz

Agilent DD2, 600 MHz

4 RF channels with pulsed field gradient and waveform generators. Probes include:

  • 5 mm 3-axis gradient triple resonance
  • 3 mm gradient triple resonance (1H, 13C, 31P)
  • 5 mm reverse problem (1H, 13C, 15N)
  • 5 mm broadband (15N-31P)

Agilent DD2, 500 MHz

4 RF channels with pulsed field gradient and waveform generators. Probes include:

  • 5 mm OneNMR probe
  • 10 mm broadband (15N-31P)

Agilent Direct Drive, 400 MHz

2 RF channels and pulsed field gradient waveform generators. Probes include:

  • 5 mm OneNMR probe
Varian, 300 MHz

Varian Unity Plus, 300 MHz

2 RF channels with pulsed field gradient and waveform generators. Probes include:

  • 5 mm gradient broadband (15N-31P)

Varian Mercury Plus, 300 MHz

2 RF channels with pulsed field gradient. Probes include:

  • 5 mm gradient broadband (1H, 19F, 13C, 31P)



NMR Facility Staff

Jeff Lung-Fa Kao

Senior NMR Specialist

Kao's research focuses on the development and application of modern two- and three-dimensional reverse-detected NMR spectroscopy to the studies of biomolecules, including conformational analysis of DNA, and structure-activity relationships of biologically active peptides.

Academic Rate Schedule


Spectrometer Time Usage Current Rate
User performs work > 300 contiguous hrs per month $8/hr
  100-229 hrs per month $10/hr
  70-99 hrs per month     $15/hr
  60-69 hrs per month $16/hr
  50-59 hrs per month $17/hr
  40-49 hrs per month $18/hr
  30-39 hrs per month $19/hr
  < 30 hrs per month $20/hr
Facility performs service Non-collaborative $45/hr
  Collaborative $20/hr
Computer workstations CPU interactive $10/hr

Non-WU users must contact the facility director to negotiate rates for service.