Upgrade and Expansion of the NMR Facility at the University of Aveiro


This project entailed the upgrade/expansion of the 3 existing Nuclear Magnetic Resonance-NMR spectrometers (300 to 500MHz, solids and liquids) at the University of Aveiro (UA). In 2000, the UA supported an initial upgrade of this equipment; however, many items which would enable the full use of the existing facilities in areas like solid-state NMR, protein structure determination and identification of low abundance natural compounds could not be acquired. The equipment obtained through this project has allowed the spectrometers to be used to their full capacity, enabling research to be enhanced in various fields: new solid-state multiple-quantum magic angle spinning and high-power-decoupling experiments, solid-state NMR of low frequency nuclei, multidimensional and multinuclear NMR for structural characterisation of proteins and low-Mr compounds, hyphenated NMR for complex mixtures characterisation and, finally, output optimisation by automation. As a result, the following outcomes have been achieved in the 2006-2008 period: a) Thesis and postdocs: 8 PhD thesis completed and 24 ongoing,12 MsC thesis completed and 15 ongoing, 10 postdoc programmes finished and 13 ongoing. b) Ongoing research projects: 19 nationally funded, 2 EC funded and 1 industry funded. c) Publications: 157 papers in SCI-cited journals, 8 of which published in journals with impact factor > 5.


Universidade de Aveiro (UA)




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