Claflin University Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Facility
Claflin's NMR facility, in addition to its 700 MHz NMR, also has an automated nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) sample changer to do NMR-based metabolomics research. The field of metabolomics focuses on changes to the small molecules that make up metabolism upon some stressful event or condition. NMR serves as an excellent detector of these small compounds; and statistical analysis is applied to many NMR sample replicates to increase the robustness of the metabolomics technique. Although a predominately undergraduate university and HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities), Claflin University has the third highest field NMR laboratory in the state of South Carolina, just behind the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) and the Hollings Marine Laboratory (HML).
Dr. Muthukrishna Raja, Professor, Chemistry, Chemistry Molecular Science Research Center, Claflin University, (803) 535-5673, Email
Stephon Void, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Technician, Claflin University, (803) 535-5293, Email
300 MHz NMR
This guy is the workhorse NMR used by students and faculty to analyze compounds synthesized in the labs or islated from the environment. NMR is one of the most powerful techniques that allow you to determine not only the structure of a molecule but its dynamic behaviour as well. Students are taught the basics of NMR technology on this device.
700 MHz NMR
This German-built magnet is one of the most advanced instruments on the planet. The in-depth scans and resonance allows for clearer and more concise pictures and structures of compounds. It is one of the largest NMRs with one of the strongest supermagnets in the state of South Carolina and allows for high precision data collection on the structure of individual molecules and even the composition of complex mixtures of molecules. This device is increasingly used in the field of metabolomics which can analyze many metabolites of the body or cells simultaneously.