Housed in the third floor of the LSI, the Varian 400 MHz NMR and 600 MHz NMR are the state-of-the-art instruments, used for the structural analysis of small molecule compounds.

They are “walk-up” instruments for U-M researchers. We offer open-use and full-service data acquisition and structure analysis. Our users are mainly composed of organic chemists who check the synthetic structures of starting material, intermediate compounds, and final products; and natural product chemists who characterize/identify unknown structures of purified samples from various biological matrices.


The Agilent 400 NMR spectrometer has a Magnex 400/54/ASC active shielded premium magnet and a Varian 400-MR console. It is equipped with a 5 mm ATB PFG 1H/19F/X inverse probe.

The Agilent 600 NMR spectrometer has a Magnex 600/54 active shielded premium magnet and a Varian NMR System console. It is equipped with a 5 mm DB AUTOX PFG broadband probe.

The NMR Data workstation provides data analysis software of VNMRJ and MNova, and a Xerox Phaser 6600 duplex color printer.

Training, Scheduling & Sample Preparation


Currently we offer the following three training modules for individuals:

  1. Basic Operation of the NMR 400
  2. Basic Operation of the NMR 600
  3. Basic Set-up of NMR Experiments for 1H/13C Structural Assignments.


Instrument reservation is currently on CTools calendar. It is in the transition to iLab calendars.

Sample Preparation

NMR sample preparation is the responsibility of the user. It is also the user's responsibility to provide their own high-grade NMR tubes, deuterated solvents and pipettes.

Contact the manager for minimal NMR tube specifications and for advice on sample preparation.


Wendy Feng, Ph.D., Spectroscopist
Room 3214
Life Sciences Institute
210 Washtenaw Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2216