UC Davis Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Facility


The Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Facility at UC Davis is a Core Science Facility operating under the Office of Research. We provide qualified researchers in the biological, medical, and physical sciences access to state-of-the-art NMR instrumentation for spectroscopy and imaging. The Facility presently operates ten spectrometers of varying purposes and capabilities, four of which are operated jointly with the Chemistry Department and located in the Chemistry building. One Avance 500 spectrometer, located in Kemper Hall, is devoted to solid state NMR spectroscopy. Four additional instruments are located at the MedSci NMR facility (MS1-D), about a five minute bike ride from the Chemistry building. All of the spectrometers are multinuclear and a large variety of liquids, solids, surface, and imaging probes are available for use.


The Facility provides an annual training class (offered every Fall quarter as BCM 230) to the campus to enable users with long term research projects to independently operate the spectrometers. In the spring quarter, CHE 219 and 219L is offered as a Graduate level course for Spectroscopy of Organic compounds. Further information on training and the Facility, including spectrometer scheduling procedures, are available from the Facility office.  Please contact Ping Yu - pyu@ucdavis.edu or Jeff Walton - jhwalton@ucdavis.edu for more information.

Scheduling Time

To reserve instrument time on any of our spectrometers, you can access the online Scheduler Here.  For more details, please visit our FAQ page.  If you do not have access to the scheduler, please contact any of our NMR Facility staff listed on the right side of the page.

After using any of our Bruker instruments located at MedSci 1D, you must report your spectrometer usage with the online time reporting form.  If online form is not working, please use the paper forms in the binder by each instrument.

Safety Information

Please review our NMR Facility safety policies:  UC Davis NMR Facility Safety Information

Acknowledgements And Co-Authorship

NMR Facility personnel and equipment should be acknowledged as appropriate. 

Equipment: NMR Facility Equipment has been purchased with several NSF and NIH grants and use of that equipment should ackowledged as follows:

Med Sci  

800 NSF DBI 722538 600 NIH DBI RR011973-1 and NSF DBI 79461 400 NIH NCRR RR013871-01A1 500 NSF DBI 9724412 7T NSF DBI 9724412    Kemper   500 NSF EAR 213546    Chemistry   600 NSF CHE 443516 400 NSF CHE 9808183 and NIH NIEHS ES005707-13

Co-authorship: NMR Facility personnel should be co-authors if they contribute ideas, analyze data, or write any protion of the paper.

Ackowledgement: NMR Facility personnel should receive acknowledgement for routine help such as running service spectra, training students, or suggesting the routine appropriate NMR experiements. Authors should inform NMR Facility personnel that they have been acknowleged.

Other Frequently Asked Questions

Many Frequently Asked Questions are answered on our FAQ page.  Have a look, and if you have an important question you think is missing from this section, please let us know!