If you have gone through a chemistry class, you might remember something about molecules. It is the smallest, identifiable particle in a compound or chemical element. Understanding how these molecules work to build the foundation for understanding the interaction between matter and energy, and how it defines our physical world.
In modern chemistry, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy is one of the top analytical methods, and one of the most useful techniques for studying molecules. The development of the first commercial spectrometers was back in the 1950s and the machine quickly became a vital component for research chemists.
Applications of Benchtop NMR Spectrometer
This piece of technology has a wide range of applications and its particularly useful in cancer research and treatment centers for the production of smart and efficient drug delivery system for cancer therapy and related drugs.
Understanding the molecular mechanisms of photosynthesis in plants algae and certain bacteria is vital for the development of new crop strains that can thrive in diverse environments. Scientists use NMR to modify the molecular structure in crops, producing a highly productive cultivated plant.
Benefits NMR Application to System Biochemistry and Metabolomic Studies
- Non-destructive testing: Having a benchtop NMR spectrometer ensures your samples are safe and uncompromised analysis, allowing you to re-use and rerun your sample repeatedly for other tests.
- Ability to analyze in detail: An NMR spectrometer has made work pretty much easy in industries that use this technology. It’s used in the pharmaceutical industry for drug discovery, development and analysis, and helps chemists to observe large and small molecules structure in determining the right drug chemical composition.
- Real time insights: Along with being a non-destructive technique, a benchtop NMR spectrometer also allows you to monitor real-time in-cell processes even at the molecular stage.
- Monitor different phases of the experiment: NMR not only provides the ability to observe various structures but also monitor different experiment phases whether you are dealing with solids or liquids.
Scientists take advantage of the wide variety of NMR spectrometer applications to improve efficiency and productivity in their process. Perhaps this will finally offer solutions to some of the problems currently facing humanity such as climate change and energy efficiency.