Mercury-300 NMR Operation
- Login using your username and password.
- Double click the “vnmrj” icon on the desktop (or open a terminal window, using Right Mouse Button-RMB-, and in the terminal window type “vnmrj” and Enter)
- Type “start” in the command line.
- Select the type of experiment you would like to perform: click on the gray protocol buttons on the upper left (e.g. Proton, Carbon, Phosphorous…).
- Start Tab:
- Click on the “Eject” button to eject the standard sample from the magnet. Change samples and adjust the sample height in the spinner using the depth gauge.
- Insert the sample into the sample bore, carefully letting it go while making sure that it floats at the top of the sample bore.
- Click on “Insert” button to insert sample.
- Choose the solvent (e.g. CDCl3).
- Type sample name and any comments about the sample.
- Click the “Lock Off” button.
- Click the “Lock Scan” button.
- Set lock “Gain” to its’ maximum (i.e. 39)
- Set lock “Power” to 40
- Adjust “Z0” to obtain zero beat frequency (on resonance single horizontal line).
- Click “Lock on”
- Decrease the “lk power” so the lock level is ~50 and decrease the “lk gain” one unit.
- Adjust “lk phase” to maximize the lock level. If the lock level goes off scale (i.e. maxes out at 100) decrease the “lk power” and/or “lk gain” to return the lock level to ~50.
- Adjust the shims “Z1” and “Z2” to maximize the lock level.
- Adjust the shims from coarse to fine in the order
- “Z1C” (±1), “Z2C” (±1), “Z1C” (±1)
- “Z1” (±10), “Z2” (±10), “Z1” (±10)
- Adjust “lk power” to make the Lock Level ~50. Make sure “lk gain” > “lk power”
The default instrument parameters are set to obtain survey spectra with the optimum signal-to-noise in the shortest time for average MW. They usually work for proton counting (i.e. distinction between CH, CH2 and CH3 proton resonances), but are NOT suitable for quantitative analysis. The user can modify the parameters to get desired results according to their project needs.
For accurate quantitative analysis parameters must be altered (e.g. for quantitative 1H spectra pw(90) and d1=5xT1; for quantitative 13C spectra pw(90), d1=5xT1 and dm=’nny’). You can guess T1 based on prior knowledge from your group’s work with similar samples. However, ideally you should perform a T1 measurement experiment and use identical sample preparation conditions (solvent, analyte, concentration, experimental temperature) for future samples if you wish to use that measured T1 as a basis for quantitative analysis of future samples.
If you work with atypical structures (e.g. paramagnetic materials, anions or cations) the default spectral window might not be suitable.
Other parameters can be adjusted to satisfy the needs based on other unusual sample characteristics.
Data processing can dramatically influence the reliability of quantitative analysis. For best results, contact the lab staff for instructions on data processing.
- Default [Nuclei] Submenu:
- Set “Transform Size” to 4 x np (e.g. 64K for 1H and 128K for 13C)
- The default “Line Broadening” is 0.5 Hz for 1H and 1 Hz for 13C; these values can be changed to match the natural signal width in order to improve signal-to-noise.
- Acquisition Submenu:
- Set the number of “scans” to 16 by default for 1H spectra and a higher number for 13C.
- S:N can be improved using larger nt. Always use nt equal to a multiple of 4 to avoid artifacts in the spectra.
- Make sure that the Auto box is checked under receiver gain.
- Click on “Showtime” to know the length of experimental time
- Acquiring Spectra
- Type “ga” in the command line to start the acquisition. Wait until data acquisition is done.
- Switch off integral line when the spectrum is displayed (use the interactive panel on the Right side of the screen): click the “Show Full Integral” icon twice.
- Type “aph0 dc” to automatically phase and correct baseline tilt/offset problems.
- Zoom in on the solvent peak region by defining the zoom region; left click on the left side of the desired region and then right click on the right side; click the + magnifying glass (i.e. zoom in) button.
- Place the cursor near the peak of the solvent line and left click, then type “nl”.
- Type “rl(x.xxp)” where x.xx is the chemical shift of the residual solvent resonance (e.g. 7.26 ppm for CHCl3). Refer to the chart on the desk with the chemical shift reference information for different solvents
- Click the “Show Full Integral” icon once to display the green integration line.
- Select the “Define Integral Region” icon (the scissors) and left click first on the left side and then on the right of each resolved set of resonances.
- If you make a mistake you can undue a left click with a right click, or totally erase your integration by typing “cz”.
- Make sure to that the integral regions you define for integration are completely resolved, i.e. the signal completely to the baseline. Otherwise your integrations will not be accurate.
- See above note about the importance of T1 determination in quantitative analysis using NMR spectroscopy.
- Type “dpirn” to display the normalize integrations.
- Click on the “Set Threshold” icon (horizontal yellow line) and move the yellow line that appears to a height that transects your resonances of interest, but not the noise.
- type “dpf” to display the peak frequencys
Saving data: Click on File (drop down menu) and select Save as.
- For printing start a command line with pl and finish the line with page as in this example: pl pscale pltext pirn page and enter.
- pscale: prints scale; pltext: prints comments typed in the start tab; pirn: prints the values of integrals under the peak regions; ppf: prints frequency values above peaks; pap: prints all parameters.
Eject your sample and put the standard sample back in the magnet.
Exiting: Type done in the gray command line to exit the vnmrj program.
- Select the folder in which the file is going to be saved or create new folder and select it
- Type the filename.
- In the desktop upper left, click on System (drop down menu) and select Logout to log out completely from the computer. Be sure to wait as the system might ask if you are sure you want to log out. Confirm that you wish to logout and wait for the logout procedure to complete. If you do not complete the logout procedure properly,
IF YOU ARE NOT LOGGED OUT OF THE INSTRUMENT COMPUTER:
The screen will be locked by your account, AND this will prevent others from using their instrument time. You will be charged based on the amount of time you are logged onto the instrument.
- If the sample is too concentrated (i.e. if you see ADC overflow when you start the acquisition), Click STOP Button (RED button on the upper left panel) to stop your experiment, set Observe Pulse to 10 degrees, and restart your experiment.
SOME PROCESSING COMMANDS
Display integral regions normalized
Exit processing submenu and return to spectrum with cursor displayed
Erase previous integrals
Display full spectrum
** Users are NOT ALLOWED to create any new Experiments.
*** In case the instrument is INACTIVE or for any other PROBLEMS with the system, CONTACT the NMR Staff Immediately OR in off hours e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org.