Magnetic Resonance Center

The University of Akron Magnetic Resonance Center (MRC) is a jointly managed facility between the Department of Chemistry, the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering and other departments. The Center consists of 9 NMR systems ranging from 200 MHz to 750 MHz, and is located in Knight Chemical Lab and Goodyear Polymer Science buildings. For details of the center, check: http://www.uakron.edu/chemistry/magnet/

These three instruments are available in the Goodyear Polymer Center 103A.

NMR Center at the Department of Polymer Science

The NMR center is located in Goodyear Polymer Center in rooms GDYR 824-826. The center is open to the faculty and students in the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering at a nominal hourly charge.

SERVICES AVAILABLE:

For routine analysis and NMR instrument usage, call for quotation.

The services and research capabilities of the center include:

  • Determining chain structure of polymers:
    • Competitive polymer product analysis
    • No destructive polymer material identification and deformulation
    • Composition of copolymer
    • Sequence distribution and tacticity analysis
    • Transesterification kinetics and thermal dynamics
    • Reaction kinetic analysis
    • Additive identification and quantification
    • Branching and unsaturation content in Polyolefins
    • Carbon black content
    • Compositional analysis of polymer formulations
    • Plasticizer identification and content
    • Plastic/Polymer identification
    • Residual monomer content
  • Determining solid state properties of new materials:
    • No destructive polymer material identification and deformulation
    • Cross-link density and mechanism
    • Miscibility of polymer blends
    • Intermolecular interaction analysis
    • Molecular motion and phase transition
    • Morphology of heterogeneous polymer systems
    • Location of end groups and branches in semicrystalline polymers
    • Partitioning of end groups and branches in semicrystalline polymers
  • Determining structure heterogeneity of semi solids:
    • Polymer surfactant interaction in aqueous media
    • Heterogeneity structure of latexes in solvent
    • Structure heterogeneity and its development in emulsion and microemulsions
    • Multicomponent interactions in food mixtures

CHARGES:

CPSPE users are charged an hourly usage fee in ¼ hour increments. The normal hourly rate is $7/hour. Time outside 8 am to 6 pm on normal weekdays and on weekends is ½ the normal hourly rate ($3.5/hour).

Faculty who are consulting for industry or others and are in need of NMR center services will be charged at the regular industrial rates listed below.

  • Room Temp. 1H spectrum in CDCl3 $150.00/sample quantity 1-9
  • Room Temp. 1H spectrum in CDCl3 $100.00/sample quantity 10 or more
  • Room Temp. 19F spectrum in CDCl3 $150.00/sample quantity 10 or more
  • Room Temp. 13C spectrum in CDCl3 $120.00/hr, 50% discount after 4th hr.
  • High Temp. 1H and 13C spectrum, both liquid and solid- obtain quotation
  • Variable Temp. 15N and 29Si and 31P spectrum, both liquid and solid- obtain quotation

It is recommended that an estimate be obtained for each project.