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The uNMR-NL Facility

What do we offer?

The uNMR-NL facility enables non-invasive characterization of molecular systems from the atomic to micrometer range by ultra-high field NMR. We offer expertise and measurement time on spectrometers currently ranging from 600-950 MHz for solid- and liquid-state NMR as well as micro-imaging.

The currently, uNMR-NL high-end 950MHz spectrometer is equipped with state-of-the-art instrumentation for all three fields of research, providing the highest sensitivity and resolution in the Netherlands.

Moreover, dedicated NMR instrumentation and expertise is available for:

  • Solid-state NMR using Dynamic Nuclear Polarization (DNP) at different fields (400, 600, 800 MHz)

  • Laser equipment and dedicated solid- & solution-state probes for NMR measurements on light-sensitive molecules or materials

  • NMR on small volume samples

  • Fast spinning MAS probes

  • Cryoprobes at different fields (600, 800, 850, 900, 950 MHz)

  • Micro-imaging probes with several inserts at different fields (600, 750, 950 MHz)

Current research and application areas range from health, life and food sciences to chemical, material and geosciences.

Who can use the facility?

Access to the uNMR-NL facility at the national level is possible for academic or industrial users. Usage for international researchers can be granted through collaborations with uNMR-NL groups or via the international access programs iNEXT or INSTRUCT, in which uNMR-NL members participate.

As a partner in uNMR-NL, the public-private partnership TI-COAST plays a coordinating role in the use of the uNMR-NL facility by industrial (both multinational and SME) parties. In addition, uNMR-NL has also established close interactions with Dutch Techcentre for Life Sciences (DTL) to ensure a broad exposure of the facility to the Dutch scientific community. Three of our local NMR facilities are offered as a technology hotel under DTL.

How to obtain access to the facility?

Users can apply for measurement time by submitting a one-page (A4) project proposal on the access site. The proposal should contain the following information:

General information:

  • First and last name of applicant
  • E-mail address
  • Group Affiliation of applicant and Postal Address


  • (Molecular) System to be characterized and general scientific/technical question.
  • Planned NMR/imaging experiments
  • Previous NMR/imaging data and justification for high field usage

Proposals are judged on feasibility, scientific quality and on valid arguments for the need of high field.

Further information

For further information, please contact:

Dr. Andrei Gurinov
Scientific Supervisor/Facility Manager uNMR-NL
Utrecht University
NMR research group