Unviersity of Liverpool — £1.3M to enhance Nuclear Magnetic Resonance facilities

Researchers at the University of Liverpool have been awarded £1.3 million from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to enhance the University’s capabilities in very high field 800 MHz Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR). This grant is awarded as part of a £20 million UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) initiative to establish a national high field NMR network and support the UK’s research in life and physical sciences. It was announced during the official launch of UKRI in London last night (14 May 2018). The investment in Liverpool will enable an upgrade of the existing solution-state 800 MHz NMR spectrometer located in the University’s NMR Centre for Structure Biology, Institute of Integrative Biology. The upgrade will convert the existing solution-state system to a NMR spectrometer with dual solution-solid state capabilities, thereby strategically differentiating the Liverpool system from other very high field spectrometers in the UK. This project is a collaboration between the University’s Faculty of Science and Engineering and its Faculty of Health and Life Sciences with Professor Lu-Yun Lian and Drs Frédéric Blanc, Igor Barsukov, Jon Iggo and Konstantin Luzyanin forming the core team. One of the aims will be to identify highly relevant problems in materials science, industrial biotechnology, personalised medicine, animal health and food security, and use state-of-the-art NMR technologies to support these areas in a manner to benefit both basic and translational research. Read more