Canada's only NMR facility solely dedicated to the development of novel approaches for studying environmental processes at the molecular-level. The Environmental NMR Centre is also a unique training platform for the next generation of environmental scientists.
The Environmental NMR Centre is an innovative, cutting-edge research facility solely dedicated to environmental research. The facility, which opened in 2004, houses three 500 MHz NMR spectrometers capable of analyzing solids, solutions, and semi-solids as well as supporting hyphenated applications. This includes a novel capability termed Comprehensive Multi-phase (CMP) NMR that permits analysis of all components (solutions, gels and solids) samples in their natural state without pre-treatment. The Environmental NMR Centre is a globally unique facility with the mandate to support research that will improve the fundamental understanding of environmental processes at the molecular-level. The Environmental NMR Centre is also a specialized training platform that provides the next generation of environmental scientists with hands-on access with NMR spectroscopy.
Researchers who use the Environmental NMR Centre develop and apply novel NMR approaches to study the composition and reactivity of various types of environmental samples. The Environmental NMR Centre has contributed novel insight into the composition and biogeochemistry of natural organic matter in different ecosystems. The Environmental NMR Centre is also pioneering methods to study how environmental perturbations may alter organism health (environmental metabolomics).
For more information about research discoveries made using the technology in the Environmental NMR Centre, please see the research pages for Prof. Andre Simpson and Prof. Myrna Simpson.