To get a user account and to be able to reserve time and use the instruments, you need to attend a Varian basic operation training, which lasts for about 1 hr, and then complete the individual training, which usually takes 2-3 hours.
You initiate the training process by filling this form. A Varian basic operation training will be organized for you in no more than a week. The purpose of the training is to familiarize you with the basic concepts of FT-NMR. No need to bring samples or to take notes. The manual for basic operation is here. At the group training the instructor demonstrates the basic operation on a standard sample. This will be followed by individual trainings during the TA’s office hours in which you will run your own samples, with the help of the Teaching Assistant. To schedule an individual training email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Most people need three individual sessions, but take as many sessions as needed until you feel confident. In the end, after a brief test, an account will be created for you. At this point you have access to two Varian instruments, the i2c and the i3c. The latter has an indirect detection probe, so you need to run 2D indirect detection experiments to get the C13 information.
After that, I encourage you to come to the Bruker basic operation training. This lasts for half an hour and we’ll talk about what is different in topspin (the Bruker software) vs. vnmrj (Varian). This training will open up for you two new instruments, the b600 and the b400.
If you are a synthetic chemist, you most likely want to take the 2D training. You will learn how to do structure elucidation using 2D NMR and how to set the experiments in vnmrj. If you are a polymer chemist, you may want to learn how to measure diffusion coefficients by NMR. This is an alternative to Gel Permeation Chromatography for determining the size of a polymer. These experiments are run best on the i3c.
In the next step, during a 30 minutes training you will learn how to run 2D NMR on Bruker instruments.
The training handouts are here.
For all other trainings contact Ion.