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Solid state NMR Service

Solid-state NMR Research Service for Industry

How does our commercial service work?

To start with, we will talk through the problem with you (either by email, telephone or through a visit) and agree on the best way forward. If may be that a feasibility study is the best place to start. This gives you an idea of what we can achieve with solid state NMR and it gives us the chance to have an initial assessment of the materials involved (the time it takes to do a solid state NMR measurement is highly sample dependent). You are most welcome to visit at this stage.

Once we have decided which measurements to make we can give you an estimate of the turnaround time and the price (we may not be able to give you exact figures until we have made some exploratory measurements). You will then send or bring us the samples, we will do the measurements and send you the results. Depending on the outcome, we can then discuss further work.

Track Record and Publication of Results

The Service was established in 1986 and has an established record of working with industry. We do not publish results (except in collaboration with you).

Terms and Conditions, Contracts, Non-disclosure Agreements

If you are happy to accept our Terms and Conditions we are able to undertake work on completion of our online sample submission form. If this is not appropriate we will need to agree a contract (which would include a non-disclosure clause). The latter would be carried out through our contract and legal support offices and may take several days to arrange.

Sample Submission

Send the samples to the address on the right. If the work is covered by a contract all we need are the samples, an MSDS and a purchase order. Otherwise complete our online sample submission form.


We usually send out the results of the measurements we undertake as a pdf document attached to an email message. We can also use secure online storage sites and include data in a variety of formats.

We can do most measurements within 10 working days of receipt of the samples or a purchase order (whichever is later) although often we turn samples round faster than this and with prior warning can do "same day" analyses.


Solid state NMR Service
Durham University
Department of Chemistry
Lower Mountjoy
Stockton Road

Tel: +44 (0)191 334 3925