The University of Delaware NMR Center supports the research efforts of over 400 users from 58 research groups across 4 colleges and 11 departments at UD as well as multiple academic and industrial collaborators in the region. Currently, the Center is home to 9 NMR spectrometers ranging from 9.4 to 20.0 T (400-850 MHz) in magnetic field strength, with a full range of capabilities from solution to solid state to HR-MAS NMR, as well as an EPR spectrometer. Eight of the NMR instruments are housed in the 4,650 sq ft NMR Magnet Hall in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and are connected to a helium recovery system. One of these instruments is located in the APBio building on UD’s Star Campus. All these instruments are equipped with state-of-the-art probes for general and specialized applications to meet the needs of our diverse user group.

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As a director of the Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Laboratory at the University of Delaware, Dr. Bai’s primary responsibility is to build and maintain a state-of-the-art NMR laboratory. The UD NMR laboratory currently houses nine NMR spectrometers from 400 MHz to 850 MHz and is equipped with the most technologically advanced experimental equipment in solution and solid-state NMR spectroscopy.  The NMR center serves more than four hundred NMR users.  It is not only capable of carrying out routine NMR analyses to support organic and inorganic chemists from the University community, but facilitates cutting-edge research in the application of NMR spectroscopy to chemical and material sciences.  Educating and training graduate and undergraduate students at all levels is a major component of his responsibility as the director of this facility.

In addition to the full-time job of managing the laboratory and training users, Dr. Bai actively engaged in various scientific research activities. His research field may be generally classified as spanning the border of analytical and physical chemistry, but specifically focusing on applying NMR spectroscopic methods to a variety of fields in the chemical and material sciences. Dr. Bai’s efforts in research have been recognized by the College of Arts and Sciences of the University of Delaware: he was appointed to the titles of assistant professor (2004) and associate professor (2010).

Dr. Cait Quinn received her BS in Chemistry at Fairfield University, where she first developed an interest in NMR, studying the conformational dynamics of small helical peptides in solution.  In 2013, she received her PhD in Chemistry from Columbia University with Prof. Ann McDermott where she developed new methods for the study of protein dynamics with solid state NMR. From 2013-2017, Cait was an NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein Postdoctoral Fellow with Prof. Tatyana Polenova at the University of Delaware, where she studied the structure and dynamics of HIV-1 protein assemblies and their interactions with host factors by solid state NMR and other biophysical methods.  In 2017, Cait started as an NMR Spectroscopist with the University of Delaware NMR Center, providing training and experimental support to the users of the NMR Center.  In 2019 she was appointed to the position of Assistant Professor (Secondary Appointment).

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