CSUB receives grant for state-of-the-art chemistry equipment

New Chemistry EquipmentThe Chemistry Department at California State University, Bakersfield has been awarded a $269,594 grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to purchase a new 400 MHz Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) instrument. The external funding helps to support students in performing modern chemical research.

"We are really excited about the research directions that this instrument makes possible," said Dr. David Saiki, assistant professor of chemistry at CSUB.

An NMR is a key piece of equipment necessary to perform chemical analysis. As such, it has a central role in the analysis of chemical compounds in modern chemistry research labs. NMR technology is similar to a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) instrument used for diagnostic purposes in medicine.

The new instrument will have remote access capability, making it possible for faculty at Bakersfield College and Taft College to incorporate this essential technology into their classrooms via the Internet. This will allow CSUB's School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Engineering to build even closer ties with local community college partners.

"Our goal is to provide access to this important technology for all faculty and students in the Southern San Joaquin Valley," Saiki said.

The grant enables the department to replace the 200 MHz NMR instrument that was in use since 1979 until being decommissioned in May 2012.

"The new 400 MHz NMR will move chemistry research at CSUB to the next level," said Dr. Andreas Gebauer, chair of the Chemistry Department. "It will significantly enhance the undergraduate student experience in chemistry, both in the classroom and in the research setting."

The department plans to have the new instrument installed during the fall quarter, which starts Sept. 10, 2012.

For more information, contact Dr. David Saiki at 661-654-2616 or dsaiki@csub.edu, or Dr. Andreas Gebauer at 661-654-6840 or agebauer@csub.edu.

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