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Web Date: January 21, 2011

Enabling NMR In The Field

Spectroscopy: Researchers couple portable NMR with capillary electrophoresis
Department: Science & Technology, Government & Policy
News Channels: Environmental SCENE
Keywords: NMR, capillary electrophoresis, microcoil

Although nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy is a powerful, non-destructive tool for identifying chemical structures, the analytical technique isn't mobile: It typically requires large, expensive instruments. Now researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have coupled a chemical separation method with a portable NMR device to produce a system that could allow scientists someday to use NMR spectroscopy in the field (Anal. Chem. DOI: 10.1021/ac102389b).

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