NMR Spectrometer a Welcome Addition

Pitt-Johnstown

posted May 23, 2017


Pitt-Johnstown students Tyler Duplin (left) and Daniel Yost work with Chemistry Division Chair Dr. Lisa Bell-Loncella on the university's new NMR Spectrometer

Pitt-Johnstown acquired a new Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectrometer, which is housed in the Engineering and Science Building. The NMR Spectrometer was obtained through University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown funding.

NMRThe NMR Spectrometer (Bruker 400 MHz NMR) is used in research to characterize molecules, specifically to the physical and chemical properties of atoms or the molecules in which they are contained. It replaces the 300 MHz model, which was acquired in 1998, and is the property of the Pitt-Johnstown Chemistry Department.

“Of all instrumental methods used by chemists, NMR provides the most information about the structure of a molecule or complex,” said Chemistry Department Chair Lisa Bell-Loncella, PhD.

“The instrument is used in research to characterize molecules, specifically the physical and chemical properties of atoms or the molecules in which they are contained.”

According to Dr. Bell-Loncella, NMR is used to characterize solids and liquids, qualitatively and quantitatively, small organic molecules, large metal coordination complexes, ionic liquids, molecular organic frameworks (MOFs) as well as large biological macromolecules, such as proteins, DNA, RNA and complexes of these molecules.

The instrument was received in early 2017 and is housed in a specially designed NMR room on the second floor of the renovated Engineering and Science Building.


The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown is marking its 90th anniversary well as the 50th year of the campus in its Richland Township location. Pitt-Johnstown was founded in 1927 and is the first and largest regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh. Pitt-Johnstown is recognized by the Princeton Review as a “Best in the Northeast” college, by G.I. Jobs as a “Military Friendly School,” and by Pennsylvania Business Central as a "Top 100 Organization.” The distinctive combination of Pitt-Johnstown’s people, programs, and place results in exceptional performance in preparing students for career and professional success. Pitt-Johnstown is the regional leader, educating for success in the Real World.