Biomolecular NMR Facility

Researchers from across the world are invited to study the 3D structures and interactions of proteins, nucleic acids, carbohydrates, lipids and metabolites at the Henry Wellcome Building for NMR. We offer a £10m national resource based in Birmingham, providing scientists with insights into the molecular basis of human health, cancer progression and infectious diseases.

Book NMR time

Book NMR time

Users are welcome to apply for time on the NMR spectrometers on an hourly, daily or weekly basis through remote scheduling once they have registered.

About us

About us

We offer open access to seven NMR spectrometers at the Henry Wellcome Building, a national NMR facility based in Birmingham



We offer four ways to use our services, including hands-on access to the UK's only cold probe-equipped 900 MHz spectrometer, NanoProbe and HyperSense systems



We support internationally competitive biomedical research by providing academic and industrial users with access and services on our six NMR systems

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Latest News

Chair in Biomolecular NMR / Director of national HWB-NMR facility available at the University of Birmingham, UK.
 Closing date for applications: 17 Aug 2016.

Prof Anthony Watts (University of Oxford) gave his 2015 RSC Prize seminar entitled "Pushing the Limits with biological Solid State NMR - biomembranes as an example" in the School of Chemistry on Tue 12 Jan 2016.

From September 2015, HWB-NMR houses two new Bruker 600 Avance-IVDr (in-vitro diagnostic research) systems as part of the Phenome Centre - Birmingham metabolomics initiative. Contact Prof Mark Viant (Director of Phenome Centre - Birmingham) for more information.

After 12 years as Executive Director at HWB-NMR, Prof Michael Overduin left the University of Birmingham on 1 Aug 2015 to take up his position as Executive Director at NANUC, University of Alberta, Canada.

The Spring NMR-DG meeting on "Diffusion NMR" took place in the School of Chemistry, University of Birmingham on Tue 31 Mar 2015. Speakers included Chris Waudby, Iain Day, Carmine D'Agostino, Peter Griffiths & Gareth Morris.

Take advantage of free access to our recently upgraded 900 MHz NMR spectrometer and 600 MHz TXO cryoprobe for 13C direct detection (both Bruker systems)! Please email Dr Sara Whittaker.

The HWB-NMR 10-year anniversary user meeting took place on Fri 7 Nov 2014. Our thanks to the speakers for their enjoyable talks! Click here for the programme.

NMR Basic Training 2014 took place 3-5 Nov, with over 40 students from across the UK in attendance. Our thanks go to Prof Mike Williamson, Dr Simon Skinner and Dr Marc Lenoir for stimulating instruction. For more details, please visit our website. Suggestions welcome for future Basic Training topics or format - feel free to email them to Dr Sara Whittaker.

Bruker 900 Training (session 2) took place Fri 9 May 2014 (instructors: Dr Peter Gierth & Dr Pete Simpson). Hands-on B900 use encouraged for users wishing to access 900 MHz! To access the B900, please email Dr Sara Whittaker.

Prof Michael Overduin interviewed for the BBC News article: Did Richard Nixon change the way people describe cancer?

The Wellcome Trust has funded 5 years of free access to the 900 MHz spectrometer (incl. equipment upgrade) for users based in the UK and Brazil, China, South Africa and other emerging market countries from Dec 2012. Please email Dr Sara Whittaker for access.