Magnetic resonance micro-imaging (Microscopy), MRM, is a technique based on NMR spectroscopy and offers unique insights into a wide variety of molecular processes important in structured materials, such as those found in many consumer products and food; electrochemical technologies; biomedicine and self-organising chemical systems. MR microscopy instruments examine smaller samples (< 30 mm) than pre-clinical or clinical MRI scanners, but offer superior spatial resolution (10-100s mm), greater signal-to-noise, are able to perform extreme diffusion measurements (x 10–12 m2 s–1) and typically access a greater range of MR active nuclei.

The MRM laboratory at Birmingham University is equipped with a Bruker DMX-300 spectrometer, equipped with a 7T wide bore superconducting magnet and micro2.5 and WB40 imaging probes and DIFF30 diffusion probe. A range of nuclei can be studied, including 1H, 19F, 7Li, 31P, 27Al. Samples are able to be studied under shear using a Bruker Rheo-NMR Accessory with stepper motor and gear box.

If you are interested in running experiments in this facility, please contact Dr Melanie Britton.

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