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UK’s Nuclear Magnetic Resonance device powers the way to advanced drugs

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council websiteVisit  The University of Warwick website

29 October 2010

UK researchers will gain new insights into vital high tech engineering materials and novel pharmaceuticals thanks to the creation of the UK's most powerful Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) device for solids now sited in a national research facility in the University of Warwick's Centre for Magnetic Resonance.

The new "UK 850 MHz Solid-State NMR Facility" was launched in the University of Warwick's Millburn House on Thursday October 28th at 5pm. It is a national facility open to a large range of researchers across the UK and has been made possible by the award of a £3.7M grant from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC). It also received funding through the Birmingham Science City initiative supported by Advantage West Midlands (AWM) and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

The new facility was formally launched by David Delpy, the Chief Executive of EPSRC at a special event which was attended by researchers from all the main facility partners (the Universities of Warwick, Cambridge, Durham, Nottingham, Glasgow and St Andrews).

David Delpy said "The EPSRC are pleased to have supported the UK's internationally leading research for over 15 years. NMR spectroscopy is a vital analytical tool science. It is a powerful technique that can provide detailed information on the topology, dynamics and three-dimensional structure of molecules in solution and the solid state."

Professor Mark Smith Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Warwick said "This facility provides a significant leap in the capability available to the UK's NMR spectroscopy researchers that allows us to compete with the very best in the world. This was possible through the coordinated efforts of a wide range of researchers and funders and is a model of such a partnership for developing such facilities for the UK in the future. It is certain to provide us with new insights into everything from potential new pharmaceuticals to innovate materials for the next generation of catalytic convertors."

Notes for editors

For further information about the UK 850 MHz Solid-State NMR facility see: http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/physics/research/condensedmatt/nmr/850.

To contact Peter Dunn, Head of Communications of University of Warwick - email: p.j.dunn@warwick.ac.uk tel: 02476 523708 mob: 07767 65 5860.

About EPSRC

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) is the UK's main agency for funding research in engineering and physical sciences. EPSRC invests around £850M a year in research and postgraduate training, to help the nation handle the next generation of technological change.

The areas covered range from information technology to structural engineering, and mathematics to materials science. This research forms the basis for future economic development in the UK and improvements for everyone's health, lifestyle and culture. EPSRC also actively promotes public awareness of science and engineering. EPSRC works alongside other Research Councils with responsibility for other areas of research. The Research Councils work collectively on issues of common concern via research Councils UK. EPSRC Press Office on tel: 01793 444404 or e-mail: pressoffice@epsrc.ac.uk.

About BBSRC

BBSRC is the UK funding agency for research in the life sciences. Sponsored by Government, BBSRC annually invests around £470M in a wide range of research that makes a significant contribution to the quality of life in the UK and beyond and supports a number of important industrial stakeholders, including the agriculture, food, chemical, healthcare and pharmaceutical sectors.

BBSRC provides institute strategic research grants to the following:

  • The Babraham Institute
  • Institute for Animal Health
  • Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (Aberystwyth University)
  • Institute of Food Research
  • John Innes Centre
  • The Genome Analysis Centre
  • The Roslin Institute (University of Edinburgh)
  • Rothamsted Research

The Institutes conduct long-term, mission-oriented research using specialist facilities. They have strong interactions with industry, Government departments and other end-users of their research.