NMR > User Policies

CCIC NMR is a multi-user facility. The following policies have therefore been put in place to promote timely and undisrupted use of the facility, as well as to ensure the safety of you, your valuable samples, and the spectrometers.

WHO CAN BE A USER?
  • Any student, postdoc, or faculty may be a user of the facility. However, all users must obtain proper training from the CCIC NMR staff. Training is not to be provided by fellow group members. Contact one of the following if you are interested in receiving training:

  • - Dr. Chunhua Yuan
    yuan.9@osu.edu
    Riffe 140
    614.688.3691

    - Dr. Alexandar Hansen
    hansen.434@osu.edu
    Riffe 148/CBEC 381
    614.292.7133

  • Trained and authorized users may operate any of the NMR instruments in the facility. However, as new instrument capabilities become available, additional training may be required of the users.
  • An Access Application Form must be submitted for swipe-card access to Riffe 137 and the NMR Suite in CBEC
HOW DO YOU RESERVE NMR TIME?
  • New users must register their account using FOM before they can use any NMR instrument.
  • Users must schedule NMR time using FOM calendar (https://fom.osu.edu/fom/welcome) prior to use NMR instrument. The minimum time block is 0.5 hours.
  • NMR time can be modified or canceled up to 24 hours prior to the reservation without penalty. Within 24 hours, a charge will appear against the reserved time unless the instrument is down due to mechanical failure.
  • Reservations are freely transferable between members of the same research group, so it is recommended that the user attempts to find an alternate user for the reserved time to avoid a cancelation fee. Notify CCIC staff for any required billing changes (such as paying from a different grant for the new user).
CAN YOU DO IT FOR ME?
  • Users who require assistance must check with a staff member (see above) about NMR time that is convenient for both users and operator.
  • No advance reservation is necessary for drop off experiments. But please contact Dr. Chunhua Yuan (yuan.9@osu.edu) to request NMR time.
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF THERE’S A PROBLEM?
  • Any equipment malfunction or failure during usage must be report to CCIC staff (see above) immediately so that the problem can be quickly resolved. Under no circumstance is the user allowed to try to fix the problem. If it is determined that instrument malfunction is due to users’ negligence, then their PI may be responsible for the repair expenses.
WHAT IF I NEED TO CANCEL?

To minimize no-shows and increase the availability of NMR instrumentation cancellation fees will be introduced:

  • No cancellation fee if >24 hours in advance (i.e. ‘cancellation window’)
  • Within the cancellation window, the full NMR rate will be applied up to 24 hours of reserved time
  • If a only a fraction of the reserved time is used, the unused time will be treated according to the rules above
  • Example: A user reserves 5 days, but uses only the first 2 days before cancelling the remainder of their session (days 3-5). The user is charged 24 hours of the remaining time.
  • If reserved time cannot be used by a user (e.g. because of sample preparation issues), the user must cancel their reservation and the new user (must be trained and have approved CCIC NMR FOM acccount) reserve the time in order to ensure proper billing and reporting for the instruments.
  • The cancellation fee applies regardless of whether the reserved NMR can be taken up by another user (from another lab)
  • A grace period applies for a lab’s first offense: a notification will be sent to the PI but no charge is applied
  • Cancellation policy will be monitored and will be adjusted as necessary
STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURES
  • NO FOOD OR DRINK ALLOWED IN THE NMR ROOM 137!!!
  • NO HAZARDOUS AND INFECTIOUS SAMPLE ALLOWED FOR NMR EXPERIMENTS
  • Please leave the area around the spectrometer/computer better than the way you found it. Do not leave any trash, Kim wipes, or unlabeled samples.
  • Retrieve your sample(s) promptly at the end of your experiment(s).
  • Unclaimed and/or unlabeled samples may be disposed of with little notice.
  • Set the temperature back to 25°C (298 K) after usage. Reset any other parameters you may have changed (ie. air flow rate) to default values.
  • Record your sample and experimental details in the logbook provided. Include, at a minimum, your name/PI, the buffer composition, 1H pulse width, channels used, and any instrumental error/s.
MISUSE OF THE FACILITY
  • Instrument use without proper training by one of the facility staff is strictly not permitted
  • Instrument use without reservation of time is also not permitted
  • Instruments found being used without reservation will have the experiments stopped and the sample removed from the magnet and left on the bench. If the user or PI can be determined, the estimated time of usage plus a minimum administrative fee of $50 will be applied towards tech time will be charged to one of the PI's accounts who will then be contacted regarding the violation. The PI is expected to take appropriate disciplinary against the student, postdoc, or collaborator.
  • Independent implementation of non-standard pulse sequences is also strictly not permitted. All pulse sequences must be evaluated by CCIC staff and conform with Bruker and CCIC pulse sequence conventions. The staff member who evaluated the pulse sequence must be present for the initial implementation of the experiments
  • Users found in repeat violation of any of the above policies found here may face indefinite suspension from using the CCIC NMR facility