Posted: November 19, 2008

Bruker Announces Order for 10 NMR Systems from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

(Nanowerk News) Bruker BioSpin announces today that it has received an order from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) for ten Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectrometers valued at close to $20 million, including Bruker’s flagship 950 MHz superconducting NMR magnet. KAUST is a new graduate-level research university in Saudi Arabia, dedicated to inspiring a new age of scientific achievement and the realization of a vision of King Abdullah.
The two-story, eight-ton 950 MHz magnet is the world’s highest-field superconducting actively shielded high-resolution NMR magnet system. The heart of this 950 MHz NMR magnet is a proprietary coil set made of about 100 miles of superconducting wire which is producing a 22.3 Tesla magnetic field. The large magnet will allow scientists to investigate the structure of bio-molecules and study their interactions with greater resolution and sensitivity than ever before.
The 950 MHz magnet at the center of KAUST’s NMR facility will be surrounded by other Bruker NMR spectrometers, ranging from 400 MHz for chemistry up to an actively-shielded 850 MHz widebore magnet for solid-state NMR. All Bruker NMR systems ordered will include the Bruker next-generation Avance™ III NMR console, which incorporates second-generation (2G) digital receiver (DR) technology for a significant further improvement in NMR detection fidelity. This 2G-DR technology and Bruker’s leading NMR probe and CryoProbe™ technology provide a new level of performance for demanding NMR experiments in structural biology, chemistry and material sciences.
The broad range of NMR systems ordered will enable KAUST to offer leading-edge capabilities for NMR research to its scientists and academic partners. Installation of these NMR systems is expected to begin in 2009 and to continue into 2010, with many of them targeted to be operational for the planned opening of KAUST in September 2009.
“We look forward at KAUST to exploit the advanced capabilities of the NMR systems manufactured by Bruker,” stated Dr. Mohamed E. Samaha, interim VP for Research at KAUST. “These systems will be utilized to expand the boundaries of the scientific knowledge. They are an integral constituent to realize King Abdullah’s vision and our overall plans to build one of the world’s leading scientific research institutions for the prosperity and development of Saudi Arabia and the world.”
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Source: Bruker (press release)
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