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Become a User



NMRFAM welcomes new users and encourages scientists to take advantage of its state-of-the-art facilities and technologies, software applications, and experienced staff in order to further their research.

NMRFAM’s current instrumentation and software can enhance your research through:

  • Fast data collection and automated data analysis of bio-macromolecules
  • Technology for larger proteins, nucleic acids, and complexes
  • Investigations of metal-containing (paramagnetic) proteins
  • Dynamics of macromolecules
  • Structure-function investigation of RNA molecules and their complexes with metal ions and proteins
  • Metabolomics and natural products

Important points for NMRFAM users

  • User projects are meant to be largely self-supporting and the standard NMRFAM user charges for spectrometers will be assessed. Spectrometers and Fees
  • NMRFAM staff members provide needed training and advice for users. When staff become actively involved in user projects, they are considered collaborators and should be co-authors on publications. Publications
  • NMRFAM sponsor acknowledgements must always be included in the acknowledgements portion of any publications resulting from the use of NMRFAM. Acknowledgement Statement
  • Experiments that require extensive NMRFAM staff time for assistance and are not part of a collaboration will incur an additional surcharge of $50/hour and is considered a service. Your PI will receive an invoice in the month following data collection which must be paid within 30 days.
  • Remote users can send samples to NMRFAM staff members to load, provided they have the ability to conduct the experiments themselves over the internet. Remote Access | Software
  • To become an NMRFAM user, you need to enroll in a web-based user system, called Sundial, a module of the Sesame Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS), to capture all required information. Click here to start – How to Become an NMRFAM User
  • Contact Lai Bergeman or 608-262-3173 if you need further assistance. If Lai’s not available, contact Milo Westler or 608-263-9599.
  • Registered users must submit requests for data collection times through Sundial by 4:00 p.m. (CST) on the 19th of the month for the following month. Users need to specify which instrument(s) are desired, how much time is needed, and what experiments are to be carried out.
  • Scheduling is prioritized by (1) users who didn’t receive their previously requested time and were placed on a wait list, (2) outside users, (3) on-campus users, and (4) NMRFAM staff requests. The current schedule is available through the interactive calendar on Sundial. Live schedule of NMRFAM spectrometers availability for current and upcoming month can be viewed. Once the calendar for a given month is released after the 19th of each month for the following month, registered users can claim open time.
  • Follow these guidelines for preparing your sample. Frequently Asked Questions
  • SAXS time requests are made on Nanostar. Contact Paulo F. Cobra for SAXS training and assistance.
  • NMRFAM conducts user workshops for beginners and advanced users annually during the summer.