The 850 MHz Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) magnet and spectrometer will enable researchers at the University of British Columbia and nearby Simon Fraser University to study the mechanisms of microbial diseases.

The AVANCE III 850 spectrometer is based on Bruker‘s new 850 MHz Ascend magnet that combines the advantages of Bruker’s UltraShield Plus magnets with superior performance and greater convenience delivered by advanced superconductor technology.

The further innovation has enabled the design of smaller magnet coils, resulting in a significant reduction in the size of the cryostat, which are easier to site, even safer to run and offer reduced operating costs.

The AVANCE III 850 system includes Bruker’s high-sensitivity CryoProbe technology, enabling researchers to perform measurements on very small quantities of sample.

In addition, the system is equipped with Bruker’s latest Efree probe technologies offering research tools for the investigation of membrane proteins in biological solid-state NMR.

UBC associate professor of Chemistry Suzana Straus said with the new magnet and probe technology, they are able to determine the full three-dimensional structures and to characterize the membrane interactions of a range of peptides and proteins of interest and this will have great impact on their knowledge of infectious diseases.