Nuclear Magnetic Resonance

Access to equipment

The facilities within the Astbury Biostructure Laboratory are primarily intended for use by Leeds researchers and their collaborators. However, we welcome applications from all potential users, both academic and industrial, as up to 20% of the time on our instruments can be made available to external users at the discretion of the BioStructure Lab management. Daily charges apply for access and are available upon request.

Applications for the 950 MHz Bruker Ascend Aeontm NMR spectrometer are managed through the Aria proposal system of the Instruct-ERIC infrastructures network. Please create an InstructHub account in order to access the proposal submission system. External applicant are strongly encouraged to contact the NMR Facility manager ( before submitting an application for time on the 950 MHz spectrometer. Also contact the NMR Facility Manager for access to any of the other spectrometers.

Up to 14 days of NMR time on the 950 MHz spectrometer is bookable through the MRC Biomedical NMR Centre. Access via this route is free of charge provided your project has been accepted by the MRC Biomedical NMR Centre.


Who can apply for access?

  • Academic scientists from the University of Leeds.
  • Academic or industrial scientists from other institutions who collaborate with Leeds.
  • Academics from other institutions who want to request paid access
  • Users from industry who require paid access

How do I apply for time?

  • All users must submit a request for 950 MHz NMR time via the Aria proposal management system
  • Supporting preliminary NMR data is normally required for 950 MHz NMR applications.
  • Applications are considered by a user allocation group (UAG), which aims to communicate a decision within 10 working days from submission. All instrument time is at the discretion of the panel.

How far in advance do I need to apply for time?

  • Prospective users should apply a minimum of two weeks and preferably at least three weeks before their desired time allocation.
  • If rapid or extensive access is needed, users are encouraged to justify this and directly contact the NMR Facility manager.

I don’t have preliminary NMR data, what should I do?

  • Please contact the NMR facility Manager for help in starting NMR projects.