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NMR Relaxation Spectrometer

Posted: Mon Jul 01, 2019 5:17 pm
by DrBeauWebber
Hi Guys,
Relaxation NMR is an extremely useful quantitative technique for both Material Science and studying nano-structured materials.

I have spent the last 2 1/2 years creating my Mk3 NMR Relaxation Spectrometer, based on Pavel Demin's pulsed NMR firmware in a Red Pitaya.
I hope many may find useful. It is now certificated and ready for ordering.

The Lab-Tools Mk3 NMR Relaxation Spectrometer is built around a credit-card sized Field Programmable Gate Array module for the digital RF, with attached custom surface mount low-noise receiver and linear transmitter.  The extreme compactness and lightness of this precision research grade NMR relaxation spectrometer make it ideal for use in the field. The prototype has just been certified to international standards  BS EN 61 326-1: 2013 & IEC 61326-1:2012.
Far more than just another liquids spectrometer, this device is targeted at samples that may be liquid, waxy, porous, polymer, tar …. , and is quite capable of measuring T2s in brittle ice, for example.
There are many applications in Material Science where measurements of mobility / stiffness / viscosity / rigidity are very useful parameters, providing data on the physical state of the sample.
Please see the following two links regarding the NMR Relaxation Spectrometer and a few example test measurements that have been made using it, and also two published papers : ... rument.pdf ... ements.pdf

References :
1. Credit-card sized Field and Benchtop NMR Relaxometers using Field Programmable Gate Arrays. J. Beau W. Webber, Pavel Demin, Magnetic Resonance Imaging Volume 56, February 2019, Pages 45-51, DOI: 10.1016/j.mri.2018.09.018
2. Biological, Medical and Nano Structured materials - NMR done Simply. J Beau W Webber. Archives in Biomedical Engineering & Biotechnology 1(4): 2019. ABEB.MS.ID.000517 ... 000517.pdf

My next task it to turn it into an NMR Cryoporometer, for measuring sub-nanometer to micron sized pores.
3. Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Cryoporometry J. Mitchell, J. Beau W. Webber and J.H. Strange. Physics Reports, 461, 1-36, 2008. DOI: 10.1016/j.physrep.2008.02.001

Dr. Beau Webber


Re: NMR Relaxation Spectrometer

Posted: Tue Aug 06, 2019 11:48 pm
by DrBeauWebber
This is the NMR relaxation spectrometer with Red Pitaya, probe, magnet and all-in-one HP i5 computer :