LabNMR-Cenimat focuses on the development of new nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) methods for areas such as chemistry, materials science, and biomedicine. NMR provides a powerful technique for the non-destructive analysis of materials and the interior of solid objects.
The NMR laboratory is equipped with a multinuclear nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer, Bruker Avance III, capable of operating at temperatures as high as 500ºC and resonance frequencies up to 300 MHz, depending on the observed nucleus. With the different existing probe heads it is possible to perform chemical and structural analysis as well as molecular dynamics of different materials, both in the solid and liquid states, in particular polymeric materials. With in-house built accessories, it is also possible to couple rheometric techniques with the NMR (Rheo-NMR), which allows rheological and fluid dynamic studies on a small scale, and valuable information regarding the structure/properties relationships to be obtained. The NMR laboratory is also equiped with micro-imaging and diffusion facilities, which have become well-established methods in the study of complex materials, as hard porous systems (rocks, sands, composites), plant and animal materials (tissues or organs), and living materials (mice, insects).
LabNMR-Cenimat is part of the Portuguese NMR network (PTNMR) and is hosted at the Materials Science and Technology Department of FCT NOVA, and integrates the Soft and Biofunctional Materials Group.