Benchtop NMR analysis and the future

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9 June 2021

Supported by:

9 June 2021

Featured ImagwIn a New Food webinar, experts from Oxford Instruments and ALS Global explored the use of benchtop NMR spectroscopy and TD-NMR in the testing laboratory.

NMR is one of the most powerful tools available to an analytical chemist; the ability to quantify and characterise materials creates almost endless possibilities.

In this on-demand New Food webinar, Kevin Nott, Product Manager at Oxford Instruments, will introduce both time domain NMR (TD-NMR) and benchtop NMR spectroscopy, while Tim Lumb, Chemistry Technical Manager at ALS, will outline some common applications of NMR in food analysis and how this tool will evolve in the future.

Currently, total fat analysis is the most frequent application for NMR in food testing and during this session we’ll hear about the advantages of using this tool over other methods. The experts will explore whether it’s possible to characterise and understand more about the composition and character of fat.

NMR’s powerful capabilities offer the potential to address a range of food authenticity issues. Benchtop NMR spectroscopy instruments, such as the Oxford Instruments X-Pulse, can be used for multiple authenticity applications.

Attendees will also learn about targeted and non-targeted approaches, using coffee and herbs and spices as a reference.

The future for NMR will also be considered, with particular regard to solvent suppression. The speakers will address whether this will allow for carbohydrate-based methods to be transferred from high- to low-field instruments, and how this may influence commodities such as honey and fruit juice.

Key learning points:

  • How time-domain TD-NMR and benchtop NMR spectroscopy work
  • What information these tools provide
  • How they can be used in the food testing laboratory.


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    KevinKevin Nott, Product Manager, Oxford Instruments
    Kevin has been with Oxford Instruments since 2005, initially as an Applications Specialist and now as Product Manager. Before this, Kevin worked at the University of Cambridge, where he researched non-medical applications of TD-NMR and MRI.

    TimTim Lumb, Food Chemistry Technical Manager (UK), Food Chemistry Technical Co-ordinator (Europe) and Life Sciences Innovation Co-ordinator (Europe), ALS
    Tim has been working in the food industry for 15 years, starting as a Laboratory Technician studying nutrients in a range of foodstuffs. After holding various management and technical roles both in the UK and Europe, Tim now holds the position of Food Chemistry Technical Manager (UK), Food Chemistry Technical Co-ordinator (Europe) and Life Sciences Innovation Co-ordinator (Europe) at ALS. In these roles Tim is responsible for all technical development for the food business in the UK – advising producers, manufacturers and retailers of the most appropriate means to verify that the food they produce and sell is safe, nutritious and authentic. Tim has been working with NMR instruments from Oxford Instruments since 2008.

    2 responses to “Benchtop NMR analysis and the future”

    1. Natalia says:

      Is this webinar free of cost?

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