Paul Bender Chemical Instrument Center
Department of Chemistry
University of Wisconsin-Madison

The Paul Bender Instrument Center houses the Chemistry Department's major shared analytical instrumentation (magnetic resonance, and mass spectrometry, and X-ray diffraction). These instruments are maintained and updated by an expert staff that provides user training and data interpretation in support of Departmental research. The Center is located on the second floor of the Chemistry building.

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Magnetic Resonance
Seven nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometers and one electron spin resonance (ESR) spectrometer are located in the Center.

Mass Spectrometry
The ionization methods available are matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization (MALDI), electron impact (EI), and electrospray ionization (ESI).

X-ray Crystallography
A Bruker Smart 1000 on a platform goniometer, a P4 diffractometer equipped with a CCD area detector, and a standard P4 diffractometer are available.

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Department of Chemistry
University of Wisconsin
1101 University Ave.
Madison, WI 53706-1396

Fax: (608)262-0381

Prof. Samuel H. Gellman, Director of the Instrumentation Center.
Phone: (608)262-3303, Room: 7132a,
Dr. Martha M. Vestling, Director of the Mass Spectrometry Facility.
Phone: (608)262-3449, Room: 2134,
Dr. Ilia Guzei, Director of the X-ray Laboratories.
Phone: (608)263-4694, Room: 2124,
Dr. Charles G. Fry, Director of the Magnetic Resonance Facility.
Phone: (608)262-3182, Room: 2201A,
Dr. Monika Ivancic, Assistant Director of the Magnetic Resonance Facility.
Phone: (608)262-7536, Room: 2201B,
Dr. Bob Shanks, Instrumentation Technologist.
Phone: (608)262-0563, Room: 2210,

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Instrument-Related Courses

Chem 605 - Spectrochemical Measurements. II; 3 cr.

This course introduces the major organic structural techniques with an emphasis on the use of NMR. Topics include: Basic 1H NMR; Combining NMR with IR, UV and MS; Carbon-13 NMR; Proton-Proton J-Coupling; Proton Chemical Shifts; Coupling Constants Involving Carbon; Assignment of C-13 and Proton Spectra; Relaxation; Multinuclear NMR; 2D NMR; Dynamic NMR; Mass Spectrometry. Two lecture sessions, and one problem session per week.

Chem 606 - Physical Methods for Structure Determination. 3 cr.

This course introduces the major inorganic structural techniques with an emphasis on the practical application to structure determination. The basic theory of each form of spectroscopy is presented and discussed. Topics include: Ligand field Theory, Electronic Absorption Spectroscopy, EXAFS, SPX, Auger, Xanes, CD, MCD, NMR, NQR, Mössbauer, ESR, Magnetic Susceptibility, and Solid State Characterization of Polymers and Surfaces.

Chem 613 - Chemical Crystallography. II; 3 cr.

This course introduces the theory of structural chemistry, experimental methods involved, and applications to problems of chemical interest. Students learn the basics of using diffractometry equipment and computer data analysis for performing an actual structure determination.

Chem 636 & 637 - Topics in Chemical Instrumentation . I, II, SS; 2 cr. each
See the Magnetic Resonance Training pages for more detail about Chem 636 course content and enrollment for the introductory class. See the Magnetic Resonance Policies pages for more specific information on what training users need to take to gain access to the NMR equipment.
Chem 638 - Introduction to Mass Spectrometry. II; 1 cr.

Mass spectrometry is an important tool in new compound characterization and in identification of known compounds. It is widely used in drug discovery, combinatorial chemistry, polymer characterization, forensics, and proteomics. This course presents an overview of current technology.


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