I am, Nagarajan Murali, a Senior NMR Researcher at the NMR facility in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Rutgers.

The department house a total of 8 spectrometers in two separate buildings.

The Chemistry NMR Facility houses four spectrometers (VNMRS 500, 400, 300, and a Bruker solid-state 400) for the Chemistry department use and are located at the Wright-Rieman Chemistry Lab. I take care of the use, maintenance, and user training of these instruments.

The other four high field spectrometers for Bio-NMR research are located at the Proteomics center.These are: Varian VNMRS 800, Bruker Avance III 700, Bruker Avance III 600, and Varian VNMRS 600 MHz spectrometers. Except the Bruker 600 all other systems have cryogenically cooled probes. The solid-state 400 NMR is also equipped with a 3.2mm CHN - Efreee Bio-Solids probe for biological solids NMR applications. Dr. Seho Kim manages the bio-nmr applications in this facility and I take care of the hardware issues and act as a liaison with the vendors.

My own interests are in NMR methods development and theoretical aspects of relaxation in NMR. A graduate level course titled NMR Spectroscopy: Principles and Applications was developed and taught during spring 2010. As a facility manager, my core efforts are in helping researchers achieve their goals in NMR applications.

Research training is a major component of the undergraduate program in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology and I enjoy contributing towards that by training young students in NMR. Their enthusiasm and energy are contagious and I draw my own inspiration to teach from these interactions.