University of Bath

The Dynamic Reaction Monitoring (DReaM) Facility is part of the wider NMR service provided within the Material and Chemical Characterisation (MC2) Facility at the University of Bath. The DReaM Facility uses flowNMR coupled with other analytical techniques (gas and solution phase mass spectrometry, HPLC, UV/Vis, polarimetry) to analyse reaction mixtures directly from the reaction vessel, which can be housed either in the fume cupboard or glove box.

Since 2017, we have been hosting an annual Reaction Monitoring Symposium to foster networking and collaboration in the fields of NMR and Reaction Monitoring.

All access to the DReaM Facility is charged. There are two access routes – a high priority industrial access route and a route for standard priority work whereby a call for proposals is held. Calls for proposals are held twice yearly, typically in January and July. You can find out more information about applying for time here.

Dr. Catherine Lyall

NMR Equipment

Additional capabilities

Bruker Avance III HD 500 MHz NMR spectrometer equipped with N2-cooled Prodigy cryoprobe (which can observe 15N-31P, as well as 1H and 19F) and InsightMR flowtubes and software. Reaction temperatures of -20 to +80 °C are achievable (probe T: -40°C to +80°C) and reaction pressures up to 10 bar can generally be accommodated.

Although no reaction is “typical”, we generally use protonated solvents and use flow rates of up to 4 mL/min.