Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR), one of the four major organic spectroscopy techniques, has developed rapidly due to its non-destructive nature, speed, accuracy and resolution. However, due to its high cost, it has not been as widely adopted in industry. In recent years, new benchtop NMR instruments, which are more cost-effective, have evolved to become a valuable supplement to, or replacement for, high field superconducting NMR technology.
Adoption in industrial quality control, R&D, teaching and other fields is gradually rising. Instument.com.cn, the leading online resource for scientific instruments in China, interviewed a new benchtop NMR customer in industrial quality control. Mr. Xueguang Jin, Quality Assurance Manager of a fluorine chemical manufacturer in Zhejiang Province, shared details of the justification for investment and use of benchtop NMR spectroscopy and his views on the technology.
During the interview, there were three very clear observations when comparing benchtop NMR to GC (Gas Chromatography) and ICP (Inductively Coupled Plasma) analysis methods:
1. The procurement cost of benchtop NMR instruments is equivalent.
2. The maintenance cost is lower.
3. Operation is easier.
It was therefore concluded that the applications and adoption potential for benchtop NMR in industry will be widespread.