SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today announced a $4.3 million dollar contract with the University of Toronto's department of chemistry to equip its new 4,000-square-foot laboratory with multiple nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometers. These include 500-, 600- and 700-MHz NMR systems equipped with multiple probes and automated sample changers.
'These new NMR systems will provide a vital boost to our new Centre for Spectroscopic Investigation of Complex Organic Molecules and Polymers, increasing the range and scope of research in key areas,' said Professor Robert H. Morris, chair of the university's chemistry department.
The new facility is scheduled to open later this year, the International Year of Chemistry. More than 45 scientists as well as 300 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows will be able to use the facility to investigate powerful solutions for inorganic, organic, materials and bio-organic research, including broader investigations into the fate of fluorinated compounds in the environment.
The new facility is supported by the Canada Foundation for Innovation and the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation.
'We are excited that the University of Toronto's new facility has chosen Agilent as its primary NMR equipment provider,' said Kevin Meldrum, director, research products marketing for Agilent. 'Agilent is dedicated to helping scientists meet all of their spectroscopy research needs and this agreement further illustrates that commitment.'
Agilent's portfolio of NMR instrumentation and technology includes:
- The VNMRS systems suite: Ideal for advanced research applications, it allows for analysis of bio-liquids, bio-solids, small molecules, polymers and materials, and microimaging experiments.
- The 400-MR: A compact and easy-to-use system, it can be fully automated to save time.
- The DirectDrive RF architecture and the DirectDigital receiver system: Standard components on all Agilent NMR instrumentation, they remove inconsistencies in measurement and prevent delays in data acquisition.
- VnmrJ 3 software: This workflow-based program focuses on organizing samples and related data to help scientists easily monitor, track and manage results.
About the University of Toronto's Department of Chemistry
The Department of Chemistry is one of the top 15 chemistry departments among public universities worldwide. Established in 1859, it is now home to more than 6,000 undergraduate and graduate students and more than 200 other scientists. On the University of Toronto's three campuses, they are studying and conducting research into the major disciplines of chemistry with links to the environment, mathematics, physics, biology, engineering, medicine and nanoscience. With research funding of over $20 million per year, the department is a powerhouse of discovery with more than 500 publications and 20 patent applications per year.
About Agilent Technologies
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is the world's premier measurement company and a technology leader in chemical analysis, life sciences, electronics and communications. The company's 18,500 employees serve customers in more than 100 countries. Agilent had net revenues of $5.4 billion in fiscal 2010. Information about Agilent is available at www.agilent.com.