History of the Bavarian NMR Center

The history of the Bavarian NMR Center (Bayerisches NMR-Zentrum, BNMRZ) begins in the year 1989, when Horst Kessler was appointed full professor at the "Chair for Organic Chemistry 2" of the chemistry department of TU München (located on the science campus in Garching).     Kessler.jpgProf. Dr. Horst Kessler
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The 500 MHz and 600 MHz spectrometers from 1989 - still running!
  Horst Kessler was already well-known for his NMR-based research on peptides and other bioactive molecules. He immediately started to set up a high-field NMR lab at TUM, beginning with a 500 MHz and a 600 MHz spectrometer (both of which are still in use and have been retrofitted with cryoprobes for enhanced performance).
In 1993 TU München won one of two grants for a 750 MHz spectrometer from the German Research Foundation (DFG) which was finally installed in a purpose-built annex of the chemistry department in 1995.   BNMRZ_Anbau_750MHzThe annex built for the 750 MHz NMR spectrometer.
hardy.jpg    The 750 MHz spectrometer was at its time one of the largest and most powerful NMR spectrometers worldwide. It is also equipped with MAS accessories for solid-state NMR experiments.
In 1999 Steffen Glaser was appointed "Associate Professor for Organic Chemistry" at the chemistry department of TUM, with the research areas theoretical NMR spectroscopy and quantum computing.  

Glaser_Steffen_01.jpgProf. Dr. Steffen Glaser


On Jan. 1, 2001, the Bayerisches NMR-Zentrum was officially founded by TU München. The increasing importance of this field of research at the chemistry department of TU München had just been recognized by the DFG awarding again one of two grants for a 900 MHz spectrometer in Germany to the group of Prof. Kessler. Prof. Dr. H. Kessler and Prof. Dr. S. Glaser (Organic Chemistry, TU München) became the founding members of the new BNMRZ.

For the 900 MHz magnet a new annex was build into an inner courtyard of the department building, and the magnet hoisted there by a large crane. The new spectrometer was inaugurated in November 2002.  

Magnet_schwebendThe 900 MHz magnet is delivered by a large truck-mounted crane.


blochThe 500 MHz wide-bore magnet.

  Also in 2002 BNMRZ had its first high-field spectrometer for solid state applications  installed, with a 500 MHz wide-bore magnet.

On Feb. 8, 2006 Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. W.A. Herrmann (president of TU München) and Prof. Dr. Günther Wess (director of the GSF research center, now HelmholtzZentrum München für Gesundheit und Umwelt, HMGU) signed a cooperation agreement for the future funding and development of the BNMRZ.


Sattler_Michael_01.jpgProf. Dr. Michael Sattler

  In 2007 Michael Sattler was appointed full professor, as successor for the soon-to-be retired Horst Kessler. He became head of the newly created "Chair for Biomolecular NMR Spectroscopy" at TU München, in personal union with the head of the Institute for Structural Biology at the HelmholtzZentrum München, and member of the BNMRZ.
On Jan. 16, 2008 a symposium on "Perspectives of Biomolecular NMR Spectroscopy" was held to celebrate the cooperation between TUM and HMGU.   BNMRZ-Symposium_16012008_1.jpgFrom left to right: Prof. Dr. Günther Wess (HMGU), Prof. Dr. Michael Sattler (BNMRZ), Prof. Dr. Horst Kessler (BNMRZ), Prof. Dr. W.A. Herrmann (TUM) and Ministerialdirektor Dr. Friedrich Wilhelm Rothenpieler (StMWFK)
Prof. Dr. Bernd Reif
  In 2010 Bernd Reif was appointed "Associate Professor of Solid-State NMR", bringing expertise in this fast-developing area to the BNMRZ where he became a member. He took over the existing 500 MHz wide-bore and a new 400 MHz wide-bore spectrometer, both equipped for solid-state NMR.
In 2010, a new NMR building was constructed at the Helmholtz campus in Neuherberg/München (ca. 12 km away from Garching), with one wing dedicated to housing the BNMRZ's spectrometers. A short time later the first NMR spectrometer was installed there: an 800 MHz spectrometer equipped with a TCI cryoprobe ...   pauli.jpg 
 bud2.jpg   ... followed by a 600 MHz spectrometer equipped with a QCI cryoprobe with 31P capability and a SampleJet sample changer which can be used for fast screening of a large number of samples
In 2014 Franz Hagn - newly appointed "Assistant Professor for Structural Membrane Biochemistry" at the chemistry Dept. of TUM - also joined BNMRZ as a member.  

franzhagn_01.jpgProf. Dr. Franz Hagn

 waugh_3.jpg   In 2015 a new solid-state NMR spectrometer was installed at the Helmholtz campus, equipped with a 800 MHz wide-bore magnet and (in the near future) also with accessories for dynamic nuclear polarization (DNP).
Carlo Camilloni started as "Assistant Professor of Integrative Structural Biology" at the chemistry department of TUM in 2015 and became a member of the BNMRZ.    Camilloni_Carlo.jpgProf. Dr. Carlo Camilloni