Expertise of Wageningen NMR Centre

Wageningen NMR Centre is a rare and unique NMR facility in Europe. It offers User access to various NMR, MRI and ESR spectrometers (ranging from low to high magnetic fields, including imaging, solid state (MAS) and liquid state NMR), with applications ranging from molecular, cells and organisms suspensions to complex foods and intact plant level.

Therefore, the facility covers a unique range of possibilities and applications in agriculture, food sciences, biology, environmental sciences, soil sciences, biotechnology and (bio)physics. The Centre offers access to and training on the NMR, MRI and ESR spectrometers, databases, data processing, and interpretation of data for applications in Life Sciences, Agriculture, Food, and Biology. The available 3T MRI system is rather unique for functional imaging of intact plants and for studying structural effects of food processing.

In 2012 Aldrik Velders, Professor of Bionanotechnology, was appointed as director of the Centre. In his group new applications of NMR are being developed for nanoliter NMR, investigation of self-assembling and/or aggregating supramolecular (bio)nanostructures and high-resolution/high-sensitivity micro-imaging of bio-, micro- and nanostructures.

Magnetic Resonance research within Wageningen also focuses on (TD)NMR and MRI developments and applications to study intact plants for plant performance and production (Van As), food processing and quality (Van As, van Duynhoven), high-resolution hyphenated NMR for food-health relationship by body fluid analyses (high throughput metabolomics, proteomics and biomarker search (van Duynhoven).

WNMRC is partner in the uNMR-NL initiative, currently operating a 950 MHz system that will be upgraded to a 1200 MHz system in 2019.