Benchtop NMR has rapidly gained popularity across multiple disciplines for its ease of use, portability and affordability. For those working in the photochemistry and photocatalysis communities, exciting new advances now enable real-time molecular level monitoring of light-activated processes within any research laboratory.

Over the course of this one hour webinar, you’ll learn from experts how benchtop NMR can be integrated with the sample illumination to characterise light-activated reactions in-situ. Through high uniformity illumination which uses several wavelengths simultaneously, without the need for fibre-optic cables, you’ll discover how it is now possible to observe molecular switches and photodegradation as they occur inside the sample. You’ll also see how photocatalysed reactions and even photochemical signal enhancements can be discerned.

By attending this webinar you will learn…

  • Why benchtop NMR can now provide a comprehensive characterisation of photochemistry in the labs of chemists, engineers and researchers
  • How NMR can quantify the kinetics, energetics, intermediates and structural changes in photochemically activated reactions
  • A new, efficient and convenient method for delivering controlled and multi-wavelength sample illumination within a benchtop NMR spectrometer

James Sagar, Oxford Instruments

Speaker: James Sagar, Strategic Product Manager, Oxford Instruments

A physicist by training, James completed his PhD at the University of York before carrying out postdoctoral research at University College London. James joined Oxford Instruments in 2015 and has held several product management positions with a particular focus on solutions for advanced materials including semiconductors and energy storage. James now leads the product management and applications teams for benchtop NMR.


Portrait photo of Alexander 'Sasha' Golovanov from the University of Manchester

Speaker: Alexander P. Golovanov, Reader in structural biology and chemistry, Department of Chemistry, the University of Manchester, UK

Alexander ‘Sasha’ Golovanov is a physicist who graduated from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology and then completed a PhD in Chemistry. Since 2000, following post-docs in Russia and the UK, Golovanov worked as an NMR facility manager in Manchester, before moving to a faculty position at the University of Manchester in 2006. Following this, his research group devised various ways to show how NMR spectroscopy can reveal molecular behaviour and characterise complex biological and chemical systems. 

Oxford Instruments & The University of Manchester combined logo

Oxford Instruments Magnetic Resonance benchtop NMR spectroscopy and time domain (TD-NMR) relaxometry solutions enable novel research and optimise quality control. Our X-Pulse NMR spectrometers, with unique broadband multi-nuclei selection, identify molecular structure and monitor reaction dynamics.

The University of Manchester is a part of the prestigious Russell Group of UK universities, with a global reputation for the highest level of research and teaching. It is one of the largest universities in the UK, ranked 35th in the world in the 2021 Academic Ranking of World Universities. 

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