Research activities of the Laboratory of NMR Spectroscopy are mainly focused on the qualitatively and quantitatively characterization of a variety of molecules (from small molecules to large proteins present in food and biological matrices) using high-resolution NMR methods. NMR Spectroscopy provides a fast and extremely powerful method for “fingerprint’’ identification of compounds in complex matrices as well as a tool for determining structure and dynamics of low-, intermediate-molecular weight biomolecules. Our research is primarily focused on the field of food chemistry and natural products of our territory, by exploiting NMR spectroscopy as a powerful method in the field of food quality, authenticity and typicity purposes, and determination of origin of agricultural products.
Furthermore, the non-invasive and non-destructive intrinsic nature of NMR Spectroscopy allows to perform kinetics studies (i.e., kinetics of oxidation in biological solutions) and on the developing of new methods applicable in “quantitative NMR’’ (qNMR).The Laboratory of NMR Spectroscopy hosts a 400 MHz and a 600 MHz NMR instruments, both equipped with ‘’broadband’’ probes and 100-position and 30- position autosamplers, respectively. The wide range of observable and irradiable nuclei allows a wide variety of homo- and hetero- nuclear 1D and 2D advanced NMR experiments in solution. Additionally, the NMR Lab is equipped with a FGMAS probe suitable to perform previously described experiments in semi-solid (i.e., cream like, gel-like) samples using high-speed MAS (Magic Angle Spinning). Managed together with Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, the laboratory is located at NOI Techpark Südtirol/Alto Adige at Bolzano.
Alberto Ceccon, PhD.
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