i am not an NMR

February 4, 2009 at 3:49 pm | | grad life

I am a physical chemist.

My office is directly across from the NMR room. Students (undergrads? first-years? I dunno) keep knocking on my door and asking me if I have a key—of if someone is coming to train them—or if this is the NMR room. WTF?

I’ve never used the NMRs alone and I’m not trained on them and I don’t have a key.

Leave me alone.


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  1. Time to put a sign at the door :)

    Comment by Nikki — February 4, 2009 #

  2. If I sent you some samples, could you run them on your NMR?


    Comment by Chemgeek — February 4, 2009 #

  3. Uhhh… my sample won’t shim… can you check to see what’s wrong?

    Comment by Kyle Finchsigmate — February 4, 2009 #

  4. I feel your pain. My desk at the lab was across from the Imaging Facility (which is where people went to use the microscopes, or to get trained on the microscopes, etc.) I had nothing to do with them.

    Comment by Eva — February 4, 2009 #

  5. ooo. wanna trade offices? i can do microscopes.

    Comment by sam — February 4, 2009 #

  6. I accidentally dropped the spinner without a tube in the NMR. Can you help me get it out?

    Comment by Phil — February 4, 2009 #

  7. “Ummm, I can’t get the peaks in my proton spectrum to phase right. Something is wrong with your machine.”

    Comment by Nick Lachey — February 5, 2009 #

  8. The perpetual grudge; my office is right next to the Mass Spec room. Same problem.

    Comment by Wavefunction — February 5, 2009 #

  9. You’re not an NMR? Why is it that you’re so easy to shim when i stick my sample in you, then?

    Comment by excimer — February 6, 2009 #

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