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Collin College Receives NSF Funding For Scientific Instrument



Collin College Receives NSF Funding For Scientific Instrument

September 20, 2010 – Thanks to a higher education partnership and partial funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF), Collin College now has a 60 megahertz Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) instrument. The NMR is already enhancing student laboratory experiments at the college, and this spring biotechnology students will attempt a modified version of one of 2002 Nobel Prize Laureate Dr. Kurt Wurthrich’s early NMR experiments on protein structure.

According to Collin College chemistry chair Dr. Fred Jury, NMR is a sophisticated technique which allows students to determine the connectivity and structure of organic molecules.

“NMR is applied around the world to problems to determine the structure of organic compounds, from protein structures to nanoparticles,” Dr. Jury said.

The NSF grant, “University/Community College Partnerships to increase student mastery of chromatographic and spectroscopic methods in organic chemistry,” was awarded to Texas A&M University-Commerce with Collin College and additional north Texas community colleges as participants.

According to Dr. Jury, spectroscopy is the study of the interaction of energy and matter.

“The interaction is detected through the absorption, dispersion or emission of electromagnetic radiation. It can be used to discern the connectivity or the presence of functional groups at the molecular level,” Dr. Jury said.

One unique aspect of the grant is that Collin College students will work with Texas A&M University-Commerce students on a common project located at both educational institutions. In addition, students will have the opportunity to attend scientific lectures and dinners providing professional and social interactions with faculty and nationally recognized scientists.

Collin College serves more than 51,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs. The only public college in the county, Collin College is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development.

To learn more about NMR at Collin College, contact Dr. Cameron Neal, Collin College dean of mathematics and natural sciences at cneal@collin.edu .