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WTAMU receives grant to purchase a NMR Spectrometer

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WTAMU will soon have a unique tool that will allow the university to further research new sources of water and water availability among other projects. 

Students and teachers will have access to a NMR spectrometer.

It is a device that uses technology similar to medical MRI's, but students and teachers will use it on materials and chemicals.

Nick Flynn, the department head of mathematics, chemistry, and physics explained to us how it works.

"What it allows us to do is to identify certain compounds and to identify those bonds between different atoms using the spectrometer" said Flynn.

Three different departments along with Amarillo College came together to get this instrument on campus because of its various functions.

An assistant professor of physics, Catherine Clewett, says this tool will really give students the upper hand after they graduate. 

"To be able to get students across the university to say what can this do for me? This can do more than just tell me, did I make what I anted to make. I can learn about yeast metabolism, or toxicology of fish, or whether or not this waste water treatment program is working all with the same tool" said Clewett.

WTAMU says this tool will really be a game changer, not just for the university, but for the Panhandle Area. 

"The type of faculty that we can invite now and the type of research that we can do, it opens up huge changes in our organic chemistry and our physics. We can bring in inorganic chemists who would expect that material. Not only that but we can get students who are interested in those topics" said Clewett. 

WT will receive funding from the National Science Foundation in August and then the spectrometer should be on campus in 5 to 6 months.