The NANUC project began in November 1996 with the application of Dr. Brian D. Sykes and 8
co-applicants from across the country for funding of a multi-user NMR facility.
were submitted to the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical
Research (AHFMR) and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC).
The applications to CIHR and AHFMR were granted in April 1997 and Dr. Sykes and the
NANUC team at the University of Alberta began securing the additional funds required for the
construction and equipping of the Facility. Funding activities were complete by March 1998.
Planning for the facility was initiated in June 1997 and by May 1998 the design of the building
was complete and ready to be sent for tender.
The major equipment for the facility, an 800 MHz
NMR spectrometer, was ordered in February 1998. In addition, as a result of the negotiations with
the equipment supplier, a 500 MHz NMR spectrometer with new flow probe technology was obtained as
part of a package deal.
Construction of the facility was started in August 1998 and substantial
completion was achieved in March 1999.
The major equipment was delivered in April 1999 and installation was
completed in June 1999 with operations starting thereafter.