KEENE — Keene State College has received a $263,700 federal grant to purchase a Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectrometer to help students and researchers further their research in a variety of areas.
The grant, administered by the National Science Foundation, will allow the school to purchase the 400 megahertz spectrometer, a scientific instrument that can measure properties of light in order to identify materials. Keene State researchers will use the spectrometer to advance their study of tuberculosis and cholera, among other areas.
“Some of the world’s best scientific research is taking place right here in New Hampshire,” Congresswoman Annie Kuster said in a statement last week. “Researchers at Keene State are working to help us better understand some of the world’s most serious conditions. They deserve the best equipment available. This funding will help researchers and students alike for years to come.”
The spectrometer is to be used by the entire department, both in teaching Keene State students and for research projects, Paul Baures, a chemistry professor at Keene State and the department’s David F. Putnam chair, said on Friday.
“The instrument is really a widely used tool by any chemist,” he said.
The instruments that were invented 50 years ago have a lifespan of 20 years and the new purchase will replace a 20-year-old instrument.
The grant will cover the entire cost of the new instrument, he said.
“That’s a significant chunk of change for any college, but particularly a small state school,” he said. “Without it we would be lost. You wouldn’t get the students the experience they need and the faculty research would be impossible. You would really struggle without this instrument.”
The instrument will be located at Keene State but will also be available to professors at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, and other local colleges and universities.