Thomas Smith joins the department as Director of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) laboratory

MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (06/02/2022)—Dr. Thomas Smith joined the Department of Chemistry in April as the new Director of the Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) laboratory.

As director of the NMR lab, which provides access to equipment and expertise for departmental research and teaching, Smith will be responsible for maintaining the lab and spectrometers, while also training users, collaborating on research projects, and running service samples.

After completing a BS in chemistry at Minnesota State University-Mankato in 2010, Smith began his doctoral studies in chemistry at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) under the supervision of Professor Rebecca Y. Lai. Through his experiences as a student, Smith developed an interest in instrumentation, and after earning his PhD in 2016, he became the Assistant Director of Research Instrumentation in the Department of Chemistry at UNL.

“I enjoy solving problems and learning new things, so a career in science was a natural choice,” says Smith. “As an instrumentation lab director, I get to use instrumentation to solve problems while learning new things along the way. The NMR lab has modern instrumentation capable of cutting-edge research, and I look forward to working with UMN’s broad user base to apply NMR to a wide range of scientific questions.”

Smith is also excited to have returned to his home state of Minnesota and is looking forward to spending time with family in the great outdoors. In his spare time, he enjoys playing the violin.

The NMR lab is located in Kolthoff Hall and is part of the LeClaire-Dow Instrumentation Facility. It is also available to other University departments, other academic institutions, and external organizations. For more information, visit the NMR Laboratory webpage.