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Helium Crisis 4.0 as it pertains to the NMR Community
May 19 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT
We’ve all been made very aware of the severity of the current shortage of helium supply by the announcement that the Pacific Northwest National Lab (PNNL) was forced to de-energize five of their 28 systems to deal with the reduced allocation. We have assembled a panel of experts both on the helium industry and NMR magnets to discuss the impact of this current crisis and prepare our labs as best we can.
Part One of the meeting will detail the helium crisis as a whole as it pertains to the NMR industry. Hopefully our panel will be able to provide very current information on the shortage both over the short and longer term. This panel will be led by Phil Kornbluth, the preeminent helium industry insider and includes Craig Bettenhausen, an editor from the ACS who recently wrote an article on the crisis for C&E News, and Dr. Nancy Washton, the director of the NMR facility at the PNNL. Phil We will begin with a presentation on the supply shortage and we will follow with a panel discussion and questions from our listeners.
Part Two will involve a discussion among our invited NMR magnet experts, Razven Teodorescu from Bruker and Jon Webb from MR Resources. They will begin by covering the practical implications of managing shortages of helium including the potential necessity of de-energizing a magnet. This discussion will focus on making plans for NMR facilities in the event of a turn for the worse and will include what the options are, timing and risks involved, etc.
Panel Leader – Ken Sharp-Knott, Virginia Tech
Phil Kornbluth of Kornbluth Helium Consulting
Craig Bettenhausen of ACS Chemical and Engineering News
Dr. Nancy Washton – Director of the NMR facilities of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Razvan Teodorescu of Bruker Biospin
Jon Webb of MR Resources
Register for the meeting here https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEld-uqqjMuH9By7VqFNYL31gJTz-6jyWVD