The Chemistry Department has a site licence for the Mnova Suite of packages from MestreLabs, which includes tools for the processing and analysis of 1D and 2D NMR spectra and MS, GC-MS and LC-MS data.
We also have additional licences for two further plugins for NMR Quantification and for Reaction Monitoring which can be optionally installed in addition to the main Mnova suite; enquire with the NMR staff if you wish to use these.
On departmental computers you can install Mnova via the Software Centre; for personal computers, the Getting Started document contains installation instructions.
In both cases, you will also need a licence which can be obtained from the NMR server (see data access for instructions on how to connect): navigate to SRF > NMR > NMR Software > Mnova and copy the "CRL, University of Oxford Campus 2020 Suite.zip" file to your computer. There is no need to unzip it: simply provide the zip file when prompted by Mnova for a licence.
Then, restart Mnova (if you are on a personal computer, ensure that you are connected to the university VPN); the software should then be fully activated.
- The Getting Started guide contains installation instructions for personal computers as well as a very quick introduction to usage.
- There is a useful guide to keyboard shortcuts.
- Slides for the 2019 introductory Mnova lecture/demonstration are also available. The course describes how to install the software and covers the following topics:
- Overview of Mnova
- Opening and processing 1D and 2D NMR data
- Peak picking and integration
- Multiplet Analysis for 1D H-1 NMR
- Reporting analysis results
- Assigning 1D and 2D peaks to a structure
- Stacking and superimposing spectra
- Predicting spectra from a structure
- What else can be done…
Some specific features of the Mnova software that make it attractive for use in the academic environment include:
- Platform independence: runs natively on Windows, Mac and Linux platforms.
- Flexible licence: uses a floating licence model that runs from a single Chemistry server. Once activated, the licence will remain valid for a continuous period of 90 days without the need to connect to the server or the university network.
- Familiar look and (somewhat) intuitive interface: The software has a similar appearance to PowerPoint, with separate spectra for a sample appearing as individual pages (slides) within one document.
- Data reporting and output: the software uses a WYSIWYG user interface and it is a simple process to extract information and copy spectra for reporting purposes.