Oberlin College acquired this 600-MHz nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometer in 2001. With its $500,000 price tag, it is the most expensive instrument owned by the College. This powerful device allows faculty members and students to study the composition and structure of organic compounds in both solution and the solid state. The Science Center was specifically designed to accommodate this huge machine, which requires 12 feet of ceiling clearance and which has a large magnetic field that must be isolated from other electrical devices. The spectrometer was purchased with the assistance of a $252,000 grant from the National Science Foundation. Oberlin also owns a 200-MHz NMR spectrometer.