Srikar Munukutla

Alumni, Community Member, Virtual Research Student, Department of Chemistry and Department of Biophysics

NMR and Music
In labs across the world, scientists use NMR (nuclear magnetic resonance) spectroscopy to find chemical structures of molecules. Although the spectrometer uses a complex blend of math, physics, and chemistry to function, there’s a much simpler way to understand its ability. It’s nothing but a big musical instrument. The NMR spectrometer records its results in frequencies, which we can convert to playable notes. This means we can actually “hear” molecules.

It’s truly humbling to see such a complicated process reduced down to enjoyable tunes. Approaching the sciences through an artistic lens opens up fields like chemistry and biophysics to wider and more diverse audiences. Regardless of background and experience, anyone can appreciate science through a musical perspective.