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Bain, Alex (June 24, 1948 - Dec. 28, 2016) obituary

Berno, Bob (NMR Facility)

Epan, Richard (Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences)

Goward, Gillian (Chemistry)

Melacini, Giuseppe (Chemistry and Biochemistry)

Schrobilgen, Gary (Chemistry)

NMR Facility (Chemistry)

Bruker Users Mail (BUM)

Invitation to the Alex D. Bain Symposium - Dec 13, 2016 (Nov 29/16)

Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the organizing committee, Lewis Kay, Gillian Goward and Bob Berno, I would like to invite you to the Alex D. Bain Symposium “A Human Exchange on Chemical Exchange, Quadrupoles, Pulses and Relaxation”.

The symposium coordinates are:

Date: Tuesday December 13th, 2016
Time: 2-5pm
Place: PGCRL (The Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning, The Hospital for Sick Children, 686 Bay Street, Toronto), Event Rm.1: 02-9320 (second floor)

This will be an excellent occasion to meet and celebrate Alex’s career and friendship.

Confirmed speakers include:

Gillian R. Goward (McMaster)
J. Stephen Hartman (Brock)
Paul Hazendonk (U. of Lethbridge)
Lewis E. Kay (U. of Toronto)
William F. Reynolds (U. of Toronto)
Rod Wasylishen (U. of Alberta)

Further information will be made available as we approach December 13th.

In the meantime, I hope you can mark your calendar for this event.

I hope to see you in Toronto on the 13th,

Regards, Giuseppe

Giuseppe Melacini, Ph.D.
Professor, McMaster University
Dept. of Chemistry & Chemical Biology,
Dept. of Biochemistry & Biomedical Sciences

E-mail: melacin "at" mcmaster.ca
phone: (905)525-9140 ext. 26959

MOOT 2015 NMR Symposium (Sept 10/15)

Dear MOOT People,

MOOT will be at McMaster this year on the weekend of October 23-25, and it looks as if it will be a great meeting. The website (http://www.mootnmr.org) is now up to date with all of the information about registration, accommodations and our two invited speakers. Please encourage your students and postdocs to submit either a poster or a talk. Abstracts are due at the end of September. We look forward to seeing you in Hamilton.

The Organizing Committee
28th MOOT NMR Symposium
October 24th-October 25th, 2015
McMaster University
Hamilton, ON
E-mail: [mootnmr "at" gmail.com]

Canadian event
October 24-25, 2015, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON

Special issue of Magnetic Resonance in Chemistry in honour of Prof. William F. Reynolds (Aug 6/14)


Magnetic Resonance in Chemistry (Wiley) has announced a Special Issue in honour of Professor William F. Reynolds (University of Toronto), who has served the Journal as a senior editor for many years. This issue will be co-edited by Alex D. Bain (McMaster) and Raul G. Enriquez (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México). Bill has been doing NMR for 50 years and is an international expert in liquid-state NMR pulse sequences and structure elucidation of natural products. Papers from any branch of NMR and natural products chemistry will be welcomed by the editors. The deadline for submission is May 1, 2015. For further information, please contact Alex Bain [bain "at" mcmaster.ca].

Author Guidelines for submission can be found at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1002/(ISSN)1097-458Xa/homepage/ForAuthors.html

Alex D. Bain
Professor of Chemistry
McMaster University
1280 Main St. W.
Hamilton, ON, CANADA L8S 4M1
E-mail: bain "at" mcmaster.ca
phone: (905) 525 9140 ext 24524
fax: (905) 522 2509

2014 Rocky Mountain Conference on Solid-State NMR (July 23/14)

(L-to-R) Stanislav Veinberg, Danielle Smiley, Mike Jaroszewicz, David Hirsh, Christopher Andrew, Kevin Burgess, Frédéric Perras, Alex Faucher, Guy Bernard, Rod Wasylishen, Rob Schurko, Jasmine Viger-Gravel, Kris Harris, David Bryce, Zoe Reeve, and Gillian Goward
(photo contributed by Frédéric Perras)


Prof. Roderick Wasylishen (Alberta) named the 2014 Vaughan Lecturer (about the award)

Jasmine Viger-Gravel (Bryce group, Ottawa) Laura Marinelli Award for best poster (about the award)

Alexandra Faucher (Wasylishen group, Alberta) poster prize

Zoe Reeve (Goward group, McMaster) poster prize

NSERC 2014 Competition Results (June 27/14) [NSERC  ]

Discovery Grants

Blaine Chronik (Western) Magnetic Resonance Systems Development

Kalle Gehring (McGill) Protein folding in the endoplasmic reticulum

Paul Hazendonk (Lethbridge) Solid-State NMR of Complex Hybrid Organic-Inorganic Materials

Vladimir Ladizhansky (Guelph) Interactions of membrane proteins with lipids, water, and other proteins in biological membranes

William MacFarlane (UBC) Development and Application of Depth-Resolved beta-Detected Nuclear Magnetic Resonance to electronic, ionic and molecular phenomena in the Solid State

Giuseppe Melacini (McMaster) Solution NMR Studies of Interactions of Ligands With Plasma Proteins

Anthony Mittermaier (McGill) Binding Mechanisms and Conformational Equilibria in Biomacromolecular Interactions

Geoffrey Ozin (Toronto) Silicon Nanochemistry

Linda Reven (McGill) Solid-State NMR of Polymer and Liquid Crystalline Nanocomposites

Andre Simpson (Toronto Scarborough) Development of flow-based and magic angle spinning in-vivo NMR to understand environmental stress

Jenifer Thewalt (Simon Fraser) Domains in Biologically Relevant Lipid Membranes

David Wishart (Alberta) Development of Improved Methods to Rapidly Characterize Protein Structure, Function and Dynamics

Julian Zhu (Université de Montréal) Versatile Polymeric Biomaterials

Discovery Accelerator Supplement
$120,000 over three years

Giuseppe Melacini (McMaster) Solution NMR Studies of Interactions of Ligands With Plasma Proteins

Research Tools and Instruments (RTI)

Derek Gates (UBC) Upgrade to UBC-Chemistry Departmental NMR Facility

Theses Defenses (Jan 21/14)

Tara Leigh Spencer Noakes (McMaster University) Spring 2014

Supervisor: Prof. Gillian Goward

Ph.D. Chemistry: "Multinuclear NMR Spectroscopy Methods for the Study of Structure and Dynamics in Solid-State Electrolytes for Lithium Ion Batteries"


"Canadian NMR Research" News Bulletin (May 14/13)Spring 2013

Colleagues, the Spring 2013 issue of the "Canadian NMR Research" news bulletin is ready for your attention, our traditional mix of news and research updates. In this issue: DNP-NMR at Guelph, 850 MHz at McMaster, and the first MOOT XXVI announcement. You are welcome to share this bulletin with your colleagues and students.

Recognition: 54th ENC Student Travel Awards (May 1/13)

Following the long tradition, ENC has awarded 2013 Student Travel Stipends to support students attending the 54th ENC Conference held April 14-19, 2013 in Asilomar, California. The stipends were provided by the ENC, the Suraj P. Manrao Science Foundation, and by the generous contributions of sponsors. Among awardees there were several Canadian recipients, including

Jasmine Viger-Gravel (University of Ottawa)
Daryl Good (University of Guelph)
Leayen Lam (University of Toronto)
Alan Manning (University of British Columbia)
Danielle Smiley (McMaster University)
Stanislav Veinberg (University of Windsor)

Congratulations to all the winners!

The final 54th ENC program is now available online

CanadianTenure-Track Position, Assistant Professor in Chemistry of Biointerfaces, McMaster University, Hamilton (Sept 21/12)


The Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology at McMaster University solicits applications to fill a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the area of chemistry of biointerfaces, effective July 1,2013. Applications are encouraged in all areas of chemistry of biointerfaces, including preparation, characterization, modeling or applications of biointerfaces. Scientists with research interests that have applications in the biosciences, environmental science and materials/nanoscience areas are encouraged to apply.

Our aim is to enhance interdisciplinary science at McMaster, a university with a longstanding history of collaborative research initiatives. In addition to having access to the equipment and facilities in this department, the successful candidate will also have access to the facilities in the Brockhouse Institute for Materials Research, the Canadian Centre for Electron Microscopy, the Centre for Microbial Chemical Biology and the newly established Biointerfaces Institute http://biointerfaces.mcmaster.ca

The latter facility consists of several instrument suites for high throughput development and characterization of biomaterials and biointerfaces, including 850 MHz solid-state biological NMR, imaging MALDI mass spectrometry, imaging XPS and automated materials synthesis and screening infrastructure, with current research themes in bioactive surfaces for sensing and separation, ophthalmic biomaterials, and fundamental studies of biointerface interactions. For additional information on the department, see: http://www.chemistry.mcmaster.ca

Applicants should clearly demonstrate potential to develop a prominent, externally funded research program and to be committed to excellence in teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Candidates must have a doctoral degree in chemistry or a closely related field, postdoctoral experience, and a promising record of research scholarship and productivity. Application materials must include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching interests, and detailed descriptions of at least three research projects that exemplify your proposed research program. Please include a list of the major instrumentation and equipment necessary to pursue each project. Review of applications will begin after November 1, 2012 and will continue until the position is filled. Please send these materials and arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent to:

Dr. John D. Brennan
Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology,
McMaster University,
1280 Main Street West,
Hamilton, Ontario L8S 4M1

Posted: August 3rd, 2012

Note: All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. However, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority for these positions. McMaster University is strongly committed to employment equity within its community, and to recruiting a diverse faculty and staff. The University encourages applications from all qualified candidates, including women, members of visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples, members of sexual minorities and persons with disabilities.


Cover article in Angewandte Chemie (Aug 14/12)

A closer look: Solid-state 7Li and 17O NMR spectroscopy is a valuable tool in the characterization of products formed in the lithium–oxygen battery, a necessary step in the development of a viable cell. Since lithium peroxide, the desired discharge product, has a unique 17O NMR signature, it can be clearly identified.

Michal Leskes, Nicholas E. Drewett, Laurence J. Hardwick, Peter G. Bruce, Gillian R. Goward, and Clare P. Grey, "Direct Detection of Discharge Products in Lithium–Oxygen Batteries by Solid-State NMR Spectroscopy," Angewandte Chemie International Edition 51 (2012) 8560–8563. (Cover Article) http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/anie.201202183

This cover article is #11 to feature results obtained using resources of the National Ultrahigh-Field NMR Facility for Solids, and the third article in Angewandte Chemie. See the complete list of research publications enabled by the Facility here (complete list).

100 kHz MAS (April 29/12)

Dr. Ago Samoson (Tallinn University of Technology) was visiting the 900 NMR Facility in early April. He brought along a 100 kHz MAS probe of his own built to explore the advantages of combining ultrahigh magnetic fields with very (!) fast magic angle spinning in solid-state NMR. The probe is currently at the NMR Facility on loan. Thanks, Ago!
100 kHz MAS

April 2012 (L-R) Leigh Spencer and Nicole De Almeida (McMaster), Ago Samoson (TTU), Andreas Brinkmann (NRC Canada).

NSERC awards $2.3 million for lithium ion battery research (March 22/12)

Gillian Goward (McMaster) is leading a major collaborative research project in lithium ion batteries which has been awarded a $2.3 million NSERC grant in the Automotive Partnership Canada program. The total value of this four years project is $3.5 million with contributions from industrial partners, GM Canada, Bruker Ltd., and Heka Electronics.

Researchers from McMaster include Prof. Gillian Goward, in electrochemistry and magnetic resonance, Prof. Gianluigi Botton, in electron microscopy, and Prof. Bartek Protas, in mathematical modeling. Prof. Janine Mauzeroll at McGill provides expertise in scanning electrochemical microscopy, and two electrochemistry groups lead by Prof. Andy Sun at the University of Western Ontario, and Prof. Steen Schougaard at the Université du Québec à Montréal.

For more about this project:

$3.5 million partnership to jumpstart confidence in lithium ion car batteries (McMaster Daily News)

Gillian Goward Gets $3.5m for Electric Car Battery Research (C&CB, McMaster)

McMaster gets $3.5m jolt for electric car battery research (Hamilton Spectator)

Bringing Minds to Market: Government of Canada Invests in Auto Innovation (NSERC news release, March 20, 2012)

Solid-State NMR in Materials for Energy Storage and Conversion (March 21/12)

A special issue of Solid State Nuclear Magnetic Resonance guest-edited by Clare Grey (Cambridge) and Gillian Goward (McMaster), Volume 42, Pages 1-98 (April 2012)


Clare P. Grey, Gillian R. Goward, Editorial "Solid-State NMR in Materials for Energy Storage and Conversion," Solid State Nuclear Magnetic Resonance
42 (2012) 1. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ssnmr.2012.03.001

Canadian contributions

A. Kuhn, M. Kunze, P. Sreeraj, H.-D. Wiemhöfer, V. Thangadurai, M. Wilkening, P. Heitjans, "NMR relaxometry as a versatile tool to study Li dynamics in potential battery materials," Solid State Nuclear Magnetic Resonance 42 (2012) 2-8. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ssnmr.2012.02.001

L.J.M. Davis, X.J. He, A.D. Bain, G.R. Goward, "Studies of Lithium Ion Dynamics in Paramagnetic Cathode Materials Using 6Li 1D Selective Inversion Methods," Solid State Nuclear Magnetic Resonance 42 (2012) 26-32. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ssnmr.2012.01.002

Thesis Defenses

Zhenghua Nie (McMaster University) August 2011

Supervisors: Profs. Christopher K. Anand and Alex D. Bain

Ph.D. thesis: "Simulation and Optimal Design of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Experiments" http://digitalcommons.mcmaster.ca/opendissertations/5543/

External Examiner: Prof. Elliott Burnell (University of British Columbia)

Cover article in Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics (July 4/11)
PCCP 2011

Cory M. Widdifield, Alex D. Bain, and David L. Bryce, "Definitive Solid-State 185/187Re NMR Spectral Evidence for and Analysis of the Origin of High-Order Quadrupole-Induced Effects for I = 5/2," Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 13 (2011) 12413-12420. (Cover Article) http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c1cp20572b

This is the tenth cover article featuring results obtained using 900resources of the National Ultrahigh-Field NMR Facility for Solids. See our cover gallery and the complete list of research publications enabled by the Facility here (complete list).

Encyclopedia of Magnetic Resonance: new entries (June 17/11)

D.L. Bryce, C.M. Widdifield, R.P. Chapman and R.J. Attrell, "Chlorine, Bromine, and Iodine Solid-State NMR", Encyclopedia of Magnetic Resonance (2011). http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/9780470034590.emrstm1214

A.D. Bain "Radiofrequency Pulses: Response of Nuclear Spins", Encyclopedia of Magnetic Resonance (2011). http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/9780470034590.emrstm0443.pub2

G.J. Schrobilgen and M. Gerken, "Noble Gas Elements", Encyclopedia of Magnetic Resonance (2011). http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/9780470034590.emrstm0346.pub2

Special issue of Solid State Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (April 14/11)

Solid-State NMR of Materials for Energy Storage and Conversion

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Profs. Eckert and Klinowski have asked us to edit a special issue of Solid State NMR, with a focus in the area of NMR as applied to Materials for Energy Storage and Conversion. To this end, we would like to invite you to submit a manuscript for this special issue. Topics should include recent results on the development and use of solid-state NMR strategies for the characterization of energy materials, for example materials for use in lithium ion and rechargeable batteries in general, supercapacitors, polymer-electrolyte-membrane fuel cells, and solid-oxide fuel cells. We would like to include the wide variety of NMR methods that have been used in this field, their strengths, and avenues for further development. In an NMR-focused journal, it would also be appropriate to include some of the "how to" details or "tips and tricks" relevant to the successful implementation of the various NMR methods.

Please take these guidelines as suggestions only, and feel free to submit any original manuscript on a topic you feel would be appropriate to this community. The deadline for receipt of manuscripts will be June 1, 2011, and we anticipate publication around October/November 2011. Of course, all the manuscripts will be subject to strict peer-review procedures. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions regarding potential topics, or any other concerns. We would appreciate hearing from you if you plan to submit a manuscript. Submission will be handled through the Elsevier web site. Author instructions and submission details can be found at


With thanks and best regards

Clare P. Grey & Gillian R. Goward

Review in Progress in Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (Dec 31/10)

progress A.D. Bain and B. Berno, "Liouvillians in NMR: the Direct Method Revisited," Progress in Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (2011) accepted. (Invited Review) http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pnmrs.2010.12.002

Russell Bell Symposium, McMaster (Nov 12/10)

McMaster University, November 18, 2010

Russell Bell, Professor Emeritus of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at McMaster, has made significant scientific contributions in the area of NMR, chemical biology using DNA and proteins, organic synthesis and in environmental remediation. In addition, he is renowned at McMaster University for excellence in teaching, particularly of first year chemistry. The department is pleased to recognize his contributions with this special symposium.

Hamilton Hall, HH-305

9:30-9:35 Mike Brook, McMaster University: Opening Remarks

9:35-10:20 Fred Capretta, McMaster University: Six Degrees of Russell Bell

10:20-10:35 Coffee

10:35-11:20 John Valliant, McMaster University: Title TBA


1:30-2:20 Scott Bohle, McGill University: Chemistry of an All Black Pigment: The Quinoline Antimalarial Drug Target

2:30-2:35 Brian McCarry, Chair of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, McMaster University: Concluding Remarks

2:35 Russell Bell, McMaster University: Some Thoughts

Contact Bob Berno for more information: bberno "at" mcmaster.ca

Dr. Bob Berno
Manager: McMaster NMR Facility
Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology
McMaster University
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, ON, L8S 4L9
Phone: (905) 525-9140 x24158 or x24686
Fax: (905) 522-2509

Don Hughes' Memorial Photos (June 29/10)

Hello everyone.

Thanks to all of you who could attend the memorial service for Don last week. I know I enjoyed seeing all of you and sharing stories.

A few days ago we posted a slide show of photos that were taken during the service. In case you haven't had a chance to look through these, please take a couple of minutes to have a look (external link).

Take care,

Bob Berno,
C&CB, McMaster

This is one of the last papers by Don Hughes submitted shortly before his death and dedicated to his memory.

A.D. Bain, D.W. Hughes, C.K. Anand, Z. Nie, V.J. Robertson, "Problems, artifacts and solutions in the INADEQUATE NMR experiment," Magnetic Resonance in Chemistry (2010) online. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/mrc.2639

New NMR book (June 3/10)

EMR books
Multidimensional NMR Methods for the Solution State

edited by Gareth A. Morris and James W. Emsley
Hardcover: 580 pages
Publisher: Wiley; June 2010
Language: English
ISBN: 978-0470770757

Wiley: "Multidimensional NMR methods have transformed the way in which solution state NMR is used to elucidate the structures of chemical and biochemical systems. The first book covering new developments in nearly a decade, this much-needed resource explains recent experimental methods for the rapid measurement of multidimensional solution-state NMR spectra. With articles written by key developers of the techniques, the coverage deals with both the theoretical tools and the latest practical applications, giving an unmatched guide to students, researchers, technicians, and anyone else working with NMR techniques today"

Canadian contributions

A.D. Bain "COSY: Quantitative Analysis," Chapter 13, Multidimensional NMR Methods for the Solution State (EMR Books), Eds. G.A. Morris and J.W. Emsley, Wiley (2010) pp. 167-176. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/9780470034590.emrstm0095

T.T. Nakashima and R.E.D. McClung "Heteronuclear Shift Correlation Spectroscopy," Chapter 22, Multidimensional NMR Methods for the Solution State (EMR Books), Eds. G.A. Morris and J.W. Emsley, Wiley (2010) pp. 289-304. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/9780470034590.emrstm0209

R. Muhandiram and L.E. Kay "3D HMQC-NOESY, NOESY-HMQC, and NOESY-HSQC," Chapter 25, Multidimensional NMR Methods for the Solution State (EMR Books), Eds. G.A. Morris and J.W. Emsley, Wiley (2010) pp. 335-350. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/9780470034590.emrstm0563

The complete Table of Contents is available on Stan's NMR blog.

Memorial Service for Don Hughes (May 14/10)

Dr. Donald W. Hughes (1949 – 2010)

Dear friends,

Below is a message sent out from Brian McCarry, Chair on the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology. This notice provides details of the upcoming memorial service to remember Don Hughes.

In order to help us plan for the event, I ask you to kindly send an RSVP via email to: nmr "at" chemistry.mcmaster.ca

Many of you have already sent kind words of support to us. We are preparing a commemorative booklet that will be on display at the memorial on June 3. May I have permission to include excerpts from your messages in the booklet?
Also, if any of you have photographs of Don that you wish to share, please forward them as well.

Thank you.
Bob Berno.

Dear Chemistry Department and Friends of Don Hughes:

The department will be holding a memorial service to remember Don Hughes on Thursday, June 3 from 3-5 p.m. in the Great Hall of the University Club.

It has been truly gratifying to receive messages of condolence from many former students, postdocs and industrial partners who worked with or interacted with Don over the past 25 years. For those of you attending the CSC in Toronto, this memorial service is being held the day after the conference concludes; it is our hope that this arrangement will be convenient for those collaborators and friends of Don who may be attending the conference.

A small, private funeral will be held this Saturday; however, the family wishes are that only family and a few close friends be in attendance.

An autopsy was performed last week and the coroner reported that there was no obvious cause of death. The coroner reported that Don was in excellent health. A number of samples were taken for analysis in the hope of determining a cause of death. If I receive any conclusive information on this matter, I will be sure to pass it on to you.

Please feel fee to pass this message on to anyone you know, near or far, who may be interested in attending the service or in knowing about the service.

All the best,

Brian McCarry


Thesis Defenses (May 4/10)

Jason Traer (McMaster University) April 2010
Supervisor: Gillian Goward
Ph.D. thesis: "Solid-State NMR Investigations of Electrolyte Materials for Hydrogen Fuel Cells"

Interview with Ronald Gillespie (March 19/10)

Ronald J. Gillespie, Professor Emeritus at McMaster, is a world-renowned chemist who has made many significant contributions to our understanding of the molecular structure and geometry. He was also one of the first to use NMR spectroscopy in chemical research. Read an interview with this fascinating Canadian personality in the upcoming issue of the Journal of Chemical Education.

Liberato Cardellini "Modeling Chemistry for Effective Chemical Education: An Interview with Ronald J. Gillespie," J. Chem. Educ. (2010) ASAP. http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/ed800166f

Related story

50 years of NMR at McMaster University (April 28, 2008)

Alex Bain (McMaster)

"It started with a chance remark from one of our senior colleagues, that it
was 1958 when McMaster received its first NMR spectrometer, a Varian DP60. That seemed to be a good reason for a celebration, so on Friday May 2, we are having a one-day symposium.
Two of the pioneers, Ron Gillespie (who ordered the instrument) and Russell Bell will be there. However, we will miss two other central figures: Don Eaton and Brian Sayer, who have both passed away. The symposium also will be the day before a memorial in Winnipeg for Ted Schaefer, who was a great father figure for many of us.

The 50th anniversary event has led to lots of discussion and a number of themes. One is the progress of the field since that time..."

Read the full Guest Editorial by Alex Bain in the Spring 2008 issue of the Canadian NMR Research News Bulletin

Materials Chemistry of Energy Conversion (Feb 17/10)

The Chemistry of Materials Special Issue on the Materials Chemistry of Energy Conversion (volume 22, issue 3, 2010) highlights new directions in materials chemistry relevant to energy conversion. There are several NMR articles in this issue, including the one from Gillian Goward's group (McMaster) and colleagues from Estonia on Li dynamics.

L.J.M. Davis, I. Heinmaa and G.R. Goward, "Study of Lithium Dynamics in Monoclinic Li3Fe2(PO4)3 using 6Li VT and 2D Exchange MAS NMR Spectroscopy," Chem. Mater. 22 (2010) 769–775. http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/cm901402u

CSC 2010: Solid-State NMR Symposium (updated Jan 28/10)

Dear NMR colleagues,

Gillian Goward and myself are organizing a symposium entitled "Solid-State NMR: Methods and Applications" at the 93rd Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition in Toronto. The symposium is scheduled for the afternoon of Sunday, May 30 and all day Monday, May 31.

I would like to encourage you and your students to consider submitting abstracts for 20-minute talks and/or posters through the following link:


The deadline for abstract submissions is February 15.

Confirmed speakers: Alex Bain (McMaster), Andreas Brinkmann (NRC-SIMS), Arno Kentgens (Radboud University, Nijmegen), Gang Wu (Queen's), Gillian Goward (McMaster), John Ripmeester (NRC-SIMS), Josef Zwanziger (Dalhousie), Kristopher Ooms (The King's University College, Edmonton), Marek Pruski (Iowa), Megan Spence (Pittsburgh), Peter MacDonald (Toronto), Robert Schurko (Windsor), Roderick Wasylishen (Alberta), Scott Kroeker (Manitoba), Simon Sharpe (Sick Kids), Timothy Cross (National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Tallahassee), Vladimir Ladizhansky (Guelph)

Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you in Toronto!

Dave Bryce (web)

The National Ultrahigh-Field NMR Facility for Solids Annual Workshop will take place on Saturday May 29.

Feature article: Concepts in Magnetic Resonance (Dec 04/09)

cmgR.M. Gregory, A.D. Bain, "The effects of finite rectangular pulses in NMR: Phase and intensity distortions for a spin-1/2," Concepts in Magnetic Resonance Part A 34A (2009) 305-314.


Pulses in NMR spectrometers have a finite length, but the usual hard-pulse assumption ignores it, and treats the pulse as a rotation of the frame of reference about the direction of the radiofrequency (RF) magnetic field. However, at frequency offsets comparable to the size of the RF field, there are substantial distortions, mainly in the phase of the signal. This effect is well known and can be easily calculated to show that, despite the complex geometry, the phase distortion is almost linear with the offset. This means that it can be corrected by a first-order phase correction or by small corrections to pulse-sequence timing. In this article, we give an analysis of these effects. The deviations from a linear phase correction are analyzed for a general rectangular pulse and illustrated with experimental spectra. The split-operator approximation for the evolution of this system provides a mathematical foundation and a useful method for this analysis. Furthermore, the relationship between the exact behavior of a signal is compared to the Fourier transform of a rectangular pulse. For typical offsets, the match between these approaches is not good, but it improves as the offset increases. Overall, the detailed analysis of the finite pulse effects gives exact results of the response of a spin system, but also some mathematical and physical insights.

NMR seminar : University of Ottawa, Department of Chemistry

Friday, September 4, 2009, at 11:30 am

University of Ottawa (D’Iorio Hall, room 214)

Prof. Gillian Goward (McMaster) "Ion Dynamics and Transport Phenomena in Materials for Energy Storage and Conversion" (inquire with David Bryce)

web: http://www.chemistry.mcmaster.ca/people/faculty/goward/index.html

Gillian Goward featured in The Globe and Mail (May 24/09)

The Globe and Mail has recently published an article "Looking for life after lithium" about recent advances by Canadian researchers and entrepreneurs in creating a new generation of batteries. Gillian Goward (McMaster) was prominently featured in this article for her work towards better understanding the chemistry behind extending the recharging life of lithium ion batteries.

Read the full article in The Globe and Mail (Canada), April 22, 2009 Wednesday (external link )

NMR events at CSC 2009 (May 1/09)

Two NMR symposia and a workshop will be highlights of the 92nd Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition meeting in Hamilton.

Gillian Goward and Alex Bain, of McMaster University, have organized a symposium on Materials and Magnetic Resonance, mainly focused on Solid-State NMR.
PT7 - Materials and Magnetic Resonance
Sunday May 31 - Monday June 1, AM

Giuseppe Melacini, also at McMaster, has put together an excellent program in Biomolecular NMR.
BM2 - Biomolecular NMR
Monday June 1, PM - Tuesday June 2

Please note that this year two NMR symposia have been scheduled back-to-back. Plan your trip accordingly and don't miss this rare opportunity to attend both NMR symposia at CSC!

The CSC 2009 conference program is now available online

The National Ultrahigh-Field NMR Facility for Solids and Bruker Canada are pleased to present the 4th Annual Solid-State NMR Workshop prior to CSC 2009 in Hamilton. The workshop will take place on Saturday afternoon, May 30, 2009.

50 years of NMR at McMaster University

Alex Bain, McMaster (web-site )

"It started with a chance remark from one of our senior colleagues, that it
was 1958 when McMaster received its first NMR spectrometer, a Varian DP60. That seemed to be a good reason for a celebration, so on Friday May 2, we are having a one-day symposium. The web site already has a
number of photos, and more will be posted.


Two of the pioneers, Ron Gillespie (who ordered the instrument) and Russell Bell will be there. However, we will miss two other central figures: Don Eaton and Brian Sayer, who have both passed away. The symposium also will be the day before a memorial in Winnipeg for Ted Schaefer, who was a great father figure for many of us.

The 50th anniversary event has led to lots of discussion and a number of themes. One is the progress of the field since that time..."

Read the full Guest Editorial by Alex Bain in the Spring 2008 issue of the Canadian NMR Research News Bulletin