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Recognition: Andre Simpson (Dec 14/09)

Andre Simpson (University of Toronto) is the recipient of the 2010 CSC Fred Beamish Award. This award is presented to individuals who demonstrate innovation in research in the field of Analytical Chemistry, in particular, where research is anticipated to have significant potential for practical applications.

Web: Andre Simpson's Group at the University of Toronto Scarborough

Cover article in the Journal of Physical Chemistry (Dec 10/09)


Crystalline beta-Barium Borate is an important nonlinear optical material often used in frequency mixing. Interestingly enough, even though beta-Barium Borate has been known for years, there still exists a controversy about its true crystallographic space group. That is existed until now! In this cover article in the Journal of Physical Chemistry C a research team from the University of Western Ontario has solved this problem using ultrahigh-field solid-state NMR spectroscopy and quantum chemical calculations.

Andre Sutrisno, Cheng Lu, Robert Lipson, Yining Huang, "Combined 135/137Ba Solid-state NMR at an Ultrahigh Magnetic Field and Computational Study of beta-Barium Borate," Journal of Physical Chemistry C 113 (2009) 21196–21201. (Cover Article) http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/jp9044786

This is a seventh cover article featuring results obtained using resources 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).

Cover article in Nature Chemistry (Dec 08/09)

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A research team from the University of Calgary and the NRC Steacie Institute for Molecular Sciences (Ottawa) has published a cover article in Nature Chemistry

J.A. Hurd, R. Vaidhyanathan, V. Thangadurai, C.I. Ratcliffe, I.L. Moudrakovski and G.K.H. Shimizu,
"Proton Conduction at 150°C in a Nanoporous Metal-Organic Framework," Nature Chemistry 1 (2009) 705-710. http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nchem.402

"Materials built from metal centres and organic ligands have traditionally attracted attention for their channels' host–guest properties. Now, controlling the occupancy of the channels by guest molecules has resulted in a framework that conducts protons under anhydrous conditions and acts as a gas-tight membrane, offering a promising approach to fuel-cell electrolytes."

Solid-state NMR spectroscopy was instrumental in this research.

The paper is also accompanied by the Nature's commentary:

Hiroshi Kitagawa, "Metal–organic frameworks: Transported into fuel cells," Nature Chemistry 1 (2009) 689-690. http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nchem.454

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.

The Raymond Andrew Prize 2010: call for nominations (Jan 7/10)

for an outstanding PhD thesis in the field of magnetic resonance.

For the Raymond Andrew Prize 2010 the AMPERE Prize Committee is seeking your help in searching for qualified candidates who completed their dissertation during the period of 2008/2009.

The prize will be presented during the joint EUROMAR/ISMAR conference in
Florence (Italy) from 4th to 9th July 2010.

You are kindly invited to submit nominations by e-mail to

andrewprice "at" nmr.phys.chem.ethz.ch

Suggestions must be received by 15th February 2010 and should include the following documents:

• Nomination letter
• Curriculum vitae
• List of publications and presentations at conferences
• PhD thesis in PDF

The thesis should be written in English. In exceptional cases, the thesis may also be submitted in triplicate as a hardcopy to the AMPERE Secretariat.

Submissions that arrive too late will automatically be transferred to the next year. The prize committee will reconsider excellent contributions for two years in a row.

For a list of past Andrew Prize winners and topics of their theses see:

The Russell Varian Prize 2010: call for nominations (Dec 16/09)

The Russell Varian prize honors the memory of the pioneer behind the first commercial Nuclear Magnetic Resonance spectrometers and co-founder of Varian Associates. The prize is awarded to a researcher based on a single innovative contribution (a single paper, patent, lecture, or piece of hardware) that has proven of high and broad impact on state-of-the-art NMR technology. The prize aims to award the initial contribution that laid the ground for the specific technology of great importance in state-of-the-art NMR. It is sponsored by Varian Inc. and carries a monetary award of 15,000 Euro. The award ceremony will take place at the XXIVth ICMRBS meeting in Cairns, Australia, August 22-27, 2010. The deadline for nominations is February 15, 2010.

For nomination guidelines see (external link @ Varian.com)

CSC 2010: call for papers (Dec 1/09)

The 93rd Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition (CSC2010) is being held in Toronto, May 29-June 2, 2010. The conference theme “Diversity in Chemistry” emphasizes the wide range of science to be presented and the diversity of people that make up our field. The conference is presented by the Canadian Society for Chemistry and hosted by the Department of Chemistry of the University of Toronto. You can view the wide range of symposia representing the “Diversity in Chemistry” theme on the CSC2010 website


The CSC 2010 conference will feature the "Solid-State NMR: Methods and Applications" symposium being organized by David Bryce (University of Ottawa) and Gillian Goward (McMaster University).

The Call for Papers opened today December 1, 2009 and will close February 15, 2010. Details are available at


"Canadian NMR Research" News Bulletin (Nov 12/09)

Fall 2009

the Fall 2009 Issue of the "Canadian NMR Research" news bulletin is now available for download.

You are welcome to share it with your colleagues and students.

Thanks for reading!


NMR-3 Fall NMR Workshop (Nov 3/09)

the Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Research Resource (NMR-3) (Dalhousie University, Halifax) invites you to take part in the 4th Annual Fall NMR Workshop on Saturday, November 14, 2009 in the Chemistry Building.

The workshop will consist of seminars from NMR-3 staff emphasizing practical aspects of NMR, contributed oral and poster presentations from NMR-3 users, Facility tours with detailed introduction to research methods. A detailed agenda will be distributed later, but the event is planned to begin at 9:00 AM with registration and conclude by 5:00 PM. Lunch and coffee-breaks will be provided, and there is no registration fee.

The registration deadline is Friday, November 6. To register


2008-2009 Annual Report (Nov 2/09)

the 2008/09 Annual Report of the National Ultrahigh-Field NMR Facility for Solids has been finalized and is now available for download. We will start mailing printed copies shortly.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our users and clients, as well as our partners and funding agencies for continuing support.

NMR Books (Oct 28/09)

NMR in Liquid Crystals

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy of Liquid Crystals

edited by Ronald Dong (University of British Columbia)
Hardcover: 464 pages
Publisher: World Scientific; September 2009
Language: English
ISBN: 978-981-4273-66-4

World Scientific: "This edited volume provides an extensive overview of how nuclear magnetic resonance can be an indispensable tool to investigate molecular ordering, phase structure, and dynamics in complex anisotropic phases formed by liquid crystalline materials. The chapters, written by prominent scientists in their field of expertise, provide a state-of-the-art scene of developments in liquid crystal research. The fantastic assortment of shape anisotropy in organic molecules leads to the discoveries of interesting new soft materials made at a rapid rate which not only inject impetus to address the fundamental physical and chemical phenomena, but also the potential applications in memory, sensor and display devices. The review volume also covers topics ranging from solute studies of molecules in nematics and biologically ordered fluids to theoretical approaches in treating elastic and viscous properties of liquid crystals. This volume is aimed at graduate students, novices and experts alike, and provides an excellent reference material for readers interested in the liquid crystal research. It is, indeed, a reference book for every science library to have."

Pacifichem 2010 (Oct 23/09)

The International Chemical Congress of Pacific Basin Societies, December 15-20, 2010, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

Canadian eventNMR Spectroscopy of Polymers (Symposium #12) Peter Macdonald, University of Toronto

Canadian eventBiomolecular Structure and Dynamics - Recent Advances in NMR (Symposium #43) Mitsuhiko Ikura,
Ontario Cancer Institute

Canadian event Advances in Solid-State NMR of Biological Molecules (Symposium #58) Michèle Auger, Université Laval

Canadian event Solid-State NMR Methods and Applications in Inorganic Materials (Symposium #228) Scott Kroeker, University of Manitoba

Feature article in Physics Today (Oct 8/09)

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Clare Grey and Robert Tycko have published an article in the September issue of Physics Today (cover credit) introducing solid-state NMR spectroscopy to a broader audience, and reviewing recent NMR applications in biochemistry and materials sciences. This article is an easy read about a complicated topic with many colour figures and diagrams, which your students may find useful in their studies.

Clare P. Grey and Robert Tycko, "Solid-state NMR in biological and materials physics," Physics Today 62 (2009) 44-49. http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.3226855

Recognition: Lewis Kay (Oct 1/09)

The University of Alberta honours Lewis Kay with the Distinguished Alumnus Award (more ).

From the citation: "One of the world's leading biochemists, Kay is recognized for his cutting-edge research in biomolecular nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. The University of Toronto professor and researcher has been instrumental in developing new three- and four-dimensional nuclear magnetic resonance methods for obtaining pictures of complex biomolecules. This revolutionary work has led to important discoveries, helping researchers understand the underlying biological characteristics of diseases. This understanding has increased the probability of finding ways to cure or prevent diseases such as cancer.

Don't miss the video profile of Distinguished Alumnus Lewis Kay (5 min, 23.1 MB .mov)

Web: Lewis Kay's Group at the University of Toronto

The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters (Oct 1/09)

Beginning in January 2010 all letters from the Journal of Physical Chemistry A, B, and C will be combined into a single, all-electronic journal the Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters highlighting the most urgent research results in physical chemistry. The first letters will be published online in November 2009, the issue 1 will be launched in January 2010. Letters published in the Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters will have a full citation, including page numbers, when posted on the web as ASAP articles and prior to being collected in an issue. This feature will allow your letter to be fully cited at least 2 weeks earlier than previously possible.

Before submitting your letter be advised that the format of J. Phys. Chem. Lett. is different from J. Phys. Chem. A/B/C. For more details see the Author Submission Guidelines.

Special issue of Canadian Journal of Chemistry (Oct 1/09)

chem commThis 2009 special issue of Canadian Journal of Chemistry is dedicated to Professor Tom Ziegler (University of Calgary, web ), a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Theoretical Inorganic Chemistry, one of the pioneers of density functional theory (DFT). Prof. Ziegler has made many important contributions to the development of DFT calculations of NMR parameters.

We encourage you to read two wonderful tributes to Prof. Ziegler written by Arvi Rauk, Heiko Jacobsen and Tom Woo, and to browse through many excellent research papers by world-leading experts in computational chemistry.

This special CJC issue is devided in two parts:

Part 1 of 2, volume 87, number 7, July 2009

Part 2 of 2, volume 87, number 10, October 2009

Web: The Ziegler Research Group Home Page

ACS: National Chemistry Week 2009 (Oct 19/09)

ACS Publications celebrates National Chemistry Week 2009, October 19-24, by providing one-week free access to the ACS Symposium Series Online including Advances in Chemistry books. Don't miss this opportunity to browse and download many attention-worthy review articles free of charge.

Among most recent NMR titles are "Modern NMR Spectroscopy in Education" (Eds. D. Rovnyak and R. Stockland, 2007), and "Solid-State NMR Spectroscopy of Inorganic Materials" (Ed. J.J. Fitzgerald, 1999).

51st ENC: nominations for the Laukien Prize (Oct 9/09)

The Laukien Prize was established in 1999 to honor the memory of Professor Gunther Laukien, a co-founder of Bruker BioSpin. The Laukien Prize carries a monetary award of $20,000 funded by Bruker BioSpin and is intended to recognize cutting-edge experimental NMR research with a high probability of enabling beneficial new applications. The Prize recipient will also deliver the opening Plenary lecture at the ENC conference.

Nominations for the Laukien Prize are now being accepted. The award will be announced at the next ENC.

The nominated work should be published within the last three years. In some special cases, the award may be for cumulative achievements over a longer period. Nominations should be submitted by October 30.

For more information and for the list of past Laukien Prize recipients

51st ENC
April 18-23, 2010, Hilton Hotel, Daytona Beach, FL
Talk abstracts deadline January 12, 2010
Poster abstracts deadline
March 12, 2010

MOOT XXII Symposium (Oct 6/09)

Dear All,

Registration for MOOT XXII in Ottawa is still open and will be so until Wednesday, October 14. This is the deadline for having final numbers for caterers, banquet etc.

No more oral presenation will be accepted since the program is filled up with very interesting talks. Poster presentations will be accepted all the way to the end and the program will updated as they come.

The Suraj Manrao Traval Award will contribute three 50$ awards for the best three posters from graduate students. Great many thanks to Suraj!

Check the website www.mootnmr.org for all information regarding maps how the get around and updates of the program.

If people are interested in gathering someplace for dinner and drinks on Friday night please let me know and we can arrange something.

I am looking forward to see you all in Ottawa in less than a couple of weeks,


mootnmr "at" gmail.com

Professor Laurance Hall (1938-2009) (Oct 2/09)

Professor Laurance Hall, an NMR pioneer credited with building the first clinical MRI instrument in Canada, died on August 28, 2009 in Cambridge, UK aged 71.

From the Telegraph (Oct.1, 2009): "... It was during this period that Hall began to pursue his pioneering work on NMR – an interest which he took with him, on completion of his doctorate, to Canada. An eloquent and extremely enthusiastic lecturer, he easily impressed senior professors, soon securing a research post in Ottawa, and later one in Vancouver.
At the Chemistry Department of the University of British Columbia, where he spent two decades (1963-84), he built – from scratch – the first MRI instrument in Canada. Later he installed for the country its first MRI scanner large enough to examine the entire human body – in a clinic opened by the Queen."

Read the complete obituary in the Telegraph.

Laurance Hall reminisces about his early research career and his work at the University of Ottawa, NRC Canada, and the University of British Columbia, in the Encyclopedia of Magnetic Resonance, Volume 1 "Historical Perspectives", Eds. Grant & Harris, Wiley, 1996, p. 378-382.

Perimeter Institute "Quantum to Cosmos" Festival (Sep 25/09)

Quantum to Cosmos is Coming! (press release)

Tickets are still available for Perimeter Institute’s 10th anniversary celebration, the Quantum to Cosmos Festival, being held October 15-25 in Waterloo, Ontario. Find out what happens when you mix liquid nitrogen, quantum physics and lasers – in 12 minutes or less! Then challenge your balance in a two-person gyroscope before ogling a full-scale model of the next Mars Rover, catching a sci-fi flick at the Q2C Film Festival or wrapping up your adventure with engaging debate at ‘Science in the Pub’ or captivating jazz with a physics flair in the intimate Black Hole Bistro.

Free tickets for the Physica Phantastica Exhibit and the Q2C Film Festival as well as paid cultural event tickets can be ordered here.

To view the full schedule and plan your trip, visit the Festival’s website at http://www.q2cfestival.com/

Read the feature story about Canada's Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in this week's issue of Nature

E. Hand "Physics: The edge of physics," Nature 461 (2009) 462-465. http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/461462a

MRC celebrates its 40th anniversary (Sept 20/09)

The very first issue of Magnetic Resonance in Chemistry, then known as Organic Magnetic Resonance, was published in February 1969. The name change came in 1985 to reflect the ever broadening scope of the journal. MRC is celebrating 40 years of publishing by providing until the end of October free unlimited access to 20 special issues published over the last 14 years. These twenty issues offer a great snapshot of NMR advancements in recent years which you are invited to re-discover.

Free access is available via spectroscopyNOW

Interview with Raymond Laflamme (IQC) (Sept 18/09)

In July 2009, David Johnston, president of the University of Waterloo, sat down with Raymond Laflamme, director of the Institute for Quantum Computing, to discuss quantum information research at Waterloo and the recent donation to IQC of over $100 mil from Mike and Ophelia Lazaridis. This conversation was filmed in the Laflamme’s NMR lab at IQC.

Watch the video of this interview online at IQC

NMR metabolite profiling for renal transplantation (Sept 11/09)

Several Manitoba media outlets run a feature story today about high-resolution liquid-state NMR in urine to identify metabolite profiles associated with acute rejection in children after renal transplantation. Dr. Tom Blydt-Hansen at the Manitoba Institute of Child Health has teamed up with Ray Somorjai from NRC-IBD in Winnipeg to show that urine metabolites (simple sugars, amino acids and waste products) detected non-invasively could help in identifying rejection risks at early stages and to reduce morbidity.

Read the full story in Winnipeg Free Press

T. Blydt-Hansen, R. Somorjai "Urine metabolite profiles associated with acute rejection in pediatric renal transplants," Pediatric Transplantation 13 Supplement 1:49, April 2009

2nd U.S.-Canada Winter School on Biomolecular Solid-State NMR (Sept 9/09)

The second U.S.-Canada Winter School on Biomolecular Solid State NMR will be held in Stowe, Vermont, January 24-29, 2010. This is a pedagogical meeting, aimed primarily at graduate students and postdocs, with the goals of training them in fundamental conceptual and experimental aspects of biomolecular solid state NMR, promoting frank discussions of current trends and bottlenecks, and generally catalyzing future progress. The meeting is also open to more senior scientists who are interested in entering the field of biomolecular solid state NMR. Applications consist of the following three items, all of which should be sent as PDF attachments by E-mail to

robertty "at" mail.nih.gov

1. CV and publication list
2. Brief description of current research, not longer than one page
3. One-page letter of recommendation from current research supervisor. (In the case of a more senior scientist, a brief explanation of your motivations can substitute for a letter of recommendation.)

THE DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS IS OCTOBER 16. Applications received after this date may not be considered. For the first Winter School, we received about twice as many applications as we could accept, so this deadline should be taken seriously.

The first Winter School in 2008 was a big success, and is described at

The second Winter School will have the same location and a similar format. At the first Winter School, we were able to provide free meals and lodging to most students and postdocs, so their expenses were limited to travel and a modest registration fee. There were approximately 75 attendees from about 25 research groups. We expect the size and finances of the second Winter School to be similar.

Best wishes to all,
Rob Tycko and Bob Griffin, organizers of the 2nd Winter School

"Canadian NMR Research" News Bulletin (August 18/09)

Summer 2009 the Summer 2009 Issue of the "Canadian NMR Research" news bulletin is now available for download.

We would like to thank all who contributed their news stories. To make this news bulletin useful and informative for the Canadian NMR Community, we continue to rely on your support and contributions. We also encourage you to print out hard copies of this bulletin and to share them with your colleagues and students.

The Fall 2009 issue is due in early November. Meanwhile you are welcome to submit any NMR-related news and announcements to our news-pages for immediate posting.

PCCP themed issue: Solid-State NMR spectroscopy (August 4/09)

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This high-profile special issue of PCCP guest-edited by Paul Hodgkinson (Durham, UK) and Stephen Wimperis (Glasgow, UK) will be presented to the participants of the upcoming 6th Alpine Conference on Solid-State NMR in September 2009 (conference web-site). Among many excellent reviews and research papers highlighting recent trends and progress in the field of solid-state NMR spectroscopy there are four by Canadian researchers, including the front cover article by Gang Wu's group from Queen's.

Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, volume 11, issue 32, 2009

Pedro M. Aguiar, Michael J. Katz, Daniel B. Leznoff and Scott Kroeker, "Natural abundance 13C and 15N solid-state NMR analysis of paramagnetic transition-metal cyanide coordination polymers," Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 11 (2009) 6925-6934. (Invited Article, Themed Issue) http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/b907747b

Jianfeng Zhu, Amanda J. Geris and Gang Wu, "Solid-state 17O NMR as a sensitive probe of keto and gem-diol forms of alpha-keto acid derivatives," Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 11 (2009) 6972-6980. (Cover Article, Themed Issue) http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/b906438a

Rebecca P. Chapman and David L. Bryce, "Application of Multinuclear Magnetic Resonance and Gauge-Including Projector-Augmented Wave Calculations to the Study of Solid Group 13 Chlorides," Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 11 (2009) 6987-6998. (Invited Article, Themed Issue) http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/b906627f

Luke A. O'Dell and Robert W. Schurko, "Static solid-state 14N NMR and computational studies of nitrogen EFG tensors in some crystalline amino acids," Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 11 (2009) 7069-7077. (Invited Article, Themed Issue) http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/b906114b

EFGShield 2.3 is available for download

If you use Gaussian to help interpret your solid-state NMR Sam Adiga, Dom Aebi and David Bryce (University of Ottawa) have written a computer program called “EFGShield” which parses and summarizes Gaussian output files containing shielding and EFG data. The program provides results which are directly comparable to data extracted through simulations of experimental spectra using programs such as WSOLIDS (e.g., quadrupolar coupling constants, Euler angles, etc.).

S. Adiga, D. Aebi, and D.L. Bryce, "EFGShield: A Program for Parsing and
Summarizing the Results of Electric Field Gradient and Nuclear Magnetic Shielding Tensor Calculations," Can. J. Chem. 85 (2007) 496-505 (link).

Updated Version 2.3 includes:

1. Built-in quadrupole moments have been updated to reflect Pyykkö's most recent recommendations

2. The program can now handle files containing up to 900 atoms.

3. Several equivalent sets of Euler angles are outputted rather than just one representative set.

4. Minor bug fix for Euler angles in highsymmetry environments.

If you are interested, you can download the program here


Please contact me if you have any questions or comments.

Dave Bryce


SpinWorks 3.1 is available for download

Version 3.1 of the SpinWorks NMR freeware processing and simulation package is now available for download at:


The file is SpinWorks_310.zip

In addition to the usual bug fixes new features include the ability to read and display processed 2D and 3D data from NMRPipe, and a band-fitting (deconvolution) feature. The LP routines have been re-written for .NET so the code is now .NET clean, with the LP.dll Win 32 file no longer needed.

The program should run on all Windows systems from Win 2000 and up, and has been run successfully on Macs with "parallels". Being .NET clean it should also run on Linux under "mono" with all path separator issues ("\" vs "/") being resolved. I haven't been doing any Linux testing myself, so any feedback that I can get would be greatly appreciated!

Kirk Marat


Review in Progress in NMR Spectroscopy (July 31/09)


Quadrupolar halogens find widespread use i.e. in pharmaceutical formulations. Solid-state NMR provides a direct mean to probe local halogen
environment in these systems. This recent review in Progress in Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy by a team from the University of Ottawa summarizes current advancements in the field. The most progress in recent years has been achieved due to broader availability of ultrahigh-field NMR spectrometers, including the one located in Ottawa, at the Canadian National Ultrahigh-Field NMR Facility for Solids (www.nmr900.ca).

Rebecca P. Chapman, Cory M. Widdifield and David L. Bryce, "Solid-State NMR of Quadrupolar Halogen Nuclei," Progress in Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy 55 (2009) 215–237. (Invited Review) http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pnmrs.2009.05.001

See other publications enabled by the 900 NMR Facility here

Cover article in Chemical Communications (July 30/09)

chem comm Unique instrumentation available at the 900 NMR Facility allows our users to deal with systems and nuclei inaccessible before with NMR at lower fields. One example is 73Ge NMR in solids which was previously limited only to highly symmetric environments. In this cover article just published by Chemical Communications a research team from the University of Manitoba and NRC-SIMS is reporting natural abundance 73Ge NMR spectra in much more challenging amorphous and crystalline germanium oxides. Work continues on even more complex glasses and crystalline phases to address long-standing fundamental questions in glass science, such as the ‘‘germanate anomaly’’.

Vladimir K. Michaelis, Pedro M. Aguiar, Victor V. Terskikh and Scott Kroeker, "Germanium-73 NMR of Amorphous and Crystalline GeO2," Chemical Communications (2009) 4660-4662. (Cover Article) http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/b906642j

See other publications by users of the 900 NMR Facility here

PCCP themed issue: Modern EPR Spectroscopy (July 29/09)

A special issue of Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics on modern aspects of Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) has been finalized and is now available online (external link). This PCCP issue brings together a broad range of manuscripts dealing with novel EPR applications, new methodologies and advances in data analysis. It will be displayed at the upcoming 7th European Federation of EPR Groups conference in Antwerp, Belgium in early September 2009. http://www.efepr2009.ua.ac.be/

Canadian contribution in this issue is by our colleagues from the NRC Steacie Institute for Molecular Sciences collaborating with fellow EPR spectoscopists from Russia, Germany, and France.

E.G. Bagryanskaya, D.N. Polovyanenko, M.V. Fedin, L.Kulik, A. Schnegg, A. Savitsky, K. Möbius, A.W. Coleman, G.S. Ananchenko and J.A. Ripmeester, "Multifrequency EPR study of the mobility of nitroxides in solid-state calixarene nanocapsules," Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 11 (2009) 6700–6707. http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/b906827a

Recognition: Robert Schurko (July 27/09)

Rob Schurko Robert Schurko (University of Windsor) has just been promoted to the rank of Full Professor.

Join us in congratulating Rob with this recognition of his research and teaching success!

Agilent Technologies to acquire Varian Inc for $1.5 Billion (July 27/09)

Read the news release by Varian Inc
Review in Annual Reports on NMR Spectroscopy (July 20/09)

Annual Reports

Cory Widdifield, Rebecca Chapman, and David Bryce from the University of Ottawa have just published a long-awaited review in Annual Reports on NMR Spectroscopy on solid-state NMR of quadrupolar halogen nuclei. This review will be of interest not only to material scientists and NMR spectroscopists, but also to students and those just learning about solid-state NMR of half-integer quadrupolar nuclei.

Cory M. Widdifield, Rebecca P. Chapman, and David L. Bryce
, "Chlorine, Bromine, and Iodine Solid-State NMR Spectroscopy," Annual Reports on NMR Spectroscopy 66 (2009) 195-326. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0066-4103(08)00405-5

VIVA III (July 20/09)

VIVA III, the 3rd annual West Coast NMR minisymposium will take place at Simon Fraser University (Burnaby Mountain Campus) on Friday and Saturday, July 24-25, 2009. The aim of this one and a half day symposium is to bring together NMR users, researchers and managers from western Canada and the north-west of the USA to share information on topics of general NMR interest and to foster the development of an NMR community. Talks or poster presentations by graduate students are especially encouraged.

The program will consist of 20 minute talks, a poster session/social gathering and a banquet on Friday. A meeting of NMR facility managers is scheduled for Saturday morning.

Further symposium details are available at http://www.sfu.ca/~vivanmr

Albert Overhauser receives 2009 Russell Varian Prize (June 24/09)

Albert Overhauser, now a professor emeritus at Purdue University, has been awarded the 2009 Russell Varian Prize. The prize recognizes the initial contribution that laid the ground for the specific technology of great importance in nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. The award ceremony will take place in July during the EUROMAR 2009 Symposium in Göteborg, Sweden.

In 1953, Professor Overhauser delivered a talk to the American Physical Society on Polarization of Nuclei in Metals. The lecture was subsequently published in Physical Review (Volume 92, pp. 411-415) and since then cited over 500 times. His findings led to the discovery of the Nuclear Overhauser Effect (NOE) and the development of Dynamic Nuclear Polarization (DNP) technique.

Albert W. Overhauser, "Polarization of Nuclei in Metals," Phys. Rev. 92 (1953) 411-415. http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRev.92.411

Press release by Purdue University (Purdue)  
About Albert Overhauser (Purdue)  

Canada's first 950 MHz NMR spectrometer ! (June 18/09)

The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) has announced today major investment in Canadian Research Infrastructure. More than $665 million was awarded to 133 projects at 41 Canadian research institutions through the CFI’s Leading Edge Fund and New Initiatives Fund. Among infrastructure projects receiving Government's support is the Canada's first 950 MHz NMR spectrometer at the University of Toronto (Lewis Kay, Biochemistry) to enable studies of the structure and dynamics of complex biological molecules, as well as the technological development of biological NMR.

Project title: "High Field NMR Studies of Protein Molecules in Health and Disease" (CFI contribution $4,595,843)

This very significant hardware acquisition will ensure Canada's leading role in biological NMR research.

Congratulations are due to Lewis Kay and his team at the UofT !

A complete list of awarded projects (CFI web-site)

Cut-open magnet display at the University of Alberta (June 16/09)

Cut-open magnet

If you are planning on visiting Edmonton, don't miss a rare opportunity to glimpse inside of a cut-open NMR magnet at the University of Alberta. A well thought out and professionally arranged magnet display has been recently opened to public in the Chemistry Department building. Not only you have a chance to see what's inside of an NMR magnet, you will also learn a great deal about NMR from a slide presentation that runs continuously on the overhead monitor for your enjoyment. If traveling to Edmonton is not in your plans, you can still see this presentation online, courtesy of Albin Otter, an NMR Facility Service Officer at the University of Alberta, who coordinated efforts in putting this wonderful educational display together (photo credit).
A twin-brother of the cut-open 200 MHz magnet in Edmonton is located in Ottawa, at the 900 NMR Facility (photo). You are very welcome to drop by and see it yourself!

Bruker announces 1 GHz NMR Spectrometer (June 4/09)

Bruker BioSpin has announced the launch of a breakthrough one Gigahertz Ultrahigh-field NMR spectrometer incorporating the world’s first 23.5 Tesla standard-bore (54 mm) superconducting NMR magnet. The first AVANCE 1000 system will be delivered to the Ultra-High Field European NMR Center in Lyon, France in July 2009, where it will be used for research in biomolecular liquid and solid-state chemistry.

Read the press release by Bruker BioSpin (external link )
More information about the 1 GHz NMR spectrometer (external link )

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

The Globe and Mail 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 )

New NMR spectrometer at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Charlottetown, P.E.I. (May 22/09)

Spring 2009

The Government of Canada has announced funding of $750,000 for a Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectrometer for the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada laboratory at the University of Prince Edward Island in Charlottetown. The new spectrometer will be used primarily in plant materials, healthy foods and nutraceuticals research. The announcement was made in Charlottetown on May 22, 2009 by Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture Pierre Lemieux (photo, left) on behalf of Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz.

Read the new release by the Government of Canada (external link )

Our congratulations to Chris Kirby (photo, right), a Physical Chemist and NMR Specialist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, and to his colleagues !

Photo credit: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

ICASS 2009 (May 1/09)

The 55th International Conference on Analytical Sciences and Spectroscopy (ICASS) will be held at Queen’s University (Kingston, Ontario, Canada) on August 9-12, 2009. The conference will feature a special NMR Symposium in honour of Professor Rod Wasylishen.

The conference will also have a fantastic social program including the Magical Dinner with Canada's Magic Champion Eric Leclerc and a very popular Sunset Dinner Cruise of the Thousand Islands.

The abstract submission for oral and poster presentations is now open and will last until June 1, 2009.

ICASS offers a special discount for early registration which is available until June 1, 2009.

Please check the ICASS conference website for details: http://www.icass.ca/2009/

Or contact the NMR Symposium organizer, Gang Wu, for more information

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.

Rocky Mountain Conference (June 11/09)

Dear Colleague,

The organizing committee and I would like to invite you to attend the 51st Rocky Mountain Conference on Analytical Chemistry which will be held July 19 - July 23, 2009. The conference site is the Snowmass Conference Center in Snowmass/Aspen, Colorado.

The NMR Symposium will focus on the recent development of solid-state NMR techniques and applications. The symposium consists of oral and poster sessions as well as an evening dinner for NMR symposium attendees and vendors. We are pleased to announce that this year's Vaughan Lecturer is Professor Kurt Zilm from Yale University. Other invited speakers include:

Marc Baldus (Utrecht)
Tim Cross (NHML, Tallahassee)
Mark Conradi (WU, St. Louis)
Gary Drobny (UW, Seattle)
Melinda Duer (Cambridge)
Matthias Ernst (ETH, Zurich)
Cynthia Jameson (UI, Chicago)
Alexej Jerschow (NYU)
Arno Kentgens (Nijmegen)
Vladimir Ladizhansky (Guelph)
Klaus Mueller (Stuttgart)
Jeff Reimer (UC, Berkeley)
Jake Schaefer (WU, St. Louis)
Hans Thomann (ExxonMobil)
Jeremy Titman (Nottingham)
Yue Wu (UNC, Chapel Hill)
Gang Wu (Queen's, Kingston)

In addition to invited and promoted talks there will be two poster sessions providing a more relaxed environment for the dissemination of the latest results. An evening symposium dinner will provide an additional opportunity for attendees to meet and further discuss their scientific work while also allowing representatives from the NMR vendors to discuss NMR problems as well as to promote their latest technological advancements and products.

The deadline for submitting poster abstracts is June 15, 2009. For details of online abstract submission visit

June 25th is the deadline for early online registration at

Finally, you may want to reserve your room at the Silvertree Hotel before the June 25 deadline to obtain the negotiated conference discount:

The Silvertree Hotel
100 Elbert Lane
Snowmass Village, CO 81615
(800) 525-9402 or (970) 923-3520
Online reservations (Enter Group Code RMCAC09)

We look forward to seeing you this July in Colorado.

Philip J. Grandinetti, Chair (NMR Symposium)

RMC - Bruker Solid-State NMR Workshop and Seminar (June 11/09)

This year Bruker BioSpin will host an all day event consisting of Solid-State NMR Workshop and a Seminar. This event will take place on the Sunday prior to the Rocky Mountain Conference. If you are planning to be in Colorado on July 19, we hope you will join us.

Register now for the Solid State NMR workshop and seminar (to register).


Breakfast & Registration
9:30 Welcome, Dr. Jochem Struppe
9:40 Solid State NMR on dynamic molecular assemblies, Prof. Marc Baldus, Utrecht University
10:15 Very High Temperature NMR - Applications and Hardware, Dr. Sebastian Wegner
10:35 Advances in High-Resolution 1H Solid State NMR at High Field and Very-Fast MAS, Prof. Luis Mafra, University of Aveiro

11:00 Break

11:15 Solid State NMR Probes, latest Developments, Dr. Stefan Steuernagel
11:35 Li-Argyrodites: Insights into a New Exciting Ion Conductor, Dr. Barbara Koch
11:55 Interactions of membrane proteins and lipids with water studied with solid-state NMR, Prof. Mei Hong

12:30 Lunch

1:30 Progress Report on 263 GHz Solids DNP Spectrometer, Dr. Shane Pawsey
1:45- 4:00 Workshop on Mathematical Methods for Data Analysis
1:45 Mathematical Methods: Floquet Theory, Prof. Matthias Ernst, ETH Zurich
2:15 Dynamics of large nuclear spin systems from low-order correlations in Liouville space, Dr. Mark Butler, ENS Lyon
2:55 Biosolids NMR experimental setup strategies, Dr. Jochem Struppe

RMC - Solid-State NMR Varian Workshop (June 8/09)

You are invited to the 20th Solid-State NMR Varian Workshop prior to the 51st Rocky Mountain Conference in Snowmass.

Learn the newest Solid-State NMR applications and techniques, and how Varian's Solid-State technology can provide ultimate performance in a wide range of research and routine applications for your laboratory.

Sunday, July 19, 2009
Registration starts at 7:30 a.m.

The Silver Tree Hotel
100 Elbert Lane
Snowmass Village, CO 81615

Limited space. Registration required. Breakfast and Lunch will be provided. Registration is free of charge, but required prior to the event (to register).

Workshop Agenda

7:30 a.m.  Registration and Breakfast Buffet
8:30 a.m.  Sessions
10:00 a.m.  Break
10:30 a.m.  Sessions
12:00 p.m.  Lunch
1:30 p.m.  Hands-on Solids Workshop Sessions: Solids MAS probe technology, Solids MAS spinning technology, VnmrJ™ for Solids

Tom Benzel, Varian Inc.

Magnetic Resonance Gordon Research Conference (April 27/09)

Canadian Solid-State NMR research is front and center at the upcoming Gordon Research Conference at the University of New England, in Biddeford, Maine. Two key lectures in the “NMR of Materials” session are to be given by Rod Wasylishen (University of Alberta) and Joe Zwanziger (Dalhousie University).

Magnetic Resonance Gordon Research Conference
June 14-19, 2009, Biddeford, ME
Registration deadline May 24, 2009

the 900 NMR Facility Celebrates 50th Publication ! (April 25/09)

Another milestone has been reached with the publication of the 50th peer-reviewed paper featuring results obtained on the Facility's 900 MHz NMR instrument. The paper just accepted by the Journal of Physical Chemistry deals with 47/49-Ti NMR in layered titanium phosphates. Titanium NMR is notoriously difficult in solid state, yet using the Facility's unique resources this challenging task has been successfully tackled by a team of researchers from the University of Western Ontario and the University of Ottawa.

Jianfeng Zhu, Nick Trefiak, Tom Woo, Yining Huang, "A 47/49Ti Solid-State NMR Study of Layered Titanium Phosphates at Ultrahigh Magnetic Field," Journal of Physical Chemistry C 113 (2009) 10029–10037. http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/jp901235w

Kudos to them and to all our users who continue to impress the international NMR community with the high level of solid-state NMR research in Canada.

See other research publications enabled by the 900 NMR Facility here.

NSERC 2009 Grants Competition Results (April 15/09)

Our sincere congratulations to all the winners of the 2009 NSERC competitions in the Discovery Grants Program (DG), Research Tools and Instruments Grants (RTI), the Major Resources Support Program (MRS) and Scholarship programs.

A team of six researchers from l'Université Laval, including Michèle Auger, Freddy Kleitz, Jean-François Morin, Thierry Ollevier, Jean-François Paquin and Anna Ritcey, have received $132,922 in NSERC RTI funding for a triple resonance 4 mm CP/MAS 19F/1H/X probehead and accessories for solid-state NMR spectrometer.

David Bryce (University of Ottawa) received NSERC RTI funding for laboratory equipment (glovebox).

Becky Chapman (University of Ottawa) has been awarded a NSERC Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship. She joins Cory Widdifield as the second member of Dave Bryce's group to receive this prestigious scholarship.

The National Ultrahigh-Field NMR Facility for Solids has received NSERC MRS funding for the next five years.

Share your success with the Canadian NMR community (E-mail).

Special Issue of Solid State Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (April 7/09)

Michael Hunger has edited a special "Solid State NMR in Catalysis" issue of Solid State Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (vol. 35, issue 2). Among authors are many renown personae in the field including Yining Huang (University of Western Ontario), who is reporting their recent research in studying formation of molecular sieves.

Z. Yan, B. Chen, Y. Huang, "A solid-state NMR study of the formation of molecular sieve SAPO-34," Solid State Nuclear Magnetic Resonance 35 (2009) 49-60. (invited publication, special issue "Solid State NMR in Catalysis") http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ssnmr.2008.12.006

Review in Annual Reports on NMR Spectroscopy (April 1/09)

Annual Reports

The latest issue of Annual Reports on NMR Spectroscopy is dedicated to various aspects of NMR in molecular biology. The first Chapter in this six-chapter volume is written by a team from the University of Calgary reviewing modern solution and solid-state NMR experiments to characterize antimicrobial peptides and mechanisms of their action.

Evan F. Haney and Hans J. Vogel, "NMR of Antimicrobial Peptides," Annual Reports on NMR Spectroscopy 65 (2009) 1-51. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0066-4103(08)00201-9

5th Annual McGill Biophysical Chemistry Symposium (April 15/09)

Dear Researchers,

The registration deadline for the 5th Annual McGill Biophysical Chemistry Symposium has been extended from April 17th to April 24th. This symposium will take place on Tuesday May 5th with Prof. Taekjip Ha from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign as the plenary speaker. Researchers from McGill, Concordia, Laval, U Montreal, U Ottawa, U Sherbrooke, and the National Research Council in Ottawa will present talks. The all-day event will feature a poster session for students as well as a complimentary lunch and refreshments. (PDF poster, 350 kB)

Registration is FREE OF CHARGE but please do register soon, as space is limited. Please email your name, your contact information, and your poster abstract to "biophys.chem at mcgill.ca". All inquiries can also be sent to this address. Hope to see you all there.

Best Regards,

Tony Mittermaier

Anthony Mittermaier (Chemistry, Chemical Biology)


New structure of gas hydrate: paper in PNAS (March 31/09)

Xe hydrateA research team from the Steacie Institute for Molecular Sciences (NRC Canada) and their colleagues from Oak Ridge, Stony-Brook, and Argonne, are reporting synthesis and characterization of a new structure of gas hydrate, previously known only hypothetically. Static and magic angle spinning 129Xe NMR was instrumental in this research, and had provided strong confirmation of the structural analysis.

L. Yang, C.A. Tulk, D.D. Klug, I.L. Moudrakovski, C.I. Ratcliffe, J.A. Ripmeester, B.C. Chakoumakos, L. Ehm, C.D. Martin, and J.B. Parise, "Synthesis and characterization of a new structure of gas hydrate," Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 106 (2009) 6060-6064. http://dx.doi.org/10.1073/pnas.0809342106

Recognition: David Bryce (March 24/09)

David Bryce David Bryce (University of Ottawa) has been promoted with tenure to the rank of Associate Professor. Join us in congratulating Dave with this well deserved promotion!

Government of Canada Provides Support to Canada Research Chair at the University of New Brunswick (March 19/09)

Bruce BalcomFREDERICTON, New Brunswick, March 19, 2009 — The Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology), today offered his congratulations to the Canada Research Chair at the University of New Brunswick, whose position was recently renewed.

Bruce Balcom is the renewed Canada Research Chair in Materials Science Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). Dr. Balcom's research involves the application of new methods of MRI to a broad array of problems in materials science. This research will help develop and improve a new materials research capability in Canada and facilitate the introduction and development of new processes and products.

“Dr. Balcom, one of Canada's leading scientists and engineers, will generate the knowledge we need to solve tough problems,” said Minister of State Goodyear. “That is why we are pleased to announce the renewal of Dr. Balcom's Canada Research Chair in Materials Science MRI here at the University of New Brunswick.”

As Director of the University of New Brunswick's MRI (UNB MRI) Centre, Dr. Balcom and his team have invented a family of new MRI methods. The successful application of the centre's new MRI techniques, with allied hardware and software innovations, has opened new vistas in material science research. Detecting how water and oil move through rock and concrete is one of the many practical applications of Dr. Balcom's work, which is already being used by the oil and gas industry.

The UNB MRI Centre is the only material science MRI laboratory in Canada and the only university-based laboratory of its type in North America. The birthplace of the Single-Point Ramped Imaging with T1 Enhancement (SPRITE) technique, it is considered the leading laboratory worldwide in many aspects of material science MRI.

On February 23, 2009, the Government of Canada announced an investment of $120.4 million to fund 134 new or renewed Canada Research Chairs in 37 Canadian universities. The research chairs will conduct research in variety of fields of direct interest to Canadians. This investment also includes $6.6 million for the Canada Foundation for Innovation to support research infrastructure.

Read the full press release by the Government of Canada

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Review in Biophysical Journal (March 16/09)

Lewis Kay and colleagues from the University of Toronto have published an article in Biophysical Journal reviewing recently developed NMR relaxation dispersion technique and its applications to protein folding research.

P. Neudecker, P. Lundström, L.E. Kay, "Relaxation Dispersion NMR Spectroscopy as a Tool for Detailed Studies of Protein Folding," Biophysical Journal 96 (2009) 2045-2054. (review)

NMR paper in Science Signaling (March 7/09)

A research team from the Ontario Cancer Institute and the University of Toronto has developed a real-time, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR)–based assay to monitor the intrinsic GTPase activity of the small guanosine triphosphatase (GTPase) Rheb. This method can now be used to gain further understanding of the mechanisms of action of other GTPases and their GAP partners.

C.B. Marshall, J. Ho, C. Buerger, M.J. Plevin, Guang-Yao Li, Z. Li, M. Ikura, and V. Stambolic, "Characterization of the Intrinsic and TSC2-GAP–Regulated GTPase Activity of Rheb by Real-Time NMR," Science Signaling 2 (#55) (2009) ra3. http://dx.doi.org/10.1126/scisignal.2000029

Abstract: http://stke.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/abstract/sigtrans;2/55/ra3

Editor's summary:

Science Signaling is a weekly AAAS journal as well as an online resource and information management tool that enables experts and novices in cell signaling to find, organize, and utilize information relevant to processes of cellular regulation. As of September 2008, Science Signaling is adding original research articles to the weekly journal. Science Signaling publishes research that represents a major advance in cell signaling, including key research papers in the rapidly expanding areas of signaling networks, systems biology, synthetic biology, computation and modeling of regulatory pathways, and drug discovery.

More about Science Signaling:

New Biomolecular NMR Facility in the Maritimes (March 2/09)

NRC-IMBA new Biomolecular Magnetic Resonance Facility at the National Research Council Institute for Marine Biosciences (NRC-IMB) (Halifax, N.S.) is now officially open. The opening ceremony on February 19 was officiated by Dr. Martha Crago, Vice-President, Research, Dalhousie University; the Honourable Gerald Keddy, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Trade; and Dr. Roman Szumski, Vice-President, Life Sciences, NRC.

Read the news release by NRC Canada

This facility has been established in partnership between NRC Canada, Dalhousie University, and the Federal Government to support health-care research in the Atlantic region. It houses a new 700 MHz Bruker Avance III NMR spectrometer equipped with the world's first 1.7 mm (40 uL) cryoprobe for fields > 600 MHz.

Find more about the Biomolecular Magnetic Resonance Facility at NRC-IMB in the Winter 2009 issue of the "Canadian NMR Research" news bulletin.


Canada Research Chairs in magnetic resonance (Feb 23/09)

Government of Canada has announced today an investment of $120.4 million to fund 134 new or renewed Canada Research Chairs in 37 Canadian universities. This includes renewal of two Tier 1 Chairs involved in magnetic resonance research.

Raymond Laflamme (University of Waterloo) Canada Research Chair Tier 1 in Quantum Information

Bruce Balcom (University of New Brunswick) Canada Research Chair Tier 1 in Materials Science and MRI. Bruce has also been awarded a complementary CFI funding under the Leaders Opportunity Fund.

Our sincere congratulations to Raymond, Bruce and their colleagues with this well-deserved recognition.


CBC reports on Quantum Computing at Waterloo (Feb 23/09)

Read a feature report by CBC on quantum computing research at the University of Waterloo's Institute for Quantum Computing:


C&EN News of the week: Nucleotide self-assembly (Feb 16/09)5'-GMP

Recent JACS Communication by Gang Wu and Irene Kwan (Wu's group, Queen's University) is highlighted as News of the week in Chemical & Engineering News as an important contribution to our understanding of self-assembly of nucleotide monomers. In their research Gang and Irene have used a variety of liquid-state NMR techniques and computations to characterize guanosine 5'-monophosphate (5'-GMP) solutions in the presence of sodium cations. The authors have observed spontaneous formation of well-defined right-handed helical 5'-GMP structures, the finding which may have potential implications for prebiotic chemistry theories.

Read the news story in C&EN (picture credit)
Issue February 16, 2009, p.10, News of the week:

G. Wu and I. Kwan, "The helical structure of disodium guanosine 5’-monophosphate self-assembly in neutral solution," Journal of the American Chemical Society 131 (2009) 3180–3182. http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/ja809258y

NRC-PBI celebrates the 25th anniversary (Feb 15/09)

NRC-PBIOur colleagues at the NRC Plant Biotechnology Institute in Saskatoon are celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Institute. It has also been 60 years since the National Research Council Canada first established the NRC Prairie Regional Laboratory, which in 1983 was officially transformed into NRC-PBI. NRC-PBI is recognized worldwide for its research in agricultural biotechnology that utilizes plants to produce bioproducts, healthy foods and supplements for the benefit of environmental and human health. PBI is a major research centre for plant biosciences in Canada, with expertise in genomics, metabolic pathways, gene expression, genetic transformation, structural biology and natural product chemistry. Read the press release by NRC Canada

NMR spectroscopy plays a prominent role in many fundamental and applied research projects undertaken by PBI researchers and their collaborators. PBI currently houses two recently upgraded NMR instruments: a 500 MHz Bruker Avance system for multinuclear high-resolution studies equipped with a CryoProbe, and a 360 MHz Avance wide-bore system for work in solids, including magic-angle spinning (MAS) and microimaging.

NMR personalities at PBI:

Sue Abrams has been recently appointed to the position of PBI's Research Director. Sue uses NMR spectroscopy in plant metabolic pathway studies.

Michèle Loewen employs high-resolution NMR along with a wide range of other techniques to learn about molecular mechanisms of membrane protein actions.

Shelley Forgeron has recently joined NRC-PBI as an NMR Facility Manager.

"Canadian NMR Research" News Bulletin (Feb 2/09)

Winter 2009 " .. August 2008 saw the retirement of our longtime NMR manager Mike Fuerth, who had been in charge of NMR spectrometers and other various instruments since 1972. Mike stayed on to overlap with our new NMR manager, Matt Revington, and help him get settled in..."

Read the full Guest Editorial by Robert Schurko in the Winter 2009 Issue of the "Canadian NMR Research" news bulletin.


8th Chemical Biophysics Symposium (Feb 2/09)

The Chemical Biophysics Symposium is a student organized conference now in its eight year of providing an informal venue for discussions of topics bridging the physical and biological sciences. Past Symposia have been marked by a strong multi-disciplinary turnout including biologists, chemists, physicists, mathematicians, and other more exotic species; lively (but good-natured!) debates during panel discussions and question periods; a lavish Saturday evening banquet; and stellar lineups of prominent invited speakers. We hope to continue this tradition this coming Spring (University
of Toronto, April 24-26, 2009
), and we encourage all interested faculty, postdocs, and students to attend.

Our keynote speakers are

Terry Allen (University of Alberta)
Harold Craighead, (Cornell University)
Roy Duncan (Dalhousie University)
Michael Ellison (University of Alberta)
Gerhard Hummer (National Institute of Health)
Lewis Kay (University of Toronto)
Igor Medintz (U.S. Naval Research Laboratory)

The registration/ abstract submission is now open. Abstract submission deadline is March 24, 2009.

Please visit our website at http://www.chembiophys.ca

Pre-ENC events (March 15/09)

Those attending the 50th ENC Conference in Asilomar, remember to register and attend two traditional pre-ENC NMR meetings:

Varian Users' Meeting before the 50th ENC
March 27-28, 2009, Crowne Plaza Cabana Hotel, Palo Alto, CA

Bruker Pre-ENC NMR Workshops and Breakfast Symposium
March 28-29, 2009, Monterey Plaza Hotel, Monterey, CA

This year ENC celebrates its Golden Anniversary, and the organizing committee is planning a number of special events, including a gala banquet at the Monterey Aquarium and other anniversary-related activities, to make this meeting memorable and enjoyable by all participants.

50th ENC
March 29 - April 3, 2009, Asilomar, Pacific Grove, California


Vaughan Lecturer Nominations (Feb 9/09)

Call for nominations:

Nominations for the 2010 Vaughan Lecturer are solicited from the solid-state NMR community. Submissions should describe the nominee's scientific accomplishments and contributions in the field of solid-state NMR. Nominations must be submitted as single Word or Acrobat PDF files, with a 500 word maximum, plus a maximum of 5 references to publications or patents. No secondary letters are needed, but nominations should be co-signed by multiple members of the solid-state NMR community. Nominations must be emailed before March 31, 2009 to

vaughanaward "at" ssnmr.org

The 2010 Vaughan lecturer selection committee is comprised of the five most recent Vaughan lecturers: Jeff Reimer (Berkeley, Chair), Robin K. Harris, Lucio Frydman, Malcolm H. Levitt, Robert Tycko, Clare Grey.

Nominations for the Vaughan Lecturer are solicited from the solid-state NMR community by the Selection Committee, and the awardee is chosen from these nominations by the Selection Committee. The winner is notified prior to the meeting and announced to the community during the last session of the RMC SSNMR symposium.

51st Annual Rocky Mountain Conference on Analytical Chemistry
July 19-23, 2009, the Snowmass Conference Center and Silvertree Hotel in Snowmass, Colorado


Travelling-wave nuclear magnetic resonance (Feb 19/09)

In today's paper in Nature a research team from Switzerland reports novel approach of performing NMR and MRI experiments via travelling radio-frequency waves sent and received by an antenna instead of traditional RF coils.

Nature editorial: http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/457971a

D.O. Brunner, N. De Zanche, J. Fröhlich, J. Paska & K.P. Pruessmann, "Travelling-wave nuclear magnetic resonance," Nature 457 (2009) 994-998. http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nature07752

New NMR instrument at uOttawa (Jan 27/09)

Last week our colleagues from the University of Ottawa took delivery of a Bruker AVANCE III 400 NMR spectrometer for solids (photos), to complement the Bruker AVANCE III 200 NMR spectrometer installed there in September 2008. This major hardware acquisition has been made possible thanks to the CFI Leaders Opportunity Fund award to Prof. David Bryce (Chemistry). Dave is excited to explore new opportunities afford by a double-resonance double-rotation (DOR) probe for the 400 MHz instrument!

In total there are now seven NMR instruments at the uOttawa campus (8, including the Bruker AVANCE II 900 at the National NMR Facility for Solids), to keep Glenn and Cheryl very busy for a long time to come.

web (NMR Facility): http://www.science.uottawa.ca/nmr/

Scott Kroeker receives provincial funding (Jan 25/09)

Scott Kroeker is among several other researchers from the University of Manitoba to share more than $2.3 million in funding from the Manitoba Government. The funding is provided through the Manitoba Research and Innovation Fund to support research projects related to health, environment and advanced technologies.

Read the press release by the University of Manitoba: http://myuminfo.umanitoba.ca/

web: Scott Kroeker (Department of Chemistry)

Lakeland College invests in NMR equipment (Jan 15/09)

Lakeland College (Lloydminster, Alberta) has purchased an NMR spectrometer among other modern laboratory equipment for its university studies program. The NMR spectrometer will be used to advance learning and training opportunities for first and second-year students taking organic chemistry.

Read the press release by Lakeland College: http://www.lakelandcollege.ca/news/news01090901.aspx

Russell Varian Prize 2009 : call for nominations (Jan 19/09)

The Russell Varian prize honors the memory of the pioneer behind the first commercial Nuclear Magnetic Resonance spectrometers and co-founder of Varian Associates. The prize is awarded to a researcher based on a single innovative contribution (a single paper, patent, lecture, or piece of hardware) that has proven of high and broad impact on state-of-the-art NMR technology. The prize aims to award the initial contribution that laid the ground for the specific technology of great importance in state-of-the-art NMR. It is sponsored by Varian Inc. and carries a monetary award of 15,000 Euro. The award ceremony will take place at EUROMAR 2009 in Göteborg, Sweden, July 5-9, 2009. The deadline for nominations is February 15, 2009.

For nomination guidelines see: http://www.euromar2009.com/prize.html

Raymond Andrew Prize 2009 : call for nominations (Jan 15/09)

The Raymond Andrew Prize is awarded by the AMPERE Bureau in memory of Professor Dr. Raymond Andrew and to honour his pioneering work in the field of magnetic resonance. The prize is awarded to young scientists for an outstanding PhD thesis in magnetic resonance.

For 2009 the AMPERE Prize Committee is seeking your help in searching for qualified candidates who completed their dissertation during the period of
2007/2008. The prize will be presented during the EUROMAR 2009 in Göteborg (Sweden) from 5th to 9th of July 2009.
You are kindly invited to submit nominations by e-mail to

andrewprice "at" nmr.phys.chem.ethz.ch

Suggestions must be received by 15th February 2009 and should include
the following documents:

• Nomination letter
• Curriculum vitae
• List of publications and presentations at conferences
• PhD thesis in PDF

The thesis should be written in English. In exceptional cases, the thesis may also be submitted in triplicate as a hardcopy to the AMPERE Secretariat. Submissions that arrive too late will automatically be transferred to the next year. The prize committee will reconsider excellent contributions for two years in a row.

For a list of past Andrew Prize winners see:

For nomination guidelines see: http://www.euromar2009.com/prize.htm

Solid-State NMR in 2005-2008 (Jan 9/09)

From early 2005 to March, 2008 there were published more than 3000 research papers employing solid-state NMR. To review all these publications in one place would be a formidable and unmanageable task. Cecil Dybowski and Shi Bai from the University of Delaware decided to highlight only some of these papers in their recent review in Analytical Chemistry. Admittedly limited in their choices, the authors discuss six main areas of development of solid-state NMR in the last three years, including

- Methodology and Technical Developments
- Materials and Nanotechnology
- Pharmaceutical Chemistry
- Catalysis and Surfaces
- Quadrupolar Nuclei
- Biomolecules

This review gives the reader a glimpse into the vast field of modern solid-state NMR spectroscopy. It also lists some of the most recent solid-state NMR reviews for each topic you may have missed.

C. Dybowski and S. Bai, "Solid-State NMR Spectroscopy," Analytical Chemistry 80 (2008) 4295–4300. http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/ac800573y