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2011 Canadian NMR News - Archive


Encyclopedia of Magnetic ResonanceEncyclopedia of Magnetic Resonance: new entries (Dec 16/11)

J.W. Zwanziger, "Computing Electric Field Gradient Tensors", Encyclopedia of Magnetic Resonance, Wiley (2011). http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/9780470034590.emrstm1208

D.L. Bryce and R.E. Wasylishen, "Quadrupolar Nuclei in Solids: Influence of Different Interactions on Spectra", Encyclopedia of Magnetic Resonance, Wiley (2011). http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/9780470034590.emrstm1197

G. Wu, "Alkali Metal NMR of Biological Molecules", Encyclopedia of Magnetic Resonance, Wiley (2011). http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/9780470034590.emrstm1210

T.T. Nakashima and R.E. Wasylishen, "Sensitivity and Resolution Enhancement of Half-integer Quadrupolar Nuclei in Solid-state NMR", Encyclopedia of Magnetic Resonance, Wiley (2011). http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/9780470034590.emrstm1200

L.A. O'Dell and C.I. Ratcliffe, "Quadrupolar NMR to Investigate Dynamics in Solid Materials", Encyclopedia of Magnetic Resonance, Wiley (2011). http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/9780470034590.emrstm1209

R.W. Schurko, "Acquisition of Wideline Solid-State NMR Spectra of Quadrupolar Nuclei", Encyclopedia of Magnetic Resonance, Wiley (2011). http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/9780470034590.emrstm1199

O.B. Lapina and V.V. Terskikh, "Quadrupolar Metal NMR of Oxide Materials Including Catalysts", Encyclopedia of Magnetic Resonance, Wiley (2011). http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/9780470034590.emrstm1224

F. Blanc, L. Spencer and G.R. Goward, "Quadrupolar NMR of Ionic Conductors, Batteries, and Other Energy-related Materials", Encyclopedia of Magnetic Resonance, Wiley (2011). http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/9780470034590.emrstm1215

S. Kroeker, "Nuclear Waste Glasses: Insights from Solid-State NMR", Encyclopedia of Magnetic Resonance, Wiley (2011). http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/9780470034590.emrstm1223

A. O'Sullivan, D. Avizonis, J.B. German and C.M. Slupsky, "Software Tools for NMR Metabolomics", Encyclopedia of Magnetic Resonance, Wiley (2011). http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/9780470034590.emrstm1232

N. De Zanche, "Birdcage Volume Coil Design", Encyclopedia of Magnetic Resonance, Wiley (2011). http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/9780470034590.emrstm1288

D.I. Hoult, "Receiver Design for MR", Encyclopedia of Magnetic Resonance, Wiley (2011). http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/9780470034590.emrstm1137


Albert W. Overhauser (1925-2011) (Dec 14/11)

Albert W. Overhauser, an American physicist best known for his theory of dynamic nuclear polarization, passed away December 10, 2011, at age 86.

Biography from the Purdue Department of Physics


Encyclopedia of Inorganic and Bioinorganic Chemistry (Dec 12/11)

Encyclopedia of Inorganic and Bioinorganic Chemistry

A selection of NMR papers by Canadian researchers from the Encyclopedia of Inorganic and Bioinorganic Chemistry (EIBC), a new 10,000+ page reference tool in the area of inorganic and bioinorganic chemistry.

http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/9781119951438

Please let us know if we have missed/overlooked your chapter! E-mail

S.M. Gagné, "Troponin C," Encyclopedia of Inorganic and Bioinorganic Chemistry, Wiley (2011).
http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/9781119951438.eibc0505

K.L. Yap and M. Ikura, "Calmodulin," Encyclopedia of Inorganic and Bioinorganic Chemistry, Wiley (2011).
http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/9781119951438.eibc0504

T. Moldoveanu, Q. Liu, D.R. Green and K. Gehring, "BAK," Encyclopedia of Inorganic and Bioinorganic Chemistry, Wiley (2011).
http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/9781119951438.eibc0662

K.D. Krewulak, W. Köster and H.J. Vogel, "Siderophore-Binding Periplasmatic Protein FhuD and Related Periplasmic Binding Proteins Involved in Bacterial Iron Uptake," Encyclopedia of Inorganic and Bioinorganic Chemistry, Wiley (2011).
http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/9781119951438.eibc0670

D.B. Leznoff, G. Mund, "Paramagnetic Organometallic Complexes," Encyclopedia of Inorganic and Bioinorganic Chemistry, Wiley (2011).
http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/9781119951438.eibc0166

G.S. McGrady, J.W. Steed, "Hypervalent Compounds," Encyclopedia of Inorganic and Bioinorganic Chemistry, Wiley (2011).
http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/9781119951438.eibc0089

S.I. Gorelsky, "Abinitio and Semiempirical Methods," Encyclopedia of Inorganic and Bioinorganic Chemistry, Wiley (2011).
http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/9781119951438.eibc0377


Special issue of the Journal of Magnetic Resonance (Dec 10/11)

Journal of Magnetic Resonance

Volume 213, Issue 2, Pages 213-574 (December 2011)

Magnetic Moments, Groundbreaking papers from the pages of the Journal of Magnetic Resonance - and recollections from the scientists behind them.

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/10907807/213/2

To celebrate the 2011 International Year of Chemistry JMR has assembled a collection of reprints of some of the most significant papers published in the journal since its inception over 40 years ago. These reprints are accompanied by video/audio commentaries by their authors giving a rare "behind the scene" glimpse into magnetic resonance research.

These videos are also available on YouTube
http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1D790E241B661706


Cover article in the Journal of the American Chemical Society (Dec 7/11)

High-Resolution 39K NMR Spectroscopy of Bio-organic Solids


Gang Wu, Zhehong Gan, Irene C. M. Kwan, James C. Fettinger, and Jeffery T. Davis,
"High Resolution 39K NMR Spectroscopy of Bio-organic Solids," J. Am. Chem. Soc. 133 (2011) 19570–19573. (cover article) http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/ja2052446

 

"Canadian NMR Research" News Bulletin (Nov 16/11)

Fall 2011


Fellow MR-enthusiasts,

the Fall 2011 issue of the "Canadian NMR Research" bulletin is now available for download. In this issue Kalle Gehring (McGill) introduces a new CREATE training program in Bionanomachines. There are also many interesting recent research and hardware developments and awards, and as usual plentiful of MR publications!

You are welcome to forward this bulletin to your students and co-workers.



Recognition: Lewis Kay (Nov 17/11)

JBNMR

Special issue of the Journal of Biomolecular NMR on the occasion of Prof. Lewis E. Kay’s 50th birthday, volume 51, numbers 1-2, September 2011.

Kevin H. Gardner, Anthony Mittermaier and Frans A.A. Mulder, "A tribute to Lewis E. Kay on his 50th birthday" Journal of Biomolecular NMR 51 (2011) 3-4. (Editorial) http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10858-011-9561-x

A fitting collection of 18 research publications by colleagues, friends and former students of Lewis Kay to celebrate his many pioneering contributions to the field of biomolecular NMR spectroscopy.


The Passing of a Scientific Giant: Norman F. Ramsey (1915-2011) (Nov 8/11)

National Geographic: "On November 4, 2011, one of the titans of 20th century science passed away in Wayland, Massachusetts. His life and career had spanned most of the 20th century. The technologies that sprung from his work touched the lives of billions living today. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) a mainstay of medical diagnostics technology and the Atomic Clock making possible Global Positioning System (GPS) are among the technologies derived from the experimental techniques he developed."

Read the full obituary by National Geographic (external link).


CREATE program in Bionanomachines (Nov 2/11)

Graduate and Undergraduate Research Opportunities in Bionanotechnology

The new NSERC-sponsored CREATE Training Program in Bionanomachines (CTPB) offers summer research stipends to undergraduates and 2-year stipends to graduate students in 22 laboratories in Montreal, Québec City, Calgary and Saskatoon. Bionanomachines is a young and developing field at the intersection of structural biology, supramolecular chemistry and biophysics that seeks to understand how biological machines function at the molecular level, and to harness their power for applications in health, chemistry and physics. For more information visit http://bionano.ca/en or contact the CTPB Coordinator at (bionano.med "at" mcgill.ca).


Review in Nature Methods (Nov 1/11)

J.R. Bothe, E.N. Nikolova, C.D. Eichhorn, J. Chugh, A.L. Hansen and H.M. Al-Hashimi, "Characterizing RNA dynamics at atomic resolution using solution-state NMR spectroscopy," Nature Methods 8 (2011) 919–931. (Review) http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nmeth.1735


Russell Varian Prize 2012 - Call for nominations (Nov 1/11)

The Russell Varian Lecture and Prize

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 reward the initial contribution that laid the ground for the specific technology of great importance in state-of-the-art NMR. It is sponsored by Agilent Technologies and carries a monetary award of 15,000 Euro. The award ceremony will take place at the XXVth ICMRBS in Lyon, August 19-24, 2012, with the winner delivering the Russell Varian Lecture.

Rules for the Russell Varian Prize
- Only single pieces of work are considered (a paper, a lecture, a patent, etc).
- In case of multiple authorship, the prize is awarded to the author with the largest creative and innovative share of the contribution. Only in exceptional cases of truly equal shares can the prize be split between two authors of the same contribution.
- No individual can receive the prize more than once.
- Prize winners become members of the Advisory Board for the Russell Varian Prize that evaluates future nominations and makes recommendations to the Prize Committee.

Call for Nominations
Nominations must be forwarded by email to the Secretary of the Prize Committee, Gareth A. Morris. The deadline for nominations is February 13, 2012. Nominations should be laid out in the format of a publishable laudatio proposal that in the case of multiple authorship must include an outline of why the nominee is the most innovative author behind the paper. Attention is further drawn to the fact that the Russell Varian prize rewards the earliest seed paper of an important technology rather than later more comprehensive and highly quoted papers.

Prize Committee
Muriel Delepierre (ICMRBS 2012 representative), Jean Jeener (Chairman), Eriks Kupce, Gareth A. Morris (Secretary), Alex Pines, and Ole W. Sørensen

Advisory Board for the Russell Varian Prize
Erwin Hahn, Nicolaas Bloembergen, John S. Waugh, Alfred G. Redfield, Albert W. Overhauser, Martin Karplus

Prof. Gareth A Morris
School of Chemistry, University of Manchester
Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL, UK
Tel (0) 161 275 4665
g.a.morris "at" manchester.ac.uk


myPulse (Nov 1/11)

Dr. Eric Ye (900 NMR Facility/University of Ottawa) has written an applet myPulse (beta version) to calculate the new 90 pulse length, power level and r.f. frequency based on known initial pulse parameters (us, dB) assuming the linear amplifier response. The applet is written in Python and works in the Bruker’s TopSpin environment.

myPulse

The purpose of this applet is similar to the popular Bruker’s pulse program, however the initial parameter input is manual, i.e. does not automatically use p1 (us) and pl1 (dB) values from the currently open dataset. Please enquire if you would like to test this applet and to provide your comments and suggestions. Email: Victor.Terskikh@nrc-cnrc.gc.ca


CSC 2012 Call for Papers Now Open (Dec 2/11)

The 95th Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition (CSC2012) will be held in Calgary, Alberta, May 25-30, 2012. This is Canada's largest annual conference devoted to the science and practice of chemistry. This year's conference theme is Energizing Chemistry.

The Call for Papers opened today December 1, 2011 and will close February 15, 2012. Submit your abstract through Hermes Conference Centre via the CSC2012 website. Details are available at http://www.csc2012.ca/2_program/submit_abstract.html

The conference plenary lecturer is Prof. Paul Alivisatos, Director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory at UC Berkeley. You can view the wide range of symposia representing the "Energizing Chemistry" theme on the CSC2012 website at http://www.csc2012.ca

[VT: for NMR folks, Division of Physical, Theoretical and Computational Chemistry, "Solid-State NMR" Symposium, Organizer: R. Wasylishen, University of Alberta]

We encourage you to forward this notice to your network of colleagues nationally and internationally, to submit your abstracts and to join us in Calgary next May.

Warren Piers, Conference Chair Treasurer
Thomas Baumgartner, Scientific Program Chair


New NMR book (Oct 29/11)

NMR Spectroscopy of Polymers


NMR Spectroscopy of Polymers: Innovative Strategies for Complex Macromolecules
ACS Symposium Series, Volume 1077

Editors: H.N. Cheng, T. Asakura, A.D. English
Publisher: ACS, October 2011
Language: English
ISBN: 978-0841226678
http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/bk-2011-1077

This ACS Symposium Series book includes papers presented at the Symposium "NMR Spectroscopy of Polymers - Innovative NMR Strategies for Complex Macromolecular Systems" which was part of Pacifichem 2010, the 2010 International Chemical Congress of Pacific Basin Societies in Honolulu, Hawaii, December 15-20, 2010. Among over 30 contributions on the state-of-the-art NMR spectroscopy in polymers and related systems there are two chapters by Canadian NMR research groups.

P.M. Macdonald, "Diffusion NMR of Polymers in Bicelles," Chapter 14, NMR Spectroscopy of Polymers: Innovative Strategies for Complex Macromolecules, Eds. H.N. Cheng, T. Asakura, A.D. English, ACS (2011) pp. 221-250. http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/bk-2011-1077.ch014

H. Thérien-Aubin, Y.J. Wang, and X.X. Zhu, "NMR Imaging and Its Application in the Study of Pharmaceutical Tablets," Chapter 27, NMR Spectroscopy of Polymers: Innovative Strategies for Complex Macromolecules, Eds. H.N. Cheng, T. Asakura, A.D. English, ACS (2011) pp. 441-457. http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/bk-2011-1077.ch027


MetaboHunter (Oct 14/11)

D. Tulpan, S. Léger, L. Belliveau, A. Culf, M. Cuperlovic-Culf,
"MetaboHunter: an automatic approach for identification of metabolites from 1H-NMR spectra of complex mixtures," BMC Bioinformatics 12 (2011) accepted. (open access)
http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2105/12/400/abstract

Background One-dimensional 1H-NMR spectroscopy is widely used for high-throughput characterization of metabolites in complex biological mixtures. However, the accurate identification of individual compounds is still a challenging task, particularly in spectral regions with higher peak densities. The need for automatic tools to facilitate and further improve the accuracy of such tasks, while using increasingly larger reference spectral libraries becomes a priority of current metabolomics research.

Results We introduce a web server application, called MetaboHunter, which can be used for automatic assignment of 1H-NMR spectra of metabolites. MetaboHunter provides methods for automatic metabolite identification based on spectra or peak lists with three different search methods and with possibility for peak drift in a user defined spectral range. The assignment is performed using as reference libraries manually curated data from two major publicly available databases of NMR metabolite standard measurements (HMDB and MMCD). Tests using a variety of synthetic and experimental spectra of single and multi metabolite mixtures show that MetaboHunter is able to identify, in average, more than 80% of detectable metabolites from spectra of synthetic mixtures and more than 50% from spectra corresponding to experimental mixtures. This work also suggests that better scoring functions improve by more than 30% the performance of MetaboHunter's metabolite identification methods.

Conclusions MetaboHunter is a freely accessible, easy to use and user friendly 1H-NMR-based web server application that provides efficient data input and pre-processing, flexible parameter settings, fast and automatic metabolite fingerprinting and results visualization via intuitive plotting and compound peak hit maps. Compared to other published and freely accessible metabolomics tools, MetaboHunter implements three efficient methods to search for metabolites in manually curated data from two reference libraries.

Availability http://www.nrcbioinformatics.ca/metabohunter/


Valery Booth - Canada Research Chair in magnetic resonance renewed (Oct 12/11)

Government of Canada has announced an investment of $203.9 million to fund 253 newly awarded or renewed Canada Research Chairs at 56 Canadian universities.
This includes renewal of one Chair involved in magnetic resonance research.

Valerie Booth (Memorial University of Newfoundland) Canada Research Chair Tier 2 in Membrane Proteins. Valerie has been also awarded a complementary CFI funding under the Leaders Opportunity Fund. Congratulations!


Recognition: Brian Sykes (Oct 7/11)

Brian Sykes, a Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Biochemistry, University of Alberta, has won the 2010 University of Alberta Cup. The University Cup is among the highest honors that the University of Alberta confers on its faculty members. It is awarded in recognition of faculty members who have clearly excelled in both teaching and research. Prof. Sykes was presented with the University Cup at the 2011 Celebrate! ceremony, the university’s annual celebration of teaching, learning and research, held on September 16, 2011 (read the news story)


Canadian Journal of Chemistry, Special Issue Dedicated to Professor R.E. Wasylishen (Oct 1/11)

CJC 2011


Canadian Journal of Chemistry, Volume 89, Number 7 (2011) (part 1 of 2)
http://www.nrcresearchpress.com/toc/cjc/89/7

Canadian Journal of Chemistry, Volume 89, Number 9 (2011) (part 2 of 2)
http://www.nrcresearchpress.com/toc/cjc/89/9

David Bryce, Gang Wu, Yining Huang, "Tribute: Professor Roderick E. Wasylishen," Canadian Journal of Chemistry 89 (2011) xi-xvi. (Special Issue) http://dx.doi.org/10.1139/v11-067



Agilent Users' Meeting prior to MOOT 2011 (Oct 16/11)

On Friday, October 21st, 2011, Agilent Technologies will be holding a pre-MOOT Agilent users' meeting at the University of Toronto to celebrate the opening of the CSICOMP NMR Facility and to honour the career of Professor William Reynolds.

You are cordially invited to attend this event which will take place at 13:00-19:00, Sidney Smith Room SS2135, Department of Chemistry, University of Toronto. Please reserve your seat as places are limited by following this link.

Agilent Users' Meeting Agenda

12:30 Registration, Sidney Smith Room SS2135
13:00 Welcome, Corey Morcombe (Agilent)
13:15 What's new at Agilent, Dan Barabino (Agilent)
13:45 VnmrJ 3.2, Krish Krishnamurthy (Agilent)
14:15 19F NMR Cryogenic Probe Adventures below 50 micromolar, Scott Prosser (University of Toronto Mississauga)
14:45 The Utility of F2-Coupled-HSQC Spectra, Eugene Mazzola (University of Maryland/FDA)
15:15 From the Frozen Wilds of Northern Manitoba to the Archeological Ruins of Mexico: a 51 Year NMR Odyssey, William Reynolds (University of Toronto)
16:00 CSICOMP Lab Tour
17:00 Cocktail Reception, Davenport Atrium in Lash Miller Chemical Laboratories building

MOOT XXIV NMR program is now awailable online at http://www.mootnmr.org



Professor Robert Blinc (1933-2011) (Sept 27/11)

Professor Robert Blinc, a prominent Slovenian physicist, passed away on September 26, 2011 aged 78. Professor Blinc had been at the very beginning of NMR and EPR spectroscopy in Europe, and was one of the first to apply NMR to phase transition phenomena, liquid crystals, and condensed matter physics.

To read the obituary by the University of Ljubljana (in Slovenian):
http://www.fmf.uni-lj.si/si/obvestila/20473/


Encyclopedia of Magnetic ResonanceEncyclopedia of Magnetic Resonance: new entries (Sept 20/11)

G. Wu "Oxygen 17 NMR Studies of Organic and Biological Molecules", Encyclopedia of Magnetic Resonance (2011). http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/9780470034590.emrstm1212

D.I. Hoult "Magnetic Resonance with Conducting and High- Dielectric Samples", Encyclopedia of Magnetic Resonance (2011). http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/9780470034590.emrstm1182


Two NMR papers in Nature (Sept 12/11)

G. Bouvignies, P. Vallurupalli, D.F. Hansen, B.E. Correia, O. Lange, A. Bah, R.M. Vernon, F.W. Dahlquist, D. Baker & L.E. Kay, "Solution structure of a minor and transiently formed state of a T4 lysozyme mutant," Nature 477 (2011) 111–114. http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nature10349

T. Wu, H. Mayaffre, S. Krämer, M. Horvatic, C. Berthier, W.N. Hardy, R. Liang, D.A. Bonn and M.-H. Julien, "Magnetic-field-induced charge-stripe order in the high-temperature superconductor YBa2Cu3Oy," Nature 477 (2011) 191–194. http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nature10345


"Anarchy in the proteome" - interview with Julie Forman-Kay (Sept 1/11)

Julie Forman-Kay (Toronto) speaks about her research in disordered proteins in a podcast interview to the Chemistry World. Available for download at

Chemistry World Podcast, August 2011, "6.05-13.00 Julie Forman-Kay reveals that disordered, unfolded proteins are much more functional and much more common than previously thought"

http://www.rsc.org/chemistryworld/podcast/CWpodcast.asp

Part of this interview is also featured in the printed August 2011 issue of the Chemistry World
(subscription required): M. Gross "Anarchy in the proteome", Chemistry World, August 2011, Volume 8, No 8, p.42-45.
http://www.rsc.org/chemistryworld/Issues/2011/August/index.asp


"Canadian NMR Research" News Bulletin (Sept 1/11)

Summer 2011


Fellow MR-enthusiasts,

the Summer 2011 issue of the "Canadian NMR Research" bulletin is now available for download. In this issue Corey Morcombe writes about Magnetic Resonance developments at Agilent, a new CREATE program in Bionanomachines is announced, and our colleagues from Calgary pay respect to the late Deane McIntyre.

You are welcome to forward this bulletin to your students and co-workers.



NMR Winter School at Saclay (Oct 3/11)

Experiments and Modelling in Structural NMR

November 28 -December 2, 2011
INSTN-CEA Saclay, France (20 km South of Paris)

http://www-instn.cea.fr/-2011-Events-.html#NMR

The aim of the school is to provide basic understanding on the coupling of theoretical Modelling and Simulation methods to the Experiments in structural NMR, for biology and material science. This school will therefore cover liquid, oriented media and solid state NMR approaches.

The School is composed of Seminars in the morning and Practical Training in the afternoon involving both the theoretical and experimental aspects.

The school will cover several topics in the field of structural NMR. In the first part, following an introduction on general principles, the basic knowledge in isotropic and anisotropic media is given. The second part deals with the structural studies of biological systems and materials while the third gives an overview of a some advanced concepts including Hyper-polarization, Fast NMR and Diffusion process.

This school is a unique, covering most recent aspects of Structural NMR , in biology and material science, both experimental and computational.

Registration deadline: October 30, 2011


2012 CNC-IUPAC Travel Awards (Sept 19/11)

The Canadian National Committee for IUPAC (CNC-IUPAC) established a program of Travel Awards for young Canadian scientists. Deadline for receipt of applications for 2012 awards is 14 October 2011. For more information visit http://www.cnc-iupac.ca/application_e.html


picoSpin Benchtop NMR Spectrometer - Demonstration (Sept 8/11)

Cole-Parmer Canada will be hosting a live demonstration of the picoSpin, the world's first commercial miniature FT-NMR spectrometer. Two demonstrations are scheduled, one in Montreal on October 4th, 2011 and one in Toronto on October 5th. There is no cost to attend the event, and complimentary snacks and beverages will be served. Please contact Roberto Santana at 514-355-6100 ext. 250 or (rsantana "at" coleparmer.ca) for more information and to reserve your spot.

If there will be enough interest, an additional demonstration is possible around the same time in Ottawa, please enquire.

About the event:
http://www.coleparmer.ca/promotions/promotion_picospinDEMO2011.asp

About picoSpin:
http://www.coleparmer.ca/catalog/literature/3338.2A4_PicoSpin_Brochure.pdf

Roberto Santana
Gérant du Marketing / Marketing Manager
Cole-Parmer Canada Inc
210-5101 rue Buchan, Montréal, QC, Canada, H4P 2R9
Tél: 800-363-5900 / 514-355-6100 x 250
Téléc./Fax: 514-355-7119
rsantana "at" coleparmer.ca
http://www.coleparmer.ca


MOOT XXIV - third announcement (Sept 6/11)

Dear Colleagues,

A reminder that online registration is now open for the MOOT XXIV NMR Symposium which will be taking place October 22nd-23rd (2011) in Toronto, Ontario, hosted at the Hospital for Sick Children and the University of Toronto. Details are available on the conference website, http://www.mootnmr.org

The abstract submission deadline for this year's MOOT is 23 September, and abstracts for both oral and poster presentations can be submitted online during the registration process.

Agilent Technologies will be holding a day long symposium and mixer the day before this year's MOOT (Oct. 21). More information regarding the agenda and location for this symposium will be posted soon at http://www.spinsights.net/

We have arranged conference pricing for accomodation downtown at the Delta Chelsea hotel near the Hospital for Sick Children, as well as discounted airfares through Porter Airlines (serving Toronto Island airport). Please see the "Travel" section of http://www.mootnmr.org for more details!

OF NOTE: Porter airlines is currently having a 50% off all fares sale, on all bookings made by September 7. Use promotion code WOW50. See the Porter website for details!

If you have any questions or comments, please send a message to (mootnmr "at" gmail.com), or contact Simon Sharpe (ssharpe "at" sickkids.ca).

We look forward to seeing you in October!

Sharpe lab - Molecular Structure and Function Programme, Hospital for Sick Children / Dept. of Biochemistry, U. Toronto


Stable Isotopes for Structural Biomolecular NMR Stable Isotopes for Structural Biomolecular NMR (July 22/11)

Cambridge Isotope Laboratories (CIL) made available a series of application notes on the use of stable isotopes in Biomolecular NMR. These application notes were written by some of the world's leading researches in the field, including several Canadian scientists.

Lewis Kay (University of Toronto) "Alanine Probes of Supra-Molecular Structure and Dynamics", page 9.

Leonid S. Brown and Vladimir Ladizhansky (University of Guelph) "Pichia pastoris as a Eukaryotic Protein Isotope-Labeling System", pages 14-15.

Ying Fan, Lichi Shi, Vladimir Ladizhansky and Leonid S. Brown (University of Guelph) "Uniform Isotope Labeling of Eukaryotic Proteins in Methylotrophic Yeast for High-Resolution NMR Studies - Extension to Membrane Proteins", Application Note 26, pages 71-74.

Recent research by Gang Wu's group (Queen's University) is cited as an example of advanced 17O NMR spectroscopy in large protein-ligand complexes in solution and in the solid state, "17O NMR reagents", page 34.

These application notes are available for download as a PDF file (5.1MB) "Stable Isotopes for Structural Biomolecular NMR Catalog" at:
http://www.isotope.com/cil/literature/research_literature/index.cfm


Myrna SimpsonRecognition: Myrna Simpson (July 20/11)

Myrna Simpson (University of Toronto) has been promoted to the rank of Full Professor (Environmental Chemistry) starting July 1, 2011.

Myrna received a BSc (Chemistry & Mathematical Sciences) and a PhD (Environmental Soil Chemistry) from the University of Alberta. Myrna joined the University of Toronto in 2002 after a 2.5 year postdoctoral fellowship with Prof. Patrick Hatcher in the Department of Chemistry at the Ohio State University.

Myrna's research in environmental and analytical chemistry involves the development and application of molecular-level analytical tools to improve the fundamental understanding of soil environmental processes. In particular her group is using advanced mass spectrometry (MS) and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) methods to characterize, monitor and predict the fate of soil organic matter components in various environments. In 2010 she was awarded the SETAC/Royal Society of Chemistry Award in Environmental Science for "outstanding contributions that have advanced the understanding or development of environmental systems, technologies, methodologies or other relevant research in the environmental sciences".

In addition to teaching and research, Myrna acts as the Associate Director of the Environmental NMR Centre of the Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences, the University of Toronto.

For more information visit: http://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/~msimpson

Photo credit: University of Toronto


Review in Progress in Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (July 14/11)

progress J.L. Kitevski-LeBlanca and R.S. Prosser, "Current Applications of 19F NMR to Studies of Protein Structure and Dynamics," Progress in Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (2011) accepted. (Invited Review) http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pnmrs.2011.06.003


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


Thi
s 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).



NMR investigations of metabolomics (July 3/11)

JBNMR

Special issue of Journal of Biomolecular NMR guest edited by Brian D. Sykes (University of Alberta), volume 49, numbers 3-4, April 2011.

B.D. Sykes, Journal of Biomolecular NMR 49 (2011) 163-164. (Editorial) http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10858-011-9479-3

G.E. Duggan, B.J. Miller, F.R. Jirik, H.J. Vogel, "Metabolic profiling of vitamin C deficiency in Gulo-/- mice using proton NMR spectroscopy," Journal of Biomolecular NMR 49 (2011) 165-173. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10858-011-9485-5

P. Mercier, M.J. Lewis, D. Chang, D. Baker, D.S. Wishart, "Towards automatic metabolomic profiling of high-resolution one-dimensional proton NMR spectra," Journal of Biomolecular NMR 49 (2011) 307-323. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10858-011-9480-x


MOOT XXIV - second announcement (June 21/11)

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to announce that online registration is now open for the MOOT XXIV NMR Symposium which will be taking place October 22nd-23rd (2011) in Toronto, Ontario, hosted at the Hospital for Sick Children and the University of Toronto. Details are available on the conference website, http://www.mootnmr.org

Abstracts for both oral and poster presentations can be submitted online during the registration process.

The MOOT NMR Symposium has traditionally been a meeting bringing together NMR spectroscopists from across Ontario, Quebec, and more recently the Maritimes and the nearby United States. This trainee-oriented meeting aims to give blossoming researchers the opportunity to present their research to the close-knit Canadian NMR community. Talks and posters will be held at the Hospital for Sick Children, located in the Discovery District of downtown Toronto, and the banquet will be held at historic Hart House on the University of Toronto campus.

In addition, Agilent Technologies will be holding a day long symposium and mixer the day before this year's MOOT (Oct. 21). More information regarding the agenda and location for this symposium will be posted soon and available on http://www.spinsights.net

If you have any questions or comments, please send a message to (mootnmr "at" gmail.com), or contact Simon Sharpe (ssharpe "at" sickkids.ca).

We look forward to seeing you in October!

Sharpe lab - Molecular Structure and Function Programme, Hospital for Sick Children / Dept. of Biochemistry, U. Toronto


Encyclopedia of Magnetic ResonanceEncyclopedia 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


Review in Progress in Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (June 13/11)

progress Gang Wu and Jianfeng Zhu "NMR studies of alkali metal ions in organic and biological solids," Progress in Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (2011) accepted. (Invited Review) http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pnmrs.2011.06.002

Borate 7 (June 1/11)

The Seventh International Conference on Borate Glasses, Crystals and Melts will be held in Halifax from August 21-25, 2011. This is the first time this triennial meeting will be held in Canada, with previous locations including Japan, Italy, Bulgaria, UK and USA. The meeting will have a strong solid-state NMR component, as members of the organizing committee include Joe Zwanziger (conference chair), Randy Youngman, Sabyasachi Sen and Scott Kroeker. Invited speakers include Hellmut Eckert and Sung Keun Lee.

For more information and to register: http://www.regonline.com/borate7


Recognition: William Buyers (June 30/11)

William Buyers
(NRC Canadian Neutron Beam Centre, Chalk River Laboratories) has been appointed an officer of the Order of Canada for his contributions to condensed matter physics, particularly in the field of magnetism. Dr. Buyers is a well-known scientist in the field of condensed matter physics, whose research interests include quantum magnetism, superconductivity, excitations, novel materials, and nanoscale magnetic layers. http://www.cins.ca/people/buyers/

William J.L. Buyers and Zahra Yamani, "Quantum Magnetism and Superconductivity," Physics In Canada 5 (2006) 257-264. (A review of neutron scattering research at Chalk River Laboratories on quantum spin systems) http://arxiv.org/ftp/cond-mat/papers/0702/0702024.pdf


CSC 2011 awards: Jasmine Viger-Gravel (June 30/11)

Jasmine Viger-Gravel (Bryce lab, University of Ottawa) has won second prize in the Physical, Theoretical, and Computational Division graduate poster competition at the 94th Canadian Chemistry Conference held in Montreal in June 2011, for her poster entitled "Solid-State NMR Analysis of Halogen Bonding Involving Thiocyanates and Selenocyanates" (abstract). Congratulations Jasmine!


Cover article in Chemistry - A European Journal (June 22/11)

CEJ2011

H.N. Hunter, N. Hadei, V. Blagojevic, P. Patschinski, G.T. Achonduh, S. Avola, D.K. Bohme, M.G. Organ, "Identification of a Higher-Order Organozincate Intermediate Involved in Negishi Cross-Coupling Reactions by Mass Spectrometry and NMR Spectroscopy," Chemistry - A European Journal 17 (2011) 7845–7851. (Cover article) http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/chem.201190141



Recognition: Rod Wasylishen (updated June 21/11)

Prof. Roderick Wasylishen (University of Alberta) has been awarded the 2011 EAS Award for Outstanding Achievements in Magnetic Resonance. The Eastern Analytical Symposium (EAS) awards honour analytical chemists who have distinguished career achievements and advanced their fields by superior work in developing theory, techniques or instrumentation.

The 2011 EAS award will be presented at the 50th Eastern Analytical Symposium and Exposition, November 14-17, 2011, Somerset, New Jersey. The award session has been organized by Cecil Dybowski (Delaware) and will include talks by John Ripmeester (NRC Canada), Marek Pruski (Ames Laboratory), Karl Mueller (PNL), Robert Schurko (Windsor), Gang Wu (Queen’s), David Bryce (Ottawa), and Roderick Wasylishen (Alberta).

For more information: http://www.eas.org/

Prof. Roderick Wasylishen is spending his sabbatical (February-June 2011) in Ottawa, at NRC's Steacie Institute for Molecular Sciences and the National Ultrahigh-Field NMR Facility for Solids.
Rod Wasylishen
Photo (L-R): Luke O'Dell, Jamie Bennett, Andreas Brinkmann, Rod Wasylishen, Igor Moudrakovski, Victor Terskikh, Eric Ye.


NMR Winter School at CEA Saclay, France (May 19/11)

Experiments and Modelling in Structural NMR

November 28 - December 2, 2011
INSTN - CEA Saclay, France (20 km South of Paris)
Registration deadline: October 30, 2011

The aim of the school is to provide basic understanding on the coupling of theoretical Modelling and Simulation methods to the Experiments in structural NMR, for biology and material science. This school will therefore cover liquid, oriented media and solid state NMR approaches.

The School is composed of Seminars in the morning and Practical Training (experimental and computational sessions) in the afternoon involving both the theoretical and experimental aspects.

The school covers several topics in the field of structural NMR. In the first part, following an introduction on general principles, the basic knowledge in isotropic and anisotropic media is given. The second part deals with the structural studies of biological systems and materials while the third gives an overview of a some advanced concepts including Hyper-polarization, Fast NMR and Diffusion process.


For more information and to download the School Flyer:
http://www-instn.cea.fr/-2011-Events-.html#NMR


New EPR book (May 18/11)

Misra

Multifrequency Electron Paramagnetic Resonance: Theory and Applications

edited by Sushil K. Misra
Hardcover: 1056 pages
Publisher: Wiley-VCH; June, 2011
Language: English
ISBN: 978-3527407798
http://www.amazon.com/dp/3527407790
http://www.amazon.ca/dp/3527407790


Wiley: "Filling the gap for a systematic, authoritative, and up-to-date review of this cutting-edge technique, this book covers both low and high frequency EPR, emphasizing the importance of adopting the multifrequency approach to study paramagnetic systems in full detail by using the EPR method. In so doing, it discusses not only the underlying theory and applications, but also all recent advances -- with a final section devoted to future perspectives. (Table of contents) "

Web: Sushil K. Misra, Department of Physics, Concordia University
http://physics.concordia.ca/facultyandresearch/bios/misra.php

From the book cover
http://physics.concordia.ca/newsandannouncements/MISRA-MultifreqEPR_2010-08-06a.pdf



"Canadian NMR Research" News Bulletin (May 16/11)

Spring 2011

The Spring 2011 Issue of the "Canadian NMR Research" news bulletin featuring the Guest Editorial by James Davis and Vladimir Ladizhansky (University of Guelph) and other Canadian NMR news is now available for download.

You are welcome to share this bulletin with your colleagues and students.



6th Solid-State NMR Workshop at CSC 2011 (May 24/11)

The National Ultrahigh-Field NMR Facility for Solids and Bruker Canada are pleased to present the 6th Annual Solid-State NMR Workshop at the 94th Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition in Montreal (CSC 2011). The workshop will take place on Sunday afternoon, June 5, 2011 in the Palais des congrès de Montréal.

This annual Canadian solid-state NMR event focuses on the latest developments in solid-state NMR spectroscopy with emphasis on practical aspects and applications in materials and life sciences. The workshop will be of interest not only to NMR spectroscopists, but also to students and other researchers interested in using modern NMR techniques in their research practice.

Download the Workshop Program and Abstracts (PDF)

Workshop program

Session 1 (Palais, room 513D)
Chair Andreas Brinkmann (NRC Canada)

13:00-13:25 Stephen Hartman (Brock University) "NMR Studies of Nitrogen- and Aluminum-doped Silicon Carbide Polytypes"

13:25-13:50 Luke O'Dell (Steacie Institute for Molecular Sciences, NRC Canada) "New Possibilities for 14N Overtone NMR Spectroscopy"


13:50-14:15 Yining Huang (University of Western Ontario) "67Zn Solid-State NMR Characterization of Zn Environments in Metal-Organic Frameworks"

14:15-14:40 Frank Engelke (Bruker Germany) "A Brief Discourse on Magic Angle Spinning Technology"

14:40-15:00 Coffee Break

Session 2 (Palais, room 513D)
Chair Gang Wu (Queen's)

15:00-15:25 Alexandre Arnold (Université du Québec à Montréal) "Structure Determination of Collagen and Silk-Type Environments in the Blue Mussel Mytilus Edulis Byssal Threads"

15:25-15:50 Patrick Walsh (The Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto) "Solid-State NMR Characterization of a Soluble Prion Protein Octamer"

15:50-16:15 Karen Johnston (University of Windsor) "A 35Cl Solid-State NMR Study of Transition-Metal Organometallic Complexes Using Ultra-High Field NMR"

16:15-16:40 Robert Attrell (University of Ottawa) "Chlorine-35 and Bromine-81 Solid-State NMR Spectroscopic Study of Haloanilinium Halide Salts"

16:45 Reception sponsored by Bruker Canada


5th Annual VIVA NMR symposium (May 1/11)

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to announce that the 5th VIVA (VIctoria VAncouver) NMR Symposium is to take place at St. John's College, UBC, Friday, July 29th, 2011.

The scope of this one 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 working in any aspects of NMR are especially encouraged. Deadline for registration is July 15th, 2011.

Further details and registration info are available at http://www.chem.ubc.ca/viva/index.html

We look forward to seeing you all again.

Sincerely

Zhicheng (Paul) Xia
Department of Chemistry
University of British Columbia
2036 Main Mall
British Columbia V6T 1Z1

Tel: (604) 827 3548


Special Issue of Solid State Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (May 1/11)

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

http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/journaldescription.cws_home/622947/authorinstructions

With thanks and best regards

Clare P. Grey & Gillian R. Goward


Review in Progress in Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (April 21/11)

progress Luke A. O’Dell "Direct Detection of Nitrogen-14 in Solid-State NMR Spectroscopy," Progress in Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (2011) accepted. (Invited Review) http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pnmrs.2011.04.001

PCCP lists 25 most cited Canadian research articles (April 17/11)

Physical Chemisty Chemical Physics has announced that the Canadian Society for Chemistry (CSC) is now one of its co-owner societies. To celebrate this new partnership, PCCP has created a collection of 25 top cited articles from authors based in Canada to showcase some of the great Canadian research published in PCCP. Five articles on this list are from Canadian solid-state NMR research groups, including four papers enabled by the National Ultrahigh-Field NMR Facility for Solids.

900C.M. Widdifield and D.L. Bryce, "Crystallographic Structure Refinement with Quadrupolar Nuclei: a Combined Solid-State NMR and GIPAW DFT Example Using MgBr2," Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 11 (2009) 7120-7122. http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/b911448n
 
900D.H. Brouwer, S. Alavi and J.A. Ripmeester, "NMR Crystallography of p-tert-Butylcalix[4]arene Host-Guest Complexes Using 1H Complexation-Induced Chemical Shifts," Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 10 (2008) 3857-3860. (Cover Article) http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/b805326j
 
900L.A. O'Dell and R.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. http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/b906114b
 
S. Cadars, D.H. Brouwer and B.F. Chmelka, "Probing local structures of siliceous zeolite frameworks by solid-state NMR and first-principles calculations of 29Si–O–29Si scalar couplings," Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 11 (2009) 1825-1837. http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/b815361b
 

900M.A.M. Forgeron and R.E. Wasylishen, "Molybdenum magnetic shielding and quadrupolar tensors for a series of molybdate salts: a solid-state 95Mo NMR study," Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 10 (2008) 574-581. http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/b713276j


Solid-State DNP-NMR Spectrometer at Guelph (April 12/11)

Bruker has announced that the first commercial 395 GHz solid-state DNP-NMR spectrometer (600 MHz) will be installed at the University of Guelph (read the full press-release).


Agilent to develop 1-GHz NMR spectrometer (updated April 11/11)

Agilent is well-prepared for the upcoming 52nd ENC Conference. Along with other NMR products Agilent has announced that it is developing a 1 GHz NMR system and DNP NMR. The latter project is in collaboration with Bridge12.

Read the full press release from Agilent (external link).


Science: Special Issue on Superconductivity (April 7/11)

Science magazine celebrates the 100th anniversary of the discovery of superconductivity by Heike Kammerlingh Onnes in April 1911.

Science, 8 April 2011, volume 332, issue 6026
http://www.sciencemag.org/content/332/6026.toc#SpecialIssue


ICSG 2011: International Conference on Structural Genomics (April 6/11)

Dear Colleague,

We hope that you are planning to join us in Toronto, Canada for the International Conference on Structural Genomics 2011 which will be held on May 10-14, 2011. We have an excellent scientific program prepared which includes both oral and poster presentations (scientific program). Participants will also enjoy the fabulous view of the city of Toronto during the banquet to be held at the revolving 360 Restaurant at the top of the CN tower. An optional post-conference tour to Niagara Falls will also be available. We invite you to register on line by April 15, 2011 at 11:59 pm EST. A limited number of late poster abstracts will be accepted until April 12, 2011 at 11:59 pm EST

In addition to the main ICSG meeting, there will be a whole day of concurrent satellite workshops (May 10, 2011) that are free for ICSG 2011 registrants, including: Small Molecule Screening Workshop - This hands-on workshop will allow participants to screen a protein of their choice for binding of selected compounds, using thermal shift assays.

iSee: Interactive 3D Documents for the Dissemination of Structural Biology - This hands-on workshop will familiarize participants with the iSEE 3D graphical software which allows interactive viewing of 3 dimensional molecular structures and is currently used by journals such as Nature Structural & Molecular Biology and PLoS Biology and PLoS ONE Eukaryotic

Gene Expression Systems Workshop - This workshop will provide participants with a detailed understanding of the state-of-the-art for production of eukaryotic proteins destined for biochemical, biophysical, and structural analyses..

Workshop on NMR Methods for Structural Biology - This workshop will survey technologies for structure/function investigations of proteins, developed in (or in collaboration with) structural genomics projects, that are ready for widespread use by the wider biological community.

Phenix Crystallography Software Workshop - This workshop will introduce the PHENIX software for macromolecular structure determination and the core algorithms that it uses. It will provide hands-on tutorials for crystallographers of all levels.

The workshop registration deadline is Monday April 11, 2011 at 11:59 pm EST

Please visit http://www.icsg2011.org for ICSG 2011 meeting and workshop registration details and to submit your poster abstract.

We hope to see you there!

Best regards,

Cheryl Arrowsmith - ICSG 2011 Organizer

Ted Baker, Stephen Burley, Dino Moras, Joel Sussman, Shigeyuki Yokoyama,
Tom Terwilliger - ISGO Executive Committe


Recognition: André Simpson (April 1/11)

André Simpson (Department of Chemistry, University of Toronto at Scarborough) has been awarded the 2011 CSC W.A.E. McBryde Medal for his research in the development of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy with the specific objective to address environmental problems at a molecular level.

From the citation: "Andre Simpson obtained his PhD from the University of Birmingham, U.K. then moved to the U.S. completing two postdoctoral fellowships, first at Mississippi State and then at Ohio State University. Simpson is an associate professor at the University of Toronto. He is best known for his research developing nuclear magnetic resonance-based methods to study the structure and interactions in complex environmental mixtures. His research has helped understand how and why different carbon pools respond to climate change and unravel the complexities of contaminant fate and toxicity in the environment. Simpson has published more than 60 refereed articles since his first journal publication in 2000 and contributed to 12 book chapters. In 2004, he co-founded the Environmental NMR Centre at the University of Toronto, a first of its kind in Canada. In 2008 he was ranked in the “Ten to Watch for in 2008” by the Toronto Star. Later in the same year he was awarded the Royal Society of Chemistry/Society for Environmental and Toxicology and Chemistry – Environmental Science Award, a global award recognizing outstanding contributions to the field."

Read the announcement at
http://www.chemistry.ca/index.php?ci_id=1953&la_id=1


NMR upgrades at the University of Toronto (March 26/11)

The Department of Chemistry at the University of Toronto has ordered $5.5M of new NMR spectrometers from Agilent Technologies to equip its new 4,000-square-foot NMR laboratory. Dr. Timothy Burrow, Manager of the NMR Facility, informed that the new spectrometers will be a 500 MHz spectrometer, with 7600AS sample changer and XSens 13C sensitive cryogenically cooled probe, a 600 MHz dual liquids and solids spectrometer and a 700 MHz spectrometer with a H/F,CN Cold Probe, 7600AS sample changer and solids, biosolids and semi-solids probes.

"These new NMR systems will provide a vital boost to our new Centre for Spectroscopic Investigation of Complex Organic Molecules and Polymers (CSICOMP), increasing the range and scope of research in key areas," said Professor Robert H. Morris, Chair of the Chemistry Department.

The new facility is scheduled to open later this year, the International Year of Chemistry. More than 45 scientists as well as 300 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows will be able to use the facility for inorganic, organic, materials and bio-organic research, including broader investigations into the fate of fluorinated compounds in the environment. The new facility is supported by the Canada Foundation for Innovation and the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation. (See related story in "Canadain NMR Research" News Bulletin, #3.3, Summer 2009, page 3, download)

"We are excited that the University of Toronto's new facility has chosen Agilent as its primary NMR equipment provider," said Kevin Meldrum, director, research products marketing for Agilent. "Agilent is dedicated to helping scientists meet all of their spectroscopy research needs and this agreement further illustrates that commitment."

Read the press release by Agilent Technologies
http://www.agilent.com/about/newsroom/presrel/2011/22mar-ca11021.html


Cover article in Chemistry - A European Journal (March 12/11)

CEJ2011

B.J. Greer, V.K. Michaelis, M.J. Katz, D.B. Leznoff, G. Schreckenbach, S. Kroeker, "Characterising Lone-Pair Activity of Lead(II) by 207Pb Solid-State NMR: Coordination Polymers of [N(CN)2]- and [Au(CN)2]- with Terpyridine Ancillary Ligands," Chemistry - A European Journal 17 (2011) 3609-3618. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/chem.201002913



Nature News: Breaking the protein rules (March 9/11)

One of the textbook concepts in molecular biology is that proteins fold up spontaneously to form the most energetically stable three-dimensional structures. These folded proteins are presumed structurally rigid, which is important for their unique functionality, e.g. as enzymes. There are indications, however, mostly coming from NMR studies, that many important proteins exist in disordered form. A news feature in the latest issue of Nature discusses implications of this potentially far-reaching finding. Among cited examples of intrinsically disordered proteins is the NMR study on Sic1 protein by Julie Forman-Kay and her group at the University of Toronto/SickKids.

T. Chouard "Structural biology: Breaking the protein rules," Nature 471 (2011) 151-153. http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/471151a


2011 NMR BootCamp (March 5/11)

NANUC 2011 NMR BootCamp (Biomolecular NMR Training Course)
August 15-20, 2011, University Of Alberta, Edmonton, AB
http://www.nanuc.ca/nmrbootcamp/2011_NMR_BootCamp/Welcome.html


ACCN: 17O NMR Discovery (March 4/11)

ACCN the Canadian Chemical News, March, 2011
Latest News: New NMR Technique Solves Oxygen Puzzle (online)
(print, ACCN, Volume 63, Number 3, p. 9)


61st Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference (CSChE2011) (March 25/11)

Call for Papers CSChE2011 Now Open!

The 61st Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference (CSChE2011) will be held in London, Ontario, October 23-26, 2011. The call for papers is now OPEN and will close May 31, 2011.

Submit your abstract through Hermes Conference Centre via the CSChE2011 website. Details are available at www.csche2011.ca/Program/submit_abstract.html

You can view the wide range of themes and symposia representing the conference on the CSChE2011 website at www.csche2011.ca

The conference highlights three main symposia themes: Innovation, Industry and Internationalization which are important issues facing chemical engineers living in Canada and globally.

We encourage you to forward this notice to your colleagues nationally and internationally, to submit your abstracts, and to join us in London in October.

Jesse Zhu, Conference Chair
Amarjeet Bassi, Technical Program Chair


SMARTER 2 Workshop (March 22/11)

The deadline for abstract submission is extended to March 27, 2011.

Dear Colleagues,

We cordially invite you to the Second SMARTER Crystallography Workshop (Structure elucidation by coMbining mAgnetic Resonance, compuTation modEling and diffRactions), which will be held on 23-27 May 2011 at the University of Aveiro, Portugal.

The aim of this workshop is to bring together specialists from the different areas of materials science, such as materials chemists and processing engineers, diffraction and spectroscopy scientists, and computational structuralists, that may contribute to the development of a common language for a SMARTER approach to structure solving, using Geometrical, Diffraction Modeling and NMR Crystallographies.

Confirmed Invited Speakers: Lynne McCusker (ETH Zurich), Jürgen Senker (Bayreuth University), Lyndon Emsley (École Normale Supérieure, Lyon), Mike O'Keeffe (Arizona State University), Steven Brown (Warwick University), Christian Baerlocher (ETH Zurich), Richard Catlow (Royal Institution, London), Darren Brouwer (Redeemer University College), Jonathan Yates (Oxford University).

Registration fees (All lunches and dinners from the programme are included):
Full Registration, 450 EUR, Student Registration, 350 EUR

Deadlines:
Abstract submission: March 27, 2011
Notification of acceptance of the talks/posters: April 7, 2011
Early registration: April 18, 2011
Late abstract submission (poster only): April 18, 2011
Late registration: May 6, 2011

Read more about SMARTER 2 Workshop at http://smarter.web.ua.pt/

SMARTER Organizing Committee


International Conference on MR Microscopy (ICMRM) Beijing 2011 (March 22/11)

The ICMRM conference will be held in Beijing August 14-18 at the China University of Petroleum (CUP). The venue is the CUP conference centre and adjacent conference hotel. The conference hotel is large enough that all attendees may be housed on site at very reasonable cost. The main lecture hall, exhibitor venue, coffee break area, poster display, and extra rooms are mere meters away in the attached Conference Centre which is a modern two story building, with an on-site restaurant. Prof. Lizhi Xiao, the conference chair, has been able to block book the entire conference centre and hotel for the duration of our meeting.

Prof Xiao and his local organizing committee have arranged the wednesday conference excursion to visit city centre Beijing including the Forbidden City with the conference dinner to be held in the Great Hall of the People in Tienanmen Square. More details are provided concerning the program, venue and excursion on the conference web site which is found at http://icmrm11.cup.edu.cn/

The second circular for the conference is available for download (PDF, 1.75 Mb)

Deadline for Abstract Submission April 30, 2011

The objectives of the ICMRM are to communicate recent developments in high-resolution, spatially resolved magnetic resonance methods and applications. Meeting strength stems from the eclectic background of participants and a diverse venue that has traditionally focused on non-clinical applications in science and engineering areas. The 1st ICMRM was held in 1991 in Heidelberg and was originally known as the "Heidelberg Conference". It is the biannual conference of the Division of Spatially Resolved Magnetic Resonance of the Ampere Society.

Bruce J. Balcom, Professor
Director MRI Research Centre
Canada Research Chair in MRI of Materials
Director, Institute for Materials Visualization and Analysis
Department of Physics
The University of New Brunswick
P.O. Box 4400, Fredericton, E3B 5A3
New Brunswick, Canada


Recognition: David Bryce (Feb 17/11)

David Bryce has been awarded the 2011 Young Researcher of the Year Award presented by the University of Ottawa. The Young Researcher of the Year Awards are presented annually to two University of Ottawa faculty members who have made exceptional contributions to research and training students. Each award is accompanied by a $10,000 research grant.

From the citation: "David Bryce is an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry. He received the award in the pure and applied science category for his contributions in the field of nuclear magnetic resonance. He has already established himself as a leader on the international scene within his field. His research focuses on nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, specifically, solid-state NMR and quantum mechanical calculations of NMR parameters."

Read the announcement at
http://www.media.uottawa.ca/mediaroom/news-details_2239.html


The Human Serum Metabolome (Feb 17/11)

N. Psychogios, D.D. Hau, J. Peng, A.C. Guo, R. Mandal, S. Bouatra, I.
Sinelnikov, R. Krishnamurthy, R. Eisner, B. Gautam, N. Young, J.
Xia, C. Knox, E. Dong, P. Huang, Z. Hollander, T.L. Pedersen, S.R. Smith, F. Bamforth, R. Greiner, B. McManus, J.W. Newman, T. Goodfriend, D.S. Wishart,
"
The Human Serum Metabolome," PLoS ONE 6 (2011) e16957. (open access article) http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0016957

Abstract: "Continuing improvements in analytical technology along with an increased interest in performing comprehensive, quantitative metabolic profiling, is leading to increased interest pressures within the metabolomics community to develop centralized metabolite reference resources for certain clinically important biofluids, such as cerebrospinal fluid, urine and blood. As part of an ongoing effort to systematically characterize the human metabolome through the Human Metabolome Project, we have undertaken the task of characterizing the human serum metabolome. In doing so, we have combined targeted and non-targeted NMR, GC-MS and LC-MS methods with computer-aided literature mining to identify and quantify a comprehensive, if not absolutely complete, set of metabolites commonly detected and quantified (with today’s technology) in the human serum metabolome. Our use of multiple metabolomics platforms and technologies allowed us to substantially enhance the level of metabolome coverage while critically assessing the relative strengths and weaknesses of these platforms or technologies. Tables containing the complete set of 4229 confirmed and highly probable human serum compounds, their concentrations, related literature references and links to their known disease associations are freely
available at http://www.serummetabolome.ca "


"Canadian NMR Research" News Bulletin (Feb 11/11)

Winter 2011

The Winter 2011 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 paper in Nature Structural & Molecular Biology (Feb 10/11)

L.A. Freiburger, O.M. Baettig, T. Sprules, A.M. Berghuis, K. Auclair, A.K. Mittermaier, "
Competing allosteric mechanisms modulate substrate binding in a dimeric enzyme," Nature Structural & Molecular Biology (2011) online. http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nsmb.1978


NMR events at CSC 2011 (Feb 1/11)

Dear colleagues,

The 94th Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition (CSC 2011) "Chemistry and Health" will be held in Montréal, Québec from June 5-9, 2011, as a joint effort of the Canadian Society for Chemistry and the four Montréal Universities, with the Université de Montréal Chemistry Department as the host. The CSC is the largest annual national event for chemical professionals attracting close to 2500 participants each year.

Canada is very dynamic in Nuclear Magnetic Resonance spectroscopy and to pursue the tradition, a solid-state NMR workshop as well as two 1.5-day NMR symposia are scheduled to cover a wide range of applications and developments in the fields of solution and solid-state NMR.

Profs Anthony Mittermaier (McGill University) and Pierre Lavigne (Université de Sherbrooke) are organizing the "Solution NMR: Biomolecular structure, dynamics, and function" symposium which includes, amongst a list of over 15 speakers, Charalampos Kalodimos (Rutgers U.). Brian Sykes (U. of Alberta), Gary Shaw (U. Western Ontario) and Lawrence McIntosh (UBC).

Profs Michel Lafleur (Université de Montréal) and Isabelle Marcotte (Université du Québec à Montréal) are co-organizers of the symposium entitled "Solid-state NMR: From materials to biomolecules". So far, Profs Marc Baldus (U. of Utrecht), Vladimir Ladizhansky (U. of Guelph), Bruce Balcom (U. New Brunswick), Valerie Booth (Memorial U.) and Dr. Ansgar Siemer (Columbia U.) have confirmed their presence as guest speakers.

We invite you to participate in the CSC2011 conference which plenary lecturer will be Nobel Laureate Prof. Roger Tsien (U. of California, San Diego). More detail on the symposia, abstract submission and registration can be found on the conference website at http://www.csc2011.ca

The deadline for abstract submission is February 15, 2011.

Submit your abstract through Hermes Conference Centre via the CSC2011 website. Details are available at http://www.csc2011.ca/Program/submit_abstract.html


NMR Symposia Organizers


52nd ENC program (March 20/11)

Program details of the 52nd ENC including the program overview and abstracts is now available online (52nd ENC program).

52nd ENC Events

Agilent Users' Meeting before the 52nd ENC
April 8-9, 2011, Santa Clara, California
http://www.chem.agilent.com/en-US/Events/en-US/Pages/enc11usermeeting.aspx

Bruker Pre-ENC NMR Workshops and Breakfast Symposium
April 9-10, 2011, Monterey, California
http://www.bruker-biospin.com/enc11.html

52nd ENC
April 10-15, 2011, Asilomar, California
http://www.enc-conference.org/


ICSG 2011: Workshop on NMR Methods for Structural Biology (Feb 4/11)

In conjunction with the International Conference on Structural Genomics 2011, Toronto, Canada

We are pleased to announce the Workshop on NMR Methods for Structural Biology at the International Conference on Structural Genomics 2011 in Toronto. This workshop is organized by Gaetano Montelione (Rutgers), Thomas Szyperski (State University of New York) and John Markley (University of Wisconsin) and will take place on Tuesday May 10, 2011 at the University of Toronto.

This workshop will survey technologies for structure/function investigations of proteins, developed in (or in collaboration with) structural genomics projects, that are ready for widespread use by the wider biological community. Topics will include: protein production and labeling by cell-based and cell-free approaches; automated assignment and secondary structure determination; reduced dimensionality approaches to NMR data collection; NMR structure validation; and, tools for data deposition, visualization, and querying from the BMRB and PDB.

Registration for the workshop is free to registered ICSG 2011 participants. Please visit http://www.icsg2011.org for ICSG 2011 meeting and workshop registration details.


International Conference on Structural Genomics 2011 (Feb 4/11)

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to announce that registration is now open for the International Conference on Structural Genomics 2011, which will be held in Toronto, Canada on May 10-14, 2011. This meeting is the 6th in this series of biennial meetings of the International Structural Genomics Organization. The meeting is designed to serve as a forum to discuss the most recent developments in structural genomics, structural/chemical biology, and their impact on research in biology, medicine and disease. A substantial number of short talks will be selected from submitted poster abstracts. Also, a limited number of student travel fellowships will be available for travel to this meeting. Please see the website for further details

http://www.icsg2011.org

Abstract submission deadline is February 28, 2011.

We hope to see you there!

Best regards,

Cheryl Arrowsmith - ICSG 2011 Organizer

Ted Baker, Stephen Burley, Dino Moras, Joel Sussman, Shigeyuki Yokoyama,
Tom Terwilliger - ISGO Executive Committe


NMR on Twitter (Feb 3/11)

New SSNMR papers by Luke O'Dell http://twitter.com/solidstateNMR

uOttawa NMR by Glenn Facey http://twitter.com/uOttawaNMR

NMR Wiki http://twitter.com/nmrwiki

nmr900 http://twitter.com/nmr900

Bruker http://twitter.com/bruker

Agilent http://twitter.com/agilent


Recognition: Mitsu Ikura (Jan 27/11)

On January 17th 2011, Dr. Mitsu Ikura received the 2010 Canadian Cancer Society "Robert L. Noble Prize" for his outstanding contributions to cancer research in Canada.

From the citation (http://www.cancer.ca): "Dr. Ikura is an internationally recognized authority in the field of structural biology and has laid the groundwork for our understanding of signalling proteins such as cadherins and catenins and molecular signalling processes involved in human diseases such as cancer. His studies also provide excellent platforms for developing new drugs designed to interfere with the functioning of cancer cells.

Dr Ikura is a senior scientist at the Ontario Cancer Institute and a professor at the University of Toronto. He received his PhD in macromolecular biophysics from Hokkaido University, Japan and pursued postdoctoral studies on multi-dimensional NMR spectroscopy of a calmodulin-kinase peptide complex at the National Institutes of Health.

Dr Ikura has a Tier-1 Canada Research Chair in cancer structural biology and has been recognized by many awards and prizes including the William E. Rawls Prize, the International Research Scholar Award Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and the Premier’s Research Excellence Award.

He has published over 190 peer-reviewed papers and has been invited to speak at more than 200 international scientific conferences."

About "Robert L Noble" Prize: The Robert L. Noble Prize is given for outstanding achievements in cancer research. It honours Dr Noble, an esteemed Canadian investigator whose research in the 1950s led to the discovery of vincristine, a widely-used anti-cancer drug. At the time, vincristine was one of the most effective treatments available for Hodgkin’s disease.

Web: the Ikura Laboratory http://nmr.uhnres.utoronto.ca/ikura/index.html


Review in Annual Reports on NMR Spectroscopy (Jan 21/11)

Annual Reports

William P. Power "High-Resolution Magic Angle Spinning—Enabling Applications of NMR Spectroscopy to Semi-Solid Phases," Annual Reports on NMR Spectroscopy 72 (2011) 111-156. (Invited Review)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-385857-3.00003-7



IYC 20112011 International Year of Chemistry (Jan 8/11)

January 2011 marks the beginning of the International Year of Chemistry. The Chemical Institute of Canada (CIC) is leading the Canadian activities which will be devoted to the celebration of chemical sciences and will aim to reach over 500,000 Canadians.

We encourage all CIC members to get involved throughout the year. CIC has been active in planning events for 2011, some of which include:

- Global Water Experiment, connecting countries around the world to solve current water issues;
- YouTube Video Contest, giving high school students a chance to use their creativity in chemistry to win a $2,500 scholarship funding;
- Science Rendezvous, a one day national event aiming to bring science to the public;
- Public Lecture Series, bringing Joe Schwarcz and Pierre Beaumier to speak on interesting topics in chemistry across Canada; and
- Canadian Chemistry Milestones, celebrating significant contributions by Canadians. See the latest press release.

Local sections across the nation are organizing events in their communities. You can see what's happening in an area near you by following the Chemical Institute of Canada - International Year of Chemistry website for more information and to see how you can get involved

http://www.iyc2011.ca

Best wishes for the New Year,

CIC IYC Organizing Committee


C&EN News of the Week: Elevating Oxygen (Jan 3/11)

Two recent NMR papers by Gang Wu (Queen's) and coworkers are highlighted by Chemical & Engineering News in their first issue of 2011.

http://pubs.acs.org/cen/news/89/i01/8901notw4.html

Both papers deal with 17O NMR in large protein complexes, in solution and in solid state. New research approaches proposed by Gang Wu and his team have a potential to significantly advance the field of protein NMR spectroscopy.

Jianfeng Zhu and Gang Wu, "Quadrupole Central Transition 17O NMR Spectroscopy of Biological Macromolecules in Aqueous Solution," Journal of the American Chemical Society 133 (2011) ASAP. http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/ja1079207

Jianfeng Zhu, Eric Ye, Victor Terskikh, and Gang Wu, "Solid-State 17O NMR Spectroscopy of Large Protein-Ligand Complexes," A
ngewandte Chemie International Edition 49 (2010) 8399-8402. (Cover Article) http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/anie.201002041

Part of this research was made possible using resources of the National Ultrahigh-Field NMR Facility for Solids. See the complete list of research publications enabled by the Facility here (complete list).