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New book: NMR of Quadrupolar Nuclei in Solid Materials (Oct 1/12)

NMR of Quadrupolar Nuclei in Solid Materials

NMR of Quadrupolar Nuclei in Solid Materials

edited by Roderick E. Wasylishen, Sharon E. Ashbrook, Stephen Wimperis
Hardcover: 550 pages
Publisher: Wiley; August 2012
Language: English
ISBN: 978-0470973981

Wiley: Many important materials do not contain spin-1/2 nuclei traditionally investigated by NMR spectroscopy and secondly, dissolving solid materials in a solvent may be impossible or may destroy the integrity of the material. All these obstacles can be overcome by NMR experiments at high-magnetic field strengths and investigating the properties of quadrupolar nuclei.

This Handbook gives an up-to-date account of NMR of quadrupoloar nuclei in the solid state. Each chapter of the Handbook has been prepared by an expert who has made significant contributions to our understanding and appreciation of the importance of NMR studies of quadrupolar nuclei in solids.

The text is divided into three Parts:

A) Basic Principles of Quadrupolar NMR
B) Advanced Solid-State NMR Techniques to Investigate Quadrupolar Nuclei C) Applications Involving NMR Studies of Quadrupolar Nuclei in Solids.

The first section provides the reader with the background necessary to appreciate the challenges in acquiring and interpreting NMR spectra of quadrupolar nuclei in solids. The second section presents cutting-edge techniques and methodology for employing these spectroscopic techniques to investigate quadrupolar nuclei in solids. The final section explores applications of solid-state NMR studies of solids ranging from investigations of biological samples to porous materials, catalysts, geological samples and high-temperature superconductors.

All these articles will be published on EMR: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/book/10.1002/9780470034590

Table of contents:

QUEST – QUadrupolar Exact SofTware (Oct 1/12)

QUEST is a new program for the exact simulation of solid-state NMR spectra of quadrupolar nuclei in stationary powdered samples which employs diagonalization of the combined Zeeman-quadrupolar Hamiltonian. The program may be used to simulate NMR spectra over the full regime of Larmor and quadrupolar frequencies, which encompasses scenarios ranging from high-field NMR to nuclear quadrupole resonance (NQR, where the Larmor frequency is zero) and does not make use of approximations when treating the quadrupolar interaction. The program, which uses a graphical user interface, also incorporates chemical shift anisotropy and non-coincident chemical shift and quadrupolar tensor frames. QUEST can be used to simulate static NMR and NQR spectra with any relative size of the Zeeman and quadrupolar interactions and correctly predicts the appearance of “forbidden” or “overtone” NMR as well as NQR transitions.

The improved versions of QUEST are now available from the software link on our webpage http://mysite.science.uottawa.ca/dbryce/

QUEST is described in an article recently published in Solid State Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (2012).

F.A. Perras, C.M. Widdifield, and D.L. Bryce,
"QUEST – QUadrupolar Exact SofTware: a fast graphical program for the exact simulation of NMR and NQR spectra for quadrupolar nuclei," Solid State Nuclear Magnetic Resonance 45–46 (2012) 36-44.


Pacifichem 2015 - Call for Symposium Submissions (Nov 7/12)

The 2015 International Congress of Pacific Basin Societies (Pacifichem) will take place in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, December 15-20, 2015.

The Canadian Society for Chemistry (CSC), a Founding Society of Pacifichem invites you to submit a symposium proposal in the first round, which opens January 1, 2013 and closes April 1, 2013. Canada had its strongest showing ever at Pacifichem 2010; we encourage Canadian chemical scientists and engineers to once again show our strengths at what many consider to be the premier global scientific congress.

The CSC is represented on the Pacifichem 2015 Organizing Committee by Professor Cathleen Crudden, Queen's University / CSC President (2012-2013) / Pacifichem 2015 Communications and Protocol Committee, Professor Steven Holdcroft, Simon Fraser University / Pacifichem 2015 Vice-Chairman / Scientific Program Committee Chair and Roland Andersson, Chemical Institute of Canada / Pacifichem 2015 Finance Committee.

The Call for Symposium Submissions instructions are at: http://www.pacifichem.org/technical-program/symposium-proposal-submission/

The Pacifichem 2015 Theme
The theme of Pacifichem 2015 is Chemical Networking: Building Bridges Across the Pacific, emphasizing the collaborative nature of chemistry as a multidisciplinary science and the opportunities to network with Pan-Pacific research groups at the Pacifichem meetings.

Collaborations in Chemistry
In keeping with the theme, Pacifichem 2015 welcomes proposals focusing on collaborations in chemistry. Symposia showcasing various aspects of collaboration across different geographic regions or between different sectors of chemical research (industry, academia, research institutes, government laboratories) are welcome, as are symposia focusing on partnerships between traditional industries and contract research organizations (CROs) or contract manufacturing organizations (CMO's). Other collaborative arrangements of interest include precompetitive industrial collaborations on enabling chemical technologies, new technologies and new strategies for facilitating effective collaborations across multiple time zones, and managing intellectual property and licensing.

Industry in Chemistry
In recognizing the increasing importance of pan-Pacific collaborations in the chemical industry, Pacifichem 2015 welcomes symposia proposals related to Industry in Chemistry. Topics of potential interest include emerging challenges in the chemical industry, entrepreneurship and job creation in chemistry, translating chemical research discoveries into new commercial products, IP concerns in chemistry, optimization of chemistry workflows, use of six sigma and lean manufacturing practices in the chemical industry, disruptive chemical technologies, platform technologies in chemistry, leadership in the chemical industry, management in the chemical industry, talent acquisition training in the chemical industry, etc.

Cathleen Crudden, President, Canadian Society for Chemistry
Steven Holdcroft, Pacifichem 2015 Vice-Chairman & Technical Program Committee Chair
Roland Andersson, Executive Director, Chemical Institute of Canada

EUROMAR 2013 - First Announcement (Nov 5/12)

Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the Organizing Committee, it is my pleasure to invite you to EUROMAR 2013, the 9th European Magnetic Resonance Conference that will be organized on the island of Crete/Greece, by the National Center for Scientific Research “Demokritos”.

The conference will take place between 30th June to 5th July at the Creta Maris Convention Center, a modern facility situated 25 km from the Heraklion International Airport and adjacent to the town of Hersonissos.

EUROMAR 2013 will bring together distinguished scientists of the magnetic Resonance field in the unique location of Crete that combines Mediterranean landscape with world-renowned historical sites and a rich cultural heritage. The conference will cover all aspects of Magnetic Resonance theory, methodology and applications. The 5-day scientific program will run in three parallel sessions and will be structured around lectures of distinguished invited speakers and oral presentations of selected high-quality abstracts.

Representative topics include: Biosolids, Theory and Computation, Liquid State NMR Methods, Materials and Processes, Transport and Diffusion, Proteins and Nucleic Acids, Metabolomics, Imaging, in Cell and in Vivo studies, Paramagnetic Systems, EPR Methods and Applications, Solid State NMR Methods, Relaxation and Dynamics, Sensitivity Enhancement, Small Molecules and Pharmaceuticals, New Methodologies and Instrumentation Advances, Solid State Physics, Industrial and Cultural Applications.

Confirmed plenary speakers include: Anja Boeckmann (Institute of Biology and Chemistry of Proteins, France), Dmitri Budker (University of California Berkeley, U.S.A.), Isabella Felli (University of Florence, Italy), Daniella Goldfarb (Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel), Stephen Hill (NHMFL/ Florida State University, U.S.A.), Arno Kentgens (Radbour University, The Netherlands), Dominique Massiot (CEMHTI-CNRS, France), Alex Pines (University of California Berkeley, U.S.A.), Graham Smith (University of St Andrews, United Kingdom), Yi-Qiao Song (Schlumberger-Doll Research, U.S.A), Shimon Vega (Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel), Peter van Zijl (Kennedy Krieger Institute, U.S.A.), Charalampos (Babis) Calodimos (Rutgers University, U.S.A.).

Key dates:
Conference Registration Opens 01/12/2012
Early Registration Closes 01/04/2013
Deadline for Oral Submission 01/05/2013
Deadline for Poster Submission 31/05/2013

The website of the conference is http://www.euromar2013.org/index.html and is being constantly enriched with the necessary information on the conference, the venues and traveling to Crete.

I believe that the attractive setting of Crete together with EUROMAR’s high scientific level will provide an excellent forum for rewarding discussions and exchanges between magnetic resonance researchers from around the world. Looking forward to welcoming you in Crete,

Georgios Papavassiliou
EUROMAR 2013 Conference

Russell Varian Prize 2013 - Call for nominations (Oct 29/12)

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 is designed to recognize the initial contribution that laid the foundations for a specific technology of great importance in state-of-the-art NMR. It is sponsored by Agilent Technologies and currently carries a monetary award of 15,000 Euro. The award ceremony will take place at the EUROMAR 2013 meeting in Hersonissos, Crete, Greece, 30th June to 5th July, 2013, 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 the case of multiple authorship, the prize is awarded to the author with the largest creative and innovative share of the contribution. In the exceptional case of truly equal shares in the contribution, the Prize may be split between two authors.
• No individual may receive the prize more than once.
• Prizewinners 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 Morris, at [g.a.morris "at" manchester.ac.uk]
. The deadline for nominations is February 12, 2013. Nominations should be laid out in the format of a publishable laudatio proposal that in the case of multiple authorship must include an explanation 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 cited papers.

Prize Committee

Georgios Papavassiliou (EUROMAR 2013 representative), Jean Jeener (Chairman), Ēriks Kupče (Agilent representative), 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, Martin Karplus, Ray Freeman, Weston Anderson

For earlier laudatios see http://www.chem.agilent.com/

The 2012 Russell Varian Prize winners are Weston Anderson and Raymond Freeman. See highlights by the SPINSIGHTS team http://www.spinsights.net/nmr-blog/

2013 Rocky Mountain Conference on Magnetic Resonance (Oct 23/12)

The 55th Rocky Mountain Conference on Magnetic Resonance will take place July 28 - August 1, 2013 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Denver, Colorado.

The conference will feature oral presentations and posters of the 36th International EPR Symposium.

Topics include:
- Biological Macromolecules
- EPR for Spin Devices
- Frontier in Spin Labeling
- In vivo
- Materials
- Methods
- Radical Radicals

Participants are expected to convene from throughout the world. Information on the Rocky Mountain Conference on Magnetic Resonance, including call for abstracts, registration and hotel reservations, can be accessed at http://www.rockychem.com

73Ge NMR in organogermanates

Cover article in Chemistry - A European Journal (Oct 20/12)

Margaret A. Hanson, Andre Sutrisno, Victor V. Terskikh, Kim M. Baines, Yining Huang, "Solid-State 73Ge NMR Spectroscopy of Simple Organogermanes," Chemistry - A European Journal 18 (2012) 13770–13779. (Cover Article) http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/chem.201201944

Germanium-73 is an extremely challenging nucleus to examine by solid-state NMR spectroscopy, due to its unfavorable NMR properties. Through the use of an ultrahigh (21.1 T) magnetic field, a systematic study of a series of organogermanes was carried out.

900This cover article features results obtained using the 21.1 T solid-state NMR spectrometer at the National Ultrahigh-Field NMR Facility for Solids (Ottawa, ON). If you are interested in using this spectrometer in your research please contact the Facility manager.

NMR paper in Nature Scientific Reports (Oct 16/12)

C.E. Norris, S.A. Quideau, S.M. Landhäusser, G.M. Bernard and R.E. Wasylishen, "Tracking Stable Isotope Enrichment in Tree Seedlings with Solid-State NMR Spectroscopy," Nature Scientific Reports 2 (2012) 719.

Two Magnetic Resonance Christmas Meetings in London, UK (Oct 14/12)

Dear Colleagues,

You are cordially invited to attend two magnetic resonance meetings in London, UK, December 11 and 12, 2012. The meetings are organized by the UK Institute of Physics BRSG: the Magnetic Resonance Group, and by the UK Royal Society of Chemistry NMR Discussion Group (NMRDG). Both meetings will appeal to anyone interested in general or solid-state NMR. Please follow the links below for more information and to register,

With kind regards,

Stephen J. Byard - UK NMR DG Secretary

Computational Methods for Magnetic Resonance, BRSG: Magnetic Resonance Group Meeting, Institute of Physics UK
December 11, 2012, Institute of Physics, London, UK


2012 Christmas Meeting: Small Molecules and Solids, NMR Discussion Group (NMRDG), Royal Society of Chemistry UK
December 12, 2012, Institute of Child Health, London, UK

25th MOOT NMR Minisymposium: call for past MOOT photos (Oct 11/12)

Dear colleagues,

We would like to collect photos from the past 24 MOOT NMR minisymposiums.

If you have some photos from the earlier MOOT, we would be grateful if you could email them to us at [mootnmr "at" gmail.com]. Please indicate in the email or in the name of the photos the corresponding MOOT edition.

In addition to display some of these during the banquet, we will compile them under the permanent MOOT Google account for future usage.


Michèle and Stéphane

the 25th MOOT NMR Minisymposium will be held at Université Laval in Quebec City on October 20-21, 2012.

Michèle Auger et Stéphane Gagné
25th MOOT NMR Minisymposium
October 20-21, 2012
Université Laval
Québec City

5th Annual GRASP Symposium - registration is open (Oct 1/12)

Monday November 19, 2012, 8:00am - 6:30pm
McGill New Residence Hall
3625 Avenue du Parc
Montréal, QC, H2X 3P8

Dear Colleagues,

Drs. Kalle Gehring and Albert Berghuis would like to invite you to take part in the fifth scientific symposium of GRASP.

Outstanding international speakers - Gregory Petsko, Wolfgang Peti, Frank Sicheri, Anne-Claude Gingras, Paul de Koninck, Brian Sykes - poster sessions, exhibitors and short talks will be presented at this auspicious event, demonstrating the affluence of structural biology research in Quebec.

Registration is free, thanks to our very generous sponsors, but you need to register if you want your abstract to be selected for an oral presentation and/or your abstract title to be printed in the booklet. Registration is now open.

For information about this symposium, please send an email [grasp.med "at" mcgill.ca] or visit


The organizing committee:

Kalle Gehring, GRASP Director
Albert Berghuis, GRASP Co-Director
Annick Guyot, GRASP Coordinator

Human Metabolome Database (HMDB) Version 3.0 (Sept 26/12)

The Human Metabolome Database (HMDB) is a freely available electronic database containing detailed information about small molecule metabolites found in the human body. It is intended to be used for applications in metabolomics, clinical chemistry, biomarker discovery and general education.

HMDB is supported by David Wishart, Departments of Computing Science & Biological Sciences, University of Alberta. HMDB is also supported by the Metabolomics Innovation Centre, a Genome Canada-funded core facility serving the scientific community and industry with world-class expertise and cutting-edge technologies in metabolomics. Funding is provided by Genome Alberta and Genome Canada, a not-for-profit organization that is leading Canada's national genomics strategy with $600 million in funding from the federal government.

Just announced version 3.0 of the HMDB has been significantly expanded and enhanced over the 2009 release (version 2.0). In particular, the number of annotated metabolite entries has grown from 6500 to more than 37,166. This enormous expansion is a result of the inclusion of both “Confirmed” metabolites (those with measured concentrations or experimental confirmation of their existence) and “Expected” metabolites (those for which biochemical pathways are known or human intake/exposure is frequent but the compound has yet to be detected in the body). The latest release also has greatly increased the number of metabolites with biofluid or tissue concentration data, the number of compounds with reference spectra and the number of data fields per entry. In addition to this expansion in data quantity, new database visualization tools and new data content has been added or enhanced. These include better spectral viewing tools, more powerful chemical substructure searches, an improved chemical taxonomy and better, more interactive pathway maps. Among other database functions, NMR Search allows users to submit peak lists from 1H or 13C NMR spectra (both pure and mixtures) and to have these peak lists compared to the NMR libraries contained in the HMDB. This allows the identification of metabolites from mixtures via NMR spectroscopy.

For more information visit http://www.hmdb.ca/

67Zn NMR in MOFs

Cover article in Chemistry - A European Journal (Sept 19/12)

A. Sutrisno, V.V. Terskikh, Q. Shi, Z. Song, J. Dong, S.Y. Ding, W. Wang, B.R. Provost, T.D. Daff, T.K. Woo, and Y. Huang, "Characterization of Zn-containing MOFs by Solid-state 67Zn NMR and Computational Modeling," Chemistry - A European Journal 18 (2012) 12251–12259. (Cover Article) http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/chem.201201563

Solid-state magic-angle spinning 67Zn NMR spectra of Zn-containing metal–organic frameworks were obtained at an ultrahigh magnetic field of 21.1 T. In combination with molecular modeling, 67Zn NMR data can provide information on the dynamics and distribution of guest species.

MOFs: NMR reveals inner secrets, read the highlights of this project on SpectroscopyNow.com written by David Bradley

900This cover article features results obtained using the 21.1 T solid-state NMR spectrometer at the National Ultrahigh-Field NMR Facility for Solids (Ottawa, ON). If you are interested in using this spectrometer in your research please contact the Facility manager.

3rd U.S.-Canada Winter School on Biomolecular Solid-State NMR (Sept 17/12)

January 6-11, 2013, Stowe, Vermont, U.S.

Organizers: Mei Hong (Iowa State), Chad Rienstra (UIUC), and Bob Griffin (MIT)

Dear colleagues, We invite you to encourage your students, postdocs, and associates to attend the 3rd Winter School on Biomolecular Solid-State NMR, to be held on Jan 6-11, 2013, in Stowe, Vermont. Similar to the two previous, very successful, Winter Schools

This pedagogical meeting, unique in North America, is aimed at students and postdocs in the field of biological solid-state NMR, as well as more senior scientists in related fields who are interested in entering this vibrant field. Our goals are to foster the scientific development of the next generation of North American biological solid-state NMR spectroscopists and to encourage information sharing and collaborations among research groups.

Topics in the 3rd Winter School include:
- Basics of solid-state NMR: orientation dependence, density operators, average Hamiltonian theory, dipolar and CSA recoupling
- Multidimensional correlation techniques: resonance assignment and structure determination
- Theory of polarization transfer and dipolar decoupling
- Pushing the sensitivity envelope: dynamic nuclear polarization
- Solid-state NMR techniques for measuring distances, torsion angles, dynamics and orientations of diamagnetic and paramagnetic systems, for both spin-1/2 and quadrupolar nuclei
- Beating the 800-pound gorilla: NMR of membrane-bound proteins
- Devil in the details: methods for protein expression, isotopic labeling, and preparation of MAS and oriented-membrane samples
- Numerical simulations and structure calculation methods
- NMR probe design

Lectures and problem-solving sessions will be held in the mornings, late afternoons, and evenings, with time for recreation in the early afternoon.

Speakers: The following people have accepted to give lectures
Tim Cross (Florida State)
Matthias Ernst (ETH)
Phil Grandinetti (Ohio State)
Bob Griffin (MIT)
Mei Hong (Iowa State)
Yoshitaka Ishii (U Illinois Chicago)
Chris Jaroniec (Ohio State)
Ann McDermott (Columbia)
Stanley Opella (UCSD)
Chad Rienstra (UIUC)
Klaus Schmidt-Rohr (Iowa State)
Robert Tycko (NIH)

Venue and transportation: The meeting will be held at the Inn at the Mountain in Stowe http://www.stowe.com/plan/groups/stowe-mountain-resort-the-inn-at-the-mountain/

Stowe is easily accessible from airports in Burlington, VT, Manchester, NH, and Boston, MA.

Cost: Room and board will be free for attendees. The registration fee is $325 for academic attendees and $600 for industrial attendees. We anticipate space for about 75-80 people.

Application: Interested students and postdocs should send the following application material as PDF attachments to [mhong "at" iastate.edu]
1. CV and publication list (for the purpose of room assignment, please indicate your gender in the CV)
2. A one-page description of the current research
3. A one-page letter of recommendation from the current research advisor. (In the case of a senior scientist, a brief explanation of your motivations can substitute for a letter of recommendation.)

The deadline for the application is Friday, Oct 26. Given the space limitation and the previous strong interest in this meeting, applications received after the above date may not be accommodated.

Please distribute this announcement to members of your research group as well as to other colleagues who may be interested in attending or sending their group members.

We look forward to welcoming you in Stowe next January,

Mei, Chad, and Bob

Mei Hong, Professor of Chemistry
Department of Chemistry, Gilman
1605 Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011
Tel: 515-294-3521, Fax: 515-294-0105
Web site: http://www.public.iastate.edu/~hongweb/

25th MOOT NMR Minisymposium: abstract submission (Sept 13/12)

the 25th MOOT NMR Minisymposium will be held at Université Laval in Quebec City on October 20-21, 2012.

The instructions for abstract submission (oral and poster presentations) are now available on the MOOT web site. Please submit your abstract before October 1st deadline.


The deadline for registration is also October 1st


The talks and poster session will be held in Pavillon Alexandre-Vachon at Université Laval. The banquet will be held at the Morrin Centre in historical old Quebec City. This is the site of the city's first prison, built over 200 years ago, as well as the site of the Morrin College from 1862-1902.


If you have comments, inquiries, or would like to be added to the MOOT mailing list, please send a message to [mootnmr "at" gmail.com]. We are looking forward to seeing you in Quebec City in October.

Michèle Auger et Stéphane Gagné
25th MOOT NMR Minisymposium
October 20-21, 2012
Université Laval
Québec City

An interaction map of ER chaperones and foldases

Cover article in Molecular & Cellular Proteomics (Sept 4/12)

G. Jansen, P. Määttänen, A.Y. Denisov, L. Scarffe, B. Schade, H. Balghi, K. Dejgaard, L.Y. Chen, W.J. Muller, K. Gehring and D.Y. Thomas, "An interaction map of ER chaperones and foldases," Molecular & Cellular Proteomics 11 (2012) 710-723. (Cover article) http://dx.doi.org/10.1074/mcp.M111.016550

"Canadian NMR Research" News Bulletin
(Aug 19/12)

Summer 2012 issue of the "Canadian NMR Research" news bulletin is now available for download.
In this issue: the opening of the Bruker Spectroscopy Facility at SFU, NSERC 2012 competition results, a special feature on NMR Software, and much more! You are welcome to share this bulletin with your colleagues and students.

Summer 2012


Cover article in Angewandte Chemie (Aug 14/12)

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

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

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

Rod Wasylishen

Recognition: Rod Wasylishen (Aug 11/12)

Professor Roderick Wasylishen (University of Alberta) has been awarded one of the highest accolades in the field of solid-state NMR spectroscopy. Rod has been selected as the 2014 Vaughan Lecturer at the Rocky Mountain Conference on Analytical Chemistry.

The Vaughan lecture series is named in honour of Robert W. Vaughan (1941-1979), an extraordinary scholar and leader in solid-state NMR.

To learn more about the award and to see the list of past Vaughan Lecturers visit the RMCAC website.

Petition to "Reclaim the Magnetic Resonance Gordon Research Conference" (July 16/12)

Dear Colleagues,

Please see the link below regarding a petition to start a new Gordon Research Conference on "Frontiers of Magnetic Resonance". The short version is that the original Magnetic Resonance GRC was unfortunately cancelled recently due to insufficient attendance over the past several years, perceived by the GRC organizers to be due to the lack of interest in the magnetic resonance community - much more information on this is provided in the link below.


If you are supportive of this effort please sign the petition, and also forward to other colleagues in the community whom I may have accidentally left out and who you think may be interested in having the magnetic resonance GRC meeting reinstated. Many thanks.

Best regards,

Christopher Jaroniec
Associate Professor
Department of Chemistry
The Ohio State University

Dynamics Center

Dynamics Center for TopSpin
(June 20/12)

contributed by Robin Stein
(Bruker Canada)

Bruker Biospin has recently released a new version of its Dynamics Center software in two parts for fitting relaxation and diffusion NMR parameters. General Dynamics Center is intended for analysing T1, T2, T1rho, DOSY, REDOR, and CP buildup experiments, while Protein Dynamics Center can be used to fit heteronuclear NOE, T1, T2, T1rho, exchange, and NOE/T1/T2 data.

The program is very straightforward to use for 2D and 3D datasets, with automated peak picking, selection of the fitting function (although it is possible to fit data to any function desired), and generation of a report as an Excel-readable or text file. DOSY data can even be fit using an inverse Laplace transform.

The program currently exists in Linux and Windows formats. General Dynamics Center is free and only requires an existing TopSpin processing license, either full or a three-year student license, while Protein Dynamics Center requires a separate license. A Macintosh version is under development, as is the implementation of new methods.

To download the program and tutorials, go to http://www.bruker-biospin.com log in (anyone can create an account), and from there, click on Service & Support / NMR / Software Downloads / Dynamics Center.

For more information about the program, contact Martine Monette (martine.monette "at" bruker.ca) or Robin Stein (robin.stein "at" bruker.ca), and for more information about the Protein Dynamics Center license, contact Joseph Weiss (joseph.weiss "at" bruker.ca), or request a three-month demo license from any of us.

Metal–organic frameworks

Cover article in Nature Chemistry (June 7/12)

V.N. Vukotic, K.J. Harris, K. Zhu, R.W. Schurko and S.J. Loeb, "Metal–organic frameworks with dynamic interlocked components," Nature Chemistry 4 (2012) 456–460. (Cover Article) http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nchem.1354

Spring 2012

"Canadian NMR Research" News Bulletin (May 14/12)

Spring 2012 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!

Encyclopedia of Magnetic Resonance: new entries (June 16/12)

I.L. Moudrakovski and J.A. Ripmeester, "Gas Hydrates Studied by MRI", Encyclopedia of Magnetic Resonance, Wiley (2012). http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/9780470034590.emrstm1289

K.W. Feindel, "MRI Studies of Liquids in Polymer Electrolyte Membranes", Encyclopedia of Magnetic Resonance, Wiley (2012). http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/9780470034590.emrstm1268


I.V. Mastikhin and B.J. Balcom, "Centric SPRITE MRI of Biomaterials with Short T2*", Encyclopedia of Magnetic Resonance, Wiley (2012). http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/9780470034590.emrstm1265


Recognition: Anthony Mittermaier (May 21/12)
reposted from Agilent with permission

Agilent Technologies has announced the winner of the fourth annual Agilent Early Career Professor Award. Dr. Anthony Mittermaier, associate professor of chemistry at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, will receive $50,000 per year for two years in his name, to support his research.

Mittermaier joined the faculty in the department of chemistry at McGill in 2005 and has used nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy in his research to develop an understanding of how the primary amino-acid sequence of a protein determines its dynamic properties. His work has also established links between structural mobility at the microscopic level and functional activity at the macroscopic level.

This year's award focused on the field of structural biology using NMR, an area of research highly valued by Agilent. To qualify for the award, a professor must make significant contributions to the subset of structural biology that uses NMR techniques to improve understanding of the molecular structure and function of nucleic acids or proteins. Mittermaier's research has successfully applied molecular biology, mutagenesis methods and NMR to probe the relationship between protein sequences, dynamics and function.

"We are delighted to learn that Agilent has selected our colleague Anthony Mittermaier for this prestigious award," said professor R. Bruce Lennox, chair of McGill's department of chemistry. "Professor Mittermaier is a pioneer in recognizing the power of an integrated dynamic and thermodynamic approach to understanding protein behavior. His combined NMR/calorimetry approach to sorting out the coupled protein folding/allostery problem is likely to find widespread application to many protein systems."

"This year, we were fortunate to have another group of impressive candidates," said Jack Wenstrand, director of University Relations at Agilent. "Our winner, Dr. Anthony Mittermaier, has demonstrated the highest level of excellence and skill in structural biology, and we are looking forward to following his innovative research endeavors."

The Agilent Early Career Professor Award is presented annually to recognize and encourage excellence in measurement research. It seeks to establish strong collaborative relationships between Agilent researchers and leading professors early in their careers, as well as to underscore Agilent's role as a sponsor of university research. More details are available at

NMReady - 60 MHz bench-top NMR spectrometer (May 6/12)

contributed by Jackie Metropolit (Nanalysis Corp., Calgary, Alberta)

Nanalysis Corp. a Calgary based company has recently launched a 60MHz bench-top NMR spectrometer called the NMReady™. The Alberta Company was established in 2009 with a mandate to design and manufacture compact Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) devices. The company initially sought to commercialize Force-detected NMR (FDNMR) as realized in BOOMERANG technology, but soon transitioned to miniaturize traditional NMR to bring FT NMR technology to the bench or glovebox.
NMReady 60MHz bench-top NMR spectrometer

The NMReady™ debuted in March, 2012 at the American Chemical Society meeting in San Diego. Conference attendees were pleasantly surprised to find 60MHz spectroscopic resolution, running both 19F and 1H, at a fraction of the size and cost of current NMR instrumentation. The small size of the instrument allows it to fit on the benchtop, in the fume hood or even inside a glovebox. It comes equipped with a built-in touch screen display that features an easy-to-use, OneTouch NMR, operator interface. The NMReady is a cryogen-free NMR system, uses standard 3mm and 5 mm NMR tubes and has a very modest service schedule.

The NMReady has application in all types of industries, including oil & gas, chemical, pharma, biotech, and food processing, and in government and university labs. It also works as an ideal training tool in an academic setting, allowing students to gain hands-on experience with NMR. The compact NMR spectrometer can improve workflow, reduce costs of outsourcing and allow large organizations to optimize all of their spectroscopic resources.

Introduction to the NMReady 60P on YouTube

Nanalysis has just entered into a collaborative research agreement with Thesis Chemistry, a Green Chemistry organization in Cambridge, Ontario. The company will integrate the analytical capability of the NMReady bench-top NMR spectrometer into their program of transforming lignocellulosic biomass into green chemicals. See the press release at

Nanalysis will be showcasing the NMReady at CSC 2012, May 26-30, 2012, in Calgary. Visit booth #222, to get a live demo and see first-hand the capabilities of the NMReady.

For more information on the applications and functions of the NMReady, visit http://www.nanalysis.com
NMReady 60MHz bench-top NMR spectrometer

Workshops and seminars at the 54th Rocky Mountain Conference (June 26/12)

The Solid-State NMR Symposium at the 54th Rocky Mountain Conference on Analytical Chemistry will take place July 15-19, 2012 at the Copper Conference Center in Copper Mountain, Colorado.

Consider attending one of the traditional workshops and seminars ssociated with this conference (registration required).

Bruker Solid State NMR workshop and seminar
July 15, 2012, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Bruker EPR Meeting
July 15, 2012, starts at 6:30 pm

Agilent Technologies User Meeting
July 15, 2012

54th Rocky Mountain Conference on Analytical Chemistry (May 1/12)

The 54th Rocky Mountain Conference on Analytical Chemistry is taking place July 15-19, 2012 at the Copper Conference Center in Copper Mountain, Colorado. This year's conference will feature the 35th International EPR Symposium, as well as the world-renowned Solid-State NMR Symposium.

Abstracts are now being accepted for both oral and poster presentations. Deadline to submit an oral presentation abstract is May 1, 2012. Deadline to submit a poster presentation abstract is June 15, 2012. For information on submitting an abstract visit

Conference registration is now open. Discounts are offered to those who are registered and paid on or before July 1, 2012

You can access additional details on hotel reservations, discounted travel, area attractions and program content at http://www.rockychem.com

Call for nominations: 2014 Vaughan Lecturer (June 21/12)

Nominations for the 2014 Vaughan Lecturer (SSNMR Symposium at the Rocky Mountain Conference for Analytical Chemistry) are being solicited from the solid-state NMR community. The deadline for the nominations is July 1, 2012.


The nominations should include the following:

1. Name of nominee, the nominees affiliation, address, phone, fax and e-mail.
2. Name of nominator, address, phone, fax and e-mail.
3. A brief (no more than 300 words) description of the work(s) serving as the basis for the nomination.

The nomination letters should be sent to [reimer "at" berkeley.edu]

The Vaughan Lecturer selection committee is comprised of the Chair and the six most recent Vaughan Lecturers: Jeff Reimer (Chair), Lucio Frydman, Clare P. Grey, Robin K. Harris, Malcolm H. Levitt, Ago Samoson, Kurt Zilm.

Nominations for the Vaughan Lecturer are solicited from the solid-state NMR community, 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 RMCAC SSNMR symposium. 2012 Vaughan Lecturer is Mark Conradi.

6th Annual VIVA NMR Symposium (May 18/12)

I am pleased to announce that the 6th Annual VIVA NMR symposium will take place Wednesday, June 27th, 2012, at Simon Fraser University (Burnaby Mountain Campus)in Burnaby B.C. Yes, that is only 6 weeks away! This year we will also celebrate the opening of our new "Bruker Spectroscopy Facility" in the newly renovated SFU Chemistry Department.

The aim 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 are especially encouraged. Talks must be registered before June 15th, all other registrations will end on June 20th.

VIVA 2012

On-line registration should be available soon at: http://www.sfu.ca/~vivanmr/registration.html

The symposium is designed to be affordable and thanks to generous sponsorship by Bruker Canada and Agilent Technologies, the registration fees are only $20 for students and $40 for non-students which includes the lunch BBQ and afternoon poster social session. The program will consist of 15-20 minute talks, a BBQ lunch at the Highland Pub, and a poster session/social gathering.

A meeting of NMR facility managers is scheduled to follow immediately after the conference. For further details see the conference website: http://www.sfu.ca/~vivanmr

Due to the short time available we have not been able to reserve special accommodation this year but there are links on the website to accommodation at SFU. Please feel free to forward this announcement to anyone who might be interested.

I hope to see you all soon!

-- Dr. Andrew Lewis
Director, Magnetic Resonance & Mass Spectrometry Facilities
Department of Chemistry, Simon Fraser University
8888 University Drive, Burnaby BC V5A 1S6
Email: arl "at" sfu.ca, Tel: 604 306 7959
Fax: 778 782 3765, Office: Shrum Science Chemistry, Room 9039

7th Solid-State NMR Workshop at CSC 2012 (May 16/12)

The National Ultrahigh-Field NMR Facility for Solids and Bruker Canada are pleased to present the 7th Annual Solid-State NMR Workshop at the 95th Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition in Calgary (CSC 2012). The workshop will take place on Saturday, May 26, 2012, 13:00 - 19:00, in the Calgary TELUS Convention Centre.

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 (CTCC, Chinook 4), Chair David Bryce (University of Ottawa)

13:00-13:05 David Bryce (University of Ottawa) Opening comments

13:05-13:25 Anne-Marie Thompson (NSERC) "Major Resources Support program" (brief presentation and discussion)

13:25-13:50 Roderick Wasylishen (University of Alberta) "High-Field NMR Studies of Strontium-87 in Solids"

13:50-14:15 Brandon Greer (University of Manitoba) "Characterisation of Chromium-bearing "Yellow Phase" in Model Nuclear Waste Glasses by Multinuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy"

14:15-14:40 Venkataraman Thangadurai (University of Calgary) "Evaluation of Structure, Ion-Exchange and Transport Properties of Fast Li ion Conducting Garnet-type Solid Electrolytes by Solid State Li NMR Spectroscopy and AC Impedance"

14:40-15:00 Coffee Break

Session 2 (CTCC, Chinook 4), Chair Scott Kroeker (University of Manitoba)

15:00-15:25 Robin Stein (Bruker Canada) "Proton Solid-State NMR Crystallography"

15:25-15:50 Frédéric Perras (University of Ottawa) "35Cl Solid-State NMR of Covalently-Bound, Organic, Chlorine at 21.1 T and the use of QUEST (QUadrupolar Exact SofTware)"

15:50-16:15Bryan Lucier (University of Windsor) "Solid-State NMR Investigations of 'Stacked' Square-Planar Pt(II) Systems"

16:15-16:40 Andreas Brinkmann (NRC Canada) "Dipolar Recoupling in Fast Magic-Angle-Spinning NMR at High Magnetic Fields"

16:40-17:05 Gillian Goward (McMaster University) "Measuring Ion Dynamics by NMR Observations from the Point of View of the Host Lattice"

17:10 Reception sponsored by Bruker Canada

IV Ibero-American NMR Meeting (April 4/12)

Dear Colleagues,

We cordially invite you to participate in the IV Ibero-American NMR Meeting which will be celebrated along with the VI GERMN Bienal Meeting and the III Iberian NMR Meeting, at the University of Aveiro, Portugal, from 25 to 28 September, 2012. This special arrangement will offer the Ibero-American NMR spectroscopists and others interested, a large audience and a great opportunity to present and share their results.

Registrations are open and abstracts to be considered for oral contribution can be submitted until April 30th.

Confirmed speakers:

Brian Goodfellow (CICECO, Aveiro, Portugal)
Claudio Fernandez (UNR, Rosario, Argentina)
Claudio Tormena (IQM, UNICAMP, Campinas Brazil)
Luis Alberto Colnago (EMBRAPA, Brasília, Brazil
Hartmut Oschkinat (FMP, Berlin, Germany)
Jarbas Resende (UFMG, Belo Horizonte, Brazil)
Jesús Angulo (CSIC, Seville, Spain)
João Rocha (CICECO, Aveiro, Portugal)
Marta Bruix (CSIC, Madrid, Spain)
Natàlia Carulla (IRB, Barcelona, Spain)
Julien Wist (Universidade del Valle, Cali, Colombia)
Volker Dötsch (Goethe Univ. Frankfurt, Germany)
IV Ibero-American NMR Meeting

Travel stipends: http://www.spq.pt/eventos/iberoanmr2012/?ver=travel

For full details, important deadlines and updates, please visit our website:

Looking forward to meet you in Aveiro,

The organizing committee

CCSB 2012(April 1/12)

We are pleased to announce the 2nd China Canada Systems Biology Conference and the 19th Methods in Protein Structure Analysis, which will take place at the Ottawa Convention Centre, Ottawa, Canada from June 25-28, 2012. The 2012 symposium is being organized and hosted by the Ottawa Institute of Systems Biology (University of Ottawa), The International Association for Protein Structure Analysis and Proteomics, and the China-Ontario BioAnalytic Consortium (COBAC).

The goal of this meeting is to bring together internationally recognized scientists and students in the field of systems biology, protein biochemistry, and proteomics to promote scientific discussion and the development of new collaborations.

Of special interest for NMR spectroscopists will be the session "Dynamic links between protein structure and function". Invited speakers to this session include Lewis Kay (University of Toronto), Katherine Henzler-Wildman (Washington University School of Medicine), Gianluigi Veglia (University of Minnesota), Kevin Gardner (University of Texas Southwestern) and Dorothee Kern (Brandeis).

More information can be found at http://www.oisb.ca/june_2012_symposium/ccsb_2012.htm

Registration is now open. Abstract submission deadline is May 15th, 2012.

Natalie Goto

Associate Professor

Department of Chemistry
University of Ottawa
10 Marie Curie
Ottawa, ON, K1N 6N5

email: Natalie.Goto "at" uottawa.ca
Tel (613) 562-5800 (6918)
Fax (613) 562-5170
Web: http://mysite.science.uottawa.ca/ngoto/Welcome.html

Recognition: Julian Zhu (April 29/12)

Polymer Chemistry (RSC) profiles Prof. Julian Zhu (Université de Montréal) as the author of the week.

NMR paper in Science (April 19/12)

P. Neudecker, P. Robustelli, A. Cavalli, P. Walsh, P. Lundström, A. Zarrine-Afsar, S. Sharpe, M. Vendruscolo, and L.E. Kay, "Structure of an Intermediate State in Protein Folding and Aggregation," Science 336 (2012) 362-366. http://dx.doi.org/10.1126/science.1214203

Science Perspective: David Eliezer, "Visualizing Amyloid Assembly," Science 336 (2012) 308-309. http://dx.doi.org/10.1126/science.1220356

Physics of MRI: A Primer

Physics of MRI: A Primer (April 13/12)

n introductory lecture on physics of MRI by Donald Plewes and Walter Kucharczyk (University of Toronto).

D.B. Plewes and W. Kucharczyk,
"Physics of MRI: A Primer," Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging 35 (2012) 1038–1054. (Review: MR Physics for Clinicians) http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/jmri.23642

Potent inhibition of ice recrystallization by low molecular weight carbohydrate-based surfactants and hydrogelators

Cover article in Chemical Science (April 3/12)

C.J. Capicciotti, M. Leclère, F.A. Perras, D. Bryce, H. Paulin, J. Harden, Y. Liu and R.N. Ben,
"Potent inhibition of ice recrystallization by low molecular weight carbohydrate-based surfactants and hydrogelators," Chem. Sci. 3 (2012) 1408-1416. (Cover Article) http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/C2SC00885H

3rd Canadian Magnetism Meeting (April 2/12) 

Dear colleagues,

The 3rd Canadian Magnetism Meeting will be held in Calgary on May 25th, right before the CSC kicks off. This day-long meeting is intended to allow researcher in all fields of magnetism to share their recent research developments, and network with other members of the Canadian magnetism community.

All interested are welcome to attend. In order to help organization, please send an email to confirm if you and your group will attend (contact information below).

We have a lineup of invited speakers covering various areas of magnetism: Daniel Gamelin (U Washington), Daniel Leznoff (SFU), Natia Frank (UVic), Laurie Thompson (MUN), TK Sham (Western), Kathryn Preuss (Guelph), and Arthur Mar (UofA).

There will be a poster session for students with best poster awards. We will be accepting email submissions of abstracts (200-word abstract, 1 picture) until May 7th.

There is no registration fee for this meeting.

More info can be found at:

Visit often, the website will get regular updates in the coming weeks.

All those interested to attend and/or to submit an abstract, please email Robin Arseneault at [raarsene "at" ucalgary.ca

We are looking forward to seeing all of you in Calgary.

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

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

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

For more about this project:

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Canadian contributions

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

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

NMR paper in Angewandte Chemie (March 14/12)

Frédéric A. Perras and David L. Bryce, "Direct Investigation of Covalently Bound Chlorine in Organic Compounds by Solid-State 35Cl NMR Spectroscopy and Exact Spectral Line-Shape Simulations," Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. (2012) online. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/anie.201200728

This is a second publication in Angewandte Chemie featuring results 900obtained 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).

New NMR book (March 1/12)

Solid State Nuclear Magnetic Resonance: A Practical Introduction (Volume 1)

David E. Axelson (author)
Paperback: 472 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace (January 26, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1469982274

"Solid state nuclear magnetic resonance now offers a wide variety of methods for characterization of materials of different compositions over a wide range of experimental conditions (temperatures, pressures, etc.). Both simple and sophisticated pulse sequences enable one to selectively probe and quantify physical properties of interest. This book mainly dwells on the practical aspects of selected topics and uses a largely non-mathematical, although extensively referenced, approach to the introduction of solid state NMR concepts."

Chapter 1 : Principles of Solid State NMR
Chapter 2 : Introduction to Pulse Sequences
Chapter 3 : Decoupling
Chapter 4 : Quantitative Analysis
Chapter 5 : Artifacts
Chapter 6 : Line Broadening Mechanisms
Chapter 7 : Resolution Enhancement
Chapter 8 : Variable Temperature

For the detailed table of contents

To contact the author, Dr. David E. Axelson

NANUC 2012 Biomolecular NMR BootCamp (update March 6/12)

NANUC 2012 Biomolecular NMR BootCamp will be hosted by the NMR Facility in Chemistry at the University of Toronto, June 4th to 9th, 2012 on campus.

Our keynote lecturer this year is Prof. Chad Reinstra (UIUC) on BioSolids NMR. We will have Dr. Frank Delaglio (NIDDK, NIH) for the NMRPipe Suite; Dr. Nico Tjandra (LBPC, NIH) with Dynamics and Relaxation; Dr. Bruce Johnson (UMBC) on NMRView; Dr. Charles Schwieters (ISL, NIH) demonstrating Xplor-NIH, and one day on pulse sequence programming (Agilent/Bruker).

For more information visit

Please mark your calendars,

Timothy Burrow, Ph.D. MBA
Manager, NMR
University of Toronto 416-978-5728

NMR News!
NMR Web pages:

Solid-State NMR Symposium at CSC 2012 (March 1/12)


this is a reminder that the CSC 2012 abstract submission deadline is February 15.

On behalf of the organizing committee for the 95th Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition, it is my pleasure to invite you to take part in the "Solid-State NMR" symposium sponsored by the Physical, Theoretical and Computational Division of the Chemical Society of Canada. CSC 2012 will be held in Calgary, May 26-30, 2012. Three half-day sessions will be devoted to the Solid-State NMR symposium tentatively beginning Sunday afternoon, May 27th.

The confirmed invited speakers are Michèle Auger (Laval), Jochen Autscbach (SUNY - Buffalo), Alex Bain (McMaster), Darren Brouwer (Redeemer), David Bryce (Ottawa), Gillian Goward (McMaster), Yining Huang (Western), Scott Kroeker (Manitoba), Andrew MacFarlane (UBC), Karl T. Mueller (PNNL - Richland), Luke O'Dell (NRC Canada), John Ripmeester (NRC Canada), Rob Schurko (Windsor), Victor Terskikh (NRC Canada), Gang Wu (Queen's).

In addition, the conference will feature the usual poster session. Finally, on Saturday, May 26th the National Ultrahigh-Field NMR Facility for Solids and Bruker Canada will be hosting the 7th Annual Solid-State NMR Workshop. I certainly hope that you and your colleagues can attend the workshop.

Please visit the conference web site http://www.csc2012.ca for a full list of symposia and for abstract submission instructions. All abstracts must be submitted on-line by Wednesday, February 15. The Web site also provides information on the many attractions in the Calgary area.

I am looking forward to seeing you in Calgary at the end of May. Very best wishes.

Yours sincerely,


Dr. Roderick E. Wasylishen
Canada Research Chair in Physical Chemistry
Department of Chemistry
Gunning/Lemieux Chemistry Centre
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta
Canada T6G 2G2

Tel: 1-780-492-4336
Lab: 1-780-492-5732
Web: http://ramsey.chem.ualberta.ca

"Canadian NMR Research" News Bulletin (March 1/12)

Winter 2012

The Winter 2012 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!

Paul Callaghan (1947-2012) (March 24/12)

Sir Paul Terence Callaghan, a New Zealand physicist world-renowned for his work in magnetic resonance, has died on 24 March 2012 after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

Victoria University deeply saddened by death of Paul Callaghan

Sir Paul's final wish granted (New Zealand Herald)

A website has been set up in Paul Callaghan’s memory for messages of condolence http://paultcallaghan.wordpress.com/

ISMAR: It is with great sadness that the International Society of Magnetic Resonance (ISMAR) learnt the Sir Paul Callaghan died from cancer March 24, 2012 at the age of only 64. He was an eminent figure in science in New Zealand and in NMR of materials. He is most known for his pioneering work combining rheology and NMR to unravel the flow behaviour of complex systems such as liquid crystals and polymer melts. These developments reach far beyond NMR and clearly represent landmarks of our field. His book on NMR Microscopy is a classic. His achievements have been recognized by numerous honours, prizes, and recognitions throughout the world.

Sir Paul Callaghan served as President of the International Society of Magnetic Resonance from 2008 to 2010 and did a tremendous job in this capacity. He initiated the concept of ISMAR Fellows in order to recognize eminent scientists in our field, and defined strategic goals for ISMAR’s future. Though his severe illness often prevented him from travelling during his presidency, we were all extremely impressed by how much ISMAR mattered to him. Until very recently, no ISMAR action was taken without Paul’s involvement and approval.

The International Society of Magnetic Resonance mourns its former President and Fellow of our Society. We feel privileged to have had the opportunity to work so closely with him for several years. On behalf of the Executive Committee and all the members of ISMAR, I express my deep gratitude.

We hold him in highest esteem and will express our appreciation at the upcoming ISMAR Conference to be held in Brazil next year.

Hans Wolfgang Spiess
ISMAR President

Recognition: 53rd ENC Student Travel Awards (April 6/12)

ENC has announced winners of 2012 Student Travel Stipends attending the 53rd ENC, April 15-20, 2012, Miami, Florida. The stipends are funded by the ENC, the Suraj P. Manrao Science Foundation, and the generous contributions of companies. Among awardees there are several Canadian recipients, including

Andrée Gravel (Université du Québec à Montréal)
Emily Ritz (University of Guelph)
Siqi Zhu (McGill University)
Bryan Lucier (University of Windsor)
Hussain Masoom (University of Toronto)
Erick Meneses Ramirez (McGill University)

Congratulations to all the winners!

The finalized 53rd ENC program is now available online

62nd Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference, CSChE 2012 (March 16/12)

The call for papers is now open and will close May 31, 2012
Details are available at http://www.csche2012.ca/

On behalf of the Conference Organizing Committee and the Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering (CSChE), we are pleased to welcome you to the website for the 62nd Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference, to be held in Vancouver, British Columbia from October 14-17, 2012.

The main themes of this year’s conference are Energy, Environment and Sustainability, which are critical issues faced by chemical engineers both in Canada and around the world. Five international symposia: gasification, biomass and bioenergy, fuel cells-battery-electrochemical technologies, sustainability and spouted beds, are to be organized by multinational committees of experts in each field. Regular programs in all aspects of chemical engineering are also planned by the Subject Divisions of the CSChE. Separate graduate and undergraduate programs are organized by our student committees to showcase the student contributions and to promote exchange of ideas for our young and bright chemical engineers.

We look forward to seeing you at the Conference!
Maja Veljkovic, Conference Chair
X.Tony Bi, Conference Co-Chair

Agilent ENC 2012 Users' Meeting (March 4/12)

We are pleased to announce our Users' Meeting which will be hosted at the Intercontinental Miami in conjunction with the 53rd ENC!

April 14, 2012

InterContinental Miami, 100 Chopin Plaza, Miami, Florida 33131


08:00 – 09:00 Registration & Continental Breakfast
09:00 – 10:30 Sessions
10:30 – 10:45 Coffee break
10:45 – 12:15 Sessions
12:15 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 14:45 Sessions
14:45 – 15:00 Break
15:00 – 16:00 Sessions
16:00 – 17:00 Workshops (3 parallel)
17:00 – 19:00 Reception

To register Agilent Pre-ENC Users' Meeting

Review in Progress in Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (Feb 24/12)

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 62 (2012) 1-33. (Invited Review) http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pnmrs.2011.06.003

Cover article in Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry (Feb 23/12)

Potential fluorinated NMR probes to study membrane topology

J. Guimond-Tremblay, M.-C. Gagnon, J.-A. Pineault-Maltais, V.
Turcotte, M. Auger, J.-F. Paquin, "Synthesis and properties of monofluorinated dimyristoylphosphatidylcholine derivatives: Potential fluorinated probes for the study of membrane topology," Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry 10 (2012) 1145-1148. (Cover Article) http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c2ob06570c

Bruker Pre-ENC NMR Workshops and Breakfast Symposium (Feb 17/12)

Register now to hear about new NMR technologies, innovative methods, and late breaking NMR announcements. This year, due to popular demand, we've again added our Saturday NMR Workshops to our traditional Sunday Breakfast Symposium.

NMR Workshops - Saturday, April 14, 1:00pm - 6:00pm

Breakfast Symposium - Sunday, April 15, 8:00am - Noon

Both events will be at the InterContinental Miami, Miami, FL

For more information and to register

Review in Progress in Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (Feb 16/12)

progress G. Wu and J. Zhu "NMR studies of alkali metal ions in organic and biological solids," Progress in Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy 61 (2012) 1-70. (Invited Review) http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pnmrs.2011.06.002

"NMR is Good" contest by Cambridge Isotope Laboratories (Jan 25/12)

Have you acquired an NMR spectrum you are really proud of?

Submit - Your favorite NMR spectrum will be showcased on CIL's website and in our Hospitality Suite at ENC 2012.

Vote - Vote for your favorite NMR spectra online, April 16th-18th and in person at CIL's ENC Hospitality Suite. All votes will be entered to win an iPAD2!

Win - Receive the most votes and win a travel stipend for $1500 or CIL product in the amount of $1500.

Dates to remember: Submission starts January 25th and ends March 15th.
Voting April 16th-18th. Online or at the ENC Hospitality Suite.

To submit your spectrum: http://www.isotope.com/cil/news/nmr_submission.cfm

24th Canadian Materials Science Conference – call for abstracts (Jan 20/12)

We invite you to submit an abstract for presentation at the 24th CMSC, Materials: Atoms to Applications, which will be held at The University of Western Ontario, June 5-8, 2012. We are accepting abstracts for both oral and poster presentations; priority will be given to submissions by students.

The Conference has been expanded from its roots in metallurgy to include presentations related to many materials including bio- and nano-materials and composites; a somewhat more detailed list is shown on the attached flyer which we hope you will print and post/distribute to anyone you think might be interested in participating.

We hope you will forward this e-mail to any potential participants, including students and post-docs. Students who live in Canada more than 500 km from London, Ontario and are submitting abstracts may apply for travel support. Presenting students will automatically be entered into the appropriate competition; there will be prizes for the top presentations in each category.

All abstracts must be submitted through webHermes. Information about abstract submission may be found on the CMSC web site under "Abstract Submission"; any questions, problems, etc., please let us know.

We are delighted that Dr. Carlos Tomé (Los Alamos National Laboratories) will present the D.K.C. Memorial Lecture on Thursday evening, June 7, immediately after the banquet (included with registration). We are also pleased to announce that so far fifteen leading researchers in their fields of materials science have accepted our invitation to speak during the Conference.

Everyone who wishes to attend the 24th Canadian Materials Science Conference, whether presenting or not, must register for the Conference. The registration fee includes the opening reception on Tuesday evening, June 5, the poster reception on Wednesday, June 6 and the banquet on Thursday as well as lunches on Wednesday and Thursday, all coffee breaks and all conference materials including the Program/Abstract book. On-line registration is accessible through our web site as is access to reserving a room in Essex Hall on campus.

The University of Western Ontario campus, always beautiful, is especially so in early June; the weather should be superb. Niagara Falls and the superb wine country of the Niagara peninsula are about two hours away as is Toronto, Canada's largest city. The Stratford Shakespeare Festival (45 minutes away) and Shaw Festival (~2.5 hours away) will be offering many presentations before, during and after the CMSC.

We hope to see you in London in June not only attending the 24th CMSC but participating as a presenter of a talk or a poster. webHermes is available for abstract submission from now through midnight, March 5.

Any questions, comments, etc., please let us know.

See you in June.

Dr. Robert J. Klassen, Conference Chair
Dr. Myra Gordon, Conference Coordinator


ICMRBS Founders' Medal - Call For Nominations (Jan 5/12)

The International Conference of Magnetic Resonance in Biological Systems (ICMRBS; http://www.icmrbs.org) was co-founded by Oleg Jardetzky, Mildred Cohn, and Robert Schulman in 1964. The conference has been organized biannually over the past half century, and currently attracts between 800 and 1,000 scientists to a six-day scientific forum held at different locations across the world.

In 2002, the ICMRBS Council established the Founders' Medal to recognize exceptional contributions by young scientists (under 41 years at the time of the award) to the development and/or progress of the field of magnetic resonance in biological systems. An award winner will receive the Medal as well as $3,000 (in USD), and she or he will be invited to present a lecture at the XXVth ICMRBS meeting, which will be held in Lyon, France, August 19-24, 2012.

Previous Recipients Lewis Kay, Univ. of Toronto, Canada (2002), Nico Tjandra, National Institutes of Health, USA (2005), Marc Baldus, Max-Planck-Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Germany (2006), Chad Rienstra, Univ. of Illinois, USA (2008), and Mei Hong, Iowa State Univ., USA (2010).

Nomination Procedure Nominations must be submitted by email to the Chair of the ICMRBS Council (2010-2012), Mitsu Ikura at [mikura "at" uhnres.utoronto.ca]. The deadline for nominations is March 31st, 2012. The nomination package should include (1) cover letter, (2) outline of the candidate's "exceptional contributions", (3) the candidate's CV and publication list.

Selection Committee Peter Wright (Chair), Marc Baldus, Masatsune Kainosho, Ann McDermott, Thomas Prisner

EUROMAR 2012 preliminary programme (Jan 5/12)

This year's EUROMAR congress will be held in Dublin, Ireland from July 1st to 5th. A preliminary programme is already available at


and registration will open on January 16th. You are all cordially invited to attend this meeting, which continues the longstanding tradition of AMPERE congresses.

Sincerely yours,

Gunnar Jeschke
General Secretary, Groupement AMPERE

Raymond Andrew Prize 2012 - Call for nominations (Jan 5/12)

Dear colleagues,

Call for Nominations for the Raymond Andrew Prize for an outstanding Ph.D. thesis in the field of magnetic resonance

For the Raymond Andrew Prize 2012 the AMPERE Prize Committee is seeking your help in searching for qualified candidates who completed their dissertation during the period of 2010/2011. The prize will be presented during the EUROMAR in Dublin (Ireland) from 1th to 5th July 2012.

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 2012 and should include the following documents: (1) Nomination letter, (2) Curriculum vitae, (3) List of publications and presentations at conferences, (4) 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: http://www.ampere.ethz.ch/andrew_prize.htm

Sincerely yours,

Gunnar Jeschke
Secretary General, Groupement AMPERE