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Theses Defenses (April 20/16)

Stanislav Veinberg (University of Windsor) April 20, 2016
Supervisor: Prof. Robert Schurko
Ph.D. Chemistry: "Natural Abundance 14N and 15N Solid-State NMR Studies of Organic, Biological, and Pharmaceutical Systems"

NMR paper in Nature Chemistry (May 21/15)

Kelong Zhu, Christopher A. O'Keefe, V. Nicholas Vukotic, Robert W. Schurko and Stephen J. Loeb, "A molecular shuttle that operates inside a metal–organic framework," Nature Chemistry 7 (2015) 514–519. http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nchem.2258

Nature Chemistry highlight: "Metal–organic frameworks: Shuttling in the solid state" 7 (2015) 470–471. http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nchem.2268

Chemical & Engineering News highlight: "Molecular Shuttles Get Organized" Volume 93 (2015), Issue 19, page 27. http://cen.acs.org/articles/93/i19/Molecular-Shuttles-Organized.html

This paper in Nature Chimistry features results obtained using the 21.1 T solid-state NMR spectrometer at the National Ultrahigh-Field NMR Facility for Solids. For other research publications enabled by the 900 NMR Facility see http://nmr900.ca/publications_e.html

CrystEngComm themed issue International Year of Crystallography Celebration: North America (July 21/14)

International Year of Crystallography Celebration: North America


Themed issue: International Year of Crystallography Celebration: North America

issue 31, 21 August 2014, Page 7151 to 7358

guest-edited by Christer B. Aakeröy (Kansas State) and Tomislav Friščić (McGill)

Christer B. Aakeröy and Tomislav Friščić, "2014 International year of crystallography celebration: North America," (Editorial) CrystEngComm 16 (2014) 7160-7161. http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c4ce90100b

Canadian NMR contributions

K. Shin, I.L. Moudrakovski, M.D. Davari, S. Alavi, C.I. Ratcliffe, and J.A. Ripmeester, "Crystal engineering the clathrate hydrate lattice with NH4F," CrystEngComm 16 (2014) 7209-7217. (IYCr 2014 North America themed issue) http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c3ce41661e

J. Viger-Gravel, J.E. Meyer, I. Korobkov and D.L. Bryce,
"Probing Halogen Bonds with Solid-State NMR Spectroscopy. Observation and Interpretation of J(77Se, 31P) Coupling in Halogen-Bonded P=Se···I Motifs," CrystEngComm 16 (2014) 7285-7297. (IYCr 2014 North America themed issue) http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c4ce00345d

M.P. Hildebrand, H. Hamaed, A.M. Namespetra, J.M. Donohue, R. Fu, I. Hung, Z. Gan and R.W. Schurko, "35Cl Solid-State NMR of HCl Salts of Active Pharmaceuticals Ingredients: Structural Prediction, Spectral Fingerprinting and Polymorph Recognition," CrystEngComm 16 (2014) 7334-7356. (IYCr 2014 North America themed issue) http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c4ce00544a

CanadianPostdoctoral position in solid-state NMR of pharmaceuticals University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario (April 4/14)

A PDF position is available in the Schurko group at the University of Windsor with starting dates between May 2014 - September 2014. The PDF will be in charge of conducting research and managing a project area involving SSNMR of pharmaceutical compounds, related materials and nanoparticles. We are equipped with 400 MHz and 500 MHz SSNMR spectrometers, pXRD and scXRD equipment, wet lab spaces (including glove boxes) and fantastic shared computational resources. We also have access to high field (800, 900 MHz) NMR spectrometers. The PDF candidate should have extensive background in solid-state NMR. The position starts with a one-year contract, with option to extend to second and third years via mutual agreement of the PDF and the PI.

For more information, please contact me at: [rschurko "at" uwindsor.ca]

Robert W. Schurko, Professor of Chemistry
Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
University of Windsor, 389 Essex Hall
Windsor, Ontario, Canada N9B 3P4
Phone: 519-253-3000 x3548
Fax: 519-973-7098
rschurko "at" uwindsor.ca
Please visit my website:

CSC 2014 Call for Papers is now open (Dec 16/13)

Canadian eventCSC 2014 “Chemistry from Sea to Sky" the 97th Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition, June 1-5, 2014, Vancouver, B.C., Canada


Solid-state NMR Symposium

Suzana Straus, University of British Columbia
Rob Schurko, University of Windsor

Confirmed Invited Speakers:
David Bryce, University of Ottawa
Brad Chmelka, University of California - Santa Barbara, USA
Yoshitaka Ishii, University of Illinois - Chicago, USA
Scott Kroeker, University of Manitoba
Vlad Ladizhansky, University of Guelph
Rachel Martin, University of California - Irvine, USA
Len Mueller, University of California - Riverside, USA

Theses Defenses (Nov 13/13)

Brian Lucier (University of Windsor) September 2013
Supervisor: Prof. Robert Schurko
Ph.D. Chemistry: "New Directions for Solid-State NMR of Insensitive Nuclei: Applications to Metal Nuclei in Inorganic Material"

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

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

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

Congratulations to all the winners!

The final 54th ENC program is now available online

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

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

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

Recognition: Hiyam Hamaed (Oct 20/10)

Hiyam Hamaed (University of Windsor) has been awarded the Governor General's Gold Medal as the top graduate student in her cohort. Hiyam did her Ph.D. in solid-state NMR under the supervision of Robert Schurko. While working on her Ph.D. project "Solid-state NMR spectroscopy of unreceptive nuclei in inorganic and organic systems" Hiyam was a frequent user of the 900 NMR Facility in Ottawa. Congratulations with the Gold Medal, Hiyam!

Read a feature story about Hiyam in the University of Windsor's Daily News (external link).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Recognition: Robert Schurko (July 27/09)

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

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


wurstA WURST-QCPMG NMR technique has recently been introduced by Luke O'Dell and Rob Schurko (Windsor) to achieve uniform excitation of quadrupolar nuclei across very wide bandwidth. Using this approach wideline spectra of stationary samples can now be acquired with no need or just minimal transmitter frequency adjustment. The spectrum shown was acquired in about 1 hour by co-adding 10 individual pieces. Experiments were performed by Luke O'Dell, who also kindly provided the WURST-QCPMG pulse sequence for the 900 MHz NMR instrument. This pulse program is now available to our users. For more information about WURST-QCPMG:

L.A. O'Dell and R.W. Schurko, "QCPMG Using Adiabatic Pulses for Faster Acquisition of Ultra-Wideline NMR Spectra," Chem. Phys. Lett. 464 (2008) 97-102. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cplett.2008.08.095

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

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

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


Mike Fuerth receives the 2007 Service Award (Jan11/08)

Mike FuerthMike Fuerth, the NMR technician at the University of Windsor, recently received the 2007 Staff Meritorious Service Award at the Faculty of Science Celebration of Success. Mike has been working at the University of Windsor for the past 33 years, and most of that time has been spent keeping the spectrometers operating in prime condition. For more on this story, click here (external link).

Photo from: www.uwindsor.ca