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2009-2010 Annual Report (Nov 27/10)

the 2009/10 Annual Report of the 900 NMR Facility has been finalized and is now available for download. We will start mailing printed copies shortly.

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

 

NMR Thesis Defended: Vladimir Michaelis (Nov 13/10)

Congratulations go to a long-time 900 Facility user Vladimir Michaelis who has just defended his Ph.D. Thesis! Well done, Vlad!

Vladimir Michaelis (Department of Chemistry, University of Manitoba) November 10, 2010
Supervisor: Prof. Scott Kroeker
Ph.D. thesis
"Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Studies of Disorder and Local Structure in Borate and Germanate Materials"

Vlad and Scott just published an important paper on 73Ge solid-state NMR in the Journal of Physical Chemistry which was part of his thesis project

90) Vladimir K. Michaelis and Scott Kroeker, "73Ge Solid-State NMR of Germanium Oxide Materials: Experimental and Theoretical Studies," Journal of Physical Chemistry C (2010) ASAP. http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/jp1071082


NMR Seminar: NRC-SIMS (Nov 10/10)

Speaker: Prof. Igor Mastikhin, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton

Title: "MRI of cavitation and other strange things"

Date: Thursday, November 18th, 2010

Time: 1:30 pm

Location: M-40, Montreal Road


Steering Committee Meeting (November 4/10)

the Facility Steering Committee meeting took place at the NMR Facility on November 4, 2010.


Cover article in Angewandte Chemie (updated Nov 18/10)

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Low concentration and poor sensitivity often hinder or make impossible solid-state 17O NMR in large biomolecular systems. In this cover article in Angewandte Chemie Gang Wu (Queen’s) and co-workers from the University of Ottawa and NRC Canada show that at an ultrahigh magnetic field of 21 T the high quality solid-state 17O NMR spectra can be obtained for large protein–ligand complexes of up to 300 kDa in size. Complementary multinuclear 17O, 27Al, and 13C NMR data obtained in this work have aided in the structural refinement for an ovotransferrin bound Al-oxalate complex.

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

Softpedia, November 18, 2010
Molecular Oxygen Studies Targeted by New Tool
(online)

Queen's University News Center, November 17, 2010
Scientists discover new method for studying molecules
(online)

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


Cover article in Dalton Transactions (Sept 15/10)

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David Bryce (University of Ottawa) has written a Perspective for Dalton Transactions about recent advancements in 43Ca NMR spectroscopy and its applications in materials science.

David L. Bryce "Calcium Binding Environments Probed by 43Ca NMR Spectroscopy," Dalton Transactions 39 (2010) 8593-8602. (Cover Article). http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c0dt00416b

This Perspective is featured on the cover of the current Dalton Transaction issue (2010, #37), and was recently highlighted by SpectroscopyNow

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


NMR Facility Annual Report 2009-2010 (July 8/10)

Dear NMR Facility Users:

we are preparing our 2009-2010 Annual Report and we would like to receive the following information from you by the August 15th deadline:

1) a brief progress report for each of your research projects. Please prepare a separate report for each project, regardless of whether the project has ended or not. Each report should illustrate for non-NMR specialists major project findings and should normally not exceed one-two pages (text and figures) (preferably MS Word format, or an ASCII text + figures separately). Selected progress reports will be included in the printed version of the Annual Report (previous reports)

2) all 2009-2010 research publications featuring results from the 900 instrument (published, accepted, submitted)

3) invited lectures and oral presentations in 2009-2010

4) poster presentations in 2009-2010

5) 2009-2010 : Honor thesis, Ph.D. thesis and similar works by your students using the 900 results (please indicate name of the student, department, title of thesis, date of the defense)

6) any other relevant information you may consider useful including in our report

Let me know if any questions, and thank you for your contribution!

On behalf of the Facility Steering Committee,

Victor Terskikh (E-mail)


Opportunities for studying polymorphs and cement-based materials via Ca-43 solid-state NMR

June 11, 2010, University of Ottawa

Calcium is an important component in diverse materials and biochemicals. However, NMR spectroscopy of the only spin-active calcium isotope, Ca-43, is notoriously challenging due to its low natural abundance (0.14 %), low resonance frequency, and quadrupolar nature. Recently, researchers from the University of Ottawa, the NRC Steacie Institute for Molecular Sciences (SIMS-NRC), and Dalhousie University have independently reported advances in studies of inorganic polymorphs and cement-based materials using Ca-43 solid-state NMR spectroscopy.

"In spite of the great complexity of the calcium silicate chemistry involved in the hydration of Portland cement, we have shown that Ca-43 solid-state NMR provides useful new insights into cement chemistry", says Igor Moudrakovski (SIMS-NRC) of his collaboration with the Institute for Research in Construction (SIMS-IRC). Josef Zwanziger (Dalhousie) and his academic and industrial partners have similarly applied Ca-43 NMR in their project on the development, optimization and commercialization of high performance cement based composite materials.

Zwanziger explains, "we are trying to understand the nature of the composite-cement interface, and the mechanisms of toughening and strengthening in concrete composites. Calcium NMR is one of the many tools which is shedding light on the nature of the interface." At the University of Ottawa, David Bryce and his research group have demonstrated the utility of calcium NMR in understanding polymorphism in solids. This work has implications for understanding biomaterials as well as inorganic materials.

Because Ca-43 NMR in solid state requires a very strong magnetic field for sensitivity reasons, all these experiments were carried out at the National Ultrahigh-Field NMR Facility for Solids, a national user facility managed by the University of Ottawa and housed on NRC's Ottawa campus, which houses Canada's only 21.1 T (900 MHz) NMR spectrometer.

The latest calcium NMR research has been published in PCCP and J. Am. Chem. Soc., and a perspective on the state of the field is now available in Dalton Transactions (Bryce, 2010).

David L. Bryce "Calcium Binding Environments Probed by 43Ca NMR Spectroscopy," Dalton Transactions (2010) online. http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c0dt00416b

Igor Moudrakovski, Rouhollah Alizadeh, James J. Beaudoin, "Natural abundance high field 43Ca solid state NMR in cement science," Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 12 (2010) 6961-6969. http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c000353k

David L. Bryce, Elijah B. Bultz, and Dominic Aebi, "Calcium-43 Chemical Shift Tensors as Probes of Calcium Binding Environments. Insight into the Structure of the Vaterite CaCO3 Polymorph by 43Ca Solid-State NMR Spectroscopy," Journal of the American Chemical Society 130 (2008) 9282–9292. http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/ja8017253


Facility Steering Committee membership (June 1/10)

The National Ultrahigh-Field NMR Facility for Solids wishes to extend its sincere thanks to Yining Huang (Western), the outgoing member of the Facility Steering Committee who served in 2006-2010. Yining has done a great job as the representative for Ontario Universities. His valuable insights and suggestions have certainly helped to improve the Facility and broaden its userbase.

The Facility is pleased to announce that Gang Wu (Queen's) has been appointed to serve on the Facility Steering Committee as the representative for Ontario Universities for the next three years. Gang Wu is a long-time facility user and his first-hand experience will be very useful in managing the Facility. Welcome aboard, Gang!

To contact members of the Facility Steering Committee


International Advisory Board Meeting (June 1/10)

the Facility International Advisory Board meeting took place on May 30, 2010 during CSC 2010 in Toronto.


Radio-Canada: interview with David Bryce (May 22/10)

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Dans le cadre de notre série sur les Chercheurs, nous recevons cette semaine David Bryce, professeur agrégé au Département de chimie et chercheur au Centre de recherche et d'innovation en catalyse de l'Université d'Ottawa (Radio-Canada).


Steering Committee Meeting (May 20/10)

the Facility Steering Committee meeting took place at the NMR Facility on May 20, 2010.


Solid-State NMR Workshop at CSC 2010 (May 1/10)

The National Ultrahigh-Field NMR Facility for Solids and Bruker Canada are pleased to present the 5th Annual Solid-State NMR Workshop at the 93rd Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition in Toronto (CSC 2010). The workshop will take place on Saturday afternoon, May 29, 2010 in the Metro Toronto Convention Centre MTCC.

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 (MTCC, room 203B)
Chair John Ripmeester (NRC Canada)

13:00-13:30 Scott Kroeker (University of Manitoba) "Further Adventures with 73Ge NMR of Solids: Halides and Oxides"

13:30-14:00 Andre Sutrisno (University of Western Ontario) "Natural Abundance Solid-State 73Ge and 67Zn Wideline NMR Studies at Ultrahigh Magnetic Field"

14:00-14:30 Leigh Spencer (McMaster University) "Materials for Lithium Ion Batteries: A Solid-State NMR Analysis"

14:30-15:00 Fabien Aussenac (Bruker France) "Solid-State NMR Dynamic Nuclear Polarization at 263 GHz"

15:00-15:15 Coffee Break

Session 2 (MTCC, room 203B)
Chair Roderick Wasylishen (University of Alberta)

15:15-15:45 Alex Bain (McMaster University) "Probing Spectra of Big Quadrupoles"

15:45-16:15 Cory Widdifield (University of Ottawa) "Solid-State 127I NMR Spectroscopy and GIPAW DFT Calculations of Inorganic Iodide Systems: Structure, Symmetry, and 'Beyond Second-Order" Quadrupole-Induced Shifts"

16:15-16:45 Peter Pallister (Carleton University) "33S Ultrahigh-Field Solid-State NMR and First Principles Calculations in Various Sulfate Systems"

16:45-17:15 Faciliy Users Meeting David Bryce & Victor Terskikh "National Facility user survey results and overview of application procedures"

17:15 Reception sponsored by Bruker Canada


NSERC 2010 Grants Competition Results (April 12/10)

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) has announced results of the 2010 NSERC competition in the Discovery Grants Program (DG), Research Tools and Instruments Grants (RTI) and Scholarship programs.

The National Ultrahigh-Field NMR Facility for Solids has received NSERC RTI funding for a cryogen-free cooler for the 900 MHz NMR spectrometer. Once installed, the sample cooler will provides powerful, stable and reliable cryogen-free cooling down to -80oC to samples in existing MAS and static NMR probes. This successful application to NSERC was a collaborative effort of three of the Facility users, David Bryce (University of Ottawa), Roderick Wasylishen (University of Alberta), and John Ripmeester (Carleton University).

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


Steering Committee Meeting (March 10/10)

the Facility Steering Committee meeting took place at the NMR Facility today, March 10, 2010.


Triple resonance experiments (March 2/10)

HCN probeOur first NMR probe capable of triple resonance experiments, 4mm HCN CP/MAS Bruker, was delivered in 2008. While work at the Facility is underway to develop a broadband HXY probe, the existing probe has been modified to allow our users to perform a broader range of triple resonance experiments. Most recently this probe was successfully tested in the H/B/N modification, with performance on 11B channel meeting our expectations. It is now possible to adjust the high frequency (X) channel to any desirable frequency between 13C and 11B, which covers such important nuclei as 27Al, 23Na, 79/81Br, and 129Xe. We are investigating if similar modifications can be done for the low frequency channel. This exciting for many our users development was made possible due to efforts of our NMR probe technician, Paul Morris. Thank you, Paul !

For more information on available NMR probes follow this link.


NMR Facility user survey (Feb 4/10)

The National Ultrahigh-Field NMR Facility for Solids is conducting the Facility user survey. Please contact Victor Terskikh if you would like to participate.


Major upgrades at the 900 NMR Facility (Jan 16/10)

The Avance II 900 NMR spectrometer has been in service for over four years already, acquiring spectra 24/7 with virtually no downtime. To ensure the best system performance and improved reliability for many years to come the Facility Steering Committee has approved a series of upgrades which are currently being implemented.

Last week the software was upgraded from TopSpin 1 to TopSpin 2, which also involved the complete workstation replacement. All user accounts and data have been successfully transferred over. The satellite data backup and archival server is in the process of replacement.

As part of this upgrade and also as preventative maintenance some hardware components in the spectrometer have been replaced with newer and more advanced versions.

Our NMR Facility strives to be at the forefront of solid-state NMR research providing the Canadian NMR community with the state-of-the-art instrumentation. Thank you for supporting our efforts!


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

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

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

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


Travel grants (Dec 8/09)

Our congratulations to recent travel grant recipients !

Margaret Hanson (University of Western Ontario)

Vladimir Michaelis (University of Manitoba)

Brandon Greer (University of Manitoba)

Andre Sutrisno (University of Western Ontario)

Travel support program for students and young scientists

Students and young scientists from Canadian Universities are welcome to apply for a travel stipend towards full or partial reimbursement of their travel expenses incurred while visiting the 900 NMR Facility. All requests should be submitted by a supervisor in advance of the trip and include a cost estimate. Requests should be forwarded to the Facility manager for review and approval by the Steering Committee.


Hall sensor for magic angle setup (Nov 27/09)

Hall effectMagic angle adjustment in MAS probes is commonly performed by observing ST spinning sidebands in 79Br MAS NMR spectra of KBr at low spinning speeds. The magic angle is set correctly when the sidebands have the highest intensity. A Hall effect magnetic flux sensor can be used for the same purpose [1], for example in low-gamma MAS probes incapable of 79Br NMR. We have recently tested this approach at the 900 NMR Facility: The figure shows the normalized intensity of the 79Br ST spinning sidebands in KBr versus the Hall voltage measured. This Hall sensor will be used for magic angle setup in a 2.5 mm boron-free MAS probe which is currently under construction.

For more information see

[1] S. Mamone, A. Dorsch, O.G. Johannessen, M.V. Naik, P.K. Madhu, M.H. Levitt, "A Hall effect angle detector for solid-state NMR," Journal of Magetic Resonace 190 (2008) 135-141. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jmr.2007.07.012


Steering Committee Meeting (Nov 6/09)

the Facility Steering Committee meeting took place at the NMR Facility on November 5th, 2009.


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2008-2009 Annual Report (Oct 29/09)

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

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

 

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 three 900 papers, including the front cover article by Gang Wu's group from Queen's.

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

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


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

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


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

See other publications enabled by the 900 NMR Facility here


Cover article in Chemical Communications (July 30/09)

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

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

See other publications by users of the 900 NMR Facility here


NMR Facility Annual Report 2008-2009 (July 28/09)

Dear NMR Facility Users:

we are preparing our 2008-2009 Annual Report, and we would like to receive the following information from you by the end of August:

1) a brief progress report for each of your research projects. Please prepare a separate report for each project, regardless of whether the project has ended or not. Each report should illustrate for non-NMR specialists major project findings and should normally not exceed one-two pages (text and figures) (preferably MS Word format, or an ASCII text + figures separately). Selected progress reports will be included in the printed version of the Annual Report (previous reports)

2) all 2008-2009 research publications featuring results from the 900 instrument (published, accepted, submitted)

3) invited lectures and oral presentations in 2008-2009

4) poster presentations in 2008-2009

5) 2008-2009 : Honor thesis, Ph.D. thesis and similar works by your students using the 900 results (please indicate name of the student, department, title of thesis, date of the defense)

6) any other relevant information you may consider useful including in our report

Let me know if any questions, and thank you for your contribution!

On behalf of the Facility Steering Committee,

Victor Terskikh (E-mail)


International Advisory Board meeting (May 11/09)

The annual meeting of the Facility International Advisory Board took place in Ottawa on May 11, 2009.the 900 team

the 900 team (left to right): Victor Terskikh (NMR Facility), John Ripmeester (NRC-SIMS), Marek Pruski (Ames Laboratory, Iowa State University), Timothy Cross (National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Tallahassee), Michèle Auger (Université Laval), Arno Kentgens (Radboud University, Nijmegen), David Bryce (University of Ottawa), Roderick Wasylishen (University of Alberta), Yining Huang (University of Western Ontario). Not pictured: Jamie Bennett (NRC-SIMS), Eric Ye (NMR Facility), Paul Morris (NMR Facility).


WURST-QCPMG NMR (May 7/09)

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


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

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

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

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

See other research publications enabled by the Facility here.


NSERC 2009 MRS Program Competition Results (April 9/09)

The National Ultrahigh-Field NMR Facility for Solids is very pleased to announce that our application to NSERC for continued Major Resources Support (MRS) funding has been successful. Funding has been approved at a level of $88,600 per year for each of the next five years. This award is critical to the ongoing operations of the facility. The funding also means that the Facility will be able to continue to provide travel grants for users, increase outreach activities, hold annual workshops, and sponsor regional NMR meetings. I would like to thank Victor Terskikh for his outstanding contributions to the operation of the Facility and also to the preparation of the grant proposal. Thanks also to all co-applicants on the proposal: John Ripmeester, Rod Wasylishen, Christian Detellier, Michèle Auger, Yining Huang, Rob Schurko, Scott Kroeker, Gillian Goward, Gang Wu, and Simon Sharpe.

David Bryce, chair of the Facility Steering Committee


International Advisory Board (Jan 14/09)

The National Ultrahigh-Field NMR Facility for Solids wishes to extend its sincere thanks to the outgoing members of our International Advisory Board (IAB) serving in 2005-2008. Over the past three years, Prof. Jean-Paul Amoureux (Lille, France), Dr. Paul Ellis (PNNL, USA), and Prof. Mark Smith (Warwick, UK) have provided the Steering Committee with invaluable input and advice on facility operations and helped keep us abreast of new opportunities.

The Facility is proud to announce that Dr. Mona Nemer, the Vice-President (Research) of the University of Ottawa, and Dr. Pierre Coulombe, the President of the National Research Council Canada, have jointly appointed Prof. Timothy Cross (Florida, USA), Prof. Arno Kentgens (Nijmegen, The Netherlands), and Prof. Marek Pruski (Iowa, USA) to serve on the IAB for the next three years.

Prof. Cross is the NMR Spectroscopy and Imaging Program Director at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory in Tallahassee. Prof. Kentgens is the Head of the Dutch National Solid-State NMR Facility for Advanced Materials Science. Prof. Pruski is a Senior Scientist in the Ames Laboratory at Iowa State University. We look forward to the suggestions and recommendations of these highly distinguished NMR experts to keep the Facility at the forefront of solid-state NMR research.


Flat-coil probe (Dec 10/08)

bio-nmrOur latest acquisition is the flat-coil probe built by Bruker U.S.A for experiments with biological samples oriented on glass plates. This probe features Bruker's E-free design for proton decoupling, and has four r.f. channels, 1H/13C/(15N, 31P). The flat-coil size is 7x3 mm. The probe has recently been tested in PISEMA experiments with 15N-labeled N-acetyl valine, NAV (shown, experiments performed by M. Monette, Bruker). Polarization Inversion Spin Exchange at the Magic Angle (PISEMA) technique finds applications in correlation experiments and is used for accurate measurements of chemical shift and heteronuclear dipolar interactions (see Annual Reports on NMR Spectroscopy, 2004, volume 52, p.1-52).


report2007-2008 Annual Report

November 22, 2008

2007-2008 Annual Report of the 900 NMR Facility is posted online and is available for download. We will start mailing printed copies shortly.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank those who contributed to this report, as well as our partners and funding agencies for their continuing support.


New bio-NMR probes (November 6, 2008)

bio-nmrTwo new NMR probes have been recently added to a growing array of tools at the 900 Facility. The previously announced 4 mm CP/MAS 1H/13C/15N probe has passed its first tests in mapping 13C-15N REDOR distances, as in this experiment with Glycine performed by Eric Ye (the 900 Facility).

The second probe is a flat-coil E-free probe built by Bruker U.S.A for experiments with biological samples oriented on glass plates. The probe is equipped with four r.f. channels, 1H/13C/15N/31P and is scheduled for testing. All probes from our unique probe collection are readily available to the Facility users. Please enquire.


Remote access NMR - update (August 18, 2008)

This recent paper describes the design and security features of the SpectroGrid remote access system.

A. Charbonneau, V. Terskikh, "SpectroGrid: Providing Simple Secure Remote Access to Scientific Instruments," 22nd International Symposium on High Performance Computing Systems and Applications, 9-11 June 2008, IEEE HPCS (2008) 76-82. http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/HPCS.2008.17

For the latest information about SpectroGrid follow this link (external)


The 900 NMR Facility Celebrates Third Anniversary ! (July 17, 2008)

happy birthdayIt has been three years since the 900 Instrument is up and running. Quite busy and successful years too ! We would like to congratulate our users, partners, and sponsors with this milestone.

You will find the 900 installation pictures here.



July 14, 2008

Our congratulations to Eric Ye, who successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis "Studies of Proton Conductors Based on Nafion and Sulfonated Polyether Ether Ketone (S-PEEK) Using High-resolution Solid State NMR" (McMaster University, research supervisor Gillian Goward).

See some of Eric's publications here.


CSC 2008 Photos (July 3, 2008)

Thank you all who contributed their photos !

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Cover article in Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics (June 26, 2008)

pccp A research paper by our colleagues from NRC featuring results from the 900 instrument makes the cover of Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics. Congratulations !

Darren H. Brouwer, Saman Alavi and John 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

 


National status confirmed (June 6, 2008)

Designation of the 900 NMR Facility as a National Facility has now been officially confirmed by the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI). Congratulations to all our users and clients from 18 Canadian universities and four NRC Institutes in eight provinces across the country (British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick) who have contributed to this success !


Remote access NMR (June 2, 2008)

remoteFulfilling our promise to the Canadian NMR community, we are pleased to announce that the 900 MHz NMR instrument is now remotely- accessible from virtually everywhere in Canada. This exciting for many of our users option has become reality as a part of the SpectroGrid project developed and supported by the National Research Council Canada (more).

Pictured: SpectroGrid2 client is being used from the University of Alberta in Edmonton to remotely acquire spectra on the 900 MHz NMR instrument located in Ottawa, 2840 km apart (May 22, 2008).

Credits and contacts : Andre Charbonneau, IMSB NRC

For the latest information about SpectroGrid follow this link (external)

A. Charbonneau, V. Terskikh, "SpectroGrid: Providing Simple Secure Remote Access to Scientific Instruments," 22nd International Symposium on High Performance Computing Systems and Applications, 9-11 June 2008, IEEE HPCS (2008) 76-82. http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/HPCS.2008.17


the 900 Personnel Update (March 30, 2008)

We are glad to welcome Gang (Eric) Ye who has joined the 900 team as an NMR Facility technician. Many of you will have a chance to greet Eric personally while visiting our Facility in coming months. Eric is currently finalizing his Ph.D. in solid-state NMR with Gillian Goward at McMaster.


70 kHzVery Fast MAS ! (March 19, 2008)

Our latest acquisition, a 1.3 mm 1H/13C-15N CP/MAS probe designed and built by Bruker Biospin is the fastest MAS probe available today. A fitting probe for the strongest NMR magnet ! Test spectra obtained with this probe are posted here.

http://www.bruker-biospin.com/veryfast_mas.html


HCN probeNew NMR probe

February 10, 2008

A triple resonance Bruker Biosolids H/C/N CP/MAS (4 mm) probe has been delivered and is undergoing performance tests. See our other probes here.


mmrModern Magnetic Resonance (in 3 volumes)

January 24, 2008

New addition to the 900 library, this up-to-date comprehensive resource on magnetic resonance techniques in chemistry, biology, materials, food, medicine, pharmaceuticals and marine sciences, is now available for our users and visitors (see Table of contents here, external link).


Another major review in PNMRS featuring the 900 results!

December 21, 2007

pccp_coverOlga B. Lapina, Dzhalil F. Khabibulin, Alexander A. Shubin, and Victor V. Terskikh, "Practical Aspects of 51V and 93Nb Solid-State NMR Spectroscopy and Applications to Oxide Materials," Progress in Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (2008) in press. (invited review) http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pnmrs.2007.12.001

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the 900 publication in Angewandte Chemie !

December 2, 2007

We are celebrating together with David Bryce and his colleagues the first publication in Angewandte Chemie featuring results from the 900 instrument. Well done, Dave!

Patrick Crewdson, David L. Bryce, Frank Rominger, and Peter Hofmann,
"Application of 59Co Solid-State NMR in the First Spectroscopic Investigations of the [Co(C8H13)(C4H6)] 1,2-Polybutadiene Catalyst," A
ngewandte Chemie Int. Ed. 27 (2008) 1690–1701. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/anie.200705204

angewandte

David Bryce (University of Ottawa) (external link)

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Workshop: Quantum Chemical Computations in NMR

Date: Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Time: 13:00 - 16:30
Ottawa: 1200 Montreal road, M-40

more details and the Workshop program here


"Morphing caffeine " - Education in chemistry, RSC

November 6, 2007

pccp_cover Caffeine paper makes another headline, now as a distillate in "Education in Chemistry" (RSC publication). Read the full story here (external link).
Gary D. Enright, Victor V. Terskikh, Darren H. Brouwer and John A. Ripmeester,
"The structure of two anhydrous polymorphs of caffeine from single crystal diffraction and high field solid-state 13C NMR," Crystal Growth and Design 8 (2007) 1406-1410. (cover article)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/cg070291o

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web-site statistic

Another benchmark is passed !

November 1, 2007

In the month of October the number of visits per month to the 900 web-site has surpassed 1000, with the total monthly bandwidth traffic reaching almost 500 MB. Another indication of our growing popularity is increasing presence of our web-site in Google search results of everything concerning NMR, from "NMR jobs" to "NMR applications".

Don't miss this opportunity to let your colleagues across Canada and abroad know latest about your NMR Facility or your research group. Simply forward us information you want posted under your profile in our Canadian Solid-State NMR Directory.

Also welcome are any NMR-related announcements of importance for NMR community, NMR news and job postings.


report2006-2007 Annual Report

October 15, 2006

2006-2007 Annual Report is now available for download.

We would like to thank everyone who contributed to our report this year, and we are looking forward your future contributions.



Travel support program for students and young scientists

October 1, 2007

The 900 Steering Committee is very glad to announce a travel support program for researchers visiting the 900 Facility. Starting in October students and young scientists from Canadian Universities may apply for a travel stipend towards full or partial reimbursement of their travel expenses. All requests should be submitted by a supervisor in advance of the trip and include a cost estimate. Requests should be forwarded to the Facility manager for review and approval by the Steering Committee.

Please also note that the 900 NMR user policies have been revised. Use only this latest version for your reference, in particular regarding the proper acknowledgement of the Facility.


"High-field NMR morphs caffeine structure" - SpectroscopyNow.com

September 1, 2007

pccp_cover Our caffeine research is highlighted by one of the leading NMR-resources on the web ! Read the full story here (external link).

Gary D. Enright, Victor V. Terskikh, Darren H. Brouwer and John A. Ripmeester, "The structure of two anhydrous polymorphs of caffeine from single crystal diffraction and high field solid-state 13C NMR," Crystal Growth and Design 8 (2007) 1406-1410. (cover article) http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/cg070291o

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Important NMR review featuring results from the 900 !

August 14, 2007

pccp_cover Our congratulations to Gang Wu on publishing a review article in this very prestigious NMR journal !

Gang Wu, "Solid-State 17O NMR Studies of Organic and Biological Molecules," Progress in Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy 52 (2008) 118-169. (review article) http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pnmrs.2007.07.004

more about Gang's research on our website here

 


The 900 is on the cover of ACS's Crystal Growth and Design !

August 1, 2007

pccp_cover And yet another cover for the 900 ! Congratualtions to our colleagues from NRC-SIMS!

Gary D. Enright, Victor V. Terskikh, Darren H. Brouwer and John A. Ripmeester, "The structure of two anhydrous polymorphs of caffeine from single crystal diffraction and high field solid-state 13C NMR," Crystal Growth and Design 8 (2007) 1406-1410. (cover article) http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/cg070291o

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One more reason to celebrate!

June 24 , 2007

Today we have added another nucleus, 139La, to our insignia. With this latest addition, the total nuclei count on the 900 is now 50 ! We are very proud to be a true multinuclear NMR facility for solids. The full list of nuclei already run on the 900 can be found here.


"Canadian National Solid-State NMR Network" project is launched

April 20 , 2007

First phase of the project: "Solid-State NMR in Canada" web-pages are being populated (link). Don't miss this opportunity to let your colleagues across Canada and abroad know latest about your Solid-State NMR Facility. Simply forward us information you want posted on our web-pages under your profile. See examples for the University of Ottawa and NRC. Any suggestions or ideas about this project are welcome.

Find more about this project on page 20 of our 2005-2006 Annual Report


The 900 is on the cover of PCCP !

February 27, 2007

pccp_cover The 900 Instrument is featured on the cover again! Our congratulations to Kirk Feindel, Kris Ooms, and Rod Wasylishen from the University of Alberta !

Kirk W. Feindel, Kristopher J. Ooms, and Roderick E. Wasylishen, "A solid-state 55Mn NMR spectroscopy and DFT investigation of manganese pentacarbonyl compounds," Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 9 (2007) 1226-1238. http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/b616821c



 


nmrNMR Encyclopedia has arrived !

January 19, 2007

We are glad to present you our latest acquisition - the nine volume set of the Encyclopedia of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance. This Encyclopedia is a wonderful concourse of NMR knowledge and history, and it is now available to our users and visitors (Table of Contents, pdf file, 848 kB).


the 900 publication in the Journal of Magnetic Resonance

December 7, 2006

Another milestone for our Facility ! Our first publication in the Journal of Magnetic Resonance. Congratulations to Darren Brouwer and John Ripmeester from SIMS NRC on this achievement (see "publications"). In his work on the 900 Darren is developing advanced pulse sequences to squeeze the most from 1H NMR spectra of solids. See some of his results on our Featured NMR Spectra page.


New publications featuring results from the 900 instrument

November 21, 2006

We are very proud to announce total three new research papers featuring results from the 900 instrument, all accepted for publication in Journal of Physical Chemistry (see "publications") :

The first paper is by Dave Bryce and Samyuktha Adiga from the University of Ottawa and their colleagues from the Washington University School of Medicine on cation-pi interactions studied via solid-state 23Na NMR. These interactions are important for example in biomolecular recognition by proteins, peptide stability, and protein-DNA interactions. Authors have brilliantly demonstrated usefulness of 23Na NMR at high magnetic fields to study such interactions.

The second paper is by Igor' Moudrakovski and John Ripmeester from SIMS NRC. They have performed a systematic 39K NMR study of solid potassium salts and underlying effects of quadrupolar and chemical shift tensors. No doubt this paper will be a very useful reference for everyone working with potassium, would it be in biological assemblies and membranes, or in catalytic systems for partial oxidation.

The third paper is also from the University of Ottawa by Dave Bryce and Gregory Sward. There they report new 35Cl and 37Cl NMR data for a variety of solid amino acid hydrochlorides. Not only of general interest for any solid-state NMR researcher, these new results will have significant impact on future studies of chloride ion channels.

Our sincere congratulations !


report2005-2006 Annual Report

November 1, 2006

2005-2006 Annual Report is now available for download.

Should you require a printed copy of this report, please forward your mailing address to the Facility manager.

 


The 900 is on the cover of Inorganic Chemistry !

October 9, 2006

cover Our congratulations to Kris Ooms, Kirk Feindel, and Rod Wasylishen from the University of Alberta, and to Victor Terskikh from the University of Ottawa. Their recent work on the 900 instrument, and the instrument itself, are featured on the cover of Inorganic Chemistry!

Kristopher J. Ooms, Kirk W. Feindel, Victor V. Terskikh, and Roderick E. Wasylishen, "Ultrahigh-Field NMR Spectroscopy of Quadrupolar Transition Metals: 55Mn of Several Solid Manganese Carbonyls," Inorganic Chemistry 45 (2006) 8492 - 8499.