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Website update (Dec 31/08)"Christmas Tree"  M. Komova, 2008

This website has recently been updated to streamline and simplify browsing. Most affected by changes are "Canadian NMR Research" pages. We hope you enjoy browsing these re-designed pages. Let us know if you have any suggestions or comments. It will take time for Google and other search engines to update their databases, until then some re-named links may appear broken from outside.

We would like to take this opportunity and to extend our best wishes for the New Year to the Canadian NMR Community and our colleagues abroad. Happy Holidays !

The NMR Facility Steering Committee

Encyclopedia of Magnetic ResonanceEncyclopedia of Magnetic Resonance: NMR Crystallography (Dec 26/08)

John Wiley & Sons is in the process of creating an ultimate online Magnetic Resonance knowledge resource. Based on the Encyclopedia of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance printed in 1996 (volumes 1-8) and in 2002 (volume 9) this online encyclopedia is currently undergoing major revision and expansion boldly aiming at becoming the most comprehensive and up-to-date resource on Magnetic Resonance (to browse the list of topics). Charged with this challenging task are two current Editors-in-Chief, Canada's own Roderick Wasylishen (University of Alberta) and Robin Harris from the U.K.

Not the most intuitively tucked under "Applications in Chemistry" is the recently updated topic on the emerging field of "NMR Crystallography". NMR Crystallography incorporates solid-state NMR data into the crystal structure determination process in a variety of materials. This approach becomes particularly important for materials that are difficult to grow as single crystals
suitable for single-crystal X-ray diffraction. Canadian NMR research in this area is represented by four excellent review articles:

Josef W. Zwanziger, "Geometric Phases"

Darren H. Brouwer, "Interplay between Solid-State NMR and Single-Crystal X-Ray Diffraction"

Serge Lacelle, "Multiple Quantum Coherences in Extended Dipolar Coupled Spin Networks"

David L. Bryce, "Tensor Interplay"


Printed edition of the Encyclopedia of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (1996, 2002) is available to users and visitors of the 900 NMR Facility.
(Table of Contents, pdf file, 848 kB)

International NMR-Metabolomics Exercise (Dec 14/08)

John Walter and colleagues from the NRC Institute for Marine Biosciences (NRC-IMB, Halifax, Nova Scotia) took part in a multinational project aimed to study comparability and precision of NMR results independently obtained by different NMR labs. Seven labs in four countries, U.S.A., Canada, U.K., and Australia, analyzed the same set of samples related to environmental metabolomics. Data obtained by each laboratory was then subjected to statistical analysis to evaluate reliability of NMR in environmental studies. To learn more about this important project:

M.R. Viant, D.W. Bearden, J.G.Bundy, I.W. Burton, T.W. Collette, D.R. Ekman, V. Ezernieks, T.K. Karakach, C.Y. Lin, S. Rochfort, J.S. De Ropp, Q. Teng, R.S. Tjeerdema, J.A. Walter, H. Wu, "International NMR-Based Environmental Metabolomics Intercomparison Exercise," Environmental Science & Technology 43 (2009) 219–225. http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/es802198z

John Walter, NRC-IMB: http://www.imb.nrc.ca/programs/nmr/index_e.php

Climate warming and soils: NMR paper in Nature Geoscience (November 25, 2008)

A research team from the University of Toronto Scarborough lead by Myrna Simpson reports accelerated rate of decomposition of some soil organics and accumulation of others due to soil warming.

X. Feng, A.J. Simpson, K.P. Wilson, D.D. Williams and M.J. Simpson, "Increased cuticular carbon sequestration and lignin oxidation in response to soil warming," Nature Geoscience 1 (2008) 836-839. http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/ngeo361

This paper has generated considerable media attention including a feature interview "Soil Alert" with Myrna on Daily Planet (aired on Nov 27, 2008).





web : Myrna Simpson's Group (external link)

SpinWorks (updated November 25, 2008)

Update: SpinWorks 3.1 Beta test version (see below) is now awailable for download at ftp://davinci.chem.umanitoba.ca/pub/marat/SpinWorks/

SpinWorksSpinWorks is a freeware software package for
the processing and display of 1D and 2D data.
Also included are modules for the simulation
and analysis of second order spectra, and
dynamic (exchange broadened) NMR spectra.

While many processing packages seem targeted to the biological NMR community, SpinWorks focus is synthetic organic and inorganic chemists. However, SpinWorks does just as good a job at processing 2D BioNMR data as any other package that I am aware of. An effort has been made to create a coherent easy to follow user interface, and to obtain as much processing information as possible from the data set. For many of 2D experiments, simply clicking the "Process" button is all you need to properly process your 2D data.

These versions of SpinWorks are currently available for download:

SpinWorks 2.5.5 This is a Win32 version that should run on anything from Windows 95 and up. It also runs under WINE on Linux and under assorted Windows emulators on Macs. Supported data formats are Bruke
r (UXNMR/XwinNMR/Topspin) and Varian (VNMR/VNMRJ) for 1D and 2D. Tecmag (1D and 2D) and JEOL (1D only) are supported, but not thoroughly tested. 1D spectra can also be saved and read in JCAMP-DX format. SpinWorks 2 is in maintenance mode (no further development).

SpinWorksSpinWorks 3 Runs under the Microsoft .NET runtime environment. Hopefully it will run on other .NET environments as well, such as the Linux mono package (testing under way). The aim is eventually to have the program platform independent and open source. Fully supported data formats are Bruker (UXNMR/XwinNMR/Topspin) and Varian (VNMR/VNMRJ). JCAMP-DX is supported for 1D only. SpinWorks 3 can also read simulated FIDs and spectra produced by the SIMPSON program.

SpinWorks 3.1 A beta test version of this release will be available very soon (target date: Nov 1, 2008). This release adds the ability to read 2D and 3D processed data from NMRPIPE, Hilbert transforms, and a bandfitting
(deconvolution) feature. This release also addresses a number of issues resulting from the use of “,” instead of “.” as the decimal separator in many parts of the world, and several other upgrades and bug corrections.
For more information, documentation and downloads visit


- Kirk

Kirk Marat, Ph.D., NMR Facility Manager
Dept. of Chemistry, University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB, R3T 2N2, CANADA
C#, What C++ should have been
ph. (204) 474-6259 FAX: (204) 474-7608

PCCP call for papers: Solid-state NMR (October 15, 2008)

PCCP has announced a themed issue on Solid-State NMR which will be guest-edited by Paul Hodgkinson (Durham, UK) and Stephen Wimperis (Glasgow, UK). This issue will be published in August 2009, to coincide with the 6th Alpine Conference on Solid-State NMR in September 2009. The themed issue will be displayed at the conference, maximizing the visibility of published works. PCCP is welcoming submissions to this themed issue.

PCCP: "There have been rapid developments in solid-state NMR over the past decade, with fast magic angle spinning, high magnetic fields, and new experimental and computational methods opening up new areas of application. The aim of this themed issue is present a snapshot of the state-of-the-art of solid-state NMR techniques and their application to physical chemistry and chemical physics, for the benefit of both expert and general readers. Submissions, either communications or full papers, should be high-quality manuscripts of original, unpublished research, containing important new physical insight."

Deadline for Submission: 01 April 2009

for more information:


Product Operator Calculator (August 5, 2008)

This is to announce the release of an open source program for the calculation of product operators, wxProdOp. The current version is 0.92 and contains several features for the simplification of state expressions produced after several pulses and evolution periods. The program currently runs under both Linux and Windows and has very modest hardware requirements. Please visit


for more information and downloads. Also, there is a very detailed manual available that fully describes the current capabilities of the program.


Let me know what you think:

Dr. Keith Brown
Department of Chemistry
Saskatchewan Structural Sciences Center
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan


ARMRC Fall NMR Workshop (October 29, 2008)

Atlantic Region Magnetic Resonance Center (ARMRC) organizes the 3rd Annual Fall NMR Workshop to be held on Saturday, November 15, 2008 in the Chemistry Building, Dalhousie University (Halifax). The workshop will consist of seminars from ARMRC staff emphasizing practical aspects of NMR, contributed oral and poster presentations, Facility tours with detailed introductions on research methods (download workshop program).

Interview with Glenn Facey (October 14, 2008)

Glenn Facey, a manager of the NMR Facility at the University of Ottawa, shares his expertise in superconducting NMR magnets with readers of "Superconductor Week" newsletter, March 24, 2008 Vol. 22, No. 4, pages 1-3. More at the University of Ottawa NMR Facility Web Site (external link).

New NMR instruments at uOttawa (September 25, 2008)

Busy times for Glenn Facey and David Bryce (University of Ottawa); the new Avance III 200 console for solids has just been successfully installed (photos), and the brand new Avance III 400 MHz solid-state NMR instrument is coming in November. Congratulations ! and many thanks to Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) for generously supporting NMR research in Canada.

web (Bryce Group):


web (NMR Lab):


From dihydrogen to dihydride (September 20, 2008)

In this review article Robert Morris (University of Toronto) tabulates structures and NMR properties of almost 200 iron, ruthenium and osmium complexes containing dihydrogen, and presents a variety of interesting trends based on the H-H bond length.

R.H. Morris, "Dihydrogen, dihydride and in between: NMR and structural properties of iron group complexes," Coordination Chemistry Reviews 252 (2008) 2381-2394. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ccr.2008.01.010

web (Morris Group): http://www.chem.utoronto.ca/~rmorris

Year-2008 nuclear quadrupole moments (August 19, 2008)

Pekka Pyykkö, "Year-2008 nuclear quadrupole moments," Molecular Physics (2008) in print. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00268970802018367

51st Rocky Mountain Conference announcement (October 16, 2008)

The 51st Rocky Mountain Conference on Analytical Chemistry will take place July 19-23, 2009 at the Snowmass Conference Center and Silvertree Hotel in Snowmass, Colorado. This is a change from the previously announced 2009 dates originally intended for Estes Park, Colorado. Please mark your calendars accordingly. See the web-site for details : http://www.rockychem.com

Canadian NMR Research Highlights (updated October 9, 2008)

Three high-profile papers published recently by Canadian researchers

G.S. Ananchenko, I.L. Moudrakovski, A.W. Coleman, and
J.A. Ripmeester,
"A Channel-Free Soft-Walled Capsular Calixarene Solid for Gas Adsorption," Angewandte Chemie International Edition 47 (2008) 5616-5618.

P. Vallurupalli, D.F. Hansen, and L.E. Kay, "Structures of invisible, excited protein states by relaxation dispersion NMR spectroscopy," Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 105 (2008) 11766–11771. http://dx.doi.org/10.1073/pnas.0804221105

H. Mizuno, T.K. Mal, M. Walchli, A. Kikuchi, T. Fukano, R. Ando, J. Jeyakanthan, J. Taka, Y. Shiro, M. Ikura, A. Miyawaki, "Light-dependent regulation of structural flexibility in a photochromic fluorescent protein," Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 105 (2008) 9227-9232. http://dx.doi.org/10.1073/pnas.0709599105

See other recent Canadian NMR publications here.

Recognition: Gang Wu (August 20, 2008)

Join us in congratulating Gang Wu (Queen's University) who has been promoted to the rank of Professor !

At Queen's Department of Chemistry Prof. Gang Wu carries out an extensive research program in Physical and Computational chemistry involving solid-state NMR. Gang Wu is also a frequent user of the 900 NMR Facility in Ottawa.

web: http://www.chem.queensu.ca/people/faculty/Wu/index.htm

Photo from : http://www.chem.queensu.ca

Recognition: Natalie Goto (August 28, 2008)

Natalie Goto (University of Ottawa) has been awarded a Government of Ontario Early Researcher Award to study Bacterial Cell Division using NMR spectroscopy.

From the citation: "Bacteria divide symmetrically at the cell mid-point to produce two equal-sized cells, but how do bacteria know where the middle is? Dr. Natalie Goto's research team will focus on one of the proteins important for this "middle-finding" function. Their work will improve the understanding of bacterial cell division, the disruption of which is sought in the development of antibiotics." (more here)

web: http://www.science.uottawa.ca/~ngoto488/

On the move: Scott Kroeker (August 13, 2008)

Scott Kroeker (University of Manitoba) returned from a year-long sabbatical at the University of Cambridge. Working in the Department of Earth Sciences with Ian Farnan, he used high-temperature NMR to study phase separation processes in model nuclear waste glasses and melts.

web: http://home.cc.umanitoba.ca/%7Ekroekers/index.html

Summer Issue of the "Canadian NMR Research" news bulletin

August 5, 2008

Summer 2008 "It appears that this summer has been full of events (personally and professionally) that are, in one way or another, associated with Rod Wasylishen.

At the end of May, I attended the annual
conference of the Canadian Society for Chemistry (CSC) in Edmonton, Alberta. Rod organized a special two-day symposium devoted to Advances in Solid-State NMR, which
many of Rod’s current and former students participated in ..."

Read the full Guest Editorial by Gang Wu in the Summer 2008 issue of the Canadian NMR Research News Bulletin

Gerald Buchanan : The science of attraction (June 30, 2008)

Gerald BuchananGerald Buchanan, chancellor's professor of Chemistry at Carleton University (Ottawa), has announced his retirement. Most of his very successful research career at Carleton, since 1971, Gerald dedicated to advancing the field of NMR spectroscopy and magnetic resonance imaging. Gerald will stay at Carleton part-time to continue his teaching and research.

Read the feature story about Gerald Buchanan in the spring issue of EUREKA, the Newsletter of the Carleton's Faculty of Science (external link).

Gerald Buchanan discusses the science behind possible relations between attraction and smell in the Spring 2008 issue of the Carleton University Magazine (external link).

Photo from : http://www.carleton.ca/

Cover article in Phys Chem Chem Phys (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


Rod Wasylishen receives Canada Research Chair (June 11, 2008)

RodWe are delighted to learn that Rod Wasylishen's Tier I Canada Research Chair in Physical Chemistry has been renewed for a period of seven years (official announcement). Rod's many scientific contributions are well-known to the Canadian NMR community and do not require a special introduction. Besides being a prominent world-renowned NMR researcher and a
mentor to many of us, Rod is also an active member of the 900 NMR Facility Steering Committee. Please join us in extending our warmest congratulations to
Rod and his family.

Photo from : http://www.ualberta.ca

MOOT 21 NMR Symposium

The 21st MOOT NMR Mini-Symposium is taking place in Windsor, Ontario on October 4-5, 2008.

Visit our website to register and for information on all of the notes below!



1. Abstract submissions are open today and will run until September 17, 2008. We especially solicit posters and presentations from students and PDFs.

2. Tutorial lectures: This year, there will be four tutorial lectures on general topic areas in NMR (including sets of notes for all students who attend), given by four (very gracious) NMR experts:

Glenn Facey (University of Ottawa): Spectral Processing

Vlad Ladizhansky (University of Guelph): Cross Polarization - a coherent perspective

Giuseppe Melacini (McMaster University): Protein NMR: What it can do for you & what you can do for it

Rod Wasylishen (University of Alberta): NMR of Quadrupolar Nuclei

3. The MOOT Banquet will take place on the third floor of the beautiful Art Gallery of Windsor, and will be catered by Bamboo Restaurant, who have planned a wonderful menu and selection of wines.

We look forward to seeing you October 4-5, 2008 in Windsor.

The MOOT Organizing Committee

Rob Schurko
Philip Grandinetti
Aaron Rossini
Hiyam Hamae

The 900 NMR Facility is a proud sponsor of the MOOT 21 NMR Symposium

NMR in blind protein structure determination (June 8, 2008)

pnas_coverA research paper by Cheryl Arrowsmith (Ontario Cancer Institute, University of Toronto) (external link) and colleagues is highlighted on the cover and in a commentary in a recent issue of PNAS.

Y. Shen, O. Lange, F. Delaglio, P. Rossi, J. M. Aramini, Gaohua Liu, A. Eletsky, Y. Wu, K.K. Singarapu, A. Lemak, A. Ignatchenko, C.H. Arrowsmith, T. Szyperski, G.T. Montelione, D. Baker, and A. Bax, "Consistent blind protein structure generation from NMR chemical shift data," Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 105 (2008) 4685-4690. http://dx.doi.org/10.1073/pnas.0800256105

Detecting Deadly Disease (June 2, 2008)

IBDA feature interview with Tedros Bezabeh, a physical chemist at the NRC Institute for Biodiagnostics (Winnipeg, Manitoba) (external link). Tedros applies NMR spectroscopy and MRI for the early detection and non-invasive diagnosis of cancer.

Photo from : http://www.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/

NMR at Cape Breton University (May 8, 2008)

cape breton postToday's front cover of the Cape Breton Post features a story about NMR research at Cape Breton University (Sydney, Nova Scotia). A new high-field NMR spectrometer for liquids has been recently acquired by CBU to support research in the Department of Chemistry. Matthias Bierenstiel, an assistant professor of chemistry, will be one of the primary users of this instrument. This project has been sponsored in part by Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation.

Read the full story published by the Cape Breton Post here (external link). The press release by CBU can be found here (external link).

Nature Milestones in Spin (May 1, 2008)

spinMilestones are special supplements published by Nature Publishing Group highlighting various fields of science and technology. The sixth such supplement Nature Milestones in Spin covers the story of "Spin", a topic dear to all reading these web-pages. This very colourful and neatly arranged 48 page publication is available for free download as a PDF file (link).


Ontario Premier's Discovery Awards 2008

April 30, 2008

Discovery Awards celebrate the research excellence of Ontario's most accomplished researchers by highlighting their individual achievements and demonstrating Ontario's attractiveness as a global research centre. Two of the four Discovery Award Recipients in 2008 are Ontario researchers working in the field of magnetic resonance, Lewis Kay (University of Toronto) in the category of Life Sciences and Medicine, and Raymond Laflamme (University of Waterloo) in the category of Natural Sciences and Engineering.

Congratulations to our colleagues !

Read the full press release here (external link).

Thompson Rivers University to acquire an NMR instrument

April 30, 2008

Thompson Rivers University (Kamloops, BC) (www.tru.ca) has received federal funding via Western Economic Diversification Canada toward the purchase of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) equipment that will be used to train students and carry out applied research with industry. The new equipment will also provide analytical chemistry support to firms in various industry sectors in BC including mining, forestry, agriculture, nutraceuticals, and industrial biotechnology. Read the full story here (external link).

50 years of NMR at McMaster University

April 29, 2008

Alex Bain, McMaster (web-site)

"It started with a chance remark from one of our senior colleagues, that it
was 1958 when McMaster received its first NMR spectrometer, a Varian DP60. That seemed to be a good reason for a celebration, so on Friday May 2, we are having a one-day symposium. The web site already has a
number of photos, and more will be posted.


Two of the pioneers, Ron Gillespie (who ordered the instrument) and Russell Bell will be there. However, we will miss two other central figures: Don Eaton and Brian Sayer, who have both passed away. The symposium also will be the day before a memorial in Winnipeg for Ted Schaefer, who was a great father figure for many of us.

The 50th anniversary event has led to lots of discussion and a number of themes. One is the progress of the field since that time..."

Read the full Guest Editorial by Alex Bain in the Spring 2008 issue of the Canadian NMR Research News Bulletin.

Valerie Robertson featured in At Guelph

April 29, 2008

ValerieRead a feature article about Valerie Robertson, an NMR Facility Manager at the University of Guelph, in the April 2008 issue of At Guelph, the University of Guelph's official campus newspaper (external link).

Photo from: www.uoguelph.ca

The structure of "kissing complex" solved (updated July 26, 2008)

PNASDavid Bryce (U Ottawa) has collaborated with Hélène van Melckebeke and Jérôme Boisbouvier (CNRS, Grenoble) to reveal the molecular origins of the high stability of HIV TAR RNA bound to its SELEX RNA aptamer. A non-canonical loop-closing GA base pair was found to be stabilized by a network of intersugar hydrogen bonds, which in turn accounts for the greatly reduced dissociation constant of the complex relative to those without the GA pair. The structure of the "kissing complex" was determined using liquid crystal NMR spectroscopy, and represents one of the highest-resolution RNA structures determined in solution to date.

Press release by CNRS (Centre national de la recherche scientifique, France) (external link)

H. Van Melckebeke, M. Devany, C. Di Primo, F. Beaurain, J.-J. Toulme, D. L. Bryce, and J. Boisbouvier, "Liquid Crystal NMR Structure of HIV TAR RNA Bound to its SELEX RNA Aptamer Reveals the Origins of the High Stability of the Complex," Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 105 (2008) 9210-9215. http://dx.doi.org/10.1073/pnas.0712121105

Bruker Solid-State NMR Workshop and Seminar

This year Bruker BioSpin will host an all day event consisting of Solid-State NMR Workshop and a Seminar. This event will take place on the Sunday prior to the Rocky Mountain Conference. If you are planning to be in Colorado on July 27, we hope you will join us.


Beaver Run Resort - Peak 17
620 Village Road, Breckenridge, CO


9:00 Breakfast & Registration
9:30 Welcome & Latest News, Dr. Jochem Struppe
9:45 Analyzing peptide secondary structure in complex samples with MAS ssNMR spectroscopy, Prof. Joanna Long, University of Florida
10:15 High Speed MAS, Dr. Denis Schneider
10:30 Recent Progress in Solid State NMR at Warwick: Low Gamma Nuclei and Double Angle Rotation, Prof. Mark Smith, University of Warwick


Solid State NMR Probe News, Dr. Stefan Steuernagel
11:35 High Frequency DNP, Basic Principles and Progress, Prof. Robert G. Griffin, MIT

12:30 Lunch in Room Peak 14

Characterization of Porous Materials by Hyperpolarized 129Xe NMR Spectroscopy, Dr. Shane Pawsey

1:45-4:00 Worshop on Mathematical Methods for Data Analysis and Experimental Simulation

On experiment simulation and development, Prof. Len Mueller, University of California, Riverside
2:15 Ab-initio calculations - CSA and EFG, Prof. Joe Zwanziger, Dalhousie University, Halifax
3:00 Line-fitting, experiment simulation with DMFIT, SIMPSON and own software, Prof. Christian Fernandez, ENSICAEN LCS, Caen

19th Varian Solid-State NMR Workshop

Please review the final agenda below and plan to join us for the 19th
Solid-State NMR Workshop at the 50th RMCAC in Breckenridge, Colorado
. We have prepared a stimulating agenda that you do not want to miss!

When: July 27, 2008. 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Where: Beaver Run Resort and Conference Center
620 Village Road, Breckenridge, CO 80424

Limited Space. Registration required (external link)

Meeting Agenda

8:00 Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 Welcome and Introductory Remarks, Dennis Sandoz, Varian Inc., Palo Alto, California
9:10 Solid-state NMR of Crystallin Aggregates, Rachel W. Martin, UC Irvine, Irvine, California
9:35 Structures and Interactions of Membrane Proteins by Hybrid Solution and Solid-State NMR Spectroscopy, Gianluigi Veglia, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota
10:00 High Resolution Structure Determination by Relative Tensor Orientation, Trent Franks, Benjamin Wylie, Heather Frericks Schmidt, Andrew Nieuwkoop, Chad Rienstra, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois

10:25 Break

Solid-State NMR of Graphite Oxide and AB(1-40) Amyloid Peptide, Medhat A. Shaibat and Yoshitaka Ishii, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
11:10 Magic Angle Spinning Studies of Microtubule-Associated Proteins and Thioredoxin Reassemblies, Tatyana Polenova, University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware
11:35 Magic Angle Spinning NMR Studies of Paramagnetic Proteins, Chris Jaroniec, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio

12:00 Lunch

Solid-State NMR Spectroscopy of Imidazole at -130 C. A Cryogenic pH Sensor, Paul Ellis, Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory, Richland, Washington.
1:40 Advances in Two-Dimensional Correlation Solid-State NMR Spectroscopy, Marek Pruski, J.W. Wiench, and K. Mao, Ames Laboratory, Ames, Iowa
2:05 Solids Probe Technologies, John Stringer & Allen Palmer, Varian Inc., Fort Collins, Colorado
2:30 Oxide Materials: Disordered Order and Ordered Disorder, Jonathan Stebbins, Stanford University, Palo Alto, California
2:55 An NMR Study of Benzoic Acid Adsorption on Metal Oxide Surfaces, Ed Hagaman, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee

3:20 Break

"Jim Frye: A Solid NMR Career" Gary Maciel, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado

VIVA II, the 2nd Annual West Coast NMR minisymposium

VIVA II, the 2nd annual West Coast NMR minisymposium will take place at the University of Victoria on Friday and Saturday, June 20-21, 2008. This 1 1/2 day meeting, modelled after the MOOT meeting of Central Canada, is designed to bring together NMR users, researchers, managers, etc., from the area, to share topics of general NMR interest. Graduate students in particular are encouraged to present papers or posters.

For further information and to register for the symposium, see the website:


NSERC Graduate Scholarships

April 29, 2008

Our congratulations to Canadian students working in the field of NMR spectroscopy who have been awarded 2008 “NSERC Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarships

Cory Widdifield – University of Ottawa, David Bryce’s group (external link)

Irene Kwan – Queen’s University, Gang Wu's group (external link)

The Open Magnetic Resonance Journal

March 28, 2008

Following recent trends, Bentham Open Publishers specializing in open access science and technology journals has announced The Open Magnetic Resonance Journal (ISSN: 1874-7698).

The Open Magnetic Resonance Journal is an open access peer-review online journal, which publishes research articles, reviews and
letters in all areas of magnetic resonance. For more information and manuscript submission instructions visit http://bentham.org/open/tomrj/

Bentham Open carries a wide variety of other open access titles in chemistry and physics. Please refer to Bentham Open’s website
at http://bentham.org/open/

«Hubble of nano» at l'Université du Québec à Montréal

March 25, 2008

l'UQAM has announced plans to acquire a high-resolution NMR instrument to support research at the Department of Chemistry and the Department of Biological Sciences. This acquisition has been supported by the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI). From the press-release, «Avec l'acquisition de la RMN, l'UQAM rejoint le rang des grandes universités en recherche». Congratulations to our colleagues from l'UQAM ! Read the full story here (external link).

NMR upgrades at the University of Victoria

March 08, 2008

the 300 MHz NMR Spectrometer in the UVic Chemistry Department gets a new console as a part of the of a $1.04-million grant from Western Economic Diversification Canada awarded to the University of Victoria towards purchasing and upgrading scientific equipment. Read the full story here (external link).

Annual Reports on NMR Spectroscopy, Volume 63, 2008

March 07, 2008

The latest issue features two reviews by Canadian researchers

Annual Reports Marise Ouellet and Michèle Auger, "Structure and Membrane Interactions of Antimicrobial Peptides as Viewed by Solid-State NMR Spectroscopy," Annual Reports on NMR Spectroscopy 63 (2008) 1-21.

Alex D. Bain, "Chemical Exchange," Annual Reports on NMR Spectroscopy 63 (2008) 23-48.


On the move: Chris Kirby

February 29, 2008

Dr. Chris Kirby, formerly an NMR Facility manager at the Univeristy of Western Ontario (London, ON), has accepted the position of Physical Chemist NMR Specialist in the Crops and Livestock Research Centre in Charlottetown, PEI (Agriculture and Food Canada, external link). Chris will be leaving the facility on February 29th, 2008. Best of luck to Chris at his new post !

Read this and other UWO's NMR Facility news here (NMR Facility Newsletter, February edition).

Symposium on "Advances in Solid-State NMR"

February 10, 2008

Dear NMR Colleagues, the 91st Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition will take place in Edmonton from May 24-28, 2008, and will feature a two-day symposium on "Advances in Solid-State NMR".

Confirmed invited speakers:
Jean-Paul Amoureux – U.S.T.L.
Darren Brouwer – NRC SIMS
David Bryce - University of Ottawa
Paul Ellis – PNNL
Zhehong Gan – CIMAR NHMFL
Hans Jakobsen - University of Aarhus
Alexej Jerschow - New York University
Scott Kroeker - University of Manitoba
Igor Moudrakovski – SIMS NRC
Glenn Penner - University of Guelph
Rob Schurko - University of Windsor
Mark Smith - University of Warwick
Gang Wu - Queen's University

For information about the conference, see http://www.csc2008.ca

Please also plan on attending the Third Solid-State NMR Workshop organized by the National Ultrahigh-Field NMR Facility for Solids (separate registration is required). For more information visit

I look forward seeing you in Edmonton ! Rod Wasylishen

Cover article in Chemical Communications

January 29, 2008

ChemComm Results of collaboration between two NMR research teams, from the Queen's University, Canada (Gang Wu's group) and the University of Warwick, U.K. (Mark Smith's group), are featured on the cover of a recent issue of Chemical Communications.

Irene C. M. Kwan, Alan Wong, Yi-Min She, Mark E. Smith and Gang Wu, "Direct NMR evidence for Ca2+ ion binding to G-quartets"
Chemical Communications (2008) 682-684.
(cover article) http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/b714803h

Special Issue of the Journal of Chemical Physics

January 29, 2008

a special issue of the Journal of Chemical Physics on "New Developments in Magnetic Resonance" is currently in works (vol 128, #5, February 7, 2008) (external link). Among many deserving attention reviews and research articles, there are at least two by Canadian researchers.

Carl A. Michal, Simon P. Hastings, and Lik Hang Lee, "Two-photon Lee-Goldburg nuclear magnetic resonance: Simultaneous homonuclear decoupling and signal acquisition" J. Chem. Phys. 128 (2008) 052301. http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.2825593

Mara Jochum, Ulrike Werner-Zwanziger, and Joe W. Zwanziger, "Observable effects of mechanical stress induced by sample spinning in solid state nuclear magnetic resonance" J. Chem. Phys. 128 (2008) 052304. http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.2823130

New paper in Nature Materials

January 24, 2008

nmatCongratulations are due to our colleagues from the University of Calgary and NRC's Steacie Institute for Molecular Sciences on publishing a paper in Nature Materials. Among other techniques, the authors have used NMR of hyperpolarized 129Xe to probe voids in metal-organic frameworks.

Brett D. Chandler, Gary D. Enright, Konstantin A. Udachin, Shane Pawsey, John A. Ripmeester, David T. Cramb and George K.H. Shimizu, "Mechanical gas capture and release in a network solid via multiple single-crystalline transformations," Nature Materials (2008). http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nmat2101

Mike Fuerth receives the 2007 Service Award

January 11, 2008

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).

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University of Victoria honours NMR manager

January 11, 2008

ChristineChristine Greenwood, a long-time NMR manager at the University of Victoria, was honoured with the 2007 UVic President’s Distinguished Service Award. Our congratulations to Christine! (read the full story here).

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Special Issue of Magnetic Resonance in Chemistry

January 10, 2008

just published a special issue of Magnetic Resonance in Chemistry is dedicated to "New techniques in solid-state NMR" (external link). Among invited reviews and research papers, there are two by Canadian research teams.

Cory M. Widdifield, Joel A. Tang, Charles L. B. Macdonald, Robert W. Schurko, "Investigation of structure and dynamics in the sodium metallocenes CpNa and CpNa·THF via solid-state NMR, X-ray diffraction and computational modelling," Magnetic Resonance in Chemistry 45 (2007) S116-S128. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/mrc.2124

Jason W. Traer, Gillian R. Goward, "Solid-state NMR studies of hydrogen bonding networks and proton transport pathways based on anion and cation dynamics," Magnetic Resonance in Chemistry 45 (2007) S135-S143. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/mrc.2127