2009 Canadian NMR News - Archive
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.
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) 2119621201. (Cover
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).
research team from the University of Calgary and the NRC
Steacie Institute for Molecular Sciences (Ottawa) has published
a cover article in Nature Chemistry
built from metal centres and organic ligands have traditionally attracted
attention for their channels' hostguest properties. Now, controlling
the occupancy of the channels by guest molecules has resulted in a framework
that conducts protons under anhydrous conditions and acts as a gas-tight membrane,
offering a promising approach to fuel-cell electrolytes."
Solid-state NMR spectroscopy was instrumental in this research.
The paper is also accompanied by the Nature's commentary:
Hiroshi Kitagawa, "Metalorganic frameworks: Transported into fuel cells," Nature Chemistry 1 (2009) 689-690. http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nchem.454
for an outstanding PhD thesis in the field of magnetic resonance.
For the Raymond Andrew Prize 2010 the AMPERE Prize Committee is seeking your help in searching for qualified candidates who completed their dissertation during the period of 2008/2009.
prize will be presented during the joint EUROMAR/ISMAR
Florence (Italy) from 4th to 9th July 2010.
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 2010 and should include the following documents:
List of publications and presentations at conferences
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.
a list of past Andrew Prize winners and topics of their theses see:
The Russell Varian prize honors the memory of the pioneer behind the first commercial Nuclear Magnetic Resonance spectrometers and co-founder of Varian Associates. The prize is awarded to a researcher based on a single innovative contribution (a single paper, patent, lecture, or piece of hardware) that has proven of high and broad impact on state-of-the-art NMR technology. The prize aims to award the initial contribution that laid the ground for the specific technology of great importance in state-of-the-art NMR. It is sponsored by Varian Inc. and carries a monetary award of 15,000 Euro. The award ceremony will take place at the XXIVth ICMRBS meeting in Cairns, Australia, August 22-27, 2010. The deadline for nominations is February 15, 2010.
For nomination guidelines see (external link @ Varian.com)
The 93rd Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition (CSC2010) is
being held in Toronto, May 29-June 2, 2010. The conference theme Diversity
in Chemistry emphasizes the wide range of science to be presented and
the diversity of people that make up our field. The conference is presented
by the Canadian Society for Chemistry and hosted by the Department of Chemistry
of the University of Toronto. You
can view the wide range of symposia representing the Diversity in Chemistry
theme on the CSC2010 website
Call for Papers opened today December 1, 2009 and will close February 15,
Details are available at
the Fall 2009 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!
the Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Research Resource (NMR-3)
(Dalhousie University, Halifax) invites you to take part in the 4th Annual
Fall NMR Workshop on Saturday, November 14, 2009 in the Chemistry Building.
The workshop will consist of seminars from NMR-3 staff emphasizing practical aspects of NMR, contributed oral and poster presentations from NMR-3 users, Facility tours with detailed introduction to research methods. A detailed agenda will be distributed later, but the event is planned to begin at 9:00 AM with registration and conclude by 5:00 PM. Lunch and coffee-breaks will be provided, and there is no registration fee.
The registration deadline is Friday, November 6. To register
Annual Report (Nov 2/09)
Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy of Liquid Crystals
World Scientific: "This edited volume provides an extensive overview of how nuclear magnetic resonance can be an indispensable tool to investigate molecular ordering, phase structure, and dynamics in complex anisotropic phases formed by liquid crystalline materials. The chapters, written by prominent scientists in their field of expertise, provide a state-of-the-art scene of developments in liquid crystal research. The fantastic assortment of shape anisotropy in organic molecules leads to the discoveries of interesting new soft materials made at a rapid rate which not only inject impetus to address the fundamental physical and chemical phenomena, but also the potential applications in memory, sensor and display devices. The review volume also covers topics ranging from solute studies of molecules in nematics and biologically ordered fluids to theoretical approaches in treating elastic and viscous properties of liquid crystals. This volume is aimed at graduate students, novices and experts alike, and provides an excellent reference material for readers interested in the liquid crystal research. It is, indeed, a reference book for every science library to have."
The International Chemical Congress of Pacific Basin Societies, December 15-20,
2010, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
NMR Spectroscopy of Polymers (Symposium #12) Peter Macdonald, University of Toronto
Biomolecular Structure and Dynamics - Recent Advances in NMR (Symposium #43) Mitsuhiko Ikura, Ontario Cancer Institute
Advances in Solid-State NMR of Biological Molecules (Symposium #58) Michèle Auger, Université Laval
Solid-State NMR Methods and Applications in Inorganic Materials (Symposium #228) Scott Kroeker, University of Manitoba
Grey and Robert Tycko have published an article in the September
issue of Physics Today (cover credit) introducing solid-state
NMR spectroscopy to a broader audience, and reviewing recent NMR applications
in biochemistry and materials sciences. This article is an easy read
about a complicated topic with many colour figures and diagrams, which
your students may find useful in their studies.
Clare P. Grey and Robert Tycko, "Solid-state NMR in biological and materials physics," Physics Today 62 (2009) 44-49. http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.3226855
2009 special issue of Canadian Journal of Chemistry is dedicated to
Professor Tom Ziegler (University of Calgary, web
a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Theoretical Inorganic Chemistry, one of
the pioneers of density functional theory (DFT). Prof. Ziegler has made many
important contributions to the development of DFT calculations of NMR parameters.
We encourage you to read two wonderful tributes to Prof. Ziegler written by Arvi Rauk, Heiko Jacobsen and Tom Woo, and to browse through many excellent research papers by world-leading experts in computational chemistry.
This special CJC issue is devided in two parts:
Part 1 of 2, volume 87, number 7, July 2009
Part 2 of 2, volume 87, number 10, October 2009
Web: The Ziegler Research Group Home Page
ACS Publications celebrates National Chemistry Week 2009, October 19-24,
by providing one-week free access to the ACS
Symposium Series Online including Advances in Chemistry books.
Don't miss this opportunity to browse and download many attention-worthy review
articles free of charge.
Among most recent NMR titles are "Modern NMR Spectroscopy in Education" (Eds. D. Rovnyak and R. Stockland, 2007), and "Solid-State NMR Spectroscopy of Inorganic Materials" (Ed. J.J. Fitzgerald, 1999).
The Laukien Prize was established in 1999 to honor the memory of Professor
Gunther Laukien, a co-founder of Bruker BioSpin. The Laukien Prize carries
a monetary award of $20,000 funded by Bruker BioSpin and is intended to recognize
cutting-edge experimental NMR research with a high probability of enabling
beneficial new applications. The Prize recipient will also deliver the opening
Plenary lecture at the ENC conference.
Nominations for the Laukien Prize are now being accepted. The award will be announced at the next ENC.
The nominated work should be published within the last three years. In some special cases, the award may be for cumulative achievements over a longer period. Nominations should be submitted by October 30.
more information and for the list of past Laukien Prize recipients
April 18-23, 2010, Hilton Hotel, Daytona Beach, FL
Talk abstracts deadline January 12, 2010
Poster abstracts deadline March 12, 2010
Registration for MOOT XXII in Ottawa is still open and will be so until Wednesday, October 14. This is the deadline for having final numbers for caterers, banquet etc.
No more oral presenation will be accepted since the program is filled up with very interesting talks. Poster presentations will be accepted all the way to the end and the program will updated as they come.
The Suraj Manrao Traval Award will contribute three 50$ awards for the best three posters from graduate students. Great many thanks to Suraj!
Check the website www.mootnmr.org for all information regarding maps how the get around and updates of the program.
If people are interested in gathering someplace for dinner and drinks on Friday night please let me know and we can arrange something.
I am looking forward to see you all in Ottawa in less than a couple of weeks,
mootnmr "at" gmail.com
tickets for the Physica
Phantastica Exhibit and the Q2C
Film Festival as well as paid cultural event tickets can be ordered here.
To view the full schedule and plan your trip, visit the Festivals website at http://www.q2cfestival.com/
Several Manitoba media outlets run a feature story today about high-resolution liquid-state NMR in urine to identify metabolite profiles associated with acute rejection in children after renal transplantation. Dr. Tom Blydt-Hansen at the Manitoba Institute of Child Health has teamed up with Ray Somorjai from NRC-IBD in Winnipeg to show that urine metabolites (simple sugars, amino acids and waste products) detected non-invasively could help in identifying rejection risks at early stages and to reduce morbidity.
Read the full story in Winnipeg Free Press
T. Blydt-Hansen, R. Somorjai "Urine metabolite profiles associated with acute rejection in pediatric renal transplants," Pediatric Transplantation 13 Supplement 1:49, April 2009
second U.S.-Canada Winter School on Biomolecular Solid State NMR will be held
in Stowe, Vermont, January 24-29, 2010. This is a pedagogical meeting, aimed
primarily at graduate students and postdocs, with the goals of training them
in fundamental conceptual and experimental aspects of biomolecular solid state
NMR, promoting frank discussions of current trends and bottlenecks, and generally
catalyzing future progress. The meeting is also open to more senior scientists
who are interested in entering the field of biomolecular solid state NMR.
Applications consist of the following three items, all of which should be
sent as PDF attachments by E-mail to
robertty "at" mail.nih.gov
CV and publication list
2. Brief description of current research, not longer than one page
3. One-page letter of recommendation from current research supervisor. (In the case of a more senior scientist, a brief explanation of your motivations can substitute for a letter of recommendation.)
THE DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS IS OCTOBER 16. Applications received after this date may not be considered. For the first Winter School, we received about twice as many applications as we could accept, so this deadline should be taken seriously.
first Winter School in 2008 was a big success, and is described at
The second Winter School will have the same location and a similar format. At the first Winter School, we were able to provide free meals and lodging to most students and postdocs, so their expenses were limited to travel and a modest registration fee. There were approximately 75 attendees from about 25 research groups. We expect the size and finances of the second Winter School to be similar.
wishes to all,
Rob Tycko and Bob Griffin, organizers of the 2nd Winter School
the Summer 2009 Issue of the "Canadian NMR Research" news bulletin is now available for download.
We would like to thank all who contributed their news stories. To make this news bulletin useful and informative for the Canadian NMR Community, we continue to rely on your support and contributions. We also encourage you to print out hard copies of this bulletin and to share them with your colleagues and students.
The Fall 2009 issue is due in early November. Meanwhile you are welcome to submit any NMR-related news and announcements to our news-pages for immediate posting.
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.
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
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
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
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
If you use Gaussian to help interpret your solid-state NMR Sam Adiga, Dom
Aebi and David Bryce (University of Ottawa) have written a computer program
called EFGShield which parses and summarizes Gaussian output files
containing shielding and EFG data. The program provides results which are
directly comparable to data extracted through simulations of experimental
spectra using programs such as WSOLIDS (e.g., quadrupolar coupling constants,
Euler angles, etc.).
S. Adiga, D. Aebi, and D.L. Bryce, "EFGShield: A Program for Parsing and
Summarizing the Results of Electric Field Gradient and Nuclear Magnetic Shielding Tensor Calculations," Can. J. Chem. 85 (2007) 496-505 (link).
Updated Version 2.3 includes:
1. Built-in quadrupole moments have been updated to reflect Pyykkö's most recent recommendations
2. The program can now handle files containing up to 900 atoms.
3. Several equivalent sets of Euler angles are outputted rather than just one representative set.
4. Minor bug fix for Euler angles in highsymmetry environments.
If you are interested, you can download the program here
Please contact me if you have any questions or comments.
Version 3.1 of the SpinWorks NMR freeware processing and simulation package is now available for download at:
The file is SpinWorks_310.zip
In addition to the usual bug fixes new features include the ability to read and display processed 2D and 3D data from NMRPipe, and a band-fitting (deconvolution) feature. The LP routines have been re-written for .NET so the code is now .NET clean, with the LP.dll Win 32 file no longer needed.
The program should run on all Windows systems from Win 2000 and up, and has been run successfully on Macs with "parallels". Being .NET clean it should also run on Linux under "mono" with all path separator issues ("\" vs "/") being resolved. I haven't been doing any Linux testing myself, so any feedback that I can get would be greatly appreciated!
halogens find widespread use i.e. in pharmaceutical formulations.
Solid-state NMR provides a direct mean to probe local halogen
P. Chapman, Cory M. Widdifield and David
"Solid-State NMR of Quadrupolar Halogen Nuclei," Progress
in Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy 55 (2009) 215237.
(Invited Review) http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pnmrs.2009.05.001
See other publications enabled by the 900 NMR Facility here
|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
A special issue of Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics on modern aspects of Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) has been finalized and is now available online (external link). This PCCP issue brings together a broad range of manuscripts dealing with novel EPR applications, new methodologies and advances in data analysis. It will be displayed at the upcoming 7th European Federation of EPR Groups conference in Antwerp, Belgium in early September 2009. http://www.efepr2009.ua.ac.be/
Canadian contribution in this issue is by our colleagues from the NRC Steacie Institute for Molecular Sciences collaborating with fellow EPR spectoscopists from Russia, Germany, and France.
E.G. Bagryanskaya, D.N. Polovyanenko, M.V. Fedin, L.Kulik, A. Schnegg, A. Savitsky, K. Möbius, A.W. Coleman, G.S. Ananchenko and J.A. Ripmeester, "Multifrequency EPR study of the mobility of nitroxides in solid-state calixarene nanocapsules," Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 11 (2009) 67006707. http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/b906827a
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!
Cory Widdifield, Rebecca Chapman, and David Bryce from the University of Ottawa have just published a long-awaited review in Annual Reports on NMR Spectroscopy on solid-state NMR of quadrupolar halogen nuclei. This review will be of interest not only to material scientists and NMR spectroscopists, but also to students and those just learning about solid-state NMR of half-integer quadrupolar nuclei.
VIVA III, the 3rd annual West Coast NMR minisymposium will take place at Simon Fraser University (Burnaby Mountain Campus) on Friday and Saturday, July 24-25, 2009. The aim of this one and a half 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.
The program will consist of 20 minute talks, a poster session/social gathering and a banquet on Friday. A meeting of NMR facility managers is scheduled for Saturday morning.
Further symposium details are available at http://www.sfu.ca/~vivanmr
Albert Overhauser, now a professor emeritus at Purdue University, has
been awarded the 2009 Russell Varian Prize. The prize recognizes the initial
contribution that laid the ground for the specific technology of great importance
in nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. The award ceremony will take place
in July during the EUROMAR 2009
Symposium in Göteborg, Sweden.
In 1953, Professor Overhauser delivered a talk to the American Physical Society on Polarization of Nuclei in Metals. The lecture was subsequently published in Physical Review (Volume 92, pp. 411-415) and since then cited over 500 times. His findings led to the discovery of the Nuclear Overhauser Effect (NOE) and the development of Dynamic Nuclear Polarization (DNP) technique.
Albert W. Overhauser, "Polarization of Nuclei in Metals," Phys. Rev. 92 (1953) 411-415. http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRev.92.411
The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) has announced today major investment in Canadian Research Infrastructure. More than $665 million was awarded to 133 projects at 41 Canadian research institutions through the CFIs Leading Edge Fund and New Initiatives Fund. Among infrastructure projects receiving Government's support is the Canada's first 950 MHz NMR spectrometer at the University of Toronto (Lewis Kay, Biochemistry) to enable studies of the structure and dynamics of complex biological molecules, as well as the technological development of biological NMR.
Project title: "High Field NMR Studies of Protein Molecules in Health and Disease" (CFI contribution $4,595,843)
This very significant hardware acquisition will ensure Canada's leading role
in biological NMR research.
Congratulations are due to Lewis Kay and his team at the UofT !
A complete list of awarded projects (CFI web-site)
you are planning on visiting Edmonton, don't miss a rare opportunity
to glimpse inside of a cut-open NMR magnet at the University of Alberta.
A well thought out and professionally arranged magnet display has been
recently opened to public in the Chemistry Department building. Not
only you have a chance to see what's inside of an NMR magnet, you will
also learn a great deal about NMR from a slide presentation that runs
continuously on the overhead monitor for your enjoyment. If traveling
to Edmonton is not in your plans, you can still see this presentation
of Albin Otter, an NMR Facility Service Officer at the University
of Alberta, who coordinated efforts in putting this wonderful educational
display together (photo credit).
Bruker BioSpin has announced the launch of a breakthrough one Gigahertz Ultrahigh-field NMR spectrometer incorporating the worlds first 23.5 Tesla standard-bore (54 mm) superconducting NMR magnet. The first AVANCE 1000 system will be delivered to the Ultra-High Field European NMR Center in Lyon, France in July 2009, where it will be used for research in biomolecular liquid and solid-state chemistry.
The Globe and Mail published an article "Looking for life after lithium" about recent advances by Canadian researchers and entrepreneurs in creating a new generation of batteries. Gillian Goward (McMaster) was prominently featured in this article for her work towards better understanding the chemistry behind extending the recharging life of lithium ion batteries.
Read the full article in The Globe and Mail (Canada), April 22, 2009 Wednesday (external link )
The Government of Canada has announced funding of $750,000 for a Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectrometer for the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada laboratory at the University of Prince Edward Island in Charlottetown. The new spectrometer will be used primarily in plant materials, healthy foods and nutraceuticals research. The announcement was made in Charlottetown on May 22, 2009 by Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture Pierre Lemieux (photo, left) on behalf of Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz.
the new release by the Government of Canada (external
Our congratulations to Chris Kirby (photo, right), a Physical Chemist and NMR Specialist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, and to his colleagues !
Photo credit: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
The 55th International Conference on Analytical Sciences and Spectroscopy (ICASS) will be held at Queens University (Kingston, Ontario, Canada) on August 9-12, 2009. The conference will feature a special NMR Symposium in honour of Professor Rod Wasylishen.
The conference will also have a fantastic social program including the Magical Dinner with Canada's Magic Champion Eric Leclerc and a very popular Sunset Dinner Cruise of the Thousand Islands.
The abstract submission for oral and poster presentations is now open and will last until June 1, 2009.
ICASS offers a special discount for early registration which is available until June 1, 2009.
Please check the ICASS conference website for details: http://www.icass.ca/2009/
contact the NMR Symposium organizer, Gang Wu, for more information
Two NMR symposia and a workshop will be highlights of the 92nd Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition meeting in Hamilton.
Gillian Goward and Alex Bain, of McMaster University, have organized a symposium
on Materials and Magnetic Resonance, mainly focused on Solid-State
PT7 - Materials and Magnetic Resonance
Sunday May 31 - Monday June 1, AM
Giuseppe Melacini, also at McMaster, has put together an excellent program in Biomolecular NMR.
BM2 - Biomolecular NMR
Monday June 1, PM - Tuesday June 2
Please note that this year two NMR symposia have been scheduled back-to-back. Plan your trip accordingly and don't miss this rare opportunity to attend both NMR symposia at CSC!
CSC 2009 conference program is now available online
National Ultrahigh-Field NMR Facility for Solids and Bruker
Canada are pleased to present the 4th Annual Solid-State NMR Workshop
prior to CSC 2009 in Hamilton. The workshop will take place on Saturday afternoon,
May 30, 2009.
The organizing committee and I would like to invite you to attend the 51st Rocky Mountain Conference on Analytical Chemistry which will be held July 19 - July 23, 2009. The conference site is the Snowmass Conference Center in Snowmass/Aspen, Colorado.
The NMR Symposium will focus on the recent development of solid-state NMR techniques and applications. The symposium consists of oral and poster sessions as well as an evening dinner for NMR symposium attendees and vendors. We are pleased to announce that this year's Vaughan Lecturer is Professor Kurt Zilm from Yale University. Other invited speakers include:
Tim Cross (NHML, Tallahassee)
Mark Conradi (WU, St. Louis)
Gary Drobny (UW, Seattle)
Melinda Duer (Cambridge)
Matthias Ernst (ETH, Zurich)
Cynthia Jameson (UI, Chicago)
Alexej Jerschow (NYU)
Arno Kentgens (Nijmegen)
Vladimir Ladizhansky (Guelph)
Klaus Mueller (Stuttgart)
Jeff Reimer (UC, Berkeley)
Jake Schaefer (WU, St. Louis)
Hans Thomann (ExxonMobil)
Jeremy Titman (Nottingham)
Yue Wu (UNC, Chapel Hill)
Gang Wu (Queen's, Kingston)
In addition to invited and promoted talks there will be two poster sessions providing a more relaxed environment for the dissemination of the latest results. An evening symposium dinner will provide an additional opportunity for attendees to meet and further discuss their scientific work while also allowing representatives from the NMR vendors to discuss NMR problems as well as to promote their latest technological advancements and products.
deadline for submitting poster abstracts is June 15, 2009. For details
of online abstract submission visit
is the deadline for early online registration at
Finally, you may want to reserve your room at the Silvertree Hotel before the June 25 deadline to obtain the negotiated conference discount:
100 Elbert Lane
Snowmass Village, CO 81615
(800) 525-9402 or (970) 923-3520
Online reservations (Enter Group Code RMCAC09)
look forward to seeing you this July in Colorado.
Philip J. Grandinetti, Chair (NMR Symposium)
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 19, we hope you will join us.
now for the Solid State NMR workshop and seminar (to
9:00 Breakfast & Registration
9:30 Welcome, Dr. Jochem Struppe
9:40 Solid State NMR on dynamic molecular assemblies, Prof. Marc Baldus, Utrecht University
10:15 Very High Temperature NMR - Applications and Hardware, Dr. Sebastian Wegner
10:35 Advances in High-Resolution 1H Solid State NMR at High Field and Very-Fast MAS, Prof. Luis Mafra, University of Aveiro
11:15 Solid State NMR Probes, latest Developments, Dr. Stefan Steuernagel
11:35 Li-Argyrodites: Insights into a New Exciting Ion Conductor, Dr. Barbara Koch
11:55 Interactions of membrane proteins and lipids with water studied with solid-state NMR, Prof. Mei Hong
1:30 Progress Report on 263 GHz Solids DNP Spectrometer, Dr. Shane Pawsey
1:45- 4:00 Workshop on Mathematical Methods for Data Analysis
1:45 Mathematical Methods: Floquet Theory, Prof. Matthias Ernst, ETH Zurich
2:15 Dynamics of large nuclear spin systems from low-order correlations in Liouville space, Dr. Mark Butler, ENS Lyon
2:55 Biosolids NMR experimental setup strategies, Dr. Jochem Struppe
You are invited to the 20th Solid-State NMR Varian Workshop prior to the 51st Rocky Mountain Conference in Snowmass.
Learn the newest Solid-State NMR applications and techniques, and how Varian's Solid-State technology can provide ultimate performance in a wide range of research and routine applications for your laboratory.
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Registration starts at 7:30 a.m.
The Silver Tree Hotel
100 Elbert Lane
Snowmass Village, CO 81615
Limited space. Registration required. Breakfast and Lunch will be provided.
Registration is free of charge, but required prior to the event (to
7:30 a.m. Registration and Breakfast Buffet
8:30 a.m. Sessions
10:00 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m. Sessions
12:00 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m. Hands-on Solids Workshop Sessions: Solids MAS probe technology, Solids MAS spinning technology, VnmrJ for Solids
Tom Benzel, Varian Inc.
Canadian Solid-State NMR research is front and center at the upcoming Gordon Research Conference at the University of New England, in Biddeford, Maine. Two key lectures in the NMR of Materials session are to be given by Rod Wasylishen (University of Alberta) and Joe Zwanziger (Dalhousie University).
Resonance Gordon Research Conference
June 14-19, 2009, Biddeford, ME
Registration deadline May 24, 2009
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) 1002910037. 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 900 NMR Facility here.
Our sincere congratulations to all the winners of the 2009 NSERC competitions in the Discovery Grants Program (DG), Research Tools and Instruments Grants (RTI), the Major Resources Support Program (MRS) and Scholarship programs.
team of six researchers from l'Université
Laval, including Michèle Auger, Freddy Kleitz, Jean-François
Morin, Thierry Ollevier, Jean-François Paquin and Anna Ritcey, have
received $132,922 in NSERC RTI funding for a triple resonance 4 mm CP/MAS
19F/1H/X probehead and accessories for solid-state NMR spectrometer.
David Bryce (University of Ottawa) received NSERC RTI funding for laboratory equipment (glovebox).
Becky Chapman (University of Ottawa) has been awarded a NSERC Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship. She joins Cory Widdifield as the second member of Dave Bryce's group to receive this prestigious scholarship.
The National Ultrahigh-Field NMR Facility for Solids has received NSERC MRS funding for the next five years.
Share your success with the Canadian NMR community (E-mail).
Michael Hunger has edited a special "Solid State NMR in Catalysis" issue of Solid State Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (vol. 35, issue 2). Among authors are many renown personae in the field including Yining Huang (University of Western Ontario), who is reporting their recent research in studying formation of molecular sieves.
Z. Yan, B. Chen, Y. Huang, "A solid-state NMR study of the formation of molecular sieve SAPO-34," Solid State Nuclear Magnetic Resonance 35 (2009) 49-60. (invited publication, special issue "Solid State NMR in Catalysis") http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ssnmr.2008.12.006
latest issue of Annual Reports on NMR Spectroscopy is
dedicated to various aspects of NMR in molecular biology. The first
Chapter in this six-chapter volume is written by a team from the University
of Calgary reviewing modern solution and solid-state NMR experiments
to characterize antimicrobial peptides and mechanisms of their action.
The registration deadline for the 5th Annual McGill Biophysical Chemistry Symposium has been extended from April 17th to April 24th. This symposium will take place on Tuesday May 5th with Prof. Taekjip Ha from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign as the plenary speaker. Researchers from McGill, Concordia, Laval, U Montreal, U Ottawa, U Sherbrooke, and the National Research Council in Ottawa will present talks. The all-day event will feature a poster session for students as well as a complimentary lunch and refreshments. (PDF poster, 350 kB)
Registration is FREE OF CHARGE but please do register soon, as space is limited. Please email your name, your contact information, and your poster abstract to "biophys.chem at mcgill.ca". All inquiries can also be sent to this address. Hope to see you all there.
Anthony Mittermaier (Chemistry, Chemical Biology)
A research team from the Steacie Institute for Molecular Sciences (NRC Canada) and their colleagues from Oak Ridge, Stony-Brook, and Argonne, are reporting synthesis and characterization of a new structure of gas hydrate, previously known only hypothetically. Static and magic angle spinning 129Xe NMR was instrumental in this research, and had provided strong confirmation of the structural analysis.
L. Yang, C.A. Tulk, D.D. Klug, I.L. Moudrakovski, C.I. Ratcliffe, J.A. Ripmeester, B.C. Chakoumakos, L. Ehm, C.D. Martin, and J.B. Parise, "Synthesis and characterization of a new structure of gas hydrate," Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 106 (2009) 6060-6064. http://dx.doi.org/10.1073/pnas.0809342106
|David Bryce (University of Ottawa) has been promoted with tenure to the rank of Associate Professor. Join us in congratulating Dave with this well deserved promotion!|
FREDERICTON, New Brunswick, March 19, 2009 The Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology), today offered his congratulations to the Canada Research Chair at the University of New Brunswick, whose position was recently renewed.
Bruce Balcom is the renewed Canada Research Chair in Materials Science Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). Dr. Balcom's research involves the application of new methods of MRI to a broad array of problems in materials science. This research will help develop and improve a new materials research capability in Canada and facilitate the introduction and development of new processes and products.
Dr. Balcom, one of Canada's leading scientists and engineers, will generate the knowledge we need to solve tough problems, said Minister of State Goodyear. That is why we are pleased to announce the renewal of Dr. Balcom's Canada Research Chair in Materials Science MRI here at the University of New Brunswick.
As Director of the University of New Brunswick's MRI (UNB MRI) Centre, Dr. Balcom and his team have invented a family of new MRI methods. The successful application of the centre's new MRI techniques, with allied hardware and software innovations, has opened new vistas in material science research. Detecting how water and oil move through rock and concrete is one of the many practical applications of Dr. Balcom's work, which is already being used by the oil and gas industry.
The UNB MRI Centre is the only material science MRI laboratory in Canada and the only university-based laboratory of its type in North America. The birthplace of the Single-Point Ramped Imaging with T1 Enhancement (SPRITE) technique, it is considered the leading laboratory worldwide in many aspects of material science MRI.
February 23, 2009, the Government of Canada announced an investment of $120.4
million to fund 134 new or renewed Canada Research Chairs in 37 Canadian universities.
The research chairs will conduct research in variety of fields of direct interest
to Canadians. This investment also includes $6.6 million for the Canada Foundation
for Innovation to support research infrastructure.
the full press release by the Government of Canada
Lewis Kay and colleagues from the University of Toronto have published an article in Biophysical Journal reviewing recently developed NMR relaxation dispersion technique and its applications to protein folding research.
Neudecker, P. Lundström, L.E. Kay, "Relaxation Dispersion NMR
Spectroscopy as a Tool for Detailed Studies of Protein Folding," Biophysical
Journal 96 (2009) 2045-2054. (review)
A research team from the Ontario Cancer Institute and the University of Toronto has developed a real-time, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR)based assay to monitor the intrinsic GTPase activity of the small guanosine triphosphatase (GTPase) Rheb. This method can now be used to gain further understanding of the mechanisms of action of other GTPases and their GAP partners.
C.B. Marshall, J. Ho, C. Buerger, M.J. Plevin, Guang-Yao Li, Z. Li, M. Ikura, and V. Stambolic, "Characterization of the Intrinsic and TSC2-GAPRegulated GTPase Activity of Rheb by Real-Time NMR," Science Signaling 2 (#55) (2009) ra3. http://dx.doi.org/10.1126/scisignal.2000029
Science Signaling is a weekly AAAS journal as well as an online resource and information management tool that enables experts and novices in cell signaling to find, organize, and utilize information relevant to processes of cellular regulation. As of September 2008, Science Signaling is adding original research articles to the weekly journal. Science Signaling publishes research that represents a major advance in cell signaling, including key research papers in the rapidly expanding areas of signaling networks, systems biology, synthetic biology, computation and modeling of regulatory pathways, and drug discovery.
about Science Signaling:
A new Biomolecular Magnetic Resonance Facility at the National Research Council Institute for Marine Biosciences (NRC-IMB) (Halifax, N.S.) is now officially open. The opening ceremony on February 19 was officiated by Dr. Martha Crago, Vice-President, Research, Dalhousie University; the Honourable Gerald Keddy, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Trade; and Dr. Roman Szumski, Vice-President, Life Sciences, NRC.
the news release by NRC Canada
This facility has been established in partnership between NRC Canada, Dalhousie University, and the Federal Government to support health-care research in the Atlantic region. It houses a new 700 MHz Bruker Avance III NMR spectrometer equipped with the world's first 1.7 mm (40 uL) cryoprobe for fields > 600 MHz.
Find more about the Biomolecular Magnetic Resonance Facility at NRC-IMB in the Winter 2009 issue of the "Canadian NMR Research" news bulletin.
Government of Canada has announced today an investment of $120.4 million to fund 134 new or renewed Canada Research Chairs in 37 Canadian universities. This includes renewal of two Tier 1 Chairs involved in magnetic resonance research.
Raymond Laflamme (University of Waterloo) Canada Research Chair Tier 1 in Quantum Information
Bruce Balcom (University of New Brunswick) Canada Research Chair Tier 1 in Materials Science and MRI. Bruce has also been awarded a complementary CFI funding under the Leaders Opportunity Fund.
Our sincere congratulations to Raymond, Bruce and their colleagues with this well-deserved recognition.
Read a feature report by CBC on quantum computing research at the University of Waterloo's Institute for Quantum Computing:
Recent JACS Communication by Gang Wu and Irene Kwan (Wu's group, Queen's University) is highlighted as News of the week in Chemical & Engineering News as an important contribution to our understanding of self-assembly of nucleotide monomers. In their research Gang and Irene have used a variety of liquid-state NMR techniques and computations to characterize guanosine 5'-monophosphate (5'-GMP) solutions in the presence of sodium cations. The authors have observed spontaneous formation of well-defined right-handed helical 5'-GMP structures, the finding which may have potential implications for prebiotic chemistry theories.
the news story in C&EN (picture credit)
Issue February 16, 2009, p.10, News of the week:
G. Wu and I. Kwan, "The helical structure of disodium guanosine 5-monophosphate self-assembly in neutral solution," Journal of the American Chemical Society 131 (2009) 31803182. http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/ja809258y
Our colleagues at the NRC Plant Biotechnology Institute in Saskatoon are celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Institute. It has also been 60 years since the National Research Council Canada first established the NRC Prairie Regional Laboratory, which in 1983 was officially transformed into NRC-PBI. NRC-PBI is recognized worldwide for its research in agricultural biotechnology that utilizes plants to produce bioproducts, healthy foods and supplements for the benefit of environmental and human health. PBI is a major research centre for plant biosciences in Canada, with expertise in genomics, metabolic pathways, gene expression, genetic transformation, structural biology and natural product chemistry. Read the press release by NRC Canada
NMR spectroscopy plays a prominent role in many fundamental and applied research projects undertaken by PBI researchers and their collaborators. PBI currently houses two recently upgraded NMR instruments: a 500 MHz Bruker Avance system for multinuclear high-resolution studies equipped with a CryoProbe, and a 360 MHz Avance wide-bore system for work in solids, including magic-angle spinning (MAS) and microimaging.
personalities at PBI:
Sue Abrams has been recently appointed to the position of PBI's Research Director. Sue uses NMR spectroscopy in plant metabolic pathway studies.
Michèle Loewen employs high-resolution NMR along with a wide range of other techniques to learn about molecular mechanisms of membrane protein actions.
Shelley Forgeron has recently joined NRC-PBI as an NMR Facility Manager.
" .. 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.
Chemical Biophysics Symposium is a student organized conference now
in its eight year of providing an informal venue for discussions of topics
bridging the physical and biological sciences. Past Symposia have been marked
by a strong multi-disciplinary turnout including biologists, chemists, physicists,
mathematicians, and other more exotic species; lively (but good-natured!)
debates during panel discussions and question periods; a lavish Saturday evening
banquet; and stellar lineups of prominent invited speakers. We hope to continue
this tradition this coming Spring (University
of Toronto, April 24-26, 2009), and we encourage all interested faculty, postdocs, and students to attend.
Allen (University of Alberta)
Harold Craighead, (Cornell University)
Roy Duncan (Dalhousie University)
Michael Ellison (University of Alberta)
Gerhard Hummer (National Institute of Health)
Lewis Kay (University of Toronto)
Igor Medintz (U.S. Naval Research Laboratory)
The registration/ abstract submission is now open. Abstract submission deadline is March 24, 2009.
Please visit our website at http://www.chembiophys.ca
Those attending the 50th ENC Conference in Asilomar, remember to register and attend two traditional pre-ENC NMR meetings:
Users' Meeting before the 50th ENC
March 27-28, 2009, Crowne Plaza Cabana Hotel, Palo Alto, CA
Pre-ENC NMR Workshops and Breakfast Symposium
March 28-29, 2009, Monterey Plaza Hotel, Monterey, CA
year ENC celebrates its Golden Anniversary, and the organizing committee is
planning a number of special events, including a gala banquet at the Monterey
Aquarium and other anniversary-related activities, to make this meeting memorable
and enjoyable by all participants.
March 29 - April 3, 2009, Asilomar, Pacific Grove, California
Call for nominations:
Nominations for the 2010 Vaughan Lecturer are solicited from the solid-state NMR community. Submissions should describe the nominee's scientific accomplishments and contributions in the field of solid-state NMR. Nominations must be submitted as single Word or Acrobat PDF files, with a 500 word maximum, plus a maximum of 5 references to publications or patents. No secondary letters are needed, but nominations should be co-signed by multiple members of the solid-state NMR community. Nominations must be emailed before March 31, 2009 to
vaughanaward "at" ssnmr.org
The 2010 Vaughan lecturer selection committee is comprised of the five most recent Vaughan lecturers: Jeff Reimer (Berkeley, Chair), Robin K. Harris, Lucio Frydman, Malcolm H. Levitt, Robert Tycko, Clare Grey.
Nominations for the Vaughan Lecturer are solicited from the solid-state NMR community by the Selection Committee, 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 RMC SSNMR symposium.
Annual Rocky Mountain Conference on Analytical Chemistry
July 19-23, 2009, the Snowmass Conference Center and Silvertree Hotel in Snowmass, Colorado
In today's paper in Nature a research team from Switzerland reports novel approach of performing NMR and MRI experiments via travelling radio-frequency waves sent and received by an antenna instead of traditional RF coils.
Nature editorial: http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/457971a
D.O. Brunner, N. De Zanche, J. Fröhlich, J. Paska & K.P. Pruessmann, "Travelling-wave nuclear magnetic resonance," Nature 457 (2009) 994-998. http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nature07752
Last week our colleagues from the University of Ottawa took delivery of a Bruker AVANCE III 400 NMR spectrometer for solids (photos), to complement the Bruker AVANCE III 200 NMR spectrometer installed there in September 2008. This major hardware acquisition has been made possible thanks to the CFI Leaders Opportunity Fund award to Prof. David Bryce (Chemistry). Dave is excited to explore new opportunities afford by a double-resonance double-rotation (DOR) probe for the 400 MHz instrument!
In total there are now seven NMR instruments at the uOttawa campus (8, including the Bruker AVANCE II 900 at the National NMR Facility for Solids), to keep Glenn and Cheryl very busy for a long time to come.
web (NMR Facility): http://www.science.uottawa.ca/nmr/
Scott Kroeker is among several other researchers from the University of Manitoba to share more than $2.3 million in funding from the Manitoba Government. The funding is provided through the Manitoba Research and Innovation Fund to support research projects related to health, environment and advanced technologies.
Read the press release by the University of Manitoba: http://myuminfo.umanitoba.ca/
web: Scott Kroeker (Department of Chemistry)
Lakeland College (Lloydminster, Alberta) has purchased an NMR spectrometer among other modern laboratory equipment for its university studies program. The NMR spectrometer will be used to advance learning and training opportunities for first and second-year students taking organic chemistry.
Read the press release by Lakeland College: http://www.lakelandcollege.ca/news/news01090901.aspx
The Russell Varian prize honors the memory of the pioneer behind the first commercial Nuclear Magnetic Resonance spectrometers and co-founder of Varian Associates. The prize is awarded to a researcher based on a single innovative contribution (a single paper, patent, lecture, or piece of hardware) that has proven of high and broad impact on state-of-the-art NMR technology. The prize aims to award the initial contribution that laid the ground for the specific technology of great importance in state-of-the-art NMR. It is sponsored by Varian Inc. and carries a monetary award of 15,000 Euro. The award ceremony will take place at EUROMAR 2009 in Göteborg, Sweden, July 5-9, 2009. The deadline for nominations is February 15, 2009.
For nomination guidelines see: http://www.euromar2009.com/prize.html
The Raymond Andrew Prize is awarded by the AMPERE Bureau in memory of Professor Dr. Raymond Andrew and to honour his pioneering work in the field of magnetic resonance. The prize is awarded to young scientists for an outstanding PhD thesis in magnetic resonance.
2009 the AMPERE Prize Committee is seeking your help in searching for qualified
candidates who completed their dissertation during the period of
2007/2008. The prize will be presented during the EUROMAR 2009 in Göteborg (Sweden) from 5th to 9th of July 2009. You are kindly invited to submit nominations by e-mail to
must be received by 15th February 2009 and should include
the following documents:
List of publications and presentations at conferences
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.
a list of past Andrew Prize winners see:
For nomination guidelines see: http://www.euromar2009.com/prize.htm
From early 2005 to March, 2008 there were published more than 3000 research papers employing solid-state NMR. To review all these publications in one place would be a formidable and unmanageable task. Cecil Dybowski and Shi Bai from the University of Delaware decided to highlight only some of these papers in their recent review in Analytical Chemistry. Admittedly limited in their choices, the authors discuss six main areas of development of solid-state NMR in the last three years, including
- Methodology and Technical Developments
- Materials and Nanotechnology
- Pharmaceutical Chemistry
- Catalysis and Surfaces
- Quadrupolar Nuclei
This review gives the reader a glimpse into the vast field of modern solid-state NMR spectroscopy. It also lists some of the most recent solid-state NMR reviews for each topic you may have missed.
C. Dybowski and S. Bai, "Solid-State NMR Spectroscopy," Analytical Chemistry 80 (2008) 42954300. http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/ac800573y