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Welcome to the events pages of the UK NMR Discussion Group (NMRDG), an Interest Group of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

This site holds information on our forthcoming meetings and also hosts the history of NMRDG activities, from its inception in 1964 to the present day. Some further, related information can be found on the RSC site.

A short summary of NMRDG events in 2015 and 2016 is available.

NMRDG History: the history of the group from 1964.


NMRDG Chairperson

It is a pleasure to acknowledge the outstanding contribution made (2016-17) by Prof Sharon Ashbrook. Sharon worked tirelessly and with great skill to ensure that these were also very successful for the NMRDG. In addition to the excellent scientific series, we can look back at record investment in our young scientists going to international conferences to present their work.

The incoming Chairperson is a friend to the NMRDG, and very well known in the UK NMR scene. Please join us in welcoming Prof Simon Duckett to this, his new role. We are immensely grateful that he has taken the position.


Forthcoming NMRDG meeting


Meeting Title/Theme Location Information and Registration links
11th RSC NMR Postgraduate Meeting
Thursday 21st June 2018

A meeting of special interest to graduate students and early researchers in NMR
The Physics Lecture Theatre
Department of Physics University of Warwick Coventry

Details and sign-up to the meeting are available. Programme.


NMRDG UKNMRM Meeting 2018
Wednesday 20th June 2018
A forum for discussion by NMR facility managers in the UK As above Details and sign-up to the meeting are available. Programme.


Students, remember that you can apply for funding towards attendance.

Recent/past meeting(s) 

10th Annual NMRDG Postgraduate Meeting

The meeting report is available.

As usual, presentation and scientific standards were very high. Tasked with the difficult job of choosing the best speakers and poster, the judges made these selections.

Best oral presentation

Michael Hope, University of Cambridge, "Surface Selective 17O DNP NMR of CeO2 nanoparticles"

Runner up: Giulia Bignami, University of St Andrews, "Synthesis and Solid-state NMR Characterisation of ADORable Zeolites"

Best poster presentation

Vanessa Timmermann, University of Manchester, "Evaluating the solution structure of uranium (IV) DOTA-type complexes by 1H NMR spectroscopy"

Runners up

Nick Brownbill, University of Liverpool, "17O DNP Enhanced Solid-state NMR Spectroscopy at 18.8T"

James Montgomery, University of St Andrews, "Fractionation and DOSY NMR as Analytical Tools: From Model Polymers to a Technical Lignin"

 Matthew Wallace, University of Liverpool, "Titrations without the additions: The rapid measurement of pKas using NMR imaging techniques"

Thanks to all who took part, and a special congratulation to our winners.




NMRDG meetings in 2018

Details are sketchy now, but put these dates in your diaries.

NMRDG Spring Meeting
Wednesday, 11th April, 2018
Sheffield University TBA  

 Students, remember that you can apply for funding towards attendance.


Other NMR meetings of possible interest


EUROMAR 2018 July 1-5, 2018 Nantes, France Information
HYP18. An International Conference on Nuclear Hyperpolarization Sept 2-5, 2018 Southampton, UK Information
ICMRBS August 19-24, 2018 Dublin, Ireland Information
SMASH NMR Conference September 16-19, 2018 Philadelphia, PA, USA Information

Students and early-stage researchers: remember that you can apply for funding towards attendance of conferences such as these.

Items of interest

A successful meeting on Pure Shift NMR was held by the Morris group at Manchester University (September 2017). Most of the talks are available to view, as well as the materials that the Manchester team makes available. This will help you to perform the experiments that they have published. Please see their website.


Please use the RCSB PDB web site, here!


RSC Ronald Belcher Award 2017: Matthew Wallace

Congratulations Matthew Wallace, presently at the University of East Anglia, for winning this pretigeous award. Some of Matthew's work with NMR used to probe gels was presented at the recent Xmas NMRDG. The work was primarily performed whilst at Liverpool University.

The 2017 Shoolery Annual Prize Announcement

Prof James Keeler of Cambridge University has been recognised for his outstanding contribution to small-molecule NMR. He was awarded the 2017 Shoolery Prize by the SMASH Committee. Visit his group's web site for an overview of his exceptional work! Congratulations to "one of our own" for this well-deserved recognition of exceptional work.

The 2018 BRSG-NMRDG Annual Prize

The NMRDG is inviting nominations for the 2018 BRSG – NMR DG prize. Details of the nomination procedure, including eligibility, are provided.

Deadline: Wednesday 31st January 2018 - PASSED!

The 2017 BRSG – NMR DG annual prize for excellent contribution to magnetic resonance was awarded to Frédéric Blanc, University of Liverpool, for research activities concerning integration of solid-state NMR methods in the discovery of a range of challenging new materials.  In particular, Frédéric has made significant contributions to the field of DNP enhanced solid-state NMR; his work has shown that the DNP MAS NMR approach allows efficient, time-effective and high-throughput characterization of libraries of porous polymers. In conjunction with this, he has demonstrated that high signal-to-noise ratio solid-state NMR spectra of insensitive nuclei (such as 17O at natural abundance or low-gamma 89Y) can be obtained extremely rapidly with DNP, giving new insights into the structure of selected functional materials.

Call for nominations for the 2018 ICMRBS Founders' Medal

You are invited to nominate a young and excellent magnetic resonance spectroscopists for the Founders' Medal of the 2018 ICMRBS. Information and nomination details may be found here.


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Student bursaries

The NMRDG is pleased to be able to consider requests for bursaries to travel to other NMR meetings, and travel grants to visit labs to learn new techniques.

Applications for travel grants can be made at any reasonable time before a conference.

You may email your enquiry/application to:

Details of bursaries can be found here.
Details of travel grants can be found here.

Positions vacant

 Please contact us with details if you would like a vacancy advertised here.

Last updated: Feb 06, 2018