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NMRDG Christmas Meeting 2021

Dear NMR Discussion Group Member,

I am pleased to share with you the programme for the annual Christmas meeting! We are holding the meeting on the 16th December 2021. The meeting will be held on Zoom. The details for the meeting are as follows:

Meeting ID: 919 2914 9352

Passcode: please contact

The link may be altered by email security filters. If this occurs and clicking on the link does not work, please start Zoom, then click “Join”, entering the meeting ID and passcode when requested.

We have an fascinating range of speakers covering topics from micro-fluidics to artificial intelligence and solid-state NMR of viral proteins. I hope you are able to join us.

The programme is as follows:

10.00 – 10.05 Introduction and welcome, Simon Duckett, Chair of NMRDG

10.10 – 10.45 “Noncanonical amino acids for protein NMR”, Gottfried Otting, The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia

10.50 – 11.20 “Using solid-state NMR spectroscopy to investigate mixed-metal MIL-53”, Emma Borthwick, University of St. Andrews, St. Andrews, UK

11.25 – 12.00 “Microfluidic NMR for the study of live systems”, Marcel Utz, University of Southampton, Southampton, UK

12.05 – 12.40 “Visualising and quantifying molecular processes in dynamic chemical systems”, Melanie M Britton, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK

12.40 – 13.55 Lunch

13.55 – 14.10 “NMRDG Business”, Iain Day and Andy Gibbs

14.10 – 14.15 “Connect NMR UK”, Nasima Kanwal

14.20 – 14.55 “DeepControl: AI-Powered Pulse Sequence Design for MRI”, Mads S Vinding, Aarhus University, Århus, Denmark

15.00 - 15.35 “Solid-State NMR of Viral Proteins”, Anja Böckmann, CNRS/Université de Lyon, Lyon, France

15.40 - 16.15 “Phase Separation of Intrinsically Disordered Protein Regions: Biological Roles and NMR Insights”, Julie D Forman-Kay, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada,

16.20 – 16.30 Closing remarks: Simon Duckett, Chair of NMRDG

All times are GMT.

The full programme can be downloaded here.

Forthcoming events may also be found on the RSC page.

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Prof. Malcolm Levitt has been awarded the Davy Medal of the Royal Society

The Davy Medal 2021 is awarded to Professor Malcolm Levitt FRS for his contributions to the theory and methodology of nuclear magnetic resonance, including composite pulses, symmetry-based recoupling, long-lived nuclear spin states, and the study of endofullerenes byelectromagnetic spectroscopies and neutron scattering.

Obituary Prof Dr Richard R. Ernst

It is with great sadness that the NMRDG writes to inform you that Nobel Prize winner Richard Ernst passed away on Friday the 4th of June. Richard was clearly instrumental in helping NMR and MRI develop to the point where they have become essential tools used in science in health. A memorial service is planned for Friday the 18th of June, more details and the address for condolence letters can be found at:

Günther Laukien Prize 2021

Congratulations to Professor Gareth Morris FRS of the University of Manchester, who has been awarded the Günther Laukien Prize 2021 for his work on innovative NMR methods (Selective Excitation).

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The 2020 BRSG-NMRDG annual prize winner - Dr Alexander Forse, University of Cambridge

Alex Forse obtained his PhD from the University of Cambridge, where his research developed NMR methods for studying supercapacitor energy storage devices. This work led to new molecular-level understanding of how supercapacitors work and revealed new energy storage mechanisms. Alex then moved to the University of California Berkeley as a Philomathia Research Fellow. There, Alex developed NMR methods for understanding carbon dioxide capture in metal-organic framework adsorbents. NMR experiments on gas-dosed samples revealed new adsorption and diffusion mechanisms in promising carbon capture materials. Since 2019, the Forse Group at the University of Cambridge is exploring a range of nanoporous materials for climate change mitigation applications. Work in the group combines NMR spectroscopy, synthesis, electrochemistry and DFT calculations. A key research thrust centres on the development of electrochemical methods for carbon capture, and Alex was recently awarded a UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship on this work. As part of the award of the 2020 BRSG-NMRDG prize, Alex gave a talk on “NMR studies of Nanoporous Materials for Climate Change Mitigation” at the annual Christmas meeting in December 2020.

Presentation prize winners of the 12th annual NMRDG postgraduate meeting 2019

Oral presentation prize winner

Matthew Davy, University of Bristol, "Playing with NMR acquisition to improve data quality"

Poster presentation prize winner

Oliver Dutton, University of Bristol, "Designing for shape"

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

The 2019 BRSG-NMRDG annual prize winner - Dr Karen Johnston, Durham University

It is a great pleasure to announce that the 2019 BRSG – NMRDG prize for Excellent Contribution to Magnetic Resonance has been awarded to Dr Karen Johnston, University of Durham.

Karen obtained her PhD from the University of St Andrews, where her research combined synthesis, multinuclear solid-state NMR, diffraction and first-principles DFT calculations of NMR parameters to study structure and ordering in the solid state, particularly in perovskites. Subsequently, Karen started her independent research career at the University of Durham, where her multidisciplinary work focuses on the application of solid-state NMR in combination with other techniques, including uSR and diffraction-based methods, for the characterisation of structure, disorder and diffusion in functional materials. In particular, she has a strong interest in energy materials, building on her post-doctoral experience in Cambridge and France. Karen has already made significant contributions in this discipline, with no fewer than 16 peer reviewed publications in high impact journals, and her work is now recognised internationally. As part of the award, Karen will present some of her most recent work at the Christmas BRSG meeting, which will be held in London on Wednesday 11th December, in addition to giving an Overview lecture at the 2019 NMRDG Postgraduate Meeting in York.

11th Annual NMRDG postgraduate meeting 2018

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

Sarah Mann, University of Warwick, "Probing structure and dynamics in ionic liquid pharmaceuticals by NMR Spectroscopy"

Runners up:

Abby Howarth, University of Durham, "Probing ion mobility in Li-stuffed garnets using multi-nuclear solid-state NMR"

Ashlea Hughes, University of Liverpool, "Ultra-fast molecular rotors within porous organic cages"

Best poster presentation (JEOL)

Emily Corlett, University of Warwick, for her work on the evaluation of a NMR crystallography-based approach for the characterisation of Lutidine Fumarate compounds

Runner up

Callum Wallace, University of Lancaster, "17O DNP Enhanced Solid-state NMR Spectroscopy at 18.8T"

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

The 2018 Shoolery annual prize announcement - Dr Krish Krishnamurthy

Dr Krish Krishnamurthy has been recognised for his outstanding contribution to small-molecule NMR. He was awarded the 2018 Shoolery Prize by the SMASH Committee. Visit here for an overview of his exceptional work!

RSC Ronald Belcher award 2017 - Dr 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. Matthew has also joined the NMRDG committee.

RSC Joseph Black award 2017 winner - Dr Nicholle Bell

Our congratulations go to Dr Nicholle Bell, University of Edinburgh Awarded for innovative developments in the teaching and practice of spectroscopy.

A fuller description of Dr Bell's work can be found on the RSC website.

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NMR Discussion Group: Student Bursaries

A limited number of bursaries of value up to £400 will be made available each year by the NMRDG of the Royal Society of Chemistry to support training, short research placements (including industry) and conference attendance.

The application process is competitive and there are 2 deadlines per year, the 1st April and the 1st of October. Decisions will be communicated within 4 weeks of the closing date.

Applications are open to all current PhD students based in a UK University or research institute, and those training in industry without a PhD provided you are a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry and the NMRDG. Applications will be considered by a small group from the NMRDG committee and will be prioritised based on scientific merit. Applications of equal scientific merit will be further prioritised according to criteria including access to alternative funding.

Successful applicants for conference bursaries are expected to present at the meeting (as either oral or poster) and this status must be confirmed before any payments are made.

Bursaries will be paid to successful applicants on receipt of proof of travel, submitted either before or after the meeting. This should include submission of photocopies of registration/tickets/travel documents (showing cost and travel dates), accompanied by a receipt as proof of payment. In the event that the recipient is unable to attend the meeting the value of the bursary payment should be returned to the NMRDG.

Please submit your freeform 2 page application as a pdf or word document to the current NMRDG secretary ( who will also answer any questions. Ensure that you include the following information:

Applicant's name

Institution and department


Name of supervisor

Name of activity, location and dates if available

Costs of the activity (and justification up to £400)

Student statement to explain need and context (400 words max)

Supporting statement from supervisor (400 words max)

Details of any other funding sources for the activity, and how your project work is funded more generally (a research council, industrial, etc)

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ABS Trust bursaries

The NMRDG would like to draw your attention to the Association of British Spectroscopists Trust (ABS Trust) website, and the availability through it for UK-based students in spectroscopy-related research/applications to apply for an ABS Trust bursary.

The ABS Trust website also contains information and application forms for the Kirkbright and Steers bursary awards that assist a promising early career scientist of any nation to attend a recognised scientific meeting or visit a place of learning.

ABS Trust bursary application form for UK-based students

Kirkbright bursary award application form

Steers bursary award application form

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Postdoctoral Research Associate in NMR-based Omics Approaches, Nottingham Trent University (NTU)

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Chairperson: Prof Simon B Duckett CChem MRSC
Secretary: Dr Iain Day CSci CChem MRSC
Treasurer: Dr Andrew Gibbs

Committee members:

Dr Ralph Adams
Prof Sharon Ashbrook FRSC
Prof Frédéric Blanc
Prof Craig Butts
Dr Stephen Byard
Dr Laura Castanar Acedo
Dr Meghan Halse
Prof Flemming Hansen FRSC
Dr Harry Parkes
Dr John A Parkinson FRSC
Dr Tran Pham
Dr Vanessa Timmermann
Dr Matthew Wallace
Dr Sara Whittaker

Past committee members:
Dr Mike Bernstein CChem MRSC
Prof Gareth Morris CChem FRSC