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12th December 2012
Andy Howes Presents "Physics Tricks and Flying Frogs!"

Together with Rachel Edwards, Andy Howes presented the last in a series of Christmas lectures to an audience of approximately 400 which were mainly members of the general public. The lecture was titled "Physics Tricks and Flying Frogs!", the aim was to explain some concepts in physics to the general public from 10+, with a strong twist towards experimentation. The lecture included the use of liquid nitrogen, superconductors, semiconductors and an explanation of magnetic resonance.
To the left, Andy Howes demonstrates Hero's engine.
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11th December 2012
John Hanna gives a talk at the IOP.

The group attends en-masse and John Hanna gives a talk titled "A Solid State Multinuclear MAS and DOR NMR, and GIPAW DFT Investigation of α-Tricalcium Phosphate and Octahedral Tin(IV) Diketonate Bioactive Systems" at a conference on Computational Methods for Magnetic Resonance at the Institute Of Physics in London organised by the IOP BRSG: The Magnetic Resonance Group.
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23rd November 2012
Paper published in the Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters (DOI)

Title: Atomic-Resolution Structural Dynamics in Crystalline Proteins from NMR and Molecular SimulationAuthors: Luca Mollica, Maria Baias, Józef R. Lewandowski, Benjamin J. Wylie, Lindsay J. Sperling, Chad M. Rienstra, Lyndon Emsley and Martin Blackledge.
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13th November 2012
Robert Kelly and Scott King give talks at the Bruker Users' Meeting

The group attends the Bruker Users' meeting en masse, and Robert Kelly and Scott King gave talks titled "Exploring the Impact of Cu2+ Ions on the Aggregation of Amyloid Beta (1-40) using Solid-State NMR" and "A Multinuclear Solid-State NMR Study of Bioactive Glasses" respectively.
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7th November 2012

Steven Brown joins the Conseil Scientifique of the French Network of High-Field NMR Facilities.

Steven Brown has joined the Conseil Scientifique of the French Network of High-Field NMR Facilities, recently attending the meeting in Lille.
1211-dima

1st November 2012
Dr Dmytro Dudenko joins our group.

Dr Dmytro Dudenko joins our group from the Freie Universitat Berlin and Max Planck Institute, Germany to work on NMR Crystallography of Solid-State Structures Adopted by Organic Molecules as part of the EPSRC-funded CCP-NC project.
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1st November 2012
Dr J. Emilio Jimenez-Roldan joins our group.

Dr Emilio Jimenez-Roldan joins our group from within the University and will be working with Jozef Lewandowski on studying the relationship between structure, dynamics and activity of biomolecular systems.
1210 amouraux

16th October 2012
Jean-Paul Amoureux visits our laboratory.

Jean-Paul Amoureux from Unite de Catalyse et Chimie du Solide, Lille University, France visits our laboratory and gives a talk titled "New solid-state NMR methods recently developed for ultra-fast MAS and high-field spectrometers: (i) proximities of quadrupolar nuclei, and (ii) structural analysis of bio-molecules."
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15 - 26th October 2012
Nicole De Almeida from McMaster University, Canada visits our group.

Nicole De Almeida from the Goward group at McMaster University, Canada visitis our group to conduct experiments and give us a talk titled "Solid State NMR Studies on Protic Ionic Salt Composites for High Temperature Fuel Cells".
1210 project students

11th October 2012
6 Undergraduates join our group for final year projects.

(left to right) James Edgell, Liam Kellett, Rollo Jarvis, Thomas Harper, Samuel Coleclough and David Wood have joined our group for their final year Physics project supervised by Steven Brown and John Hanna.
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7-12th October 2012
Members attend the Advanced School on Biological Solid-State NMR in Brno, Czech Republic.

Jonathan Lamley and Robert Kelly attend the Advanced School on Biological Solid-State NMR in Brno, Czech Republic organised by ETH Zurich.
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4th October 2012
Józef Lewandowski gives the Presidential Lecture of the RSC Lecture Series at Warwick

Józef Lewandowski gave the presidential lecture of the RSC lecture series hosted at Warwick University. The talk was titled "Structural dynamics through the lens of solid-state NMR"
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1st October 2012
New PhD and MSc students join our group

(left to right) Maria Vlachou, Matthew Lougher, Aiden Robertson and Evelyn Toalster have joined our group.
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1st October 2012
Józef Lewandowski gives a talk at the European Science Foundation Workshop

Józef Lewandowski gave a talk titled "A Few Words on Third Spin Assisted Recoupling and Protein Relaxation in the Solid State" at the European Science Foundation workshop: "Polarization transfer between water and proteins" at Laulasmaa, Estonia.
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29th September 2012
Steven Brown, John Hanna and Józef Lewandowski attend Bruker's Grand Opening.

Steven Brown, John Hanna and Józef Lewandowski attend Bruker's Grand Opening of their Centre of Excellence at the Banner Lane, Coventry Site.
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21st September 2012
Andrew Tatton goes to Belgium

Andrew Tatton has left the group to work with Prof. Christian Damblon at the University of Liege in Belgium.
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19th September 2012
Paper published in Chemical Communications (DOI)

Title: Identifying the intermolecular hydrogen-bonding supramolecular synthons in an indomethacin–nicotinamide cocrystal by solid-state NMR.Authors: Keisuke Maruyoshi , Dinu Iuga , Oleg N. Antzutkin , Amjad Alhalaweh , Sitaram P. Velaga and Steven P. Brown.
1209-angew

13th September 2012
Paper published in Angewandte Chemie (DOI)

Title: Hydrogen Bonding in Alzheimer's Amyloid-β Fibrils Probed by 15N{17O} REAPDOR Solid-State NMR Spectroscopy.Authors: Prof. Oleg N. Antzutkin, Dr. Dinu Iuga, Dr. Andrei V. Filippov, Robert T. Kelly, Dr. Johanna Becker-Baldus, Prof. Steven P. Brown, Prof. Ray Dupree
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10th September 2012
Steven Brown gives a lecture at the SMARTER3 conference.

Steven Brown gave a lecture about the EPSRC-funded Collaborative Computational Project for NMR Crystallography (CCP-NC) at the SMARTER3 conference in Versailles, France.
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3-5th September 2012
Robert Kelly and Muhammad Hasan present posters at the 12th CCPN conference

Robert Kelly and Muhammad Hasan present posters titled "Exploring the impact of Cu2+ ions on the aggregation of Aβ1-40 using Solid-State NMR" and "Structure and Dynamics of Membrane Proteins using Solid-State NMR" respectively at the 12th CCPN Conference held at Scarborough Campus, University of Hull.
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22-23rd August 2012
Józef Lewandowski talks at the XXVth ICMRBS.

Józef Lewandowski gave two talks at the XXVth International Conference on Magnetic Resonance in Biological Systems. The first was a tutorial on the selected applications of fast magic angle spinning for biological solid state NMR titled "Spinning in the fast lane", and the second was a talk titled "Simultaneous Acquisition of Homonuclear and Heteronuclear Long-Distance Contacts with Time-Shared Third Spin Assisted Recoupling".
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9th August 2012
Andrew Tatton successfully defends his thesis.

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16-18th July 2012
John Hanna and Steven Brown give talks at the 54th Rocky Mountain Conference.

John Hanna and Steven Brown gave talks at the Rocky Mountain Conference on Analytical Chemistry titled "A Multinuclear Solid State NMR, GIPAW DFT and MD Study of the Interstitial Conduction-Ion Species in Apatite Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Materials of the Generic Form La8+xM2-x(XO4)6O2 (M = Ba, Bi, Ca, Y, Si; X = P, Si, Ge)." and "Multinuclear Solid-State NMR of Organic Molecules: Revealing Intra and Intermolecular Structure." respectively.Scott King, James MacDonald and Andrew Grigg also gave posters at the RMCAC.
1207-rmcac-bruker

15th July 2012
Steven Brown gives a talk at the Bruker pre-meeting at the RMCAC.

Steven Brown gives a talk titled "14N-1H and 15N-1H Solid-State NMR for Pharmaceutical Characterisation" at the Bruker pre-meeting to the Rocky Mountain Conference on Analytical Chemistry (RMCAC) in Colorado, USA.
1207-JM

11th July 2012
Group attends the BRSG summer meeting and AGM.

9 Members of our group attended the IOP BRSG AGM and summer meeting hosted by Johnson Matthey at their technology centre in Sonning Common.
1207-joel

10th July 2012
Jeol president visits NMR facility.

The President of Jeol Resonance Inc. Mr Takahashi visits our NMR facility to mark the installation of a 1mm Jeol probe at the UK 850 MHz solid-state NMR facility.
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10th July 2012
Greg Rees successfully defends his thesis.

1206-dailymail

26th June 2012

Diamonds, a washer woman's best friend:

Microscopic sparklers in washing powder help detergents work much more effectively.

Research involving Prof. Steven Brown has been published in the Daily Mail, a press release is available here along with the American Chemical Society, Applied Materials and Interfaces paper here (DOI: 10.1021/am300560z)
1206-ilyA

15th June 2012
Dr Ilya Frantsuzov visits.

Dr Ilya Frantsuzov visits our group from Durham Universities Solid State NMR Group as part of the inter university Higher and Faster Decoupling Project.
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14th June 2012
Talks given at the NMRDG Post-Graduate Meeting.

Stephen Day and Robert Kelly give talks titled "Complimentary GIPAW DFT computational and solid state NMR approaches to studying disordered apatite systems" and "Exploring the impact of Cu2+ ions on the aggregation of Aβ1-40 using Solid-State NMR" respectively at the NMRDG Post-Graduate meeting hosted at the University of Bristol.
1206-BS_AB

4th June 2012
Dr Burkhard Schmidt and Amrei Baasner Visit Our Group

Dr Brukhard Scmidt and Amrei Baasner from the Experimental and Applied Mineralogy Department at Georg-August-Universität Göttingen are visiting our group for 2 weeks to work with Prof. Ray Dupree.
1206-greg_rees

1st June 2012
Greg Rees starts work at Bruker

Greg Rees after submitting his thesis has started work at Bruker UK based in Coventry.
Jhon Jie Lin

1st June 2012
Dr Zhong-Jie Lin Joins Our Group

Dr Zhong-Jie Lin has joined our group as a research associate working with John Hanna.
matthew lougher

15th May 2012
Matthew Lougher Joins Our Group

Matthew Lougher has joined out group as part of the Warwick Molecular Organisation and Assembly in Cells (MOAC) MSc course.
Hasan Alkassem

23rd April 2012
Hasan Alkassem Joins Our Group

Hasan Alkassem has joined our group as part of the Warwick Centre for Analytical Sciences AS:MIT masters course.
1204 Ago

4th April 2012
100 kHz MAS Barrier Broken

Ago Samoson has broken the 100 kHz MAS barrier for the first time.
 1203-850Symposium

29th March 2012
UK 850 MHz Solid-State NMR Facility Symposium Held at Warwick (link).

The Second Annual Symposium of the UK 850 MHz Solid-State NMR Facility was held at Warwick University with Oliver Alderman and James McDonald from our group giving talks.
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27th March 2012
Paper published in the Journal of Magnetic Resonance (DOI)

Title: Simultaneous Acquisition of Homonuclear and Heteronuclear Long-Distance Contacts with Time-Shared Third Spin Assisted RecouplingAuthors: Jonathan M. Lamley, Józef R. Lewandowski
1203-press_release

9th March 2012
NMR sheds new light on polymorphic forms in pharmaceutical compounds.

Warwick University has published a press release about some innovative research in the Solid-State NMR group.
More information is available here.
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7th March 2012
Ray Dupree gives an invited talk at IW-FIRT 2012 at the University of Fukui, Japan

Ray Dupree gives an invited talk and conference paper at the 4th International Workshop on Far-Infrared Technologies 2012 (IW-FIRT 2012) held at the University of Fukui, JapanTitle: A DNP-enhanced Solid-State MAS NMR Spectrometer designed for operation at 6.7 and 14.1 T using quasi-optical microwave transmission.Authors: Rya Dupree, Kevin J. Pike, Thomas F. Kemp, Hiroki Takahashi, Robert Day, Andrew P. Howes, Eugeny V. Kryukov, James F. MacDonald, Alana E. C. Collis, David R. Bolton, Richard J. Wylde, Marcella Orwick, Kosuke Kosuga, Andrew J. Clark, Toshitaka Idehara, Anthony Watts, Graham M. Smith, Mark E. Newton, Mark E. Smith.
1203-paul-bayley

27th February 2012
Dr Paul Bayley Visits Our Group

Paul Bayley visits our group until the 10th April to conduct PFG and CODEX experiments. Paul is based at the Institute for Technology Research and Innovation at Deakin University, Australia.
1203-jchemphys

24th February 2012
Paper published in The Journal of Chemical Physic
s. DOI

Title: Unexpected effects of third-order cross-terms in heteronuclear spin systems under simultaneous radio-frequency irradiation and magic-angle spinning NMRAuthors: Andrew S. Tatton, Ilya Frantsuzov, Steven P. Brown, and Paul Hodgkinson
1203-jps

20th February 2012
Paper published in the Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences. DOI

Title: Probing Intermolecular Hydrogen Bonding in Sibenadet Hydrochloride Polymorphs by High-Resolution 1H Double-Quantum Solid-State NMR Spectroscopy.Authors: Jontathan P. Bradley, Chris J. Pickard, Jonathan C. Burley, Dave R. Martin, Leslie P. Huges, Stephen D. Cosgrove, Steven P. Brown.
1202-kjp

20th February 2012
Kevin Pike leaves our group.

Dr Kevin Pike has left our group for a permanent position at Thomas Keating Ltd.
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12th February 2012
Paper Featured on Front Cover of Journal of Magnetic Resonance. DOI

Title: A spectrometer designed for 6.7 and 14.1 T DNP-enhanced solid-state MAS NMR using quasi-optical microwave transmission.Authors: Kevin J. Pike, Thomas F. Kemp, Hiroki Takahashi, Robert Day, Andrew P. Howes, Eugeny V. Kryukov, James F. MacDonald, Alana E.C. Collis, David R. Bolton, Richard J. Wylde, Marcella Orwick, Kosuke Kosuga, Andrew J. Clark, Toshitaka Idehara, Anthony Watts, Graham M. Smith, Mark E. Newton, Ray Dupree and Mark E. Smith.
1202-tim-cross

10th February 2012

Prof. Tim Cross Visits our Group and Gives a Talk in The School of Life Sciences

Prof. Tim Cross from the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, The Florida State Univerisity, Tallahassee, USA visited our group and gave a talk in the School of Life Sciences entitled "The native-like structure of the M2 proton channel of influenza A obtained from lipid bilayer preparations".
1202-india

6th February 2012

Steven Brown Gave an Invited Lecture at the National Magnetic Resonance Society in Bangalore, India.

Steven Brown gave an invited lecture entitled “Characterising Solid-State Structures Formed by Organic Molecules: What Can NMR Contribute?” at the National Magnetic Resonance Society meeting in Bangalore, India.
1202-crustengcomm

16th January 2012
Paper Published in CrystEngComm. DOI 

Title: Probing intermolecular interactions and nitrogen protonation in pharmaceuticals by novel 15N-edited and 2D 14N-1H solid-state NMR.Authors: Andrew S. Tatton, Tran N. Pham, Frederick G. Vogt, Dinu Iuga, Andrew J. Edwards and Steven P. Brown.
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12th December 2011
Scott King Presents at the BRSG Christmas Meeting.

The NMR group attended the BRSG Christmas Meeting at the IOP headquarters in London which was organised by Steven Brown. Scott King gave a presentation titled "Multinuclear Solid State NMR Investigation into Speciation and Structure of Aluminium Doped Phosphate Bioglasses"
1112-jmr-dnp

11th December 2011
Paper Published In Journal Of Magnetic Resonance, DOI

Title: A spectrometer designed for 6.7 and 14.1 T DNP-enhanced solid-state MAS NMR using quasi-optical microwave transmissionAuthors: Kevin J. Pike, Thomas F. Kemp, Hiroki Takahashi, Robert Day, Andrew P. Howes, Eugeny V. Kryukov, James F. MacDonald, Alana E.C. Collis, David R. Bolton, Richard J. Wylde, Marcella Orwick, Kosuke Kosuga, Andrew J. Clark, Toshitaka Idehara, Anthony Watts, Graham M. Smith, Mark E. Newton, Ray Dupree and Mark E. Smith.
1112-SPB

2nd December 2011
Paper Published in Solid State Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, DOI

Title: Apllications of high-resolution 1H solid-state NMRAuthors: Steven P. Brown
1112-nic-shannon

1st December 2011
Dr Nic Shannon Gives a Theory Seminar

Dr Nic Shannon from Bristol/Oxford gives a seminar for the theory group titled "Angle Resolved NMR"
1112-diane-holland

23rd November 2011
Dr Diane Holland Retirement Seminar

A long standing Colleague Dr Diane Holland Retires with a Seminar titled "Trying to make sense of disorder. Celebrating the work of Diane Holland"
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21st November 2011
Dr Thalasseril Ajithkumar

Dr Thalasseril Ajithkumar is visiting our laboritory for a week from the Central NMR Facility, National Chemical Laboritory, Pune, India.
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18th November 2011
Dr Karl Mueller visits our group

Dr Karl Mueller visits out group from Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboritory, USA; and Department of Chemistry, Penn State University, USA. During Dr Mueller's visit he gave a seminar titled "Coupling Solid-State NMR and Computational Approaches for Discovery: A Chemical Physics View of Complex Materials and Their Surfaces"
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15th November 2011
Dr Józef Lewandowski gives a talk at the Bruker NMR Users' Meeting

Dr Józef Lewandowski gives a talk titled "Proton Detected Experiments in Perdeuterated Proteins" at the Bruker NMR & EPR Users' Meeting 2011. The majority of our group also attended the Solid-State NMR Workshop.
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14th November 2011
Dr Lionel Truflandier gives a seminar

Dr Lionel Truflandier from the London Centre for Nanotechnology gives a seminar hosted by CSC at the University of Warwick. The talk was titled "Quantum-Mechanical Based Methods for Simulation of NMR Properties Applied to Condensed Matter Systems"
christian bonhomme

10th November 2011
Prof. Christian Bonhomme visits our group

Professor Christian Bonhomme is visiting our group for a few days from LCMCP UPMC, France.
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1st November 2011
Jon Bradley Leaves Our Group

Jon Bradley leaves our group to take up a position at Johnson Matthey.
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28th October 2011
JACS paper published, DOI

Title: Identifying Guanosine Self Assembly at Natural Isotopic Abundance by High-Resolution 1H and 13C Solid-State NMR Spectroscopy.Authors: Amy L. Webber, Stefano Masiero, Silvia Pieraccini, Jonathan C. Burley, Andrew S. Tatton, Dinu Iuga, Tran N. Pham, Gian Piero Spada, and Steven P. Brown
Paul Bayley

22nd October 2011
Dr Paul Bayley Visits Our Group

Paul Bayley visits our group until the 12th November to conduct PFG and CODEX experiments. Paul is based at the Institute for Technology Research and Innovation at Deakin University, Australia.
polish academy of science

18th October 2011
Steven Brown Gives a Lecture at the Polish Academy of Science

Steven Brown gave a lecture entitled “Characterising Solid-State Structures Formed by Organic Molecules: What Can NMR Contribute?” at a Solid-State NMR Workshop at the Centre of Molecular and Macromolecular Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences, Lodz, Poland at the invitation of Marek Potrzebowski.
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6th October 2011
Stefan Jehle Visits the Group

Stefan Jehle from CRMN Lyon visits the group and presents a talk entitled "Solid-state NMR, EM and SAXS studies provide a structural basis for the architecture of alphaB-crystallin multimers"
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6th October 2011
New Undergraduate Project Students

Evelyn Toalster, Andrew Nash, Shil Patel and Sheran Owens start undergraduate final year projects in our group.
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4th October 2011
Steven Brown Begins a 6 month Sabbatical

Steven Brown begins a 6-month sabbatical in the laboratory of Hartmut Oschkinat at FMP-Berlin.
phd intake 2011

3rd October 2011
New PhD Students Join the Group

Frederik Romer, Jonathan Lamley, Stephen Day, Robert Kelly, Piers Mathias and Muhammad Hasan have joined to group to study for a PhD.
vivien Yeh

3rd October 2011
New Msc Student Joins the Group

Vivien Yeh joins the group to study for an MSc
university of bologne

29th September 2011
Steven Brown gives a talk at the University of BolognA

At the invitation of Professor Gian Piero Spada, Steven Brown gave a seminar to the Department of Chemistry at the University of Bologna entitled "Characterising solid-state structures formed by organic molecules: what can NMR contribute?".
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26th September 2011
Steven Brown gives a talk at the Italian NMR conference in Parma

Steven Brown gave an invited talk entitled "Characterising solid-state structures formed by organic molecules: what can NMR contribute?" at the Italian NMR conference in Parma.
EMR

15th September 2011
Article published in Encyclopedia Of Magnetic Resonance DOI

Ray Dupree has an article published in the Encyclopedia of Magnetic Resonance titled "Double Rotation NMR"
Paper

11-15th September 2011

The NMR group attends the 7th Alpine Conference on Solid-State NMRlink

Ray Dupree, Nathan Barrow and Andrew Tatton attend the 7th Alpine Conference on Solid-State NMR.
Andrew Tatton presented a poster titled "14N-1H Correlation Spectra at 850MHz".
Paper

7-11th September 2011

Mark Smith gives a talk at the Third International Symposium on Dynamic Nuclear Polarization, Lausanne, Switzerland Symposium Program

Ray Dupree and Mark Smith attended the Third International Symposium on Dynamic Nuclear Polarization where Mark Smith gave a talk titled "A Novel Spectrometer Design for DNP Enhanced Solid State MAS NMR using a Quasioptical Microwave Transmission Design and Investigation of the Factors Determining the DNP Signal Enhancement at 94 GHz"
Paper

1st September 2011

Józef Lewandowski Joins Our Group

Józef Lewandowski has joined our group, taking up a position of Assistant Professor in Physical Chemistry.
Józef's speciality is Solid-State NMR of biological systems.
Paper

1st September 2011

Dr Keisuke Maruyoshi arrives for a year visit. Daiichi Sankyo Co. Ltd.

Dr Keisuke Maruyoshi is visiting for a year from Daiichi Sankyo Co. Ltd. in Japan.
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3rd August 2011

Paper Published in Crystal Growth and Design, DOI

Title: Probing Intermolecular Crystal Packing in γ-Indomethacin by High-Resolution 1H Solid-State NMR SpectroscopyAuthors: Jonathan P. Bradley, Sitaram P. Velaga, Oleg N. Antzutkin and Steven P. Brown.

Paper

21st July 2011

Paper Published in J. Phys.: Condens. Matter, DOI

Title: A variable temperature solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance, electron paramagnetic resonance and Raman scattering study of molecular dynamics in ferroelectric fluoridesAuthors: R.M. Kowalczyk, T.F. Kemp, D. Walker, K.J. Pike, P.A. Thomas, J. Kreisel, R. Dupree, M.E. Newton, J.V. Hanna and M.E. Smith
claudia ioescu
Simon Orr
Tom Partridge

18th July 2011

Dr Claudia Ionescu, Dr Simon Orr and Dr Tom Partridge graduate.,

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14th July 2011

Prof. Gillian Goward Visits, homepage

Prof. Gillian Goward visits from McMaster University, Canada and presented "Studies of Ion Mobility in Materials for Alternative Energy Applications Using Solid-State NMR"
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7th July

Prof. Regis Gautier Visits, homepage

Prof Regis Gautier visits from Sciences Chimiques de Rennes (Ecole Nationale Superieure de Chimie de Rennes Avenue du General Leclerc) in France and presented a colloquium focussing on the DFT computation of NMR parameters.
Paper

15th June 2011

Steven Brown gives a seminar at FMP Berlin, FMP

Title: Application of high-resolution solid-state NMR to pharmaceuticals and biosolids.

Paper

9th June 2011

Steven Brown gives a seminar in the Chemistry Department at the University of Glasgow, Wimperis Group

Title: Characterising solid-state structures formed by organic molecules: what can NMR contribute.
Paper


7th June 2011

Andrew Tatton and Greg Rees give talks at the NMRDG Postgraduate meeting held at the University of Birmingham, NMRDG

Title:Greg Rees: Solid State NMR of apatite Fuel CellsAndrew Tatton: 14N-1H Correlation Spectra at 850 MHz
jon bradley

7th June 2011

Jon Bradley successfully defends his thesis.

Paper


27th May 2011

Steven brown gives a talk at the smarter2 conference at the university of Aveiro Portugal SMARTER2

Title: Characterising the packing of organic molecules in the solid-state: what can NMR contribute.

Paper



26th May 2011

Paper Published in PCCP, DOI

Title: Boron environments in Pyrex (R) glass-a high resolution, Double-Rotation NMR and thermodynamic modelling studyAuthors: A.P. Howes, N.M. Vedishcheva, A. Samoson, J.V. Hanna, M.E. Smith, D. Holland and R. Dupree
Paper



21st April 2011

Paper Published in PCCP, DOI

Title: Ultra-high resolution (17)O solid-state NMR spectroscopy of biomolecules: A comprehensive spectral analysis of monosodium L-glutamate center dot monohydrateAuthors: A. Wong, A.P. Howes, J.R. Yates, A. Watts, T. Anupold, J. Past, A. Samoson, R. Dupree and M.E. Smith
Paper



14th April 2011

Paper Published in Solid State Nucl. Magn. Reson., DOI

Title: 1H and 13C solution- and solid-state NMR investigation into wax products from the Fischer–Tropsch processAuthors: R.J. Speight, J.P. Rourke, A. Wong, N.S. Barrow, P.R. Ellis, P.T. Bishop and M.E. Smith
midlands today

13th April 2011

Steven Brown appears on Midlands Today,

Steven Brown was interviewed on BBC Midland Today program, much of our laboratory was shown and a few other members of the group were in the background.
Paper

4th April 2011

Mark Smith, Andrew Tatton and Oleg Antzutkin give talks at the UK 850 MHz solid-state NMR facility 2011 annual symposium , 850MHz Facility

Title: Mark Smith: Solid-state NMR observation of quadrupolar nuclei at high field including 43Ca and 87Sr.Oleg Antzutkin: Exploring hydrogen bonding in amyloid fibrils of Alzheimer’s Aβ fragment Aβ(16-22) using 15N(17O) REAPDOR NMRAndrew Tatton: 14N-1H correlation spectra at 850 MHz
n2 tank

23 February 2011
New Nitrogen Tank is Delivered

A new nitrogen tank has been delivered which approximately tripples our capcity for liquid nitrogen. We are using the new tank for high-pressure nitrogen and the smaller one for liquid nitrogen.
Paper

14th February 2011

Paper Published in PCCP, DOI

Title: Towards homonuclear J solid-state NMR correlation experiments for half-integer quadrupolar nuclei: experimental and simulated 11B MAS spin-echo dephasing and calculated 2JBB coupling constants for lithium diborateAuthors: N.S. Barrow, J.R. Yates, S.A. Feller, D. Holland, S.E. Ashbrook, P. Hodgkinson and S.P. Brown
Paper

24th January 2011

Paper Published in PCCP, DOI

Title: Longer-range distances by spinning-angle-encoding solid-state NMR spectroscopyAuthors: J. Becker-Baldus, T.F. Kemp, J. Past, A. Reinhold, A. Samoson and S.P. Brown
 

2010 News

Paper

14th December 2010

John Hanna gives a talk at the BRSG Christmas meeting, BRSG

Title: Strategies for Observing NMR Signals from Paramagnetic and Diamagnetic Rare Earth Systems
Paper

9th December 2010

Paper Published in PCCP, DOI

Title: Determination of the temperature dependence of the dynamic nuclear polarisation enhancement of water protons at 3.4 TeslaAuthors: E.V. Kryukov, K.J. Pike, T.K.Y. Tam, M.E. Newton, M.E. Smith and R. Dupree

Paper

1st November 2010

Paper Published in Biomaterials, Science Direct Link

Title: Magnesium incorporation into hydroxyapatiteAuthors: Danielle Laurencin, Neyvis Almora-Barrios, Nora H. de Leeuw, Christel Gervais, Christian Bonhomme, Francesco Mauri, Wojciech Chrzanowski, Jonathan C. Knowles, Robert J. Newport, Alan Wong, Zhehong Gan and Mark E. Smith
Paper


18th SEPTEMBER 2010

Paper Published in J Phys Chem A, ACS Publishing Link

Title: NMR Crystallography of Campho[2,3-c]pyrazole (Z′ = 6): Combining High-Resolution 1H-13C Solid-State MAS NMR Spectroscopy and GIPAW Chemical-Shift CalculationsAuthors: Amy L. Webber, Lyndon Emsley, Rosa M. Claramunt, and Steven P. Brown

Fast MAS24th August 2010

Encyclopaedia of Magnetic Resonance Article

Ago Samoson, Tiit Tuherm, Jaan Past, Andres Reinhold, Ivo Heinmaa, Tiit Anupold, Mark E. Smith and Kevin J. Pike have had their article, Fast Magic-Angle Spinning: Implications published in the Encyclopaedia of Magnetic Resonance.


Rocky Mountain1st–2nd August 2010

52nd Rocky Mountain Conference, Snowmass, Colorado

Jon Bradley gave a talk entitled 1H Double-Quantum Build-Up Curves from DQ Filtered 1H-13C Correlation Spectra of Indomethacin-gamma. Andy Tatton presented a poster.


Nathan Barrow and Amy Webber Gradutate19th July 2010

Graduation Ceremony, University of Warwick

Congratulations to Dr Nathan Barrow and Dr Amy Webber, who graduated this summer after completing their doctoral studies under the supervision of Steven Brown. Amy is researching paramagnetic proteins at ENS-Lyon with Guido Pintacudo and Nathan is a KTP Associate between the University of Warwick and Johnson Matthey.


WWMRJuly 4th–9th 2010 2010

WorldWide Magnetic Resonance Conference, Florence, Italy

Steven Brown, John Hanna, Nathan Barrow, Greg Rees, Jo Higgs and Dean Keeble attended the joint EUROMAR 2010-17th ISMAR WorldWide Magnetic Resonance conference. Steven gave an invited talk entitled High-resolution solid-state NMR methods for the structural characterisation of organic solids, Nathan, Greg, Jo and Dean presented posters.


pccpJune 24th 2010

NMRDG, Leeds

Jon Bradley gave a talk entitled 1H Double-Quantum Build-Up Curves From DQ Filtered 1H-13C Correlation Spectra at the NMRDG postgraduate meeting in Leeds. Jo Higgs and Greg Rees presented posters.


assaJune 22nd 2010

IWPCPS, Lille, France

Steven Brown gave an invited talk entitled High-resolution 1H solid-state NMR methods for characterising hydrogen bonding in pharmaceutical compounds at the 12th International Workshop on Physical Characterization of Pharmaceutical Solids.


Paper18th May 2010

Paper Published in SSNMR, ScienceDirect Publishing Link

Title: Recent Technique Developments and Applications of Solid State NMR in Characterising Inorganic Materials

Authors: J. V. Hanna, M. E. Smith


Paper18th May 2010

Paper Published in PCCP, RSC Publishing Link

Title: Complete 1H resonance assignment of beta-maltose from 1H–1H DQ-SQ CRAMPS and 1H (DQ-DUMBO)–13C SQ refocused INEPT 2D solid-state NMR spectra and first principles GIPAW calculations

Authors: A. L. Webber, B. Elena, J. M. Griffin, J. R. Yates, T. N. Pham, F. Mauri, C. J. Pickard, A. M. Gil, R. Stein, A. Lesage, L. Emsley and S. P. Brown


PCCP PaperMay 2010

Paper Published in PCCP, RSC Publishing Link

This paper was chosen for the cover of a themed issue of PCCP on Dynamic Nuclear Polarization

Title: DNP enhanced NMR using a high-power 94 GHz microwave source: a study of the TEMPOL radical in toluene

Authors: E. V. Kryukov, M. E. Newton, K. J. Pike, D. R. Bolton, R. M. Kowalczyk, A. P. Howes, M. E. Smith and R. Dupree


Amy Webber30th Apr 2010

Farewell Amy

Farewell to Amy Webber, who leaves the group to take up a post-doctoral position with Guido Pintacudo in Lyon, France.


ENC21st Apr 2010

Invited talk at 51st ENC Conference, Daytona Beach, Florida

Steven Brown joined other European invited speakers unable to fly to the U.S.A. for the ENC conference in giving his presentation entitled Determining Relative H-H Proximities from 1H Double-Quantum NMR Spectra of Organic Solids via the internet.


Paper8th April 2010

Paper Published in PCCP, RSC Publishing Link

Title: Investigation of proton dynamics and the proton transport pathway in choline dihydrogen phosphate using solid-state NMR

Authors: L. S. Cahill, U. A. Rana, M. Forsyth and M. E. Smith


JMR PaperApril 2010

Paper Published in Journal of Magnetic Resonance, ScienceDirect Link

Title: Thermometers for low temperature Magic Angle Spinning NMR

Authors: T. F. Kemp, G. Balakrishnan, K. J. Pike, M. E. Smith and R. Dupree


Amy Webber19th Mar 2010

Doctorate Granted to Webber

Congratulations to Amy Webber on successfully defending her Ph.D. thesis entitled Probing Intermolecular Interactions and Three-dimensional Packing of Organic Molecules by Solid-State NMR.


Professor Brown1st Mar 2010

Professor Brown

Congratulations to Steven Brown on his promotion to Professor by the University of Warwick with effect from October 2010.


Johanna Becker-Baldus28th Feb 2010

Farewell Johanna

Farewell to Johanna Becker-Baldus, who leaves the group to take up a post as experimental officer in the solid-state NMR group of Clemens Glaubitz in Frankfurt, Germany.


Structure 201024th–25th Feb 2010

Barcelo Hinckley Island Hotel, Leicestershire

Steven, Jon and Andy attended the Structure 2010 conference, covering advances in structure elucidation, in Hinkley. Jon Bradley presented a poster entitled A 1H Solid-State NMR Investigation of Polymorphism in Indomethacin and Andy Tatton presented a poster entitled Spectral Editing Methods Employing Homonuclear Decoupling: Towards better characterisation of pharmaceutical solids.


Nathan Barrow24th Feb 2010

Doctorate Granted to Barrow

Congratulations to Nathan Barrow on successfully defending his Ph.D. thesis entitled Homonuclear Correlation in Solid-State NMR: Developing Experiments for Half-Integer Quadrupolar Nuclei.


8503rd Feb 2010

850 MHz Facility Welcomes First Visitors

Dinu Iuga and Steven Brown, from Warwick, welcome the first visitors to the national facility; John Griffin and Martin Mitchell from Sharon Ashbrook's group in St Andrews.


ISMAR17th January 2010

Ago Samoson Elected Fellow of ISMAR

The International Society of Magnetic Resonance elect Fellows to identify the highest achievers in magnetic resonance. Ago Samoson was recently bestowed this honour.


2009

IoP15th December 2009

BRSG Christmas Meeting, Institute of Physics, London

Members of the group attended the BRSG and NMRDG Christmas meetings in London on 15th and 16th December.


Academia SinicaNovemeber 2009

Academia Sinica Lecture Series in Taiwan

Ago Samoson delivered a series of lectures at research institutions of Taiwan as a guest of Academia Sinica.


EAS16th November 2009

Invited Talk at EAS

Steven Brown gave an invited lecture entitled Determining J couplings in Solid-State MAS NMR: Hydrogen Bonding and Phosphate Glasses at the Eastern Analytical Symposium, Somerset, New Jersey, USA in a symposium honouring outstanding achievements in Magnetic Resonance by Lyndon Emsley.


Dialkyldithiophosphates10th November 2009

Paper Published in ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, ACS Publications Link

Title: Synthesis, Physicochemical, and Tribological Characterization of S-Di-n-octoxyboron-O,O′-di-n-octyldithiophosphate

Authors: Faiz U. Shah, Sergei Glavatskih and Oleg N. Antzutkin


Paper7th November 2009

Paper Published in PCCP, RSC Publishing Link

Title: Probing the calcium and sodium local environment in bones and teeth using multinuclear solid state NMR and X-ray absorption spectroscopy

Authors: D. Laurencin, A. Wong, W. Chrzanowski, J. C. Knowles, D. Qiu, D. M. Pickup, R. J. Newport, Z. Gan, M. J. Duer and M. E. Smith


Christian Bonhomme9th October 2009

New Group Member

Christian Bonhomme arrived at the University of Warwick to start his sabitical in the solid state NMR group. He is professor at the UPMC in Paris, France. His research focuses on NMR in inorganic materials and DOR.


Tom and Nat5th October 2009

New PhD Students

Welcome to Natalie Ellis and Tom Tam who have joined the group as PhD students.


Amyloid1st October 2009

Invited Talk at the 1st Scandinavian Symposium in Hemavan, Sweden

Oleg Antzutkin gave an invited talk at the 1st Scandinavian Symposium—Molecular Mechanisms of Amyloid Formation and Causes of Amyloid Degenerative Diseases. The talk was entitled Exploring 1H NMR Diffusiometry and Solid-State NMR to Study Structure of Amyloid Aggregates and Fibrils.


Poster29th September 2009

PhD Poster Competition Winner

Jonathan Bradley won the prize for the best poster at the AstraZeneca PhD day, for his poster entitled A 1H solid-state NMR investigation of polymorphism in pharmaceutical molecules.


cryomas21st–22nd September 2009

CryoMAS Open Day, Southampton

Seven members of the Warwick group attended the CryoMAS symposium at the University of Southampton.


Organic Molecule21st September 2009

Talk at Chamonix, France

Steven Brown gave an invited talk entitled Probing Hydrogen Bonding in Organic Solids: Applications to NMR Crystallography and Pharmaceuticals at the SMASH meeting.


Chamonix13th–17th September 2009

6th Alpine Conference on Solid-State NMR, Chamonix Mont-Blanc, France

Ten members of the Warwick group attended and presented posters at the 6th Alpine Conference on Solid-State NMR in Chamonix.


REINESeptember 2009

Paper Published in JACS, ACS Publications Link

Title: 31P MAS Refocused INADEQUATE Spin−Echo (REINE) NMR Spectroscopy: Revealing J Coupling and Chemical Shift Two-Dimensional Correlations in Disordered Solids

Authors: Paul Guerry, Mark E. Smith and Steven P. Brown


CNRS3rd September 2009

CRNS News Item, JACS Article

Joint NMR work on calcium that is about to be published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society is highlighted on the CNRS web site in its news section. The work involved groups coordinated by Danielle Laurencin which she started when she was still at Warwick and is a collaboration with Warwick and French groups in Montpellier, Paris, Gif-sur-Yvette and Orleans. It has been shown that details of calcium's bonding to carbon can be determined which opens up the potential for probing calcium in biomolecules.


oxford24th August 2009

CASTEP workshop, Oxford

Five members of the Warwick group attended the CASTEP workshop at Oxford.


Summer StudentsSummer 2009

Summer Students

David Hall researched proton assisted recoupling, Peter Beckett looked at proton-proton distances in pharmaceuticals. Owen Benton and David Barnes performed experiments on quadrupolar nuclei.


CCPN22nd–24th July 2009

Conference, University of Cumbria

Johanna Becker-Baldus presented a poster at the 9th Collaborative Computing Project for NMR conference held at the University of Cumbria.


19th–23th July 2009

Rocky Mountain Conference, Breckenridge, Colorado, USA

Two members of the Warwick group attended the Rocky Mountain Conference


Paul Guerry13th July 2009

Graduation Ceremony, University of Warwick

Congratulations to Dr Paul Guerry, who graduated this summer after completing his doctoral thesis under the supervision of Mark Smith. Paul currently has a post-doctoral position with Torsten Herrmann at the ENS-Lyon.


Briony10th July 2009

MOAC Mini-Project Finishes

Briony Johnson has finished her eight week MOAC mini-project entitled Development of solid-state NMR for the study of membrane proteins.


Spin Diffusion SpectrumJuly 2009

Paper Published in Physics and Chemistry of Glasses, IngentaConnect Link

Title: Developing 11B solid state MAS NMR methods to characterise medium range structure in borates

Authors: Nathan S. Barrow, Sharon E. Ashbrook, Steven P. Brown, Diane Holland


Prague Macromolecules8th July 2009

Invited Talk

Steven Brown gave an invited talk entitled New solid-state NMR methodology for probing structure-determining hydrogen-bonding interactions at the 73rd Prague Meeting on Macromolecules.


QuadFitJuly 2009

Paper Published in Solid State Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, ScienceDirect Link

Title: QuadFit—A new cross-platform computer program for simulation of NMR line shapes from solids with distributions of interaction parameters

Authors: Tom F. Kemp and Mark E. Smith


20th–25th June 2009

Conference, Universitätszentrum Obergurgl, Ötz, Austria

Amy Webber attended the European Science Foundation held in the Otz Valley, entitled Self-Assembly of Guanosine Derivatives: From Biological Systems to Nanotechnological Applications. Amy gave a talk entitled Probing Self-Assembly and Hydrogen Bonding in Deoxyguanosine derivatives using High-Resolution Solid-State NMR techniques. The conference was chaired by Professor Gian Piero Spada from Universita di Bologna, Italy. Other attendees and speakers included Gang Wu; Guanosine 5'-Monophosphate Self-Assembly: 100 Years Later, Jeffrey Davis; Lipophilic G-Quadruplexes as Transmembrane Ion Transporters and Mateus Webba da Silva; Control of Quadruplex Self-Assembly.


PCCPJune 2009

Paper Published in PCCP, RSC Publishing Link

Title: Determining relative proton–proton proximities from the build-up of two-dimensional correlation peaks in 1H double-quantum MAS NMR: insight from multi-spin density-matrix simulations

Authors: Jonathan P. Bradley, Carmen Tripon, Claudiu Filip and Steven P. Brown


PCCPJune 2009

Paper Published in PCCP, RSC Publishing Link

Title: High-resolution 17O double-rotation NMR characterization of ring and non-ring oxygen in vitreous B2O3

Authors: Alan Wong, Andy P. Howes, Ben Parkinson, Tiit Anupõld, Ago Samoson, Diane Holland and Ray Dupree


20th May 2009

Talk at CRBM, CNRS, Montpellier, France

Oleg Antzutkin visited Macromolecular Biochemistry Research Center (CRBM), at the Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS) in Montpellier, France, and gave a seminar talk entitled Exploring 1H NMR Diffusiometry and Solid-state NMR to Study Structure of Amyloid Aggregates and Fibrils. He also discussed a collaboration with Dr Andrey Kajava.


Dr Lindsay Cahill15th May 2009

Farewell Lindsay Cahill

Farewell to Lindsay, who leaves the group to carry on post-doctoral research in Canada. She enjoyed a goodbye meal at a typical English pub with just 24 of the many friends she has made during her time in the group.


eMePs11th–14th May 2009

Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Oxford

Amy Webber attended the workshop An Advanced Practical Course in NMR Techniques for Membrane Proteins. The workshop, hosted by Professor Tony Watts, University of Oxford, included lectures, practical demonstrations of protein preparation methods for use in solid-state NMR, an introduction into spectrometer usage with solids, and a demonstration of the CCPNmr spectral assignment software.

Speakers and demonstrators included Anja Böckmann, Deuteration for solution and solid state NMR, Niels Nielsen, Using SIMPSON and Solid-State Theory, as well as Hartmut Oschkinat, Clemens Glaubitz, Victoria Higman, Alain Milon, David Middleton and Krisztina Varga.


Hartmut Oschkinat12th May 2009

Hartmut Oschkinat Talk

Hartmut Oschkinat from FMP, Berlin, gave a talk entitled Structure determination of membrane proteins and dynamic complexes by solid-state NMR.


JMRMay 2009

Paper Published in JMR, ScienceDirect Link

Title: CHHC and 1H–1H magnetization exchange: Analysis by experimental solid-state NMR and 11-spin density-matrix simulations

Authors: Mihaela Aluas, Carmen Tripon, John M. Griffin, Xenia Filip, Vladimir Ladizhansky, Robert G. Griffin, Steven P. Brown and Claudiu Filip


DNP1st May 2009

DNP Open Day

An open day at the University of Warwick took place to provide information about the Basic Technology funded dynamic nuclear polarisation enhanced nuclear magnetic resonance project. The day was aimed at people from a variety of backgrounds, from researchers that are interested in finding out if this technique could provide information on systems they are studying, to experts in the magnetic resonance community. Approximately 70 people were in attendance.


NMRDG folk30th April 2009

NMRDG, AstraZeneca, Charnwood, Loughborough

Mark, Ray, Steven, John, Dinu, Johanna, Lindsay, Nathan, Amy, Simon, Jon, Claudia, Jo all attended an NMR Discussion Group meeting entitled Applications of NMR to Materials Chemistry at AstraZeneca in Loughborough. Dinu Iuga presented The UK 850 MHz Solid-State NMR Facilty, John Hanna presented The Development of Solid State 93Nb and 25Mg NMR in Conjunction with Density Functional Theory Calculation, and Steven Brown presented Measuring J coupling distributions by 31P Solid-State MAS NMR: New insight into disorder in phosphate glasses.


Xenia Filip and Carmen Tripon22nd–29th April 2009

Xenia Filip and Carmen Tripon Visit Group

Visiting as part of a Royal Society funded collaboration from Cluj, Romania, Carmen Tripon and Xenia Filip worked on 13C experiments with Jon Bradley.


MRC21st April 2009

Review Published in Macromolecular Rapid Communications, ScienceDirect Link

Recent Advances in Solid-State MAS NMR Methodology for Probing Structure and Dynamics in Polymeric and Supramolecular Systems by Steven P. Brown


MCP15th April 2009

Paper Published in Materials Chemistry and Physics, ScienceDirect Link

Title: Identification of phases in partially crystallised Ti-, Sr- and Zn-containing sodium calcium phosphates by two-dimensional NMR.

Authors: Luke A. O’Dell, Ensanya A. Abou Neel, Jonathan C. Knowles and Mark E. Smith.


Cluj23th March 2009

Scientific collaboration, Cluj, Romania

Jon Bradley and Andrew Tatton visited Claudiu Filip's group in Cluj, Romania as part of a Royal Society funded collaboration.


sci update20th March 2009

Polymorphism & Crystallisation Conference, Brussels

Steven Brown gave a lecture entitled High-Field Solid-State NMR: Characterising Polymorphs in Tablet Formulations at a Polymorphism & Crystallisation conference in Brussels organised by Scientific Update.


paul11th March 2009

Paul Bayley Visits Group

Welcome to Paul Bayley, a PhD student working with Maria Forsyth, Monash University, Australia who is visiting the group for eight weeks to carry out pulsed field gradient NMR experiments.


germ10th March 2009

GERM XXI Conference, Fréjus, France

Mark Smith and John Hanna gave talks at the XXI meeting of the Groupe d'Etude de Résonance Magnétique in Fréjus, France.


HirokiMarch 2009

New Group Member

We welcome Dr Hiroki Takahashi who has joined the Physics department this March. Dr Takahashi obtained his PhD at Osaka University in Japan with Prof. Toshimichi Fujiwara. He is currently continuing his work on DNP-enhanced MAS NMR and has expertise with gyrotrons, having worked closely with Prof. Toshitaka Idehara at the University of Fukui.


TinaMarch 2009

New Group Member

Tina Yi-Ling Tsai joins us from National Taiwan University for nine months to use NMR techiques on geopolymers.


Amyloid8th–11th February 2009

Amyloid Conference, Halle an der Saale, Germany

At this three-day international conference, Oleg Antzutkin gave a talk entitled "Aggregation of Abeta(1-40) in TFE caused by ultrasonication and solid-state 17O NMR on Alzheimer's Abeta fibrils" and Johanna Becker-Baldus presented a poster entitled Structural Investigation of CA150.WW2 amyloid fibrils by MAS NMR spectroscopy and an outlook on hydrogen bonding.


PhysRevB4th February 2009

Paper Published in Phys Rev B, APS Link

59Co NMR study of the allotropic phase transformation in small ferromagnetic cobalt particles.

Authors: R. Speight, A. Wong, P. Ellis, P. T. Bishop, T. I. Hyde, T. J. Bastow, and M. E. Smith.


SSNMR1st February 2009

Paper Published in SSNMR, ScienceDirect Link

Two-dimensional 43Ca–1H correlation solid-state NMR spectroscopy.

Authors: Alan Wong, Danielle Laurencin, Ray Dupree and Mark E. Smith.


Dave Stobbs29th January 2009

Doctorate Granted to Stobbs

Congratulations to David Stobbs on successfully defending his Ph.D. thesis entitled A Multi-Nuclear NMR Study of Titanate Ferroelectrics


EUNMR27th January 2009

EU-NMR Conference, Autrans, France

Johanna Becker-Baldus gave a talk about her PhD work in the Oschkinat lab (Berlin, Germany) entitled Structural investigation of CA150.WW2 amyloid fibrils by MAS NMR spectroscopy at the EUNMR conference.


Richard Speight22nd January 2009

Graduation Ceremony, University of Warwick

Congratulations to Dr Richard Speight, who graduated this winter after completing his doctoral thesis under the supervision of Mark Smith.


Donna Carroll22nd January 2009

Graduation Ceremony, University of Warwick

Congratulations to Dr Donna Carroll, who graduated this winter after completing her doctoral thesis under the supervision of Mark Smith.


JMR13th January 2009

Paper Published in JMR, ScienceDirect Link

Ivan Hung's paper entitled Separation of isotropic chemical and second-order quadrupolar shifts by multiple-quantum double rotation NMR has been published online in the Journal of Magnetic Resonance.


JACS12th January 2009

Paper Published in JACS, ACS Publications Link

Article published in Journal of the American Chemical Society entitled Probing Heteronuclear 15N-17O and 13C-17O Connectivities and Proximities by Solid-State NMR Spectroscopy.


Aoife O’Brien5th January 2009

New Group Member

Aoife O’Brien has joined the Physics department on an EPSRC funded project under the direction of Prof. Pam Thomas. There is an NMR component to her project which will be jointly supervised by Mark and John.


2008

Danielle Laurencin22nd December 2008

Farewell Danielle Laurencin

Danielle Laurencin leaves the group at the end of her two productive years as a Marie Curie Fellow to take up a permanent position in Montpellier, France.


Danielle and Mark with Prize Certificate18th–19th December 2008

RSC NMR Christmas Meeting, Southampton

Danielle Laurencin, John Hanna and Mark Smith attended the Royal Society of Chemistry Solid State Group Christmas meeting in Southampton. Danielle was awarded the Crystal-Maker prize for the talk she gave on Structural studies of substituted hydroxyapatites: investigation of the local environment of the cations.


EMR15th December 2008

Paper Published in EMR, Wiley InterScience Link

Steven Brown's article entitled Hydrogen Bonding in Crystalline Organic Solids for the Encylopedia of Magnetic Resonance published online.


Paul Guerry NMR10th December 2008

Guerry PhD Viva

Congratulations to Paul Guerry on successfully defending his Ph.D. thesis. Paul takes up a post-doctoral position with Torsten Herrmann at the ENS-Lyon in January.


IoP10th December 2008

BRSG Christmas Meeting, Institute of Physics, London

Thirteen members of the group attended the BRSG Christmas meeting at the Institute of Physics, London.


Gert Denninger5th December 2008

Gert Denninger Visits Group

Gert Denninger from Universität Stuttgart, who is a member of international advisory committee for the DNP project, visited Warwick to participate in a DNP project meeting and also gave a talk at our weekly NMR group meeting.


Wimperis3rd December 2008

External Viva Exam

Steven Brown visited the University of Glasgow to carry out the PhD viva for one of Steve Wimperis' PhD students, Marica Cutajar.


Scottish FlagDecember 1st 2008

Scientific collaboration, St Andrews, Scotland

Steven Brown and Nathan Barrow visited Sharon Ashbrook's Group in St Andrews as part of their joint EPSRC-funded project.


Rich SpeightNovember 21st 2008

Speight PhD Viva

Congratulations to Richard Speight on successfully defending his Ph.D. thesis entitled A Study Of Industrial Fischer-Tropsch Catalysts, Primarily By Means Of Zero Applied Field Cobalt-59 Solid-State NMR Spectroscopy.


Millburn House18th November 2008

Magnetic Resonance Centre Opened

A University reception took place to mark the opening of the Magnetic Resonance Centre.


Alan WongNovember 2008

Farewell Alan Wong

Good bye to Dr Alan Wong who leaves the group to take up a position at the CEA Saclay, France with Dimitris Sakellariou.


Solid State NMR at Warwick14th November 2008

Colloquium, Department of Chemistry, UCL

Mark Smith gave a colloquium at University College London entitled Recent Developments in Solid State NMR as a Probe of Materials.


Guanosine11th November 2008

Bruker Users Meeting, Coventry

Most members of the group visited the Banner Lane facility where Amy Webber gave a talk entitled Solid-State NMR of Guanosine Derivatives.


Stefan Steuernagel10th November 2008

Bruker Engineer Visiting

Stefan Steuernagel visits the group for a week to work with us at our new Bruker 500 MHz Avance III spectrometer.


John Hanna10th November 2008

New Group Member

Dr John Hanna joins the group from Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation in Sydney, Australia.


Scottish Flag30th October–4th November 2008

Scientific collaboration, St Andrews, Scotland

Nathan Barrow visited Sharon Ashbrook in St Andrews to perform experiments on their new 600 MHz spectrometer as part of his EPSRC grant funded PhD.


Oleg1st October 2008

Visiting Professor

Oleg Antzutkin joins the group as a part-time visiting professor.


New PhDs29th September 2008

New PhD Students

Welcome to the new PhD students in the group: Joanna Higgs, James MacDonald, Greg Rees and Andrew Tatton. Among them research will be undertaken on glasses, DNP, pharmaceuticals and catalysts.


Seville24th–27th September 2008

GERMN Meeting, Seville, Spain

Steven Brown gave an invited lecture entitled Probing Hydrogen Bonding by Solid-State NMR at the Spanish-Portuguese NMR meeting and also gave two lectures at a Summer School on Solid-State NMR.


Nigel Thrift15th September 2008

Millburn House Official Opening

The University of Warwick's Millburn House Magnetic Resonance facility was opened by the University's Vice-Chancellor, Professor Nigel Thrift.


group picture15th–16th September 2008

Frontiers of Magnetic Resonance, University of Warwick

Over 100 delegates attended the 2-day BRSG conference: Frontiers of Magnetic Resonance conference at the University of Warwick. Talks were given by Sharon Ashbrook, Christian Bonhomme, Zhehong Gan, Wayne Hubbell, Jim Hyde, Malcolm Levitt, Michael Overduin, James Prestegard, Bernd Reif, Peter Sadler, Graham Smith, Andrew Thomson and Ernst van Eck.


EPSRC logo12th September 2008

Summer School, Warwick

Steven Brown gave an introductory lecture to NMR at an EPSRC Analytical Sciences Summer School held at the University of Warwick


Zhehong Gan10th–16th September 2008

Zhehong Gan Visits Group

Zhehong, from NHMFL in Florida, visted Warwick for a week for scientific discussions and weekend of sight-seeing.


Yates photo9th September 2008

Jonathan Yates Visits Group

Jonathan came over from the University of Oxford to collaborate on various projects using CASTEP.


MPIP logo8th September 2008

Spiess Group Conference, Usedom, Germany

Steven Brown attended the annual conference of the Spiess group that took place on the island of Usedom, Germany. He gave a lecture describing the application of solid-state NMR to probe hydrogen bonding.


Johanna Becker1st September 2008

Postdoc Johanna Baldus Joins Group

Johanna joins the group on a EPSRC LSI three-year post-doctoral fellowship. Her project is entitled Determining three-dimensional structures of challenging biosolids: Advancing solid-state NMR methodology. She recently obtained her PhD from the Oschkinat group (Berlin, Germany).


Ivan Hung28th August 2008

Farewell Ivan Hung

Ivan Hung has left Warwick after three years postdoctoral research in the group. He is now working with Dr Zhehong Gan at the University of Florida. We wish him the best of luck for the future.


Podcast26th August 2008

Warwick Podcast on NMR

Scientists at Warwick University have helped discover the secret behind a new bioglass that will change the way we treat broken bones. Professor Mark Smith talks about this new research and the benefits of the collaborative effort between Warwick University, Imperial College London, and the University of Kent.


JACS Paper26th August 2008

Paper Published in Journal of the American Chemical Society, ACS Publishing Link

Title: Density Functional Theory Calculations of Hydrogen-Bond-Mediated NMR J Coupling in the Solid State

Authors: Sian A. Joyce, Jonathan R. Yates, Chris J. Pickard and Steven P. Brown


Japan18th–23rd August 2008

Borate 2008, Himeji, Japan

Nathan Barrow travelled to Japan, helped by BRSG and CR Barber Trust Fund grants. Nathan presented a contributory talk entitled "Using Spin Diffusion 11B NMR to Probe Medium Range Order in Lithium Diborate Crystals".


CCPN5th August 2008

Talk at CCPN conference, Penrith, UK

Steven Brown gave a talk entitled "Probing Hydrogen Bonding by Solid-State NMR" at The Collaborative Computing Project for NMR conference.


Rocky Mountain27th–31st July 2008

Rocky Mountain Conference, Breckenridge, Colorado, USA

Mark Smith, Ray Dupree, Danielle Laurencin and Simon Orr travelled to Colorado for Solid-State NMR Symposium of The 50th Annual Rocky Mountain Conference on Analytical Chemistry. Mark gave an invited talk entitled "Recent Developments and Applications in Solid-state NMR for Characterisation of Materials."


nanotubes21st July 2008

Zoran joins us from New Zealand

Dr Zoran Zujovic returns to Warwick for four weeks from the University of Auckland, New Zealand, to continue 27Al studies of alumina samples, and 15N NMR of polyaniline nanotubes in our new Magnetic Resonance laboratory.


MOAC21st July 2008

Mini MOAC project collaboration with Chemistry

Matt Bano, of the MOAC doctoral training course will be working alongside the NMR group and Ann Dixon's lab in Chemistry for eight weeks, continuing a membrane protein project alongside Amy Webber and Steven Brown.


Nathan Barrow and Steve Feller14th–23th July 2008

Coe College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA

Nathan Barrow visited Steve Feller at Coe College to use their roller quencher, which cools glass melts very quickly, and prepare a range of isotopically substituted 10B/11B samples for use in spin diffusion NMR experiments. Nathan was funded by Warwick's American Study and Student Exchange Committee.


17th–22nd July 2008

Marie Curie Conference and ESOF 2008, Barcelona, Spain

Danielle Laurencin travelled to Barcelona, where she attended a Marie Curie workshop and the EuroScience Open Forum. She presented a poster entitled "A Multidisciplinary Approach For The Better Development Of Biomaterials," and won the video contest for the short video on A Day In The Life Of A Researcher that she had prepared with the help of Nathan Barrow and Amy Webber.


Goethe University17th July 2008

Talk at Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany

Steven Brown gave a talk entitled "Probing Hydrogen Bonding by Solid-State NMR" in a seminar of the Glaubitz group at the Goethe University.


Tom Kemp and John Griffin14th July 2008

Graduation Ceremony, University of Warwick

Congratulations to doctors Tom Kemp and John Griffin, who graduated this summer after completing their doctoral theses under the supervision of Mark Smith and Steven Brown, respectively.


St Petersburg6th–11th July 2008

Euromar 2008, St. Petersburg, Russia

Amy Webber and Jon Bradley presented posters at the Euromar conference, entitled "Developing High Resolution 1H Double-Quantum Solid-State NMR techniques" and "1H Double-Quantum MAS of Dipolar-coupled 1H Networks: Insights from Numerical Simulations".


URSSJuly 2008

URSS Summer Project Students

Welcome to three project students, funded by the Undergraduate Research Scholarship Scheme and the Nuffield Foundation. Ed Harry and Andrew Clough will be supervised by Steven Brown and Natalie Ellis by Mark Smith.


Donna Carroll30th June 2008

Carroll PhD Viva

Congratulations to Donna Carroll on successfully defending her Ph.D. entitled "A Multi-analytical Investigation into Glass Dopant Incorporation".


AstraZeneca19th June 2008

NMRDG PG Day at AstraZeneca, Charnwood, Loughborough

Steven Brown and postgraduate students Raba'ah Azis, Nathan Barrow, Jonathan Bradley, Claudia Ionescu, Tom Kemp, Simon Orr, Tom Partridge and Amy Webber attended an NMR Discussion Group event at AstraZeneca in Loughborough. All postgraduate students presented posters on their current work.


Daily Express News10th June 2008

Bioactive Glass News in Daily Express

The bioactive glass research carried out by the Imperial-Kent-Warwick collaboration has been reported in the Daily Express newspaper. The porous glass is placed over the old bone and as it dissolves releases calcium and silicon to promote natural bone growth.


Lindsay Cahill2nd June 2008

New Group Member

Dr Lindsay Cahill has joined the group from McMaster University in Ontario, Canada, where she did her PhD with Gillian Goward. Funded by NSERC Lindsay will initially be researching inorganic compounds such as oxynitride glasses, using 25Mg NMR.


Canadian Chemistry Conference24th–28th May 2008

91st Canadian Chemistry Conference, Edmonton, Canada

Mark Smith gave an invited talk at the 91st Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition in Edmonton, Canada. The talk was entitled "Recent Progress in Solid State NMR at Warwick: Low Gamma Nuclei, Double Angle Rotation and Dynamic Nuclear Polarisation".


2nd year poster prize20th May 2008

NMR Wins 2nd Year PhD Poster Competition

Nathan Barrow was awarded the prize for best poster, entitled Homonuclear Spin Diffusion Between Half-Integer Quadrupolar Nuclei, at the Department of Physics 2nd year PhD poster event, with Amy Webber's poster, entitled Probing Structure in Biological Molecules with Atomic Resolution by Solid State NMR, one of two other highly recommended posters.


Daily Mail Article22nd April 2008

Article on Bioglass Glass in Daily Mail

An article entitled Glass 'bones' that heal broken hips featured in the Daily Mail on 22 April 2008. The article described bioactive glass scaffolds being developed Department by Imperial College with our collaborator Dr Julian Jones and forms the basis of our joint project with the Imperial team and the University of Kent.


Midlands Biophysics17th April 2008

Midlands Biophysics Network Launch

Amy Webber attended the inaugural symposium of the Midlands Biophysics Network at the University of Birmingham. Amy presented a poster describing preliminary studies of membrane protein samples in collaboration with Ann Dixon (Warwick Chemistry).


ChemPhysLett Paper10th April 2008

Paper Published in Chemical Physics Letters, ScienceDirect Link

Title: Quantification of crystalline phases and measurement of phosphate chain lengths in a mixed phase sample by 31P refocused INADEQUATE MAS NMR

Authors: Luke A. O’Dell, Paul Guerry, Alan Wong, Ensanya A. Abou Neel, Tran N. Pham, Jonathan C. Knowles, Steven P. Brown and Mark E. Smith


ACS logo10th April 2008

ACS Lecture

Steven Brown gave a lecture entitled New Solid-State NMR Methodology for Probing Structure-Determining Non-Covalent Interactions at the NMR Spectroscopy of Polymers symposium in the American Chemical Society meeting in New Orleans.


JeanetteApril 2008

Welcome to Jeanette

Jeanette Chattaway takes over new responsibilities as a technician supporting the Magnetic Resonance groups.


Maria ForsythApril 2008

Professor Maria Forsyth joins us from Australia

Maria joins us from Monash University's ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science. She is an EPSRC visiting fellow for four months at Warwick and has interests in electromaterials for energy storage and conversion as well as corrosion protection of engineering metals and alloys.


Bruker 500 magnet installed7th April 2008

Bruker 500 MHz magnet installed

Along with chemistry's 700 MHz and 600 MHz systems, Bruker's wide bore 500 MHz UltraShield magnet was moved to Millburn House and has begun to be filled with cryogens. About 700 litres of liquid nitrogen and the same again of liquid helium will be needed to cool the superconducting wire coil at the heart of the magnet. Eventually the coil will circulate 130 amps to generate a maximum field of 11.75 Tesla, and so long as the cryogens are kept topped-up, this current will never decay.


JPAG logo3rd April 2008

JPAG Lecture

Steven Brown gave a lecture entitled "High-field solid-state NMR for increased understanding of formulations" at the Joint Pharmaceutical Analysis Group (JPAG) meeting "Faster and Smarter Analysis" at the School of Pharmacy, University of London.


ENC logo10th March 2008

Ray presents at ENC conference in California

Ray Dupree gave a lecture entitled New applications of DOR - from biomolecules to glasses at the 49th ENC conference at Asilomar, California, USA.


Rob SchurkoMarch 2008

Rob Schurko visits Warwick for two weeks

Rob Schurko, from University of Winsor Canada, is visiting Warwick for two weeks. Rob gave a talk to the group entitled "Seeing the 'Invisible' Nucleus: Ultra-Wideline Solid-State NMR Spectroscopy." He uses NMR to characterise inorganic materials and organometallic complexes, in particular metallocenes involved in hetrogeneous catalysis of polyolefins. Some of the nuclei observed by Rob include 27Al, 37Cl, 65Cu, 69Ga 91Zr, 93Nb, 139La, 195Pt and 207Pb.


SSNMR PaperFebruary 2008

Paper Published in Solid State NMR, ScienceDirect Link

Title: Characterisation of sol–gel prepared (HfO2)x(SiO2)1−x (x=0.1, 0.2 and 0.4) by 1H, 13C, 17O and 29Si MAS NMR, FTIR and TGA

Authors: Luke A. O’Dell, Philips N. Gunawidjaja, Mark A. Holland, Gavin Mountjoy, Dave M. Pickup, Robert J. Newport and Mark E. Smith


Sol-gel collaborators22nd February 2008

Sol-gel Partnership going strong

The Imperial-Kent-UCL-Warwick collaboration met again on February 22nd in Kent. The Warwick side of the collaboration is headed by Mark Smith.


MRC PaperFebruary 2008

Paper Published in Magnetic Resonance in Chemistry, Wiley InterScience Link

Title: Natural abundance 43Ca solid-state NMR characterisation of hydroxyapatite: identification of the two calcium sites

Danielle Laurencin, Alan Wong, Ray Dupree, Mark E. Smith


JACS PaperFebruary 2008

Paper Published in Journal of American Chemical Society, ACS Publications Link

Title: A high-resolution Ca-43 solid-state NMR study of the calcium sites of hydroxyapatite

Danielle Laurencin, Alan Wong, John Hanna, Ray Dupree, Mark E. Smith


Chem Comm Cover Story14th February 2008

Cover Story of Chemical Communications, RSC Publishing Link

Some joint work led by our collaborators at Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada, (Prof. Gang Wu and his group) appears in the 14th February edition of Chemical Communications. This paper uses 43Ca NMR to probe the binding of calcium ions within G-quartets.


Claudiu Filip and Carmen Filip7th February 2008

Royal Society Project Visitors

Claudiu Filip and Carmen Filip (Cluj, Romania) are visiting the group for two weeks as part of a Royal Society international joint project entitled "1H Solid-State NMR: Using algebraic insight and simulation to enhance experiment".


Eugeny Kryukov1st February 2008

New Group Member

Eugeny Kryukov has joined the group to work on the DNP project.


Scott Kroeker30th January 2008

Scott Kroeker Colloquium Talk

Scott Kroeker from The University of Manitoba, Canada, gave a departmental colloquium entitled "Seeing Order In Disordered Materials: The View From NMR Spectroscopy."


Dr Tom Kemp30th January 2008

Kemp PhD Viva

Congratulations to Tom Kemp on successfully defending his Ph.D. entitled "Solid State NMR Studies of Inorganic Pigment Materials and Catalysts."


JACS PaperJanuary 2008

Paper Published in Journal of American Chemical Society, ACS Publications Link

Title: Quantifying Weak Hydrogen Bonding in Uracil and 4-Cyano-4'-ethynylbiphenyl: A Combined Computational and Experimental Investigation of NMR Chemical Shifts in the Solid State

The paper is a collaboration between Steven P. Brown's group and the groups of Chris Pickard (St. Andrews, Scotland), Rosa Claramunt (Madrid, Spain) and Ago Samoson (Tallinn, Estonia).


John Griffin4th January 2008

Griffin PhD Viva

Congratulations to John Griffin on successfully defending his Ph.D. entitled "Probing Atomic-Level Structure in Hydrogen-bonded Systems by Solid-State NMR." John has taken up a post-doc position with Sharon Ashbrook in St Andrews.


2007

Two Papers PublishedDecember 2007

Two papers published in MRC

Two papers from the group have been published in the special issue "New techniques in solid-state NMR" of Magnetic Resonance in Chemistry entitled "Low-Load Rotor-Synchronised Hahn-Echo Pulse Train (RS-HEPT) 1H Decoupling in Solid-State NMR: Factors Affecting MAS Spin-Echo Dephasing Times" and "The Determination of 17O NMR Parameters of strongly H-bonded oxygen: a combined deuteration and DOR approach".


Christmas Dinner17th December 2007

Annual NMR Christmas Meal, Scarman House

Members and partners of the solid-state NMR group enjoyed a celebratory Christmas meal on campus to acknowledge the end of a very successful year for the group. M. E. Smith congratulated the group for their efforts, remarking on the quality and quantity of published work as well as the success in being awarded a grant for the 850 MHz UK facility that will keep the Warwick group at the top end of NMR research in the world.


RSC logo12th December 2007

NMRDG Christmas Meeting, Institute of Child Health, London

Steven Brown gave a talk entitled "Organic Molecules in the Solid State: Probing Intermolecular Interactions by Solid-State NMR". Amy Webber and Jon Bradley also attended the meeting.


IoP building11th December 2007

BRSG Christmas Meeting, Institute of Physics, London

Nineteen members from Warwick travelled to 76 Portland Place to hear a diverse range of talks based on NMR research. Ivan Hung gave a presentation entitled "Towards probing hydrogen bonds via 15N/17O solid-state NMR experiments".


Magnex End TestDecember 2007

Basic Technology Programme Magnets Inspected

The two magnets for the Basic Technology programme were inspected in end test in the Magnex factory. The two magnets are a 9.2 Tesla (shown in end test) that will be used for the gyrotron and a sweepable 14.2 Telsa magnet.


Bruker Logo20th November 2007

Bruker Users Meeting, Coventry

An informative afternoon hearing about developments in the Solid State NMR world. Steven Brown gave a talk entitled "High-Resolution Solid-State NMR Techniques for Organic Solids".


DOR PaperNovember 2007

Paper Published in Journal of Magnetic Resonance, ScienceDirect Link

Title: Determination of NMR interaction parameters from double rotation NMR

I. Hung, A. Wong, A. P. Howes, T. Anupold, J. Past, A. Samoson, X. Mo, G. Wu, M. E. Smith, S. P. Brown and R. Dupree


EPSRC logo26th October 2007

850 MHz UK Facility Funded

EPSRC & BBSRC have announced £3.7M funding for a new 20 Tesla 850 MHz Solid-State NMR UK facility to be operated by a consortium of UK universities led by the University of Warwick. The facility is expected to be operational in 2009.


Queen Mary College24th October 2007

Department of Chemistry, Queen Mary College, London

Mark Smith gave a colloquium at the Department of Chemistry, Queen Mary College, London entitled "Recent Developments in Solid State NMR as a Probe of Materials"


AstraZeneca24th October 2007

AstraZeneca, Alderley Park, Cheshire

John Griffin, Jon Bradley and Steven Brown attend the annual AstraZeneca PAR&D PhD event at Alderley Park, Cheshire. Congratulations to John on winning the prize for best oral contribution "Distinguishing Hydrous and Anhydrous Forms of an Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient Using 1H DQ CRAMPS Solid-State NMR"


Bijvoet Center for Biomolecular Research12th October 2007

Radboud University, Nijmegen, Holland

Mark Smith gave a lecture entitled "Dynamic Nuclear Polarisation" at the 42nd meeting of the Dutch NMR discussion group at Radboud University, Nijmegen.


Angew Chem Int Edit PaperSeptember 2007

Paper Published In Angewandte Chemie International Edition, Wiley InterScience Link

Title: Distinguishing Anhydrous and Hydrous Forms of an Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient in a Tablet Formulation Using Solid-State NMR Spectroscopy

Authors: J. M. Griffin, D. R. Martin, S. P. Brown

See feature in Chemistry World and SpectroscopyNow


Chamonix Mont-Blanc9th–13th September 2007

5th Alpine Conference on Solid-State NMR, Chamonix Mont-Blanc, France

Steven Brown gave a talk entitled "MAS Spin Echoes: Small J Couplings and Residual Dipolar Couplings." Posters were presented by John Griffin, Nathan Barrow, Amy Webber, Luke O'Dell, Ivan Hung, Danielle Laurencin and Ray Dupree.


DNP Symposium29th–31st August 2007

Dynamic Nuclear Polarisation Symposium, Nottingham

Hosted by the BRSG, Tom Kemp, Kevin Pike, Ray Dupree, Andy Howes, Steven Brown, Mark Smith and Mark Newton, attended from Warwick.


Angew Chem Int Edit Paper20th–23rd August 2007

Visit to Amoureux lab, Lille, France

Amy Webber visited the group to perform 14N-1H experiments on biological systems with the help of Renee Siegel and Julien Trebosc.


J.Phys.Chem.C PaperAugust 2007

Paper Published In The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, ACS Publications Link

Title: Structural Characterization of SiO2 and Al2O3 Zener-Pinned Nanocrystalline TiO2 by NMR, XRD and Electron Microscopy

Authors: Luke A. O'Dell, Shelley L.P. Savin, Alan V. Chadwick, and Mark E. Smith


JACS PaperAugust 2007

Paper Published In The Journal Of American Chemical Society, ACS Publications Link

Title: Residual Dipolar Couplings by Off-Magic-Angle Spinning in Solid-State Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy

Authors: G. Pileio, Y. Guo, T. N. Pham, J. M. Griffin, M. H. Levitt, S. P. Brown


KBFI23rd–27th July 2007

Visit to Samoson lab, Tallinn, Estonia

John Griffin visited the Samoson group to carry out experiments at 55 kHz MAS – find out more at the Chamonix conference in September.


Rocky Mountain22nd–26th July 2007

Rocky Mountain Conference, Breckenridge, Colorado, USA

At the Rocky Mountain Conference, Paul Guerry gave a talk on the "Structural Characterisation of Phosphate Glasses by Solid State NMR", while David Stobbs and Richard Speight presented posters entitled "207Pb and 17O solid state NMR studies of the local structure of the Lead Zirconate Titanate (PZT) system" and "Effects of heat treatment of a cobalt powder investigated by internal-field solid-state NMR, SEM, TEM and XRD".


SSNMR PaperJuly 2007

Paper Published in Solid-State NMR, ScienceDirect Link

Title: A 27Al MAS NMR study of a sol-gel produced alumina: Identification of the NMR parameters of the θ-Al2O3 transition alumina phase

Authors: L. A. O'Dell, S. L. P. Savin, A. V. Chadwick and M. E. Smith


BRSG20th July 2007

BRSG AGM, King's College, London

Steven Brown was elected Secretary of the BRSG (Institute of Physics NMR society) at the AGM held at the Centre for Neuroimaging Sciences, King's College, London. (The photo, taken from the BRSG website, features Raymond Andrew's early magic-angle spinning hardware.)


hydroxyapatite crystals20th July 2007

Sol-gel partnership meeting, London

Mark Smith, Steven Brown, Danielle Laurencin, and Luke O'Dell travelled to Imperial College in London for the summer meeting of the Sol-Gel Partnership, a long-running EPSRC-funded collaboration between Warwick, the University of Kent, Imperial and UCL (EP/C004698/1 and EP/C000633/1). The aim of the collaboration is to synthesise, test and characterise novel bioactive glasses with antibacterial properties. These materials could potentially be used as safer implants to replace teeth or bone.


AstraZeneca17th July 2007

AstraZeneca, Macclesfield

Steven Brown, John Griffin and Jonathan Bradley visited AstraZeneca. Steven gave a departmental seminar entitled "Application of Solid-State NMR to Pharmaceutical Development".


New Group MembersJuly 2007

New group members

Jonathan Bradley, Claudia Ionescu and Tom Partridge have joined the group as new PhD students.


Erwin Hahn16th July 2007

Professor Erwin L Hahn awarded honorary Doctor of Science, University of Warwick

In honour of his many contributions to science, notably the discovery of the spin-echo (often termed the Hahn echo) in the early 1950s that has been vitally important in NMR and MRI, the University of Warwick was delighted that Erwin Hahn accepted an honorary doctorate.


MAS8th–13th July 2007

European School on Solid-State NMR, Safed, Galilee, Israel

Danielle Laurencin and Paul Guerry attended the 2nd Advanced School – Materials Science Applications at Safed in Israel. The course is part of the European Schools on solid-state NMR.


Trinity College9th–11th July 2007

Nanoscale Order Workshop, Trinity College, Cambridge

Nathan Barrow, Ben Parkinson and Diane Holland attended a workshop on nanoscale order in amorphous and partially ordered solids. Posters were presented by: Nathan Barrow (Probing medium range order in lithium borate glasses and crystals using boron-11 NMR), Ben and Diane.


GERMN6th July 2007

2nd IberoAmerican NMR Meeting, Tarragona, Spain

Jair Freitas gave a talk entitled "Signal enhancement techniques applied to natural abundance 25Mg NMR investigation of organometallic compounds" at the 2nd IberoAmerican NMR Meeting, which was organized by the Spanish NMR Society (GERMN) as a satellite meeting of EUROMAR 2007.


EUROMAR1st–5th July 2007

EUROMAR 2007, Tarragona, Spain

At the EUROMAR conference, Steven Brown gave a talk entitled "MAS NMR Spin Echoes: Residual Dipolar Couplings And Low-Load 1H Decoupling", presenting recent results obtained in collaboration with the groups of Malcolm Levitt and Claudiu Filip. Posters were presented by: Jair Freitas (23Na NMR Studies of Sodium Species in Porous Carbons), John Griffin (Distinguishing Anhydrous and Hydrated Pharmaceutical Compounds in Pure and Tablet Form using 1H DQ CRAMPS NMR) and Amy Webber (Better Resolution and Assignment of 1H Double-Quantum Correlations in High-Resolution Solid-State NMR by Through-Bond Refocused INEPT Transfer to 13C).


Paper PublishedJune 2007

Paper Published in Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., RSC Publishing Link

Title: Quantifying hydrogen-bonding strength: the measurement of 2hJNN couplings in self-assembled guanosines by solid-state 15N spin-echo MAS NMR Authors: Tran N. Pham, John M. Griffin, Stefano Masiero, Stefano Lena, Giovanni Gottarelli, Paul Hodgkinson, Claudiu Filip and Steven P. Brown


Bruker18th–22nd June 2007

Visit by Stefan Steuernagel

Stefan Steuernagel (Bruker, Germany) visited Warwick to work with the group's 600 Avance II+ spectrometer on pulse sequences for homonuclear 1H decoupling, dipolar correlation and half-integer quadrupolar nuclei signal enhancement.


Ying GuoJune 2007

New Position for Ying

After finishing a one-year Royal Society funded post-doctoral stay in the Warwick group, Ying Guo is currently working with K. Jebrell Glover at Lehigh University, Pennsylvania, USA.


MAS11th June 2007

Jenna Holder starts Summer project

Jenna Holder has started a 8-week undergraduate Summer project entitled "Elucidating hydrogen-bonding structure in novel synthetic guanosines by solid-state NMR: underpinning new molecular electronic devices", with funding from the University's Undergraduate Research Scholarship Scheme (URSS).


CryoMAS5th June 2007

CryoMAS open day, Southampton

Steven Brown, Ivan Hung, John Griffin, Nathan Barrow and Amy Webber attended the cryoMAS open day hosted by Malcolm Levitt's group in Southampton.


Paracetamol MoleculeMay–June 2007

Visitors to Warwick

This Summer, the group welcomed Robin Stein (Duer group, Cambridge), Diego Carnevale (Ashbrook group, St Andrews) and John Hanna (ANSTO, Australia) to carry out solid-state NMR experiments in collaborative projects.


Canadian Chemistry Conference26th–30th May 2007

90th Canadian Chemistry Conference, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Mark Smith gave an invited lecture entitled "Developments in Solid State NMR as a Probe of Materials: from Metallic to Stabilised Oxide Nanoparticles" in the Solid-State NMR Spectroscopy in Inorganic Materials symposium of the 90th Canadian Chemistry Conference in Winnipeg, Manitoba.


DQ CRAMPSMay 2007

Review article published in Progress in Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy

Steven Brown's review article entitled Probing proton–proton proximities in the solid state has been published in the 50th Volume and 40 years Anniversary Issue of Progress in Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy. The article reviews high-resolution 1H-1H 2D correlation experiments, in particular DQ MAS and DQ CRAMPS techniques, that are finding increasing applications to a wide range of systems, e.g., host-guest interactions.


polyaniline11th May 2007

Zoran presents his current work in group meeting

Dr Zoran Zujovic gave a talk to the group entitled "Application of Solid State NMR to Polyaniline Nanotubes". Dr Zujovic, from the University of Auckland, New Zealand, is visiting Warwick for three weeks to carry out 27Al NMR experiments on various transition alumina phases in order to study the effect of pre-heating on the calcinations pathways of the materials. Such materials have important applications in many industrial processes, and yet the structures and phase transitions of many transition aluminas are poorly characterised, and are known to vary with manufacturing conditions.


hydroxyapatite crystals4th May 2007

Sol-gel partnership meeting, London

Mark Smith, Danielle Laurencin, Paul Guerry and Luke O'Dell travelled to the Eastman Dental Institute in London for the spring meeting of the Sol-Gel Partnership, a long-running EPSRC-funded collaboration between Warwick, the University of Kent, Imperial and UCL (EP/C004698/1 and EP/C000633/1). The aim of the collaboration is to synthesise, test and characterise novel bioactive glasses with antibacterial properties. These materials could potentially be used as safer implants to replace teeth or bone.


Royal Society1st May 2007

Funding from The Royal Society obtained

Steven Brown has obtained funding from The Royal Society for a 2-year international joint project with Claudiu Filip, Cluj, Romania entitled "1H Solid-State NMR: Using algebraic insight and simulation to enhance experiment".


LukeApril 2007

Doctorate granted to O'Dell

Congratulations to Dr Luke O'Dell for successfully defending his Ph.D. thesis entitled "A Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Investigation of Zener Pinned Nanocrystalline Metal Oxides".


Radoslaw M. KowalczykApril 2007

New group member

Welcome to Dr Radoslaw M. Kowalczyk as a senior research officer working with the EPR (Dr Mark Newton) and the NMR groups.


Kevin PikeApril 2007

New group member

Welcome back to Dr Kevin Pike who rejoins the group as the project leader for the £3.7M Basic Technology project: "D2NP—New frontiers in electron enhanced high field solid state NMR for interdisciplinary science and technology". Kevin completed his Ph.D. at Warwick in the year 1998.


Angew Chem Int Edit PaperMarch 2007

Paper Published In Angewandte Chemie International Edition, Wiley InterScience Link

Title: A solid-state O-17 NMR study of local order and crystallinity in amine-templated mesoporous Nb oxide

Authors: B. O. Skadtchenko, Y. X. Rao, T. F. Kemp, P. Bhattacharya, P. A. Thomas, M. Trudeau, M. E. Smith and D. M. Antonelli


hydrogen bonding20th March 2007

EPSRC grant judged outstanding

The final report for the EPSRC grant (First Grant Scheme) awarded to Steven Brown entitled "A New Probe of Fundamental Weak Hydrogen Bonds: Solid-State NMR" has been evaluated as Outstanding. Highlights of the grant, that funded Dr Tran Pham as a PDRA at Warwick from April 2004 to July 2006, include publications in the Journal of the American Chemical Society entitled "An Investigation of Weak CH···O Hydrogen Bonds in Maltose Anomers by a Combination of Calculation and Experimental Solid-State NMR Spectroscopy" and "Identification by 15N Refocused INADEQUATE MAS NMR of Intermolecular Hydrogen Bonding that Directs the Self-Assembly of Modified DNA Bases"


Amy and John in the house of commons19th March 2007

House of Commons Reception, London

John Griffin and Amy Webber attended the SET for Britain reception for Early-Stage and Early-Career Researchers, to present posters at Westminster on "frontier" science, along with engineering, medicine and technology research.

2007 saw the ninth annual R&D show as a grand finale to the UK National Science and Engineering week, attended by Members of Parliament, Peers, and Sponsoring member of the Science and Technology Committee, Dr. Brian Iddon MP.

John's poster, entitled "Very High-Resolution Solid-State Nuclear Magnetic Resonance" presented methods in 1H DQ solid-state NMR to probe molecular structure and dynamics, while Amy presented the application of a new 1H-13C experiment (in collaboration with ENS, Lyon and St Andrews), under the title "New Techniques in Atomic Level Structure Determination of Biological Molecules: A Solid State NMR study of Penicillin G."


Scotland19th–23rd March 2007

Scientific collaboration, St Andrews, Scotland

Steven Brown and Nathan Barrow visited Sharon Ashbrook in St Andrews to discuss progress on the joint EPSRC project entitled "Novel half-integer quadrupolar solid-state NMR correlation experiments for probing atomic proximities and connectivities in disordered materials". Steven also met with Chris Pickard and Anne-Christine Uldry also now based at St Andrews to discuss their joint EPSRC project entitled "A new solid-state theory for the prediction of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance J-coupling constants". Before visiting St Andrews, Steven had visited his DPhil supervisor, Professor Steve Wimperis at the University of Glasgow.


GSK Logo6th March 2007

NMR in Process Chemistry and Development, GlaxoSmithKline, Ware

Steven Brown, John Griffin and Amy Webber attended the RSC NMRDG/Analytical Division meeting at GlaxoSmithKline entitled "NMR in Process Chemistry and Development". Tran Pham, a former postdoc in the group, who has been working at GSK since leaving Warwick in August 2006 also attended the meeting.


ANM312th February 2007

Invited speaker at AMN3 conference, Wellington, New Zealand

Mark Smith gave a lecture entitled "Recent developments in solid state NMR as a probe of inorganic materials: from metallic catalyst layers to stabilised nanoparticles" at the Advanced Materials & Nanotechnology (AMN3) conference in Wellington, New Zealand.


Danielle LaurencinJanuary 2007

New group member

Welcome to Dr Danielle Laurencin who joins the group from Université Pierre et Marie Curie on a Marie-Curie post-doctoral fellowship on a project entitled Synthesis and multinuclear NMR analysis of hydroxyapatites.


Sol gelJanuary 2007

Doctorate granted to Drake

Congratulations to Kieran Drake on being awarded his Ph.D. entitled "A multi-technique study of the structural evolution of selected silicate-based sol-gel materials".


Advances and Management of NMR in Life Sciences18th–20th January 2007

EU-NMR & NMR-LIFE Joint Meeting: Advances and Management of NMR in Life Sciences, Florence

Steven Brown presented a talk entitled "Probing Hydrogen-Bonding Interactions by Solid-State NMR".


Paper Published18th January 2007

Paper Published in Faraday Discussions, RSC Publishing Link

Abstract: Alumina and silica Zener pinning particles in sol-gel prepared nanocrystalline ZrO2 and MgO have been characterised using 27Al and 29Si MAS NMR after annealing at various temperatures up to 1200 °C. The structures of the pinning phases were found to differ not just between the two metal oxide systems but also depending on the exact method of manufacture, with several transition alumina phases observed.

Authors: L. A. O’Dell, S. L. P. Savin, A. V. Chadwick and M. E. Smith

Luke O'Dell presented the paper at Faraday Discussion 134 (Atomic Transport and Defect Phenomena in Solids) which involved giving a five minute solo presentation followed by an ninety minute question and answer session on a panel.


2006

IoP6th December 2006

BRSG Christmas Meeting, Institute of Physics, London

Sixteen members from Warwick travelled to 76 Portland Place to hear a diverse range of talks based on NMR research. Tom Kemp and Luke O'Dell gave presentations. Luke's presentation entitled "71Ga MAS NMR: CQ Distribution Width as a Quantitative Measure of Disorder in Ga2O3 Nanocrystals" won the 2006 BRSG Founder's Prize, given annually to the best presentation by a young physicist that year.


Paper Published4th December 2006

Paper Published in Chemical Physics Letters, ScienceDirect Link

Abstract: High-resolution two-dimensional 27Al spin diffusion NMR spectra of 9Al2O3·2B2O3 recorded under double rotation for different mixing times are presented. The two crystallographically distinct pentahedral Al sites are distinguished by the presence or absence of correlation peaks with neighbouring tetrahedral sites.

Authors: I. Hung, A. P. Howes, T. Anupold, A. Samoson, D. Massiot , M. E. Smith, S. P. Brown and R. Dupree.


New Console1st December 2006

New Bruker Avance II+ Console Arrives

Funded by EPSRC grant EP/D051908/1 for "Renewing the Warwick 600 MHz Solid-State NMR System: Enabling State of the Art Technique Development and Novel Structural Applications".


Materials Research Society27th November–1st December 2006

Materials Research Society Fall Meeting, Boston, MA

Steven Brown presented a talk on High-Resolution Solid-State NMR Methods For Probing Hydrogen-Bonding Interactions. Mark Smith presented a talk on Solid State NMR as a probe of Inorganic Materials: Examples from Glasses, Catalytic Materials and Nanoparticles.


Bruker15th November 2006

Bruker Users Meeting, Coventry

An informative afternoon hearing about developments in the Solid State NMR world. John Griffin gave a presentation on 1H DQ CRAMPS of a disaccharide.


BRSG Nottingham Meeting5th–6th September 2006

BRSG: 50th Jubilee Meeting, Nottingham

Eighteen members from Warwick were present at this two-day conference. We enjoyed talks from Mark Smith, Alan Wong and Ivan Hung. Posters were presented by Ying Guo, Paul Guerry, Tom Kemp, Luke O'Dell, John Griffin, Donna Carrol, Dave Stobbs and Richard Speight. A good time was had by all.