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A new web site will be and up running before the end of March
2013! Check back for more information!
Kris Harris' latest collaborative project with the research
Prof. Stephen Loeb (Windsor) is now online!
Check out this neat article on metal organic frameworks
constructed from supramolecular components, and the 2H
NMR characterization of molecular motion in these systems:
V.N. Vukotic, K.J. Harris, K. Zhu, R.W.
Schurko* and S.J. Loeb*, 2012. Robust Dynamics inside a
Metal-Organic Framework. Nature Chem.
DOI: 10.1038/nchem.1354. This
work is also featured on the
cover of the June 2012 edition.
A new paper describing a different
Prof. Chuck Macdonald (Windsor)
is also now online. Check it out: C.L.B. Macdonald, R.
Bandyopadhyay, B.F.T. Cooper, W.W. Friedl, A.J. Rossini,
R.W. Schurko, S.H.; Eichhorn and R. Herber, 2012.
Experimental and computational insights into the stabilization
of low-valent main group elements using crown ethers and
related ligands. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 134,
Our new 500 MHz Bruker Avance III
Console is now installed, and we have run a series of 1H
SSNMR experiments on the new spectrometer with our ultra-fast
magic-angle spinning probe. Visit our departmental
website for more information.
We are expecting a low-gamma static probe to be delivered at
some time during the summer.
Marcel Hildebrand successfully defended his M.Sc.
(Chemistry) thesis, "Solid-State NMR of Quadrupolar Nuclei for
Structural Elucidation," on April 30, 2012.
welcome new summer students to our group, including Derek
Lanoue, Anthony Sandre and Mike
Come join us at the
Solid-State NMR symposium at the
Mountain Conference for Analytical Chemistry, which is
taking place this year from July 15-19, 2012 in
Copper Mountain, Colorado. We have an outstanding
list of speakers thus far, and will be taking submissions for
oral and poster presentations in the very near future!
Deadline for consideration for an oral presentation is
May 1, 2012, and registration is opwwen right now!
Hope to see you this summer in Colorado!
Some other news:
just returned from India, where I attended the
2012 NMRS meeting at the Indian Institute of
Science in Bangalore, India, which was a fantastic
conference with over 400 participants. The NMRS
committee and local organizers did a great job in putting
together an excellent meeting. It was very nice to run
into some old friends, and make a lot of new ones as well, as
well as to learn much about the vibrant NMR community in
India. After the meeting, I visited the research group
Madhu at the Tata Institute for Fundamental
Research in Mumbai, and had a very good visit there
as well, with excellent hospitality.
Finally, please check out my review article on ultra-wideline
solid-state NMR in the latest edition of the Encyclopedia of
Acquisition of Wideline Solid-State NMR
Spectra of Quadrupolar Nuclei. Encyc. Magn. Reson.
Welcome to Daniel Klauke and Ross
Lepera, two second-year outstanding scholars who have
joined our group.
Wow... it has been a long time since the last update, and a
lot has gone on.
Some big news: our group was successful in obtaining renewal
(and increase!) of the NSERC Discovery Grant ($70,000 per year
over 5 years), and I also received an NSERC Accelerator
Supplement ($120,000 over 3 years), which was really good
news. We also obtained an equipment grant (NSERC RTI -
$150,000) which will go towards the upgrade of our 500 MHz NMR
spectrometer to an Avance III console.
have been on the road quite a bit this year. In March,
Kris Harris and I visited Lucio Frydman's group
at the Weizmann Institute, and got some interesting projects
off of the ground. I also spent a month in France, with
my home base at Lille hosted by the group of J.P. Amoureux.
The whole group was up in Montreal at the Canadian Society for
Chemistry Conference, where we presented three lectures and
three posters. Marcel Hildebrand and Karen
Johnston presented some of their work at the recent
Inorganic Discussion Weekend in Niagara Falls. Kris
Harris and I are off to the Chamonix meeting on Sept. 9 to
present some of our recent work as well.
bunch of new papers are up and online, including Kris
Harris' and Bryan Lucier's work on 195Pt
NMR of vapochromic complexes (a collaboration with Suning
Wang's group at Queens' University, Inorg. Chem.
2011, 50, 3447–3457), and Bryan Lucier's
paper on 195Pt, 14N and 35Cl
NMR of cisplatin complexes, which is in the Canadian Journal
of Chemistry (Can.
J. Chem. 2011, 89, 919-937)
special tribute issue to Rod Wasylishen (who was my
Finally, we have three undergraduate students working in the
laboratory, including Andrew Namespetra and Zach
Friedl (outstanding scholars program), and Chris
O'Keefe (59-410 project student).
Congratulations also to Aaron Rossini, who was awarded
a Marie Curie Fellowship, and has started a post-doctoral
fellowship in the laboratory of
Lyndon Emsley at the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon
in Lyon, France. We will miss Aaron's "quick wit", and
wish him and Erin (his wife) all the best in France! You
can read an article about his new position by
Also, some of our new publications are now online, including
Aaron Rossini's new work on 91Zr SSNMR
experiments on metallocenes and catalytic pre-cursors (J. Am. Chem. Soc.
2010, 132, 18301–18317,
Luke O'Dell's and Kris Harris' study of 14N
SSNMR of a variety of nitrogen-containing structural motifs (J.
Am. Chem. Soc.
2011, 133, 527–546,
DOI:10.1021/ja108181y) and Alan
Macgregor's paper on WURST-CPMG NMR of heavy metal
spin-1/2 nuclides (J. Magn. Reson. 2011, 208,
Congratulations to Hiyam Hamaed, who has won the Governor
General's Gold Medal for the top Ph.D. thesis at the
University of Windsor in 2010.
Click here to read the Daily News article about her
award! Hiyam is taking up a post-doc with
Prof. Peter Bruce at St. Andrews, Scotalnd, and will
be working on SSNMR of batteries with various groups in the
U.K. and Germany. We will miss Hiyam's presence in the
Congratulations also to Aaron Rossini, who successfully
defended his Ph.D. thesis, "Characterization of Inorganic
Catalysts and Materials by Solid‑State NMR," on Sept. 17,
Robert Vold (from William & Mary) was his external
examiner, and spent some time visiting our group as well.
We welcome Dr. Karen Johnston (Ph.D., St. Andrews,
U.K.) to the laboratory as our new post-doctoral fellow,
recently completing her Ph.D. in the laboratory of
Prof. Sharon Ashbrook. Also joining us is
Jeff Donohue, who will be working in our laboratory to
fulfill his co-op requirements in Physics. Alex
Reidel is now attending the University of Toronto, and is
enrolled in the pharmacy program...we wish him well in his new
Kris Harris and I attended the
Solid-State NMR Symposium at the Rocky Mountain Conference for
Analytical Chemistry, and presented two posters.
I was the chair elect this year, so things were quite busy.
The conference was excellent, and we found the time to do some
serious mountain biking (pictures to come).
Aaron Rossini's work on applying WURST-CPMG pulse
sequences in nuclear quadrupole resonance (NQR) is now online:
J. Magn. Reson. 2010,
Finally, classes have started again, and I am teaching Intro
Phys. Chem. 59-240 and NMR Spectroscopy 59-542/445, as well as
supervising the Research Project 59-410. We've also just
kicked off our new 59-320 analytical labs, and have some new
renovations done down in the teaching laboratories. It
was a good summer, and some of the
new group pics are posted.
Congratulations to Hiyam Hamaed, who successfully
defended her Ph.D thesis, "Solid-State NMR Spectroscopy of
Unreceptive Nuclei in Inorganic and Organic Systems," on May
21, 2010. Her external examiner was Prof.
Tatyana Polenova from the University of Delaware, who
also presented a departmental seminar, and spent some time
visiting with our group.
other news, we presented three lectures and two posters at the
93rd Canadian Society for Chemistry Conference in Toronto,
including topics such as applications and development of
ultra-wideline NMR techniques, development of 115In
NMR, 45Sc NMR of microencapsulated catalysts, and
89Y and 19F NMR of nanoparticles.
For more information, see our
Some new papers are now online:
Jochen Autschbach (SUNY Buffalo), his student Shaohui
Zheng and I have recently published an article discussing
electric field gradient (EFG) tensors, and their relationship
to molecular structure and symmetry (Conc. Magn. Reson.
- Bryan Lucier's 65Cu and 31P
SSNMR study of bis(triphenylphosphine)
copper species is now online (J.
Phys. Chem. C. 2010, 114, 7949–7962.
10.1021/jp907477m); this work was a
John Hanna at the University of
- Hiyam Hamaed's discussion of development of 137Ba
SSNMR techniques is also published (J. Phys. Chem. B, April
2010, ASAP online.
Also, congratulations to Alan MacGregor, who
successfully defended his M.Sc. thesis in late April. Al
is heading up to Sarnia to begin work at Imperial Oil, and we
wish him the best of luck!
Summer research is starting in the first week of May, and we
welcome a new M.Sc. student, Stanislav Veinberg, and
two NSERC USRA summer students, Alex Reidel and
It's been awhile since I last updated, so here it goes: a few
more papers have come out in the past month, including Luke
O'Dell's work on utilizing optimal control theory for the
excitation of ultra-wideline NMR patterns (J.
Magn. Reson. 2010, 203, 156-166.
some theoretical work on 93Nb EFG tensors
done by Bryan Lucier in collaboration with
John Hanna and Mark E. Smith from the University of
Warwick, U.K. (Chem. Eur. J. 16, 3222 - 3239.
There are a few more articles in press right now, which I will
add when the page numbers are updated.
Feb. 26, Hiyam Hamaed presented her departmental seminar (one
of the final requirements for completing the Ph.D. degree),
which was entitled: "Adventures in Solid-State NMR
Spectroscopy - Applications to Study Unreceptive Nuclei of
Main Group and Transition Metals Containing Systems and
Hydrochloride Pharmaceuticals and Polymorphs."
Also, in February I traveled to California to give a two
seminars, one at UC Riverside (host:
Len Mueller) and one at UC Irvine (host:
Rachel Martin). I managed to get in some hiking
Joshua Tree National Park when I was down there.
Finally, we had a group potluck dinner at my house in late
February. The highlight of the evening was the
disassembling of lobsters by Alan MacGregor.
Click here for some pics.
couple of new long-awaited publications are online.
First, Andre Sutrisno's major work on 77Se
NMR of Se-N heterocycles was recently published in a special
tribute issue of Can. J. Chem. for
Prof. Tom Ziegler (Can. J. Chem. 87, 1546–1564
Andre is currently working on his Ph.D. at Western with
Yining Huang. Second, Bryan Lucier's work
on ultra-wideline 195Pt NMR of Pt complexes with
hexadentate amino- and iminophosphine ligands has recently
come online (Dalton
Trans. 2009, 7701
This project was done in collaboration with
Frederic Fontaine (Laval).
Michèle Auger from Universite Laval visited us on Nov.
20, and presented a lecture describing some of her NMR work on
spider silk and antimicrobial agents.
Kris Harris and I went to the
Inorganic Discussion Weekend in Guelph, Ontario at the
end of November, where Kris presented a poster entitled, "
Solid-State NMR of Inorganic Systems: Molecules, Networks and
Nanoparticles studied via 19F, 45Sc,
35Cl, 65Cu, 89Y, 91Zr,
109Ag, 115In, 119Sn, 195Pt,
199Hg, 207Pb, and 209Bi NMR
spectroscopy." This poster described a number of
projects from our last five years of work on ultra-wideline
NMR of quadrupolar and spin-1/2 nuclei in a variety of
systems, including organometallics, inorganic materials and
Luke O'Dell has left the group to take up a post at the
National Research Council in Ottawa...we will miss Luke and
Marie very much, and wish him the best in his new position.
Kris Harris has joined our group as our new
post-doctoral fellow, after recently completing his Ph.D. at
the University of Alberta with
Wasylishen. We also welcome Tatjana Milovic
to our group as a new undergraduate researcher. I also
gave a seminar at McGill University in Montreal, and Bryan
Lucier and I headed up to the annual
symposium in Ottawa...which was a lot of fun.
2009: Fall term begins....
Len Mueller from the University
of California at Riverside is visiting us on Sept. 18, 2009,
and presenting a lecture entitled "Solid-State NMR as a Probe
of Molecular and Biological Structure."
begin on Sept. 9, 2009, and I am teaching two courses this
am also looking for third- and fourth-year students (from
Windsor and abroad) interested in summer research or graduate
studies. Please contact me if you are interested!
Our group welcomes two undergraduate researchers, Alex
Reidel and Chris Mireault, who are both in their
third year in the Chemistry & Physics B.Sc.
In other news, Luke O'Dell's latest work on 14N
SSNMR of crystalline amino acids is now online, in a special
edition of PCCP: Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2009,
11, 7069 - 7077,
2009: RMC and post-doc advertisement
returned from the Solid-State NMR symposium in the Rocky
Mountain Conference on Analytical Chemistry in Snowmass,
Colorado. Our group presented one talk (Luke O'Dell)
and four posters (Aaron Rossini, Hiyam Hamaed
and Luke O'Dell).
Click here to see some pictures of our hike to see the
Maroon Bells in the White River National Forest.
Post-doctoral position open: A two-year post-doctoral
position funded by NSERC and the Ontario Ministry of Research
and Innovation is available my laboratory starting as early as
October 1, 2009. Research projects focus on
development and application of pulse sequences for the
acquisition of high S/N NMR spectra of quadrupolar nuclei and
heavy spin-1/2 nuclei in a variety of systems, including
inorganic and organometallic complexes, organic
pharmaceuticals, nanoparticles and composite materials. The
applicant should have a Ph.D. in Chemistry or Physics with
expertise in solid-state NMR. A complete CV, including a
summary of research experience and contact information for
three references, can be emailed directly to Rob Schurko
This position is filled as of Oct. 1,
2009: Rob visits the Weizmann Institute
I recently returned from a visit to the Weizmann Institute in
Rehovot, Israel, where I was spending some time in the
Lucio Frydman. Some interesting research
projects were initiated, and I also had an opportunity to give
two seminars, one at Weizmann, and one at the Technion (Israel
Institute of Technology) where I was visiting
2009: 209Bi solid-state NMR
Hiyam Hamaed's recent work on the first ultra-wideline
209Bi solid-state NMR spectra has just been
Application of Solid-State 209Bi
NMR to the Structural Characterization of Bismuth-Containing
Materials. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 131, 8271–8279 DOI:
Together with Mike Laschuk (an undergraduate researcher
in our laboratory), and Victor Terskikh of the National
Ultra-High Field NMR facility in Ottawa, Hiyam has acquired
some beautiful 209Bi SSNMR spectra of several
systems; the 21.1 T NMR spectrometer was particularly
important in this regard.
2009: A new 14N solid-state NMR technique
has been investigating a new method of
acquiring 14N NMR spectra in the solid state using the WURST QCPMG
pulse sequence, and our preliminary communication is now
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2009, 131, 6658–6659,
Of particular interest is the signal enhancement available for
integer-spin quadrupolar nuclei, which we have dubbed "DEISM"
(Direct Enhancement of Integer Spin Magnetization).
2009: 50th ENC and Buffalo
I presented a lecture at the
50th Experimental NMR Conference in
Pacific Grove, CA, entitled: QCPMG Using WURST Pulses for
Faster Ultra-Wideline Solid-State NMR Spectra of Quadrupolar
Nuclei. I had to leave the conference early to
travel up to Buffalo to give a department seminar at SUNY
Buffalo (hosted by Jochen Autschbach). Some pictures
from the ENC can be seen by
2009: A discussion of chemical shielding tensors; 195Pt
Cory Widdifield's tutorial article on understanding
chemical shielding tensors is out in
Conc. Magn. Reson.,
We utilized the ADF software package to examine origins of
chemical shielding, and the relationships of NMR chemical
shifts with molecular structure and symmetry. Joel
Tang's magnum opus on 195Pt NMR of Pt(0) and
Pt(II) bisdithiolenes, as well as 13C and 19F
NMR of the paramagnetic Pt(I) species, is now available
J. Phys. Chem. B. 2009, 113,
35Cl NMR of metallocenes
Aaron Rossini's work on 35Cl SSNMR of metallocenes
(including titanocenes, zirconocenes and hafnocenes) is now
online as an ASAP article.
Am. Chem. Soc. 2009, 131, 3317–3330.
DOI: 10.1021/ja808390a. Aaron
has acquired 35Cl SSNMR spectra for a variety of
halogenated metallocenes, and correlated the 35Cl quadrupolar
coupling constants to their molecular structures. This
methodology has allowed for the confirmation of the structure
of Schwartz's reagent.
Ultra-wideline NMR with Microcoils and WURST QCPMG
Luke O'Dell and Joel Tang have published a couple of papers in
Chem. Phys. Lett. outlining the use of microcoils and
the WURST QCPMG pulse sequence for the acquisition of
ultra-wideline NMR spectra in the solid state. Check out
Chem. Phys. Lett. 2008, 466, 227–234 for our work
on microcoils and Chem. Phys. Lett. 2009,
468, 330-335 for the piecewise QCPMG paper,
featuring some 35Cl, 65Cu, 59Co
and 10B NMR spectra!
and nitrogen NMR of supramolecular frameworks & coordination
solids - Nov. 2008
Hiyam Hamaed's latest work on 109Ag and 15NMR
of supramolecular solids, a collaboration with George Shimizu
at University of Calgary, is now online:
of Silver-Containing Layered Materials and Their Interactions
with Primary Amines using Solid-State 109Ag
and 15N NMR Spectroscopy and First Principles Calculations.
Inorg. Chem. 2008, 47, 11245–11256.
Joel Tang defended his Ph.D. thesis, ""Ultra-Wideline
Solid-State NMR Spectroscopy and its Application in
Characterizing Inorganic and Organometallic Complexes" back in
September, and was in Windsor for convocation this October.
He is currently working with Alexej Jerschow at NYU.
QCPMG pulses - October 2008
Since Luke O'Dell joined the group in Feb. 2008, he has been
working with pulses sequences designed for acquisition of
ultra-wideline NMR spectra. Our first piece of this
story is now online:
QCPMG Using Adiabatic Pulses for Faster
Acquisition of Ultra-Wideline NMR Spectra. Chem. Phys. Lett.
2008, 464, 97-102.
21 NMR Symposium - October 4-5, 2008
21st annual MOOT NMR Mini-Symposium was be hosted at
Canterbury College on Oct 4 and 5, 2008.
While the meeting is traditionally a regional Ontario/Quebec
meeting of NMR spectroscopists, this MOOT welcomed
participants from across the mid-west United States and
beyond. The MOOT was a great success, with a diverse
program, excellent tutorial lectures and a really fun banquet
at the Art Gallery of Windsor. For more information,
To celebrate the long tradition of magnetic resonance
techniques at the University of Windsor, and to highlight the
21st annual MOOT NMR Mini-Symposium, a series of
seminars take place leading up to the meeting, featuring:
Sept. 5, 2008 - Joel Tang, Department of Chemistry &
Biochemistry, University of Windsor. Title:
"Ultra-Wideline Solid-State NMR Spectroscopy and its
Application in Characterizing Inorganic and Organometallic
Sept. 12, 2008 - Paul Ellis, Pacific Northwest National
Laboratory, Richmond, WA. Title: "Investigating the Metal
Binding Sites in Zinc and Magnesium Metalloproteins Utilizing
Low Temperature Solid-State NMR Spectroscopy. "
Sept. 26, 2008 - Michele Auger, Department de Chimie,
Universite Laval. Title: "Title: Deciphering the secrets of
novel antimicrobial agents and spider silk: A solid-state NMR
October 3, 2008 - Paul Hazendonk, Department of
Chemistry, University of Lethbridge. Title: TBA
35Cl NMR of HCl pharmaceuticals - August 2008
Hiyam Hamaed's work on pharmaceutical polymorphism has
recently been published in J. Am. Chem. Soc.:
H. Hamaed, J.M.
Pawlowski, B.F.T. Cooper, R. Fu, S.H. Eichhorn and R.W. Schurko.
Application of Solid-State 35Cl NMR to the Structural
Characterization of Hydrochloride Pharmaceuticals and their
Polymorphs. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2008, 130,
Opening: NMR Facility Coordinator - deadline: May 22, 2008
have a job opening for an NMR facility coordinator in our
department. For more information, please
click here. If you wish to have any additional
information, feel free to contact me directly, or email our
Department Head, Phillip Dutton at
Joel in France - March 2008
just returned from a two month visit to the laboratory of
Dimitris Sakellariou at the CEA in Paris (Saclay), France.
Welcome to Luke O'Dell - February 2008
Luke O'Dell joins our group as a post-doctoral fellow.
Luke received his Ph.D. at the University of Warwick in 2007,
and worked in the research group of M.E. Smith. Welcome
happenings - January 2008
Cory Widdifield's paper on sodium metallocenes was
published in a Special Issue of Magnetic Resonance in
Chemistry: Investigation of Structure and Dynamics in the
Sodium Metallocenes CpNa and CpNa·THF via Solid-State NMR,
X-ray Diffraction and Computational Modelling. Magn. Reson.
Chem. 45, S116–S128. Cory is now in Dave
Bryce's group at the University of Ottawa. Joel Tang
is currently spending some time in France, working in the
laboratory of Dimitris Sakellariou at French Atomic
Energy Commission (Saclay).
papers on ultra-wideline copper and lead NMR (October/November
Joel Tang has a new paper (J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2007,
129, 13049-13065) featuring the broadest copper NMR
spectra ever acquired, "Solid-State 63Cu and
65Cu NMR Spectroscopy of Inorganic and Organometallic
Copper(I) Complexes," and Aaron Rossini's collaborative
project on ultra-wideline 207Pb NMR with Glen
Briand of Mount Alison University, "Probing Lead(II) Bonding
Environments in 4-Substituted Pyridine Adducts of
(2,6-Me2C6H3S)2Pb: An X-ray Structural and Solid-State
207Pb NMR Study," is now out in Inorg. Chem.
2007, 46, 8625-8637.
Congratulations to Andy Lo! (May 2007)
On May 15, 2007,
Andy Lo successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis entitled, "Characterization
of Inorganic Mesoporous Materials, Nanoparticles and
Organometallic Complexes by Multinuclear Solid-State NMR
Spectroscopy." Andy will be leaving this summer to
start his post-doctoral work with Prof. Mattias Eden at the
University of Stockholm.
Multinuclear NMR of Nanoparticles (April 2007)
Check out Andy Lo's new work featuring 139La, 45Sc,
19F, 13C and 1H NMR of LaF3
nanoparticles: Lo, A. Y. H.; Sudarsan, V.; Sivakumar, S.; van
Veggel, F.; Schurko, R. W. Multinuclear Solid-State NMR
Spectroscopy of Doped Lanthanum Fluoride Nanoparticles, J.
Am. Chem. Soc. 2007, 129, 4687-4700.
Solid-State NMR of Inorganic Materials at the CSC (May 26-30,
Come join us at the 90th Canadian Society for Chemistry
Conference in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, where Scott
Kroeker (UManitoba) and I are organizing a symposium on
Solid-State NMR Spectroscopy in Inorganic Materials.
We have an outstanding list of speakers and are currently
accepting abstract submissions for talks and posters.
Click here for more information!
who in solid-state NMR (March 2007)
We are attempting to get a list of solid-state NMR research
groups and their web sites from all over the world.
Click here to see our
lists, and please email me if you have any additions or
corrections. New updates of this list are available at
Mountain Conference Solid-State NMR website
office/lab renovations are complete (December 2006)
The renovations of our new office space are complete. Check
photo gallery of the demolitions, renovations and
final new office space - updated January 2007!
publications on NMR of quadrupolar nuclei (October 2006)
Check out our newly published papers on
45Sc NMR of inorganic coordination complexes (J.
Am. Chem. Soc. 2006, 128, 10391-10402) and
139La NMR of metallocenes (J. Am. Chem.
Soc. 2006, 128, 12638-12639). For more
information on our research,