Friday, June 29, 2018

Paramagnetic metal ion dopants as polarization agents for DNP NMR spectroscopy in inorganic solids #DNPNMR

Chakrabrty Tanmoy, Goldin Nir, Feintuch Akiva, Houben Lothar, and Leskes Michal. “Paramagnetic Metal Ion Dopants as Polarization Agents for DNP NMR Spectroscopy in Inorganic Solids.” ChemPhysChem 0, no. ja (May 17, 2018).

Dynamic nuclear polarization (DNP), a technique in which the high electron spin polarization is transferred to surrounding nuclei via microwaves irradiation, equips solid state NMR spectroscopy with unprecedented sensitivity. The most commonly used polarization agents for DNP are nitroxide radicals. However, their applicability to inorganic materials is mostly limited to surface detection. Paramagnetic metal ions were recently introduced as alternatives for nitroxides. Doping inorganic solids with paramagnetic ions can be used to tune material properties and introduces endogenous DNP agents that can potentially provide sensitivity in the particles' bulk and surface. Here we demonstrate the approach by doping Li4Ti5O12 (LTO), an anode material for lithium ion batteries, with paramagnetic ions. By incorporating Gd(III) and Mn(II) in LTO we gain up to 14 fold increase in signal intensity in static 7Li DNP?NMR experiments. These results suggest that doping with paramagnetic ions provides an efficient route for sensitivity enhancement in the bulk of micron size particles.

[NMR] DNP NMR postdoc position at NHMFL, Tallahassee, FL #DNPNMR

Postdoctoral Position:

Development of High-Field Solution-State Overhauser DNP NMR Spectroscopy

Location: National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Tallahassee, FL

Application Deadline: Until the position is filled 
A postdoctoral position is available, starting Fall 2018, at the U.S. National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (NHMFL) in Tallahassee Florida to carry out research on Overhauser Dynamic Nuclear Polarization (ODNP) NMR at high field (14.1 T). This position is fully funded for a period of 3 years by the National Science Foundation. For this research project, the NHMFL facility is equipped with a 600 MHz solution-state NMR spectrometer and a matching 395 GHz Gyrotron. We seek highly motivated applicants to work with the NHMFL DNP group to develop and implement new methods and experimental applications needed for enabling ODNP NMR spectroscopy of small to medium-sized molecules. The resulting solution-state ODNP NMR experiments will have applications in chemistry and biochemistry, particularly for characterizing limited quantities of molecules from natural product and pharmaceutical chemistry, from petroleum and polymer analytical chemistry, from food and environmental sciences, and from metabolomics.

The successful candidate will be involved in collaborative research with other experts at the NHMFL working in chemical and physical applications of ODNP NMR, as well as advanced microwave and RF instrumentation and technology. He/she will work within a team that consists of the faculty and engineers in the NMR and EPR divisions. Minimum qualifications include a Ph.D. in Chemistry, Physics or a related discipline related to advanced NMR. Experience in experimental NMR methods is essential and in DNP and/or EPR is expected. 

This position will remain available until filled. To apply, please send a CV, a cover letter describing your experience and research interests, and contact information for three references to:

Sungsool Wi

National High Magnetic Field laboratory
1800 E. Paul Dirac Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32310, USA
Tel: 850-645-2770

The NHMFL is operated for the National Science Foundation by a collaboration of institutions comprising Florida State University, the University of Florida, and Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Florida State University (FSU) is an Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Pro Disabled & Veteran Employer.
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Thursday, June 28, 2018

[NMR] Postdoc Positions in DNP at ETH

Dear Colleagues,

there are two postdoctoral positions open at ETH Zurich in the field of DNP in the groups of Sebastian Kozerke and Matthias Ernst.

The first positions concerns Magnetic Resonance (MR) pulse sequence design, image reconstruction and data analysis approaches for Dynamic Nuclear Polarization (DNP) based hyperpolarized imaging of cardiac perfusion and metabolism on experimental MR equipment: It will be based at the Institut for Biomedical Engineering (Sebastian Kozerke,

The second position concerns the development of Dynamic Nuclear Polarization (DNP) based hyperpolarized methods for in-vitro and in-vivo imaging purposes. Project foci are on DNP hardware development and optimization as well as on novel materials for hyperpolarized imaging including nanoparticles for in-vivo imaging applications:
It will be based at the Laboratory for Physical Chemistry (Matthias Ernst,

Both positions are part of a long-standing collaboration between the two groups and close collaboration with students and postdocs in both groups is expected. In the past we have developed three DNP polarizers at 3.4 and 7 T field which can be used with NMR systems and a small animal imaging systems. The group of Sebastian Kozerke also has a SpinLab polarizer for clinical imaging systems available.

More information can be found online under the above mentioned links. For detailed questions about the two positions, please contact Sebastian Kozerke ( or Matthias Ernst ( Applications for the two positions can be submitted online using the above mentioned links.

Best regards,
Matthias Ernst

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| ETH Zürich, HCI D 227 | Fax: +41-44-632-1621 |
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[NMR] Post Doc Position in Biomolecular Solid-State NMR at USC, Los Angeles

Dear Colleagues,

The Siemer lab at USC is looking for a post-doctoral associate with a background in NMR spectroscopy and knowledge of protein biochemical techniques. The lab studies the structure and dynamics, of functional and toxic amyloid fibrils. To this goal, we apply solid-state NMR spectroscopy together with other biochemical and biophysical methods.

The Siemer lab is part of the Protein Structure Center at USC and works in close collaboration wit the EPR lab of Ralf Langen and liquid-state NMR lab of Tobias Ulmer as part of an effort to investigate nervous system function with biophysical methods in an interdisciplinary environment.

The position is available immediately. Interested candidates should send their CV's including the names of three references to Ansgar Siemer
Ansgar B Siemer 
Assistant Professor,
Physiology & Neuroscience
Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute
Keck School of Medicine of USC
1501 San Pablo Street, ZNI 119F
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Tel: +1-323-442-2720

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[NMR] Associate Research Engineer position at BASF (Ludwigshafen/Germany)

Dear colleague,

BASF has an opening for an Associate Research Engineer at the interface of Solid-State NMR and Surface Spectroscopy.

The position will be associated with Dr. Sabine Hirth (Surface Analytics by XPS and ToF-SIMS) and Dr. Karsten Seidel (Solid-State NMR). We are two teams in the Structures & Surfaces group at BASF’s Department of Material Physics & Analytics. We are part of a central research platform which serves the entire BASF community. The new team member shall strengthen our efforts in the characterization of inorganic materials, in particular battery materials, as well as other complex materials, using multi-method approaches in both labs and beyond.

Please note: this position aims at a permanent lab-based employment, and is typically addressing scientists with a Master’s degree (or Bachelor’s degree + job experience). PhD graduates may want to apply for “Research Scientist” or “Laborleiter” positions on

Having a good command of the German language is not a prerequisite, and actually, scientific reporting at BASF is preferably done in English. However, it is generally very helpful to know or quickly learn German. In fact, the job posting is currently available only in German:

[in case the link does not work, please go to and search jobs for “NMR”]

Job profile (translation of selected items):

Self-dependent experimental work in projects as well as routine analytical services
Adaptation and development of methods to characterize materials, such as battery materials
Methods development using complex analytical techniques with X-ray-Photoelectron-, Mass- and NMR-Spectrometers
Study of scientific literature, active learning from others
Presentation of work in project meetings, authoring of comprehensive lab reports

Your profile (translation of selected items):

Degree in chemistry, physics, or a related field of science (Master’s degree, or comparable qualification, such as Bachelor’s degree plus adequate job experience, or „Chemotechniker“ plus adequate job experience)
Advanced knowledge of inorganic chemistry
Experience with instrumental analytics, preferably XPS, ToF-SIMS, NMR
Interest to permanently work in the field of analytics and analytical methods development
You have been actively performing complex data analysis using advanced IT tools, including an understanding of the mathematical background
Very good communication skills, as well as an independent and target-oriented style of work

We are looking forward to receiving your application through (Further inquiries may be sent to, applications will be accepted through the job portal.)

We are located at BASF’s headquarters in Ludwigshafen/Germany. Ludwigshafen is a twin city with Mannheim, other cities close by are Heidelberg, Karlsruhe, Darmstadt, Worms, and Neustadt an der Weinstraße. Frankfurt is less than 1h from here. The region is known e.g. for its chemical, pharmaceutical, automotive and construction industry, as well as for its beautiful surrounding, such as the Palatinate forest and the Odenwald forest, with its modest climate and popular vineyards.

With best regards,

Sabine Hirth & Karsten Seidel

BASF SE, Registered Office: 67056 Ludwigshafen, Germany 
Registration Court: Amtsgericht Ludwigshafen, Registration No.: HRB 6000 
Chairman of the Supervisory Board: Juergen Hambrecht 
Board of Executive Directors:
Martin Brudermueller, Chairman; Hans-Ulrich Engel, Vice Chairman; 
Saori Dubourg, Sanjeev Gandhi, Michael Heinz, Markus Kamieth, Wayne T. Smith

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[NMR] PhD position in the Etzkon lab

A PhD position is open in the field of NMR characterization of membrane-protein structure and function. The positions will be part of the research group of Manuel Etzkorn at the Biomolecular NMR Center of Düsseldorf University and the Helmholtz Research Center (Forschungszentrum) Jülich. 

The project will focus on the characterization of pharmacologically important membrane proteins as well as the development of novel NMR and biochemical techniques tailored to enhance insights into these challenging systems. Depending on individual qualification and interest you will have the opportunity to work on various aspects of this highly interdisciplinary topic including (cell-free) protein expression, enhanced membrane mimetics, biophysical assays, as well as solution- and (DNP) solid-state NMR spectroscopy. 

Candidates should be highly motivated with a strong interest in structural biology. Previous experience in at least one of the following areas is mandatory: protein biochemistry, cell biology and biophysical characterization of membrane systems and/or NMR spectroscopy. Funding for the PhD project (estimated duration 3 - 3.5 years) is secured. Starting date will be August 2018 or later.

The Biomolecular NMR Center Düsseldorf/Jülich offers an exciting and stimulating research environment and is very well equipped with state-of-the-art biophysical instrumentation as well as high-field solution- and solid-state NMR spectrometers operating at 900 MHz, 3x 800 MHz, 750 MHz, 700 MHz, 4x 600 MHz (including DNP at 600 and 800 MHz). In addition, a 1200 MHz system should become available during the PhD project. 

Düsseldorf is a very pleasant city with a vivid historic center located directly at the scenic Rhein river and offers a large variety of cultural and recreational activities frequently placing Düsseldorf into the (top ten) lists of cities with the highest quality of life worldwide. 

Applications should include a cover letter with a brief description of previous research experience and motivation to join the group, a CV, and contact information for at least two reference persons (typically including the supervisor(s) of the master thesis). Applications and informal inquiries about the lab and research project should be directed via email to Manuel Etzkorn (

More infos can be found on the group's homepage:

Please feel free to forward this message to potential candidates.


Dr. Manuel Etzkorn

Institute of Physical Biology
Universitätsstr. 1
Bldg. 26.11.U1 Room 24
D-40225 Düsseldorf

Phone: +49 211 8112023

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Eigenstate versus Zeeman-based approaches to the solid effect #DNPNMR

Rodríguez‐Arias, Inés, Alberto Rosso, and Andrea De Luca. “Eigenstate versus Zeeman-Based Approaches to the Solid Effect.” Magnetic Resonance in Chemistry 0, no. 0 (2017).

The solid effect is one of the simplest and most effective mechanisms for dynamic nuclear polarization. It involves the exchange of polarization between one electron and one nuclear spin coupled via the hyperfine interaction. Even for such a small spin system, the theoretical understanding is complicated by the contact with the lattice and the microwave irradiation. Both being weak, they can be treated within perturbation theory. In this work, we analyze the two most popular perturbation schemes: the Zeeman and the eigenstate-based approaches, which differ in the way the hyperfine interaction is treated. For both schemes, we derive from first principles an effective Liouville equation that describes the density matrix of the spin system; we then study numerically the behavior of the nuclear polarization for several values of the hyperfine coupling. In general, we obtain that the Zeeman-based approach underestimates the value of the nuclear polarization. By performing a projection onto the diagonal part of the spin-system density matrix, we are able to understand the origin of the discrepancy, which is due to the presence of parasite leakage transitions appearing whenever the Zeeman basis is employed.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Assembly and performance of a 6.4 T cryogen-free dynamic nuclear polarization system #DNPNMR

Kiswandhi, Andhika, Peter Niedbalski, Christopher Parish, Qing Wang, and Lloyd Lumata. “Assembly and Performance of a 6.4 T Cryogen-Free Dynamic Nuclear Polarization System.” Magnetic Resonance in Chemistry 55, no. 9 (2017): 846–52.

We report on the assembly and performance evaluation of a 180-GHz/6.4 T dynamic nuclear polarization (DNP) system based on a cryogen-free superconducting magnet. The DNP system utilizes a variable-field superconducting magnet that can be ramped up to 9 T and equipped with cryocoolers that can cool the sample space with the DNP assembly down to 1.8 K via the Joule–Thomson effect. A homebuilt DNP probe insert with top-tuned nuclear magnetic resonance coil and microwave port was incorporated into the sample space in which the effective sample temperature is approximately 1.9 K when a 180-GHz microwave source is on during DNP operation. 13C DNP of [1-13C] acetate samples doped with trityl OX063 and 4-oxo-TEMPO in this system have resulted in solid-state 13C polarization levels of 58 ± 3% and 18 ± 2%, respectively. The relatively high 13C polarization levels achieved in this work have demonstrated that the use of a cryogen-free superconducting magnet for 13C DNP is feasible and in fact, relatively efficient—a major leap to offset the high cost of liquid helium consumption in DNP experiments.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Electron spin resonance studies on deuterated nitroxyl spin probes used in Overhauser-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging #DNPNMR #ODNP

Jebaraj, D. David, Hideo Utsumi, and A. Milton Franklin Benial. “Electron Spin Resonance Studies on Deuterated Nitroxyl Spin Probes Used in Overhauser-Enhanced Magnetic Resonance Imaging.” Magnetic Resonance in Chemistry 55, no. 8 (2017): 700–705. 

The electron spin resonance studies were carried out for 2 mm concentration of 14N-labeled and 15N-labeled 3-carbamoyl-2,2,5,5-tetramethyl-pyrrolidine-1-oxyl, 3-carboxy-2,2,5,5-tetramethyl-pyrrolidine-1-oxyl, 3-methoxycarbonyl-2,2,5,5-tetramethyl-pyrrolidine-1-oxyl and their deuterated nitroxyl radicals using X-band electron spin resonance spectrometer. The electron spin resonance line shape analysis was carried out. The electron spin resonance parameters such as linewidth, Lorentzian component, signal intensity ratio, rotational correlation time, hyperfine coupling constant and g-factor were estimated. The deuterated nitroxyl radicals have narrow linewidth and an increase in Lorentzian component, compared with undeuterated nitroxyl radicals. The dynamic nuclear polarization factor was observed for all nitroxyl radicals. Upon 2H labeling, about 70% and 40% increase in dynamic nuclear polarization factor were observed for 14N-labeled and 15N-labeled nitroxyl radicals, respectively. The signal intensity ratio and g-value indicate the isotropic nature of the nitroxyl radicals in pure water. Therefore, the deuterated nitroxyl radicals are suitable spin probes for in vivo/in vitro electron spin resonance and Overhauser-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging modalities. Copyright © 2017 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

A table-top PXI based low-field spectrometer for solution dynamic nuclear polarization #DNPNMR #ODNP

Biller, Joshua R., Karl F. Stupic, and J. Moreland. “A Table-Top PXI Based Low-Field Spectrometer for Solution Dynamic Nuclear Polarization.” Magnetic Resonance in Chemistry 56, no. 3 (2017): 153–63.

We present the development of a portable dynamic nuclear polarization (DNP) instrument based on the PCI eXtensions for Instrumentation platform. The main purpose of the instrument is for study of 1H polarization enhancements in solution through the Overhauser mechanism at low magnetic fields. A DNP probe set was constructed for use at 6.7 mT, using a modified Alderman–Grant resonator at 241 MHz for saturation of the electron transition. The solenoid for detection of the enhanced 1H signal at 288 kHz was constructed with Litz wire. The largest observed 1H enhancements (ε) at 6.7 mT for 14N-CTPO radical in air saturated aqueous solution was ε 65. A concentration dependence of the enhancement is observed, with maximum ε at 5.5 mM. A low resonator efficiency for saturation of the electron paramagnetic resonance transition results in a decrease in ε for the 10.3 mM sample. At high incident powers (42 W) and long pump times, capacitor heating effects can also decrease the enhancement. The core unit and program described here could be easily adopted for multi-frequency DNP work, depending on available main magnets and selection of the “plug and play” arbitrary waveform generator, digitizer, and radiofrequency synthesizer PCI eXtensions for Instrumentatione cards.

Monday, June 18, 2018

DNP sensitivity of 19F-NMR signals in hexafluorobenzene depending on polarizing agent type #DNPNMR #ODNP

Peksoz, Ahmet. “DNP Sensitivity of 19F-NMR Signals in Hexafluorobenzene Depending on Polarizing Agent Type.” Magnetic Resonance in Chemistry 54, no. 9 (2016): 748–52. 

Low field dynamic nuclear polarization or low field magnetic double resonance technique enables enhanced nuclear magnetic resonance signals to be detected without increasing the strength of the polarizing field. The study reports that the dynamic nuclear polarization of 19F nuclei in hexafluorobenzene solutions doped with nitroxide, BDPA, MC800 asphaltene and MC30 asphaltene free radicals at 15 G. The 19F nuclei in all solutions gave positive DNP enhancements changing between 3.42 and 189.54, corresponding to predominantly scalar interactions with the unpaired electrons in the radicals. DNP sensitivity of 19F nuclei in hexafluorobenzene was observed to be changed significantly depending on the radical type. Nitroxide was found to have the best DNP performance among the polarizing agents. Copyright © 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Friday, June 15, 2018

13C dynamic nuclear polarization using isotopically enriched 4-oxo-TEMPO free radicals #DNPNMR

Niedbalski, Peter, Christopher Parish, Andhika Kiswandhi, and Lloyd Lumata. “13C Dynamic Nuclear Polarization Using Isotopically Enriched 4-Oxo-TEMPO Free Radicals.” Magnetic Resonance in Chemistry 54, no. 12 (2016): 962–67.

The nitroxide-based free radical 2,2,6,6-tetramethyl-1-piperidinyloxy (TEMPO) is a widely used polarizing agent in NMR signal amplification via dissolution dynamic nuclear polarization (DNP). In this study, we have thoroughly investigated the effects of 15N and/or 2H isotopic labeling of 4-oxo-TEMPO free radical on 13C DNP of 3 M [1-13C] sodium acetate samples in 1 : 1 v/v glycerol : water at 3.35 T and 1.2 K. Four variants of this free radical were used for 13C DNP: 4-oxo-TEMPO, 4-oxo-TEMPO-15N, 4-oxo-TEMPO-d16 and 4-oxo-TEMPO-15N,d16. Our results indicate that, despite the striking differences seen in the electron spin resonance (ESR) spectral features, the 13C DNP efficiency of these 15N and/or 2H-enriched 4-oxo-TEMPO free radicals are relatively the same compared with 13C DNP performance of the regular 4-oxo-TEMPO. Furthermore, when fully deuterated glassing solvents were used, the 13C DNP signals of these samples all doubled in the same manner, and the 13C polarization buildup was faster by a factor of 2 for all samples. The data here suggest that the hyperfine coupling contributions of these isotopically enriched 4-oxo-TEMPO free radicals have negligible effects on the 13C DNP efficiency at 3.35 T and 1.2 K. These results are discussed in light of the spin temperature model of DNP. Copyright © 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

ESR line width and line shape dependence of Overhauser-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging #DNPNMR

Meenakumari, V., Hideo Utsumi, A. Jawahar, and A. Milton Franklin Benial. “ESR Line Width and Line Shape Dependence of Overhauser-Enhanced Magnetic Resonance Imaging.” Magnetic Resonance in Chemistry 54, no. 11 (2016): 874–79.

Electron spin resonance and Overhauser-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging studies were carried out for various concentrations of 14N-labeled 3-carbamoyl-2,2,5,5-tetramethyl-pyrrolidine-1-oxyl in pure water. Overhauser-enhancement factor attains maxima in the range of 2.5–3 mm concentration. The leakage factor showed an asymptotic increase with increasing agent concentration. The coupling parameter showed the interaction between the electron and nuclear spins to be mainly dipolar in origin. The electron spin resonance parameters, such as the line width, line shape and g-factor, were determined. The line width analysis confirms that the line broadening is proportional to the agent concentration, and also the agent concentration is optimized in the range of 2.5–3 mm. The line shape analysis shows that the observed electron spin resonance line shape is a Voigt line shape, in which the Lorentzian component is dominant. The contribution of Lorentzian component was estimated using the winsim package. The Lorentzian component of the resonance line attains maxima in the range of 2.5–3 mm concentration. Therefore, this study reveals that the agent concentration, line width and Lorentzian component are the important factors in determining the Overhauser-enhancement factor. Hence, the agent concentration was optimized as 2.5–3 mm for in vivo/in vitro electron spin resonance imaging and Overhauser-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging phantom studies. Copyright © 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Co-acquisition of hyperpolarised 13C and 15N NMR spectra #DNPNMR

Already I bit older bit still worth to read.

Day, Iain J., John C. Mitchell, Martin J. Snowden, and Adrian L. Davis. “Co-Acquisition of Hyperpolarised 13C and 15N NMR Spectra.” Magnetic Resonance in Chemistry 45, no. 12 (2007): 1018–21.

Recent developments in dynamic nuclear polarisation now allow significant enhancements to be generated in the cryo solid state and transferred to the liquid state for detection at high resolution. We demonstrate that the Ardenkjaer–Larsen method can be extended by taking advantage of the properties of the trityl radicals used. It is possible to hyperpolarise 13C and 15N simultaneously in the solid state, and to maintain these hyperpolarisations through rapid dissolution into the liquid state. We demonstrate the almost simultaneous measurement of hyperpolarised 13C and hyperpolarised 15N NMR spectra. The prospects for further improvement of the method using contemporary technology are also discussed. Copyright © 2007 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Perspectives on hyperpolarised solution-state magnetic resonance in chemistry #DNPNMR

Dumez, Jean-Nicolas. “Perspectives on Hyperpolarised Solution-State Magnetic Resonance in Chemistry.” Magnetic Resonance in Chemistry 55, no. 1 (2016): 38–46. 

This perspective article reviews some of the recent developments in the field of hyperpolarisation, with a focus on solution-state NMR spectroscopy of small molecules. Two techniques are considered in more detail, dissolution dynamic nuclear polarisation (D-DNP) and signal amplification by reversible exchange (SABRE). Some of the opportunities and challenges for applications of hyperpolarised solution-state magnetic resonance in chemistry are discussed. 

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Nanodiamond as a New Hyperpolarizing Agent and Its 13C MRS #DNPNMR

Dutta, Prasanta, Gary V. Martinez, and Robert J. Gillies. “Nanodiamond as a New Hyperpolarizing Agent and Its 13C MRS.” The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters 5, no. 3 (February 6, 2014): 597–600.

In this work, we have hyperpolarized carbonaceous nanoparticles (D ≈ 10 nm), that is, “nanodiamonds”, with 1.1% 13C (natural abundance) using dynamic nuclear polarization (DNP). The polarization buildup curve showed a signal enhancement with relative intensity up to 4700 at 1.4 K and 100 mW microwave power. 13C magnetic resonance spectra (MRS) were obtained from the sample at 7 T, and the signal decayed with a T1 of 55 ± 3s. Notably, polarization was possible in the absence of added radical, consistent with previous results showing endogenous unpaired electrons in natural nanodiamonds. These likely contribute to the shorter T1’s compared to those of highly pure diamond. Despite the relatively short T1, these observations suggest that natural nanodiamonds may be useful for in vivo applications.

[NMR] Registration Open for Solid-State NMR School, Palma de Mallorca October 21-26, 2018

Dear Colleagues,

there are only a few places left at the biological solid-state NMR school this year in Palma. Please apply soon if you would like to attend the school.

Best regards,
Matthias Ernst

Dear Colleagues,

Every second year, the subdivision for biological solid-state NMR of the Groupement AMPERE ( organizes an advanced school on biological solid-state NMR. The 7th edition of the school will take place at the Universitat de les Illes Balears, Palma de Mallorca, Spain from October 21-26, 2018. Palma de Mallorca is well connected to most airports in Europe with cheap flights and budget accommodation outside the main tourist season.

The School is aimed at advanced students who have a good knowledge of the basics of solid-state NMR. The School has the purpose of teaching the students a broad range of topics required to understand the modern solid-state NMR experiments which are used in biological applications: Hamiltonians in NMR, isotropic and anisotropic interactions, tensor description of NMR, spherical tensors and tensor rotations, time-dependent Hamiltonians, average Hamiltonian and Floquet theory, principles of recoupling and decoupling under MAS, spin-dynamic simulations using SIMPSON, basic principles and applications of MAS DNP, EPR and paramagnetic NMR, characterization of dynamic processes, protocols for the assignment of protein spectra and protein structure determination, the basics of solid-state NMR instrumentation as well as sample preparation and isotope-labelling techniques.

Registration for the advanced school on biological solid-state NMR is now open at Please register as soon as possible if you are interested in attending the school. Places are limited.

There are also student stipends available to help with travel and accommodation due to generous contributions by EBSA and Groupement AMPERE and our sponsors. Details for the application process can be found on the registration web page.

Best regards,
Anja Böckmann, Beat Meier, Hartmut Oschkinat, and Matthias Ernst

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[NMR] Postdoctoral position in Lewandowski group at University of Warwick, UK - solid-state & solution NMR of natural products megasynthesases

A 2-year ERC-funded postdoc position is available in the Lewandowski group ( in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Warwick, United Kingdom.

Duration: 2 years | Start: Aug-Sept 2018 | Application deadline: 22 June 2018

The applicant will work on a major ERC-funded project employing combination of chemical biology, solid-state and solution-state NMR to study the structures, dynamics and interactions of domains from within polyketide synthases in order to facilitate their rational engineering for synthetic biology applications. Polyketide synthases are multicomponent enzymatic assembly lines for a range of useful natural products, for example, antibiotics that are effective against certain multidrug resistant infections. 

Experience in applying solution and/or solid-state NMR spectroscopy to elucidating the structures and/or dynamics of proteins is advantageous and a good knowledge of techniques for the overproduction and purification of recombinant proteins is essential.

The applicant will join a highly interdisciplinary collaborative team (exposure to a wide range of expertise and high potential for picking up new skills) under the supervision of Józef Lewandowski ( and in collaboration with Greg Challis (

The Warwick Laboratory for Magnetic Resonance
is a world-class biological and material science magnetic resonance set up hosting 7 academic staff from Physics and Chemistry and housing a suite of 9 solid-state NMR spectrometers (from 100 to 850 MHz; the main spectrometers for the biomolecular applications are 500, 600 and 700 MHz + access to 850 MHz and soon 1 GHz through a national facility at Warwick; a ¾ of 700 MHz solid-state NMR spectrometer time is dedicated to the project), 2 dynamic nuclear polarization (DNP) spectrometers (94 and 200/400 GHz) and advanced EPR instrumentation. A wide range of magic angle spinning probes is available in the laboratory including several 1.3 mm Bruker probes (< 67 kHz spinning), 1 mm JEOL probe, 0.81 mm Samoson probe (100 kHz spinning) and 3x 0.7 mm Bruker probes (111 kHz spinning). Solution NMR facilities include 500, 600 and 700 MHz equipped with cryoprobe ( We have access to the state of the art mass spec facilities 
The Chemical Biology Research Facility at University of Warwick
 ( provides cutting edge infrastructure for organic synthesis, molecular biology, protein chemistry, microbiology, radiochemistry, biophysical and biochemical analysis.

Informal inquiries should be directed to Józef Lewandowski ( and formal applications submitted (deadline Jun 22 2018) at

Another postdoctoral position on a related BBSRC-funded project will become available in July 2018.


Józef R. Lewandowski
Associate Professor | Department of Chemistry | University of Warwick | External: +44 (0) 24 76151355 | Internal: 51355 

Chemistry: C519 | Millburn House: F07 | Coventry CV4 7AL | Find us on the interactive map

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[NMR] Postdoctoral position; solid state NMR of membrane proteins #NMR

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Membrane Protein Structural Biology
Department of Biochemistry, South Parks Road, Oxford

We are seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Membrane Protein Structural Biology. The project aims to understand transport in the POT family of proton coupled peptide transporters using a multidisciplinary approach involving lipidic cubic phase crystallography, thermodynamic and kinetic analysis, using biophysical and liposome based systems, as well as state of the art spectroscopy techniques.

Applicants should hold a PhD/DPhil, or be near completion of a PhD/DPhil, in biochemistry or a related subject area and should have experience with solid state NMR and/or ESR DEER, and other biophysical techniques with membrane systems as well as specialized sample production for spectroscopic investigations. You should also be willing to tackle challenging projects and have the ability to independently analyse data, and design biochemical assays to address important mechanistic questions. Previous experience of working with challenging systems for magnetic resonance would be an advantage.

This full-time fixed-term post is funded by BBSRC for up to 2 years in the first instance and is based at the Department of Biochemistry, South Parks Road, Oxford, and is supervised jointly between Professor Anthony Watts and Professor Simon Newstead.

This position is graded on the University’s Grade 7 scale. The actual starting salary offered will be based on qualifications and relevant skills acquired and will also be determined by the funding available.

Further particulars, including details of how to apply, can be obtained from the document below.

For further general information phone 01865 613204, quoting reference number 135283.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on Friday 6 July 2018, with interviews for shortlisted candidates to be held as soon as possible thereafter.
Contact Person : HR Officer Vacancy ID : 135283
Contact Phone : 01865 613204 Closing Date : 06-Jul-2018
Contact Email :



Anthony Watts 
President, European Biophysical Societies Association (EBSA)
Editor, European Biophysical Journal,
Biochemistry Dept., 
South Parks Road,
Oxford, OX1 3QU, UK

Tel. no +44 - (0)1865- 613219 FAX no. +44 - (0)1865- 613201

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[NMR] Engineer position in DNP-NMR in Paris

Dear Colleagues,

We have an open position in Paris for a staff scientist (research engineer IR2 CNRS) to work on dynamic nuclear polarization.

The successful candidate will manage the DNP infrastructure jointly developed by the groups of Geoffrey Bodenhausen and Nicolas Giraud in the frame of the Equipex program « Paris en résonance ». In addition to in-house research, this platform also provides access to DNP enhanced NMR equipment for users from both academic and industrial laboratories. The DNP facility aims at improving the sensitivity of NMR through the development of equipment that couples solution NMR with dynamic nuclear polarization techniques. Two devices for dissolution-DNP have been installed at the Ecole Normale Supérieure (UMR CNRS 7203) and one at the Université Paris Descartes (UMR CNRS 8601). The NMR group at the Ecole Normale Supérieure is recognized for numerous contributions to magnetic resonance, with a particular focus on the structure and dynamics of biomolecules, and more recently on the development of DNP, both in solids and in solution. The group of Nicolas Giraud at Université Paris Descartes has developed a strong expertise in the development of methods for the analysis of biological substances by NMR, ranging from interaction studies involving biomolecules to metabolomics. 

The research engineer will spend 50 % of his/her time in each laboratory, with the responsibility of maintaining and developing apparatus used to perform dynamic nuclear polarization and to analyze samples by NMR after dissolution. He/she will also be involved in research projects that are carried out in the two groups, targeting the development of hyperpolarization methods, both from fundamental and technical perspectives, and their applications to challenging systems. He/she will supervise and assist external users, as well as colleagues and students from both groups, in the implementation of new experiments and hardware, as well as data processing and analysis.

The position requires a doctoral degree in chemistry, physics, biochemistry or biology, preferably with post-doctoral training. Hands-on experience in developing NMR methods, maintaining and implementing hardware, in particular cryogenically cooled equipment, and/or in the analysis of data would be an advantage. Good social and communication skills will be expected. The ability to collaborate with both groups and contribute to create a good working atmosphere will be of prime importance to ensure lively scientific interactions. This position requires good knowledge of English in speech and writing.

The main deadlines for this recruitment are :
- June 4th to 28th, 2018: Applications by the candidates (check out the « concours externe du CNRS » website:
- August 29th to September 09th, 2018: Invitations to interviews will be sent out ("Admissibilité des candidats")
- October 3rd to November 2nd, 2018: Interviews with the recruiting committee
- December 1st, 2018: Expected starting date

Interested candidates should contact Nicolas Giraud <> and/or Geoffrey Bodenhausen <>

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Friday, June 1, 2018

Multi-Frequency Pulsed Overhauser DNP at 1.2 Tesla #DNPNMR #ODNP

Schöps, Spindler Philipp, and Prisner Thomas, “Multi-Frequency Pulsed Overhauser DNP at 1.2 Tesla.”

Dynamic nuclear polarization (DNP) is a methodology to increase the sensitivity of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy. It relies on the transfer of the electron spin polarization from a radical to coupled nuclear spins, driven by microwave excitation resonant with the electron spin transitions. In this work we explore the potential of pulsed multi-frequency microwave excitation in liquids. Here, the relevant DNP mechanism is the Overhauser effect. The experiments were performed with TEMPOL radicals in aqueous solution at room temperature using a Q-band frequency (1.2 T) electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectrometer combined with a Minispec NMR spectrometer. A fast arbitrary waveform generator (AWG) enabled the generation of multi-frequency pulses used to either sequentially or simultaneously excite all three 14N-hyperfine lines of the nitroxide radical. The multi-frequency excitation resulted in a doubling of the observed DNP enhancements compared to single-frequency microwave excitation. Q-band free induction decay (FID) signals of TEMPOL were measured as a function of the excitation pulse length allowing the efficiency of the electron spin manipulation by the microwave pulses to be extracted. Based on this knowledge we could quantitatively model our pulsed DNP enhancements at 1.2 T by numerical solution of the Bloch equations, including electron spin relaxation and experimental parameters. Our results are in good agreement with theoretical predictions. Whereas for a narrow and homogeneous single EPR line continuous wave excitation leads to more efficient DNP enhancements compared to pulsed excitation for the same amount of averaged microwave power. The situation is different for radicals with several hyperfine lines or in the presence of inhomogeneous line broadening. In such cases pulsed single/multi-frequency excitation can lead to larger DNP enhancements.