ssNMR/DNP Zoominar

About the ZOOMinar

Since the beginning of March, the COVID-19 pandemic has abruptly changed the way we work and live. These changes include working from home and not being able to share our latest research findings at conferences.  In particular, essentially all of the conferences we normally attend (EUROMAR / Rocky Mountain / HYP20 / Gordon conferences etc.) have been cancelled or postponed. Hence, we would like to initiate a weekly ZOOMinar series for solid state NMR research groups with the goal of disseminating research results via an online ZOOM platform. We have decided, at least in the beginning, to focus on methods development in ssNMR & DNP in the first ZOOMinar series.  With time we imagine that the subject matter will broaden. The idea for the ZOOMinar emerged last Friday and is the brainchild of Kong O. Tan who has organized an initial list of speakers. The list presently includes: Alexander Barnes, Matthias Ernst, Rob Tycko, Songi Han, Michal Leskes, Frederic Mentink-Vigier, and Tatyana Polenova. In the future we hope that some of you will volunteer to do presentations on exciting results from your laboratory.  Please do not be shy about telling us that you would like to participate. The ZOOMinar will occur every Wednesday around 11 am Boston time (tentatively), and it would last either 1 or 1.5 hour. 


Bob and Kong


Presentation guidelines

  • It should be latest research findings, i.e. no older than one year of published material
  • Each talk will span 40 minutes (23 mins talk + 17 mins questions) 
  • The ZOOMinar will be recorded and posted online only if the speaker agrees. If not posted online, the link will be sent to the speaker, whom you can email/ask.
  • We will take questions from both Q&A function (text) and whoever raised hands (verbally) 
  • First session is on methods development, then applications (interleaved between bio/materials)
  • Use the online abstract submission system if you would like to be a speaker (students/postdocs encouraged)


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Dropbox: All relevant documents (slides/ppt/pdf are accessible in the dropbox link here) 



October 6th (Tuesday 11.00 am Boston time

Beat MeierTBD


September 22nd (Jan's video)

Ashok Ajoy Optically hyperpolarized nanodiamonds: applications for DNP and sensing

Jan Henrik Ardenkjær-Larsen  - Clinical translation for dissolution-DNP


September 8th (Yongchao's video)

Yongchao Su Challenges and Opportunity of Solid-State NMR in Pharmaceutical Sciences

Marc Baldus - High-sensitivity solid-state NMR in situ


August 19th (Xueqian's video)

Xueqian Kong (Sean)SSNMR of Nano-Structures: when Spectroscopists meet with Materials Scientists

P. K. Madhu - Recoupling in a Different Light


August 12th (videos)

Nhi Tran- DNP-enhanced REDOR: Membrane-Active Amphipathic Peptide

Tim Cross -17O NMR Spectroscopy at 35.2 T - Water Wire Hydrogen Bonding Stability in the Gramicidin A Pore 


August 5th (No recording)

Riddhiman Sarkar- Making use of the anisotropy orginating from off-magic angle sample spinning

Lyndon Emsley - Nuclear polarization is dynamic


July 29th (Yoh's video)

Yoh MatsukiSurface-only spectroscopy - DNP MAS NMR at 30 K and 16.4 T using closed-cycle helium MAS

David Bryce - An Update on SSNMR and NQR Investigations of Element-Based Electrophilic Non-Covalent Interactions


July 22nd (Monica's video)

Monica BlankMillimeter Wave Sources for NMR/DNP

Bernd Reif - Sensitivity and resolution in 1H-detected solid-state NMR


July 15th (Scott's video)

Scott Carnahan - Endogeneous Radical Creation for High Field MAS DNP

Marina BennatiFrom 19F ENDOR for distance measurements to liquid DNP


July 8th (Loren's video)

Lucio Frydman - Enhancing Biomolecular NMR with 'the other' DNP

Loren AndreasProton detection, membrane proteins, and small molecule-protein interactions via DNP


July 1st (Nobu's video)

Nobuhiro Yanai - Material chemistry of triplet-DNP

Frederic BlancZeolites Heterogeneous Catalysts Caught in the Act by (DNP) MAS NMR


June 24th (Hiroki's video)

Hiroki Nagashima - Observation of Low-Gamma Quadrupolar Nuclei by Surface-Enhaced NMR Spectroscopy

Gaël De Paëpe- Advancing DNP for materials and biomolecules


June 17th (Videos)

Wing Ying Chow - What happens in black cartilage: a new chapter enabled by DNP NMR

Ann McDermott - Allosery in membrane proteins- studies by solid-state NMR


June 10th (Videos)

Sheetal Jain - DNP Enhanced NMR spectroscopy reveals news sites in a P-modified zeolite catalyst

IIya Kuprov- What exactly is spin ?


June 3rd (Video of Aaron's session)

Evan Zhao - In situ NMR and EPR studies of anthraquinone-based redox flow batteries

Aaron Rossini - Characterization of nanomaterials by sensitivity-enhanced solid-state NMR spectroscopy


May 27th (Video of Quentin's session)

Quentin Chappuis - Direct observation of hyperpolarization breaking through the spin diffusion barrier

Tatyana Polenova - DNP-enhanced MAS NMR of biological assemblies


May 20th (Video of Malcolm's session)

Snaedis Bjoergvinsdottir - Hyperpolarization of inorganic materials by relay from the surface and DNP at 65 kHz MAS

Malcolm Levitt - Master equations old and new


May 13th 

Fred Mentink - Optimizing bis-nitroxides for MAS-DNP

Rob Tycko - Helium-cooled NMR and MRI with DNP


May 6th (Video Recordings)

Michal Leskes - Endogenous DNP from Paramagnetic Metal Ions in Inorganic Materials

Geoffrey Bodenhausen - How can one measure nuclear polarization in solids and liquids ?


Apr 29th (Video)

Matthias Ernst - Residual Line Width in FSLG Decoupled Proton MAS Spectra

Songi Han - Asymmetry in Electron Spin Polarization and Coupling drives Cross-Effect and Thermal Mixing DNP


Apr 22nd (Video)

Alexander Barnes - Spinning Spheres and Chirped Microwave Pulses for DNP and In-cell NMR


The ZOOMinar series is supported by NIH Grant P41 GM132079 and by MIT IS&T