Multinuclear solid state NMR - an introduction to a versatile spectroscopic characterisation approach of atomic scale structure and dynamics of materials

Professor Mark E Smith, Lancaster University

Tuesday 20 December 2011, 1330-1430
Lecture Theatre 1, Management School Building

The physical background and foundations of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) as a spectroscopic technique will be presented to be accessible to a general audience. NMR has had a profound effect on a wide range of science with four Nobel prizes being awarded based on it. Solid state NMR is one aspect that still continues to show significant progress in the development of new capability. NMR is an element specific spectroscopy which opens up a whole range of exciting new applications including bone minerals and battery materials. Magic angle spinning (MAS) and double angle rotation (DOR) are the techniques of choice for enhancing NMR spectral resolution from solids which, when combined with theory, give a comprehensive methodology to understand complex materials. Dynamic nuclear polarisation (DNP) is an electron-nucleus double resonance technique that offers the potential for very significant NMR signal enhancement. The construction of two new DNP spectrometers and recent progress of DNP will be described.

Mark Smith

Mark Smith was born and brought up in Suffolk. He read Natural Sciences at Churchill College, University of Cambridge and then a PhD (Physics) at the University of Warwick. He left academia being an application scientist for Bruker Analytische Messtechnik, Germany, and then research scientist CSIRO Division of Materials Scientist. He returned to the UK as first lecturer and then reader in solid-state NMR, University of Kent before becoming reader in physics at the University of Warwick where he went on to be a professor of physics. He is a former secretary of the British Radiofrequency Spectroscopy Group and Royal Society of Chemistry reporter on solid-state NMR. He has wide ranging research interests in developing and applying solid-state NMR techniques to inorganic materials. In terms of senior management Mark was also Director of the Centre for Magnetic Resonance.

His research interests are solid state NMR of inorganic materials, particularly those showing disorder and he collaborates broadly including with industry. Smith has published more than 260 papers and has written a research monograph on solid state NMR of inorganic materials.

Mark Smith was previously the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Warwick looking after all academic resourcing issues. Mark has extensive experience of senior committees and has previously been Pro-Vice-Chancellor Research and Chair of the Faculty of Science.

He holds external roles as chair of the CLRN (West Midlands, South), is on the Board of the UK Research Reserve, is a member of EPSRC's Strategic Advisory Team on Infrastructure and is a member of the West Midlands Innovation and Technology Council.