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It was NOBEL PRIZE week and those honoured were:

  • For PHYSICS Arthur Ashkin (Bell Laboratories, Holmdel, USA) for the optical tweezers and their application to biological systems and Gérard Mourou (École Polytechnique, Palaiseau, France, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA) and Donna Strickland (University of Waterloo, Canada) for their method of generating high-intensity, ultra-short optical pulses;
  • For CHEMISTRY Frances H. Arnold (California Institute of Technology, USA), George P. Smith (University of Missouri, USA), and Gregory P. Winter (MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, UK) for harnessing evolution to identify new enzymes and binding proteins;
  • For MEDICINE James P. Allison (University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, USA) and Tasuku Honjo (Kyoto University, Japan) for their discovery of cancer therapy by inhibition of negative immune regulation.

1-3 October 2018.

Connect to the BIPM's YouTube channel on November 16 at 10 am (UTC), to watch the live open session of the General Conference on Weights and Measures (CGPM) considering the revision of the International System of Units (SI), including the redefinition of four of the seven base units of the SI;

Meet the Scientist

I spent a large part of the day demonstrating that physics is not only used by people but also by other animals such as dolphins which use sound to visualise their surroundings and bubbles to catch fish and being capable of distinguishing between tissue and bubbles using only their brain. Mankind needs to use a machine to emulate dolphins; an echo or ultrasound imaging system. I demonstrated the use of ultrasound imaging to visualise the fetal heart, 4D fetal US, 4D mouse contrast enhanced (bubbles) ultrasound heart imaging, the doppler effect (ambulance sirens) to doppler ultrasound of arteries, veins and a mouse foot! This was followed by MRI images on a human head and the knee. The primary school children participated in the short presentation. This was funded by the Ogden Trust and the National Science and Media Museum. I would like to thank Dr Dieter Fuchs, FujiFilm VisualSonics for supporting me with the Vevo 3100 cine loops.

Paul Jonsen, 6th December 2018.

Magnetic Resonances: Understanding, Measurements and Modeling

The group "Magnetism and Magnetic Resonances" of the division of Physical Chemistry is organizing its third thematic School focused on "Magnetic Resonances: Understanding, Measurements and Modeling", June 2 to 6, 2019 in Strasbourg (Hotel Ciarus), France.

This school is organized on:

  • two half-days of training courses;
  • one day of practical sessions in Strasbourg (EPR and NMR) and Wissembourg, Bruker (DNP);
  • one day with interpretation of practical experiments;
  • one half-day for applications;
  • poster sessions and poster prize.

For more information and to register, go to the website:
Attention: the number of places is limited to 40 participants and the first registrants will be given priority.

Sylvie Choua, Bertrand Vileno, Philippe Bertani for the organizing committee, 5th March 2019.

EPR Summer School

The SharedEPR network and the International EPR/ESR Society are sponsoring an EPR Summer School immediately before the Rocky Mountain Conference in Denver this coming summer targeting EPR beginners, non-experts and those in other fields who want to learn EPR but may not have the opportunity to do so in their home institutions.

University of Denver, 17th-21st July 2019.

Gary J. Gerfen, New York, 11th December 2018

The Caldarelli Prize in Magnetic Resonance

We are asking for nominations for The Caldarelli Prize in Magnetic Resonance, which will be awarded during the Alpine Conference on Magnetic Resonance in Solids 2019.

The prize is aiming to recognise the contribution of young scientists who made a personal and recent ground-breaking contribution to the field of magnetic resonance in solids. Scientists are eligible within 10 years after completing their Ph.D. degree (extensions are possible under certain circumstances).

The prize is dedicated to the memory of Stefano Caldarelli, who was one of the founders of the Alpine Conference, and is supported by Bruker Biospin.

Nominations must be received by April 26th and include:

  • Nomination Letter (including the nominee’s name, affiliation and email), optionally up to 2 seconding letters;
  • Curriculum Vitae (2 pages maximum);
  • Highlights of the nominee’s contribution to the field, including a selection of up to 10 publications (2 pages maximum).

Please send the complete set of documents to Self-nominations will not be considered.

The organising committee: Jean-Nicolas Dumez (CNRS, Université de Nantes), Michal Leskes (Weizmann Institute), Józef Lewandowski (University of Warwick), Charlotte Martineau-Corcos (Université de Versailles, CNRS Orléans), Paul Schanda (Institut de Biologie Structurale), 16th March, 2019.

Paramagnetic Dopants for Dynamic Nuclear Polarization:
Can They be Improved Further?

On April 24, 15:00 UTC, the International Society of Magnetic Resonance (ISMAR) will sponsor an on-line meeting on the topic of "Paramagnetic Dopants for Dynamic Nuclear Polarization: Can They be Improved Further?”. Presentations will be given by Songi Han (UC Santa Barbara), Gael De Paepe (CEA-Grenoble), Bob Griffin (MIT), and Lyndon Emsley (EPFL). The meeting will take about 60-90 minutes. This is the first event in ISMAR’s new “Conversations on Magnetic Resonance” series. Everyone is invited join the on-line audience and participate in discussion periods after each presentation. A link to the meeting will be posted on the ISMAR web site ( approximately 24 hours before the meeting starts.

Please note that 15:00 UTC on April 24 will be 8:00 in San Francisco, 11:00 in New York, 16:00 in London, 17:00 in Rome, 18:00 in Moscow, 20:30 in Mumbai, 23:00 in Shanghai, and 24:00 in Tokyo.

Rob Tycko, ISMAR President.


August 2018: A new article has been published concerning PlasmaKnife and its benefits of reducing microplate result variability;
'Reducing Microplate Result Variability Using an AI-Based Approach', Paul Hensley, American Laboratory, 2018, 39-41.

Bridge12 logo16th January, 2019; TalaveraScience signs an agreement with Bridge12 to become the sales agency for Europe, Middle East and Australia and environs for their ODNP and ODNP probes for X-Band Overhauser DNP Spectroscopy, auxiliary microwave components and systems (e.g., quasi-optical components, corrugated waveguides, power meters, frequency measuring systems), high field EPR and DNP systems, DNP upgrades for existing NMR systems (e.g., gyrotrons for DNP and transmission lines). Contact for further information.

9th April 2019; PhoenixNMR Announces Receipt of Phase I SBIR Grant For Development of a Standard Bore Cryogenic DNP Probe and EPR Spectrometer

After decades as essentially a scientific curiosity, dynamic nuclear polarization (DNP) has in the last ten years become an increasingly powerful tool for dramatically improving signal-to-noise ratio and making feasible experiments that were previously not practical to undertake. The principal drawback of DNP is now cost, with the price of a complete system including a gyrotron and second superconducting magnet along with other hardware on the order of $2M.

PhoenixNMR has recently been awarded a Phase I SBIR grant (1 R43 GM128499-01) by the National Institutes of Health for the development of a standard bore cryogenic DNP probe and an EPR spectrometer. The goal of this program is to develop an add-on hardware package that provides full DNP capability at a substantially reduced capital cost compared with currently available DNP systems, along with reduced operating costs and improved experimental efficiency. The key features of the system being designed by Phoenix and its partners, Bridge12 Technologies and Yale University include:

  • the use of a low-cost diode microwave source that can provide power density at the sample equivalent to a gyrotron through innovative RF coil design and highly efficient beam management;
  • high MAS speed (~30kHz at 30K) using the proven PhoenixNMR 1.6 mm spinning system;
  • EPR measurement capability for microwave optics focus and alignment;
  • Total LHe consumption of <3 l/hr through the use of counterflow heat exchangers;
  • Easy sample changing through a swept path sample ejection mechanism.

Please contact us for further information.

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