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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.

I had a terrific time yesterday evening at the IOP Business and Innovations Group "IOP Business Awards" at the The Palace of Westminster and hosted by Alok Sharma MP.

Congratulations to all of the prize winners and especially to my prize winner friend Gary Green at York Instruments!

Paul Jonsen, 16th October 2018.

2019 Bruker ESR Thesis Prize

The ESR Group of the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Bruker Corporation are pleased to invite applications for the 2019 Bruker ESR Thesis Prize - a monetary award of several thousand pounds and a prize lecture at the ESR Group Meeting in April 2019, set up to recognize outstanding work by PhD students in the field of electron spin resonance. Further information is here: The deadline for the 2019 Bruker Thesis Prize applications is 12:00 (UK time) on the 1st December, 2018. Applications should be sent, in the form of PDF files (1-page summary, full thesis, supervisor support letter, examiner support letter) to the ESR Group Secretary - Dr Ilya Kuprov (

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.

Varian Young Investigator Award

The Varian Young Investigator Award has been established to honor the physicist, inventor and entrepreneur Russel Varian. The prize is an annual award given in alternate years at Euromar and ENC. The next edition will be presented at the 60th ENC. It carries a monetary award of $5,000 funded by a group of anonymous donors.

The Varian Young Investigator Award is intended to recognize a single investigator, for their achievements in any area of magnetic resonance. The award is to be granted to a promising scientist within the first 12 years after their Ph.D. This is a general guideline and exceptions will be considered.

In order to identify potential awardees the committee is soliciting from the community potential candidates. These nominations should include:

  • Name of nominee, with nominee's affiliation, phone, and e-mail
  • CV of the nominee
  • Name of nominator, address, phone, and e-mail
  • A brief (no more than 200 words) description of the work that forms the basis of the nomination
  • A list of up to five relevant publications.

Self-nominations will not be accepted, and nominations will be considered until February 1, 2019. No previous winner of a Varian themed award will be considered. Please send your nomination material to:

  • By email to
  • By mail or courier to:

    ENC - Varian Young Investigator Award at ENC
    2019 Galisteo Street, Bldg i-1
    Santa Fe, NM 87505 (USA)

Anne Lesage, Lyon, 8th 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

Anatole Abragam Prize for Young Investigators 2019

Call for Nominations for the Anatole Abragam Prize for Young Investigators 2019.

Anatole Abragam made seminal contributions to both NMR and EPR and was a recipient of the ISMAR Prize and a Fellow of ISMAR. In addition to his superb scientific contributions, fostering young scientists was clearly close to his heart. With this in mind, ISMAR awards the “Anatole Abragam Prize” to young scientists at biennial ISMAR conferences (see https// Monetary support for this Prize is provided by Bruker Biospin.

The 2019 Anatole Abragam Prize will be awarded at the 21st ISMAR Conference in Berlin, August 25-30, 2019 (see Candidates are eligible within seven years of completing their PhD (excluding career delays due to child birth, illness and other special family circumstances), and can be nominated by any Regular Member or Fellow of ISMAR. The recipient is selected by the ISMAR Prize Committee on the basis of evidence of novel and significant contributions to magnetic resonance. Preference is given to nominees who have made their own original and independent contributions to experimental or conceptual aspects of magnetic resonance, beyond work performed with their research supervisors. The award aims to recognize and foster outstanding young scientists at an important point in their career.

You are invited to submit nominations by email to the Secretary General, Nominations must be received by March 1, 2019 and should include the following documents, assembled into a single pdf file:

  • Nomination letter (maximum of two pages);
  • At least one seconding letter (maximum of two pages), no more than two seconding letters should be submitted;
  • Curriculum vitae of the nominee (including any career delays or extenuating circumstances impacting productivity);
  • List of publications and scientific presentations by the nominee.

We look forward to seeing you in Berlin in August!

Alexej Jerschow, ISMAR, Secretary General.

2019 BRSG – NMR DG Annual Prize

The BRSG - NMR DG Annual Prize is awarded for excellence in magnetic resonance and is to honour work representing one or more substantial contributions to the field. The prize is awarded jointly by the BRSG (Institute of Physics Magnetic Resonance society) and the NMR Discussion Group of the Royal Society of Chemistry on an annual basis. The awardee can be of any nationality, but is to be based in the UK or Ireland at the time of nomination and award. The research being recognised can have been partially but not exclusively carried out outside the UK or Ireland. The prize will be awarded to a researcher within the first seven years of taking up an independent position (allowing for career breaks). The awardee cannot be a member of the prize committee (that is made up of two representatives from the BRSG and two representatives from the NMR Discussion Group of the Royal Society of Chemistry).The recipient need not be a member of the IOP BRSG: The Magnetic Resonance Group or the NMR Discussion Group. Candidates for the award need to be nominated (and seconded) by a member of the BRSG or the NMR Discussion Group. A short case is to be made as to why the candidate is suitable for a prize recognising excellence in magnetic resonance, including reference to one or more substantial contributions to the field.

Please send nominations for the 2019 prize, or related enquiries, to John Griffin before 31st March 2019.

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.


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.

Cryogenic Ltd 9.4T Dissolution DNP Magnet under test

6th September 2018: To the left is a cryogen free 9.4 T dissolution DNP magnet with integrated variable temperature insert (iVTI) under final test before delivery to the Technical University of Denmark into the laboratory of Professor Jan Henrik Ardenkjaer-Larsen.

The dissolution DNP magnets are available at a range of field strengths including 9.4 T, 10.1 T and highter all fitted with the iVTI to allow the freezing and microwave irradiation of the sample. The magnets can be energised to lower fields by the operator and even turned off!

The seven magnets currently installed in the field operate as required but some prospective customers have a concern about potential quenches. In the unlikely situation of a quench the magnet ceases can be warmed up, and the cooling system turned back on and the magnet quickly re-energised; since no liquid cryogens are not used there is no loss of valuable LHe making this a very robust commercial system for dissolution DNP. See the Cryogenic Portfolio Page for more details.

The photo is taken by Paul Jonsen at Cryogenic Ltd, Acton, London, UK.

September 2018; Cryogenic Limited featured in The Parliamentary Review, Manufacturing & Services, 2017/2018, pp23.

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.

19th-22nd March, 2019; TalaveraScience will attend EMIM 2019, Glasgow, UK.


28th March, 2019; TalaveraScience will attend the UK 850 MHz solid-state NMR facility annual symposium, University of Warwick, UK.

7th-12th April, 2019; TalaveraScience will attend the 60th ENC, Asilomar Conference Center, Pacific Grove, California, USA along with TalaveraScience clients Phoenix NMR, Revolution NMR and Cryogenic Ltd (located in the Embers Suite) and Bridge12

Contact for further information.