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Solid State NMR (SNMR)


Solid State NMR
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Elective course MSc Chemistry, MSc LST

Admission requirements

BSc in LST, MST or Physics


Theoretical basis of modern Solid State NMR-spectroscopy, non-stationary processes. Introduction into coherent spin dynamics and solid state NMR for materials, and biomolecules
The basis is the density matrix formalism for non-stationary processes in the solid state, and how to manipulate the dynamics in spin space and real space with a spectrometer, exploring the symmetry of the theoretical description. During the course we will perform computer simulations of NMR experiments from gaining hands-on experience, and there is room for the students bringing in their own favorite pulse sequences for analysis.

Mode of instruction

This is an interactive course with a high level of participation from the students with peer-instruction.




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Compulsory reading: M.J. Duer, “Solid State NMR spectroscopy”


The grade assessment for this course will consist of three parts:
In class participation in the peer instruction: 40%
Simulation of pulse sequences exercises, reports to be handed in: 30%
Multiple choice quantitative literacy test 30%

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Biennial, this course will be given in 2016-2017
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Learning outcomes


The course aims to provide the students with the following skills:

  • Analytical: Mathematically manipulate quantum coherent dynamics with operators, rotations and average Hamiltonian theory

  • Computer simulation: quantum propagators of 1-D and 2-D NMR pulse sequences; localized spectroscopy depending on the students’ interest

  • Transfer of knowledge: apply principles of coherent dynamics and product to quantum chemistry and quantum biology


This course is both for students interested in passive application of quantum dynamics with operators in real space and spin space and students who want to contribute to developing the theory or transfer concepts to quantum chemistry and quantum biology. The average chemistry student will have already learned about non-stationary states in a basic quantum mechanics course, but will see for the first time the density matrix and propagator formalism. Peer instruction is extensively used, we learn from one another in an enjoyable atmosphere, by explaining to fellow students or by understanding from student peers the book chapters. The sum is much, much more than the individual parts. By building on the added benefits of the swarm intelligence, students with widely different background, from chemistry, life science and technology, and physics/engineering will all get step by step introduced into the logic of analyzing coherent dynamics in the product of quantum and real space. The NMR spin dynamics part of the course has been developing for more than 25 years has contributed to the launching of many careers at a respectable international level. Students will bring their laptops and install the Simpson virtual spectrometer to simulate their NMR experiments. The transfer to quantum chemistry and quantum biology is a new element that will be explored for the first time in the 2016/2017 academic year.