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Solid State NMR (SSNMR)


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.

At the end of the course students:

  • Will have the analytical skill to mathematically manipulate quantum coherent dynamics with operators, rotations and average Hamiltonian theory

  • Will have the skill to do computer simulation like quantum propagators of 1-D and 2-D NMR pulse sequences; localized spectroscopy depending on the students’ interest

  • Will have the skill of Transfer of knowledge: apply principles of coherent dynamics and product to quantum chemistry and quantum biology

  • Will be able to see the density matrix and propagator formalism

  • Will be introduced into the logic of analyzing coherent dynamics in the product of quantum and real space

  • Will be able, after installing the Simpson virtual spectrometer on their own laptop, to simulate their NMR experiments

  • Will gain knowledge about the transfer to quantum chemistry and quantum biology

Mode of instruction

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




Schedule information can be found on the website of the programmes


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%

Additional info

Biennial course, this course will be given in 2018-2019
Students are kindly requested to register for the course at ssnmr@chem.leidenuniv.nl

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