Hello everyone


I am Ben Duff the new research project manager of Connect NMR UK, the national NMR network funded by EPSRC, BBSRC and MRC aimed at maximising the impact of NMR in the physical and life sciences. My background is in solid-state NMR studying ion dynamics at the University of Liverpool. We are excited to reintroduce the fortnightly Connect NMR UK newsletters to share with the community news and updates, funding and job opportunities, some highlights of NMR research and upcoming events in NMR. This is your network so if you would like anything advertised here, please feel free to get in touch at benjamin.duff@liverpool.ac.uk.


Best wishes






News and Updates


We were happy to see so many enthusiastic students and colleagues attending the first Connect NMR UK workshop on solid-state NMR spectroscopy for liquid-state NMR spectroscopists at the end of March this year. Many thanks to everyone who took part as well as the UK Solid-State NMR National Research Facility at the University of Warwick for accommodating us and everyone who volunteered their time to help run the workshop. We will advertise more events in the near future so stay tuned!


We gladly supported the Collaborative Computing Project for NMR (CCPN) conference at the University of Bath in July where we helped subsidise the registration and travel costs for several attendees through the existing Connect NMR UK training mobility grant.


The NMR Facility in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Oxford has a small amount of funding available (until 31 December 2022) to provide access to the solution-state 950 MHz NMR spectrometer for projects in the physical sciences (i.e. not bio-macromolecules). The spectrometer has a Bruker Avance III HD console, a 5mm triple resonance TCI cryoprobe and a SampleJet sample changer. It can accommodate 3mm and 5mm NMR tubes (standard and Shigemi), Bruker ‘shaped’ salt-tolerant tubes and racked 3mm/5mm short tubes. Detection of 1H, 13C and 15N are possible. If you have a research problem in the physical sciences that might benefit from the resolution available at 950 MHz then please contact Christina Redfield (christina.redfield@bioch.ox.ac.uk).


A date for your diary! 9th to the 13th of July Euromar 2023 is in the UK and will be hosted by the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow.



Funding Opportunities


The Connect NMR UK Call for Training Mobility Grant of up to £600 for current PhD students, PDRAs, academics and facility staff based in a UK university, attending a conference or visiting an NMR facility for training.

Next Deadline 31st of October 2022


Job Opportunities


Instrument Technician (NMR), King’s College London, Closes 29th September 2022

Research Associate in Industrial Applications of NMR Crystallography, University of Durham, Closes 8th of October 2022

NMR Spectroscopy Technical Specialist, University of York, Closes 12th of October 2022

Experimental Studies on Quench HTS High Field Magnets, University of Southampton, Closes 31st October 2022


Research Highlights


Giving Pure Shift NMR Spectroscopy a REST─Ultrahigh-Resolution Mixture Analysis

Pathogen-sugar interactions revealed by universal saturation transfer analysis

Origin of the temperature dependence of 13C pNMR shifts for copper paddlewheel MOFs



Upcoming Events


RSC NMR discussion group Christmas meeting 2022 – 15th of December in London 

The Institute of Physics British radiofrequency spectroscopy group (IOP-BRSG) Christmas meeting 2022 – 16th of December in London

UK solid-state NMR facility annual symposium – 28th March at the University of Warwick

The European Magnetic Resonance Meeting (Euromar) – 9th to the 13th of July 2023 at the University of Strathclyde