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Pushing the Envelope of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy for Paramagnetic Systems. A Combined Experimental and Theoretical Approach

Objective

A network combining 9 academic research groups and 4 collaborating industrial companies is proposed to train the next generation of PhD students and post-doctoral researchers, in developing and applying novel experimental and theoretical methods in the NMR spectroscopy of systems containing paramagnetic metals. The assembled team, with researchers distributed throughout the EU, will investigate a variety of important problems in chemistry and biology including catalysts, battery materials, metalloproteins and large protein-protein assemblies. The researchers will be trained to attack key problems that prevent the widespread usage of NMR spectroscopy as applied to paramagnetic materials, and to develop new methods to improve significantly the structural and electronic information that can be obtained from these systems. Three experimental and theoretical work programs are proposed, which build on, but also move significantly beyond the recent advances in pNMR, many of which have originated from members of this network: i) developing experimental approaches for obtaining NMR spectra from challenging paramagnetic molecules and materials, ii) extending the fundamental theoretical understanding of pNMR parameters, and facilitating their quantum-chemical implementations in first-principles software; iii) attacking relevant chemical and biological problems, with novel techniques to determine structure (e.g. of insoluble proteins and disordered battery electrode materials), dynamics and reactivity around metal centres, and exploring interactions between, e.g. biomolecules, catalytic centres and supports. Integral to the research-based training programme is the series of workshops, practical training courses, international conferences, and outreach actions, located at the different sites. These will i) train the young researchers of the network in the basics of pNMR and ii) disseminate the results of the network to the larger NMR community and to the general public.

Call for proposal

FP7-PEOPLE-2012-ITN
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Funding Scheme

MC-ITN - Networks for Initial Training (ITN)

Coordinator

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
France
Activity type
Other
EU contribution
€ 745 417,81
Administrative Contact
Pascaline Toutois (Dr.)

Participants (11)

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAT BERLIN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 235 543,88
Address
Strasse Des 17 Juni 135
10623 Berlin
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Silke Hönert (Ms.)
OULUN YLIOPISTO
Finland
EU contribution
€ 274 672,64
Address
Pentti Kaiteran Katu 1
90014 Oulu
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Arto Eljander (Mr.)
THE CHANCELLOR MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 298 531,64
Address
Trinity Lane The Old Schools
CB2 1TN Cambridge
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Renata Schaeffer (Ms.)
USTAV ANORGANICKEJ CHEMIE SLOVENSKA AKADEMIA VIED (Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, Slovak Academy of Sciences)
Slovakia
EU contribution
€ 212 003
Address
Dubravska Cesta 9
845 36 Bratislava Karlova Ves
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Vladimir Malkin (Dr.)
CONSORZIO INTERUNIVERSITARIO RISONANZE MAGNETICHE DI METALLO PROTEINE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 254 312,96
Address
Piazza San Marco 4
50121 Firenze
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Claudio Luchinat (Prof.)
STOCKHOLMS UNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 273 400,16
Address
Universitetsvagen 10
10691 Stockholm
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Jozef Kowalewski (Prof.)
UNIVERSITEIT LEIDEN
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 250 336,46
Address
Rapenburg 70
2311 EZ Leiden
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Marcellus Ubbink (Prof.)
BRUKER BIOSPIN GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 204 275,72
Address
Am Silberstreifen
76287 Rheinstetten
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Frank Engelke (Dr.)
GIOTTO BIOTECH SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 222 110,24
Address
Via Madonna Del Piano 6
50019 Sesto Fiorentino Fi
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Stefano Cardelli (Mr.)
ASTRAZENECA AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 240 247,04
Address
Vastra Maelarhamnen
151 85 Sodertaelje
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Tomas åkerud (Dr.)
EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZUERICH
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 259 561,94
Address
Raemistrasse 101
8092 Zuerich
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Christophe Coperet (Prof.)