PhD MAS DNP-NMR Solid State NMR Nijmegen

PhD MAS DNP-NMR for materials research


The main goal of the project is to optimize the DNP-NMR methodology for applications in materials science (e.g. Energy materials and polymers). A DNP-NMR setup has been assembled in our lab consisting of a Bruker gyrotron, operating at 395 GHz, a Revolution NMR probe head (Tycko-design), allowing fast low-temperature Magic-Angle Spinning, and a VNMRS 600 MHz NMR spectrometer. This setup can help to boost sensitivity to study particular low abundant species in materials such as surface sites, defects, polymer chain ends etc. There will be a particular emphasis on developing methodology for performing DNP-NMR of quadrupolar nuclei.
Combining this with micro-coil NMR an exquisite sensitivity for small sample volumes can be obtained. In addition it will be possible to generate ultra-high RF fields resulting in unprecedented resolution and excitation band widths in the solid state.

The candidate has a MSc in Chemistry or Physics or a related discipline.
We are looking for an enthusiastic candidate with a solid background in NMR and with an affinity for ‘out of the box’ methodology development.

The solid-state NMR group at Radboud University is part of the Institute for Materials and Molecules. The motto 'From Molecules to Materials' illustrates our focus on the design, synthesis and characterization of novel functional systems.
The general mission of the solid-state NMR group is to develop new methodology to optimize sensitivity and information content of solid-state NMR spectra and to apply these methods to target specific topics in materials research in terms of local structure and dynamics addressing structure/function relationships. We offer a stimulating and exciting international research environment with state of the art NMR spectrometers.
The advertised position is part of the Netherlands’ magnetic resonance research school (NMARRS). This is a joint educational and research initiative of four major centres for magnetic resonance research (RU, UU, UL, WU) forming one unified consortium. The school is crafted around the ultra-high field Nuclear Magnetic Resonance facility for the Netherlands (uNMR-NL) which is one of the best equipped NMR facilities in the world. Its flagship spectrometer is a 950 MHz system which will be upgraded to 1.2 GHz in the coming years.

For more information, send an e-mail to Prof.dr. A.P.M. Kentgens and/or have a look at the PhD information at the Radboud website.