Solid State NMR

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectroscopy is typically used as an analytical tool for identifying the chemical composition of solution/liquid samples.  Beyond providing the fingerprints of chemical compounds, NMR can also provide detailed insight on the structure and dynamics of materials (liquid and solids) at the molecular and atomic level. Furthermore, with NMR we can probe most of the elements in the periodic table.
Thus it is a very strong tool for investigating structure and function relations in material science. To do so we need some understanding of the physics of NMR: What are the interactions between the nuclear spins? How do they interact with their chemical environment?  How do these interactions change when the nuclei move? By manipulating the nuclear spins using radio frequency pulses we can selectively probe different interactions and understand how materials work.
We are using advanced magnetic resonance techniques to characterize (mostly) solid functional materials. Our interest in how materials function motivates the development of new NMR tools designed to address specific challenging questions where NMR can provide unique insight. For our methodology development we use theory and experiments on model systems.

Some examples for methodology development: