One of the first Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) about NMR spectroscopy is now open for free registration.

This MOOC in English aims at providing students and professionals, who want to enter in this field, the basic knowledge about NMR and an overview of its applications.

Topics to be covered include:
•    Basic principles and practice of NMR spectroscopy;
•    Solution NMR of small molecules;
•    NMR of proteins and sugars;
•    Basic principles and practice of solid-state NMR spectroscopy;
•    NMR characterization of materials (glasses, heterogeneous catalysts, battery materials).

The courses will be held from November 3, 2015 to January 10, 2016. For this course, about 2-3 hours of work per week are expected. MOOC participants will learn through video lectures and online discussions with peers and professors. The acquired knowledge will be tested through weekly quizzes.

This course does not require previous knowledge about NMR spectroscopy. Nevertheless, the participants should have a background in basic chemistry (chemical elements, molecular structure) and in basic physics (magnetism, basic spectroscopy).

The teachers of this MOOC are Olivier Lafon (coordinator), Cedric Lion, Emmanuel Maes, Frederique Pourpoint, Robert Schneider and Julien Trebosc. They belong to the University of Lille and the CNRS. The University of Lille is part of the French network of high-field NMR facilities ( and hosts 800 and 900 MHz NMR spectrometers for the study of liquids and solids. It has also been selected to host the first 1.2 GHz NMR spectrometer to be installed in France. 

Please distribute this announcement to your students as well as to your colleagues who may be interested.

If you are interested, please register through the website

You can already watch the MOOC trailer on this website.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 to Sunday, January 10, 2016