PhD student Grey group Cambridge: Solid-state NMR of organic shales

The Grey group at the University of Cambridge invites PhD candidates to apply for a project involving advanced solid-state NMR method development combined with multi-spin quantum-mechanical computation. The application is characterization of hydrocarbon-bearing organic shales for potential gas or oil production. A full assay requires evaluation of the immobile organic phases in heterogeneous, mainly inorganic materials. High-resolution magic- angle-spinning NMR experiments will be accompanied by NMR relaxation measurements in the time domain, involving proton-proton dipolar decoupling, different pulses shapes and cycling etc. This will be complemented by improved simulations of the time evolution of increasingly complex spin systems. A proportion of the student’s time will be spent in the sponsor’s low-field NMR laboratory at Schlumberger Gould Research.

Are you interested? Please, contact Dr Pieter Magusin, pm566@cam.ac.uk, Grey Group, Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge. The Cambridge college system has specific entry dates for PhD students. So, reply promptly.