Saturday, November 8, 2014

CSC 2015 98th Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition

The 98th Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition (CSC 2015) "Chemistry in a Sustainable World" will take place in Ottawa, Ontario from June 13-17, 2015. The CSC is the largest annual national event for chemical professionals attracting close to 2500 participants each year.
There will be a one-and-half day symposium on Solid-State NMR as well as a separate symposium on Biomolecular NMR.

Confirmed international speakers for the Solid-State NMR Symposium organized by David Bryce (Ottawa) and Andreas Brinkmann (NRC) include:

Christian Bonhomme (UPMC, France)
Lyndon Emsley (ENS Lyon, France)
Philip Grandinetti (Ohio State University, USA)
Kenneth Harris (Cardiff University, Wales)
Chris Jaroniec (Ohio State University, USA)
Klaus Schmidt-Rohr (Brandeis University, USA)
More details on the symposia, abstract submission and registration will be posted on the conference website at

The abstact submission opens December 15, 2014.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Magnetic Resonance in Chemistry Special Issue: NMR of Liquid Crystals

Magnetic Resonance in Chemistry

Special Issue: NMR of Liquid Crystals
October 2014, Volume 52, Issue 10 Pages 531–663

guest-edited by Ronald Y. Dong (UBC)

Ronald Y. Dong, "MRC special issue on NMR of liquid crystals," (Editorial) Magnetic Resonance in Chemistry 52 (2014) 531.

Canadian contributions

A.P. Manning, M. Giese, A.S. Terpstra, M.J. MacLachlan, W.Y. Hamad, R.Y. Dong and C.A. Michal, "NMR of guest-host systems: 8CB in chiral nematic porous glasses" Magnetic Resonance in Chemistry 52 (2014) 532–539.

A. Ferraz, J. Zhang, P.J. Sebastião, A.C. Ribeiro and R.Y. Dong, "Proton and deuterium nuclear spin relaxation study of the SmA and SmC* phases of BP8Cl-d17: a self-consistent analysis" Magnetic Resonance in Chemistry 52 (2014) 546–555.

A.C.J. Weber, D.H.J. Chen, "Conformational problem of alkanes in liquid crystals by NMR spectroscopy" Magnetic Resonance in Chemistry 52 (2014) 560–569. (Review)

E.E. Burnell, R.Y. Dong, A.C.J. Weber and A. Yethiraj, "NMR of solutes in nematic and smectic A liquid crystals: the anisotropic intermolecular potential," Magnetic Resonance in Chemistry 52 (2014) 570–580. (Review)

J.L. Figueirinhas, R.Y. Dong, "NMR of bent-core nematogens: a mini-review," Magnetic Resonance in Chemistry 52 (2014) 614–624. (Review)

Cover article in the Journal of Physical Chemistry C

Peng He, Bryan Lucier, Victor Terskikh, Qi Shi, Jinxiang Dong, Yueying Chu, Anmin Zheng, Andre Sutrisno, Yining Huang, "Spies Within Metal Organic Frameworks: Investigating Metal Centers Using Solid-State NMR," Journal of Physical Chemistry C 118 (2014) 23728–23744. (Cover Article)

Friday, September 5, 2014

MOOT XXVII NMR Symposium - registration and abstract submission is open

Dear MOOTers,

It is now time to register to the upcoming XXVIIth MOOT NMR meeting, to be held at the Université du Québec à Montréal from Oct. 18 to 19. Don't miss the pub crawl on Friday the 17th!

The registration form and instructions can be found on the MOOT website:

The deadline to register and submit an abstract for a talk or poster is September 30.

Please make sure you book a room at the Hyatt (info on the MOOT website).

Looking forward to seeing you in Montreal,

Isabelle Marcotte and Alexandre Arnold

marcotte.isabelle "at"
arnold.alexandre "at"
mootnmr "at"
Isabelle Marcotte, Assoc. Prof.
Department of Chemistry
Université du Québec à Montréal
2101 Jeanne-Mance St., CB-3140
Montréal (Qc)
H2X 2J6 Canada
T. 1-514-987-3000 #5015 * F. 1-514-987-4054
marcotte.isabelle "at"

Thursday, August 21, 2014

"Canadian NMR Research" News Bulletin

Colleagues and fellow MR-enthusiasts,

the Summer 2014 issue of the "Canadian NMR Research" bulletin is now available for download, our traditional mix of news and research updates.

Thank you all who contributed and shared their news with the community. You are welcome to forward this bulletin to your colleagues and students.

Friday, July 18, 2014

CrystEngComm themed issue International Year of Crystallography Celebration: North America


Themed issue: International Year of Crystallography Celebration: North America
issue 31, 21 August 2014, Page 7151 to 7358

guest-edited by Christer B. Aakeröy (Kansas State) and Tomislav Friščić (McGill)

Christer B. Aakeröy and Tomislav Friščić, "2014 International year of crystallography celebration: North America," (Editorial) CrystEngComm 16 (2014) 7160-7161.

Canadian NMR contributions

K. Shin, I.L. Moudrakovski, M.D. Davari, S. Alavi, C.I. Ratcliffe, and J.A. Ripmeester, "Crystal engineering the clathrate hydrate lattice with NH4F,"CrystEngComm 16 (2014) 7209-7217. (IYCr 2014 North America themed issue)

J. Viger-Gravel, J.E. Meyer, I. Korobkov and D.L. Bryce, "Probing Halogen Bonds with Solid-State NMR Spectroscopy. Observation and Interpretation of J(77Se, 31P) Coupling in Halogen-Bonded P=Se···I Motifs," CrystEngComm 16 (2014) 7285-7297. (IYCr 2014 North America themed issue)

M.P. Hildebrand, H. Hamaed, A.M. Namespetra, J.M. Donohue, R. Fu, I. Hung, Z. Gan and R.W. Schurko, "35Cl Solid-State NMR of HCl Salts of Active Pharmaceuticals Ingredients: Structural Prediction, Spectral Fingerprinting and Polymorph Recognition," CrystEngComm 16 (2014) 7334-7356. (IYCr 2014 North America themed issue)

Friday, July 11, 2014


Dear MOOTers,

As you might already know, the MOOT XXVII NMR Symposium will be taking place over the October 18-19th weekend (2014) at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), in the heart of Montreal's city center (red building on the map).

An evening at the pub will be organized on Friday Oct.17 to enjoy the city life and relax before the symposium.

We have negotiated very competitive rates with the nearby Hyatt Hotel (St-Catherine/Jeanne-Mance) for standard rooms with 2 double beds for $149/night for single and double occupancy. Breakfast is not included but we'll do our best to provide muffins, croissants and coffee before the morning sessions. See the MOOT XXVII website to find all the details regarding the symposium, registration, program and accommodation.

Parking will be available for 10$/day at the Place-des-Arts (just across the street from the Hyatt Hotel) or at UQAM.

The registration will open at the beginning of August. If you have any questions or comments, please send a message to [mootnmr "at"], or contact Isabelle Marcotte or Alexandre Arnold.

We look forward to seeing you in October!

Isabelle Marcotte and Alexandre Arnold
marcotte.isabelle "at"
arnold.alexandre "at"
27th MOOT NMR Symposium
October 18-19th
Université du Québec à Montréal Montréal, Québec

Canadian eventMOOT XXVII NMR Symposium
October 18-19, 2014, Université du Québec à Montréal, Montréal, QC, Canada

Sunday, June 29, 2014

New book: NMR Spectroscopy: A Versatile Tool for Environmental Research

Myrna J. Simpson (Editor)
Andre J. Simpson (Editor)
Hardcover: 448 pages
Publisher: Wiley; July 2014
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1118616475

Wiley: The challenges faced by environmental scientists today are vast, complex, and multi-faceted. For instance, predicting the fate of an environmental pollutant or understanding ecosystem responses to climate change, necessitate a firm understanding of molecular structure and dynamics of environmental media as well as the components that exist and interact within this media. Furthermore, linking information obtained at the molecular-scale to ecosystem-level processes is a major pursuit of modern environmental research. As such, NMR spectroscopy and its scalability from the molecular-scale to the macroscopic-scale, is facilitating rapid growth in environmental science. In addition, the versatility of NMR spectroscopy has resulted in the development and implementation of different types of NMR techniques to examine the structure of various types of environmental samples, living and non-living, as well as the study of critical environmental processes.

This comprehensive handbook is a collection of chapters that span from methods to how NMR is used in environmental research to gain insight into various ecosystem properties. It is organized into three parts:

Part A focuses on methods used in environmental NMR which span from solution-state to magnetic resonance imaging.
Part B emphasizes how NMR spectroscopy plays an essential role in understanding various types of environmental components and related processes, including different forms of organic matter found in soil, water, and air as well as how NMR is used to probe the fate of water, organic pollutants, and metals in the environment.
Part C focuses on the growing field of environmental metabolomics which uses NMR as its main discovery platform.

This volume highlights the immense potential of NMR spectroscopy to expand our fundamental understanding of environmental processes and how it will continue to do so well into the future.

Monday, June 23, 2014

56th Annual Rocky Mountain Conference on Magnetic Resonance

Agilent RMC 2014 Environmental Solid-State NMR Workshop 
July 12, 2014, Loveland, Colorado

Bruker RMC 2014 Solid-State NMR Symposium
July 13, 2014, Copper Mountain, Colorado

Bruker RMC 2014 Annual North American EPR Users’ Meeting
July 13, 2014, Copper Mountain, Colorado

56th Rocky Mountain Conference 
July 13-17, 2014, Copper Mountain, Colorado

Friday, June 6, 2014

Special issue of Canadian Journal of Chemistry in honour of John Ripmeester

The Canadian Journal of Chemistry is pleased to announce a call for papers for a special issue in honour of John Ripmeester and his outstanding contributions to chemistry.

The deadline for submissions is December 1, 2014. The special issue will be published in 2015.

The Canadian Journal of Chemistry reports current research findings in all branches of chemistry. It includes the traditional areas of analytical, inorganic, organic, and physical-theoretical chemistry and newer interdisciplinary areas such as materials science, spectroscopy, chemical physics, and biological, medicinal and environmental chemistry.

Please submit your paper at

The issue will be edited by Yining Huang, Darren Brouwer, and David Bryce.

Please confirm via email to [yhuang "at"] or [dbryce "at"] your intent to submit an article as soon as possible.

Prof. David L. Bryce
Department of Chemistry
University of Ottawa