Professors Use NMR In Their Research
Professors Devon Shipp, Richard Partch, Anja Mueller, and Yuzhuo
Li are using nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) in their research
at Clarkson University's Center for Advanced Materials Processing.
They have access to a new Bruker Avance 400 nuclear magnetic resonance
spectrometer, which was recently purchased by the University. Highlights
of their work are provided.
NMR spectroscopy is used to study physical, chemical, and biological
properties of matter. It is routinely used by chemists to study
chemical structure using simple one-dimensional techniques. Two-dimensional
techniques are used to determine the structure of more complicated
molecules. These techniques are replacing x-ray crystallography
for the determination of protein structure. Solid state NMR spectroscopy
is used to determine the molecular structure of solids and time
domain NMR techniques are used to probe molecular dynamics in solutions.
Also scientists have developed NMR methods for measuring diffusion
Nuclear magnetic resonance is a phenomenon which occurs when nuclei
with the property of spin are immersed in a static magnetic field
and exposed to a second oscillating magnetic field. Nuclei with
an odd mass number or an odd atomic number possess spin and have
angular momentum. Examples of such nuclei include 1H,
2H, 19F, 13C, 15N, 31P,
and 29Si. A nuclear magnetic resonance spectrum provides
information about the number, nature, and environment of the nuclei
in a molecule being studied. From this information, the molecular
skeleton can frequently be determined, in addition to the determination
of various physical properties (e.g. diffusion coefficients, binding
Professor Egon Matijevic'
is honored with a special Symposium and dinner for his lifetime
accomplishments in chemistry. From left: Clarkson University
President Denny Brown, Dr. Anne Williams (the President's
wife), Professor Egon Matijevic', and Mr. Charles Shipley.
Chair to Honor Clarkson University Professor Egon Matijevic'
and Lucia Shipley have donated $2 million to Clarkson University
for an endowed chair to honor Victor K. LaMer Professor
of Chemistry Egon Matijevic' for a lifetime of professional
achievement in the field of colloid chemistry.
gift from the Shipleys was announced at a formal dinner
at the American Chemical Society's annual meeting held in
Boston. The dinner followed a special symposium held in
honor and recognition of Professor Matijevic's pioneering
work in monodispersed colloids and fine particle science
Matijevic' is a positive thinker who radiates optimism and
enthusiasm and whose resourcefulness and creativity inspire
confidence in others," said Charles Shipley. "He takes pride
in pursuing and achieving the previously impossible. Egon's
knowledge and experience have helped the Shipley Company
in so many ways since our association commenced in 1970,
from helping us win a patent suit to improving a unique
colloidal product that is still in use."
noted that the establishment of this endowed chair in Professor
Matijevic's name recognizes not only an outstanding and
creative scientist, but also a brilliant teacher who has
shaped many lives.