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PANACEA Newsletter - Issue 2

PANACEA Newsletter - Issue 2
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Editor-in-chief: Maurane Vanderzwalm ‚Äć

‚ÄćIssue 2 - 26 June 2023


Our second hands-on workshop took place at Radboud University: "Solid-state NMR methods for quadrupolar nuclei"

A hands-on workshop on¬†‚ÄúSolid-state NMR methods for quadrupolar¬†nuclei‚Ä̬†has been held at the Radboud University in Nijmegen from¬†June 12th¬†to June 16nd¬†2023.¬†Organized jointly by Radboud and Aarhus Universities, it comprehended four theoretical classes and four hands-on (practical) sessions and a dedicated computational session.


The workshop, gathering 15 PhD students, post-docs and industrial scientists, included a state-of-the-art overview of the recent developments in the field of NMR quadrupolar nuclei including hands-on session for their implementation on the spectrometer. Furthermore, there was tutorials on the processing and fitting of the data and the computation of relevant NMR parameters in solid samples, as well as lessons accompanied by a few talks on specific applications involving quadrupolar nuclei by renowned experts in the field.



PANACEA Fellows 

Student profile: Márcio SOARES - CICECO, University of Aveiro (PT)

Q: Why did you decide to pursue a PhD in Science?
A: From a young age, I always enjoyed learning new things about every topic - I was an extremely curious kid. With this in mind, I never imagined myself working in the industry, in a 9-to-5 job. Instead, I always envisioned a future where I would engage in research, innovation, and problem-solving, ultimately making a positive impact on others. Challenges have always been my driving force, and what better challenge than undertaking a PhD at this moment? My decision has  always been clear!


Q: Why did you choose a topic related with NMR?
A: When I studied NMR in the university classes, I always found it immensely interesting. All the complexity, versatility and power of the technique amazed me right away. As someone with a computational background, my excitement peaked when I stumbled upon an opportunity to embark on a PhD thesis that seamlessly integrated computational studies with NMR. Instantly recognizing its alignment with my interests, I knew deep down that this was the path I had to pursue.


Q: Do you have a Science Hero or Mentor?‚Ä®
A: While I wouldn't classify Alan Turing as a Science Hero or Mentor, his life story is undeniably fascinating. As a passionate computer enthusiast, I am awestruck by his involvement in computational science, cryptography, mathematics, and logic, particularly in deciphering the Enigma code. The sheer brilliance and significance of his work are truly remarkable.


Q: What did you want to be when you were a child?
A: During my childhood, one career aspiration that stuck with me for long was to become an airplane pilot. However, my trusty glasses reminded me that it might not be the most suitable path. Fortunately, my enduring passion for science and technology persevered and guided me to the place I find myself today.


Users profile: Marta DUDEK & Piotr PALUCH - Center of Molecular & Macromolecular Studies, Lódz (PL)

Q: Where are you from and what is your field of research?

A: We are from a research institute in Poland and our main field of research is chemistry.

Q: Where have you heard of PANACEA?

A: We heard about PANACEA at a conference devoted to solid-state NMR: the Alpine NMR Conference.

Q: What was the purpose of your visit?

A: We wanted to use a higher field magnet (700 MHz) than the one available in our laboratory to get better resolved MAS NMR correlation spectra under very fast MAS conditions. This was done in

order to establish the crystal structure of a salt important in pharmaceutical sciences, folic acid mesylate.
Q: Overall, did you enjoy this access opportunity?
A: Yes, very much. We recommend without hesitation PANACEA! 




PANACEA lunch workshop at EUROMAR 2023 (Glasgow) - 11 July 2023

We are organizing a workshop on Tuesday, 11th of July from 12:45 to 1:45pm, where our consortium will be presented as well as all of the access and training opportunities within PANACEA. Don't hesitate to have lunch with us!


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PANACEA 2nd annual user meeting and industrial day, Florence - 14-16 November 2023

The second annual users meeting and industrial day of PANACEA will be held in Florence (IT). This will be a two-day event dedicated to our users and our industrial partners. More information is coming soon here.


PANACEA Summer school - 16-21 June 2024

PANACEA is organizing a solid-state NMR Summer School in Venice, directed towards graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, other early-stage researchers and technical staff from both academia and industry. Training will involve a variety of experts, and will take the form of lectures, tutorials, discussions supplemented by guided problem-solving sessions, so to allow participants to acquire a deep understanding of the possibilities (and limitations) of the various techniques of solid-state NMR (Hamiltonians in solid-state NMR, anisotropic interactions, tensor description, magic angle spinning and time-dependent Hamiltonians, average Hamiltonian and Floquet theory, principles of recoupling and decoupling under MAS, principles of hyperpolarized NMR, paramagnetic NMR, relaxation in the solid-state, implementation of phase cycling and quadrature detection). Save the date! More information can be found on our webpage.


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