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EPSRC Reference: EP/N033949/1
Title: Ultrahigh resolution NMR: citius, altius, fortius
Principal Investigator: Morris, Professor GA
Other Investigators:
Nilsson, Professor M
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Dr P Kiraly
Project Partners:
Department: Chemistry
Organisation: University of Manchester, The
Scheme: Standard Research
Starts: 01 August 2016 Ends: 31 July 2019 Value (£): 520,013
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Analytical Science
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Healthcare Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology
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Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
12 May 2016 EPSRC Physical Sciences Chemistry - May 2016 Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
Understanding the structures and behaviour of molecules is of critical importance in understanding the world around us, and in using chemistry to help us survive and prosper in that world. The single most useful method for determining molecular structure is NMR spectroscopy. Every hydrogen atom in a molecule - and most molecules contain many - produces a family of signals known as a multiplet. The position of the multiplet within the spectrum (the chemical shift) depends on the local chemical environment of the atom; the multiplet structure depends on its magnetic interactions (scalar couplings) with nearby atoms. As our understanding of chemistry and biochemistry advances, the species we need to study increase in size and complexity. The number of NMR signals grows accordingly, leading to very crowded NMR spectra that can be difficult or even impossible to interpret. Chemists and life scientists fight a continual battle to extract structural information from the complex sets of overlapping multiplets that are found in most NMR spectra.

This proposal describes a family of new experimental methods that enhance the speed, efficiency, and scope of NMR, by building on recent developments in "pure shift" NMR, which suppresses the effects of magnetic interactions and hence greatly simplifies spectra. For the most part the new methods trade sensitivity, which with recent advances in instrumentation is no longer a limiting factor for most samples, for speed, improving the efficiency with which spectrometer time is used, and enabling detailed structural information to be obtained on chemical systems that currently are too complex to be studied by solution state NMR. The common thread is that all these developments are focused on increasing the information bandwidth of NMR experiments - increasing the amount of structural information obtainable per unit time. The net result will be both to enable more chemical information to be delivered within existing spectrometer resources, and to make it possible to attack the most challenging structural problems within practical timeframes. The key tools that will be used are control of coupling interactions and tailored data sampling. Both technologies are beginning to find application in chemical NMR spectroscopy, but neither has come close to realising its full potential, and synergies between them are almost entirely unexploited. In combination they should enhance both the throughput and the power of chemical NMR in laboratories world-wide, in both industry and academia.

These new methods will find use across a wide range of academic research areas and industrial sectors including chemistry, biochemistry, biology, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, agrochemistry, and flavours and fragrances.

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