Zero and Ultra-Low Fields NMR, Innovative Training Network

This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No. 766402.

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Announcement of the First Conference on ZULF NMR

We are pleased to announce the 1st Conference on Zero and Ultra Low Field (ZULF) NMR, which will take place on 3 and 4 September 2020 in Lyon, France, directly after the International Hyperpolarization Conference (HYP20) at the same venue.

Confirmed Speakers

The conference addresses students and postdocs as well as specialists across all areas of NMR spectroscopy and imaging with an interest in the emerging field of ZULF NMR. The first half of the event consists of a series of lectures that cover the basics of ZULF NMR, to provide background and context for those working so far mainly in high-field NMR. The second half is dedicated to talks on current developments in ZULF NMR science and technology, given by leaders in the field.
The 1st ZULF Conference is fully organised by students of the European Training Network ZULF, with the support of the consortium beneficiaries.


ZULF Workshop in York

Another ZULF Workshop will take place in York (UK) at the Centre for Hyperpolarisation in Magnetic Resonance (CHyM) 23-27.09.2019. The meeting will be devoted to the SABRE (Signal amplification by reversible exchange) method and working with parahydrogen.

The week will begin with a series of lectures on Monday, that will prepare the ESRs for labwork in groups on Tuesday. The Monday lectures will be open for all. Wednesday will be spent discussing individual projects of the ESRs in a closed session, while on Thursday advanced classes on Scientific Writing and Publishing will be conducted by Andreas Trabesinger (Reinschrift, Partner Organization of ZULF ITN). Friday is leisure day when the ESRs and PI will be able to enjoy a tour of York.

As before, several invited speakers will attend the workshop:

  • Mon 16:00-17:30 - prof. Warren Warren, Duke University, Durham
  • Wed 16:00-17:00 - prof. Malcolm Levitt, University of Southampton
  • Thu 15:30-16:15 - prof. Jan Wolber, Head of Imaging Technology, GE Healthcare


Prof Bernhard Blümich's visit to Krakow

On Monday we were privillaged to listen to a talk on by prof. Bernhard Blümich of RWTH Aachen, who is a member of ZULF ITN Scientific Advisory Board. In popular opinion it was on of the best talks of this year we had here in Krakow.


Mobile NMR concerns NMR measurements with mobile instruments. Mobile relaxometers are used in the oil industry for well logging and in materials science for non-destrutive testing. These instruments collect NMR signal from a region in the inhomogeneous strayfield outside the magnet. Magnets of this kind can be made small, so that compact strayfield relaxometers can be carried along to the object of interest. Following an introduction to to strayfield NMR relaxometry, results from recent measutement campaigns with the NMR-MOUSE are reported including the analysis of asphalt road pavements, master violins in the Museo del Violino in Cremona, and biofilms in Yellowstone National Park

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  • Zero- to Ultralow-Field Nuclear Magnetic Resonance J-Spectroscopy with Commercial Atomic Magnetometers ---arXiv---

The ZULF European Training Network (ETN) comprises groups from eight leading European universities and one scientific research centre, dedicated to developing, exploring and applying methods of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) in the regime of zero and ultra-low magnetic fields (ZULFs). The project is aimed at providing absolutely unique training, combining the experience of world-leading experts in diverse fields and disciplines to 11 individuals, and leading to a doctoral degree. Apart from the opportunity to participate in groundbreaking research, the young scientists will acquire soft and transferable skills including scientific writing, communication and presentation, data mining, curation and analysis, entrepreneurship, knowledge of intellectual property law, business administration and finance. All of them absolutely indispensable for any modern scientist.

The beneficiaries of the ETN ZULF consortium have made pioneering contributions to the field, in particular:

The ZULF ETN project brings together international leaders in these areas, with the goal of providing the Early Stage Researchers with a unique basis for exploring novel directions that go beyond the works conducted in individual groups, including:

  • submillihertz spectral resolution ZULF NMR;
  • nanometer spatial-resolution J-spectroscopy with NV diamonds;
  • NMR spectra of molecules at natural abundance using hyperpolarization;
  • application of ZULF NMR in searches for fundamental properties and symmetries of nature (parity non-conservation);
  • chemical fingerprinting of molecules in liquids.