Solid State NMR (SSNMR)

Course description Solid State NMR (SSNMR)
Year: 2018-2019
Catalog number: 4423SSNMR (SSNMR)
  • Prof.dr. H.J.M. de Groot
Language: English
Blackboard: Unknown
EC: 6
Level: 500
Period: Semester 1, Block II
  • Yes Elective choice
  • Yes Contractonderwijs
  • Yes Exchange
  • Yes Study Abroad
  • No Evening course
  • No A la Carte
  • No Honours Class

Elective course MSc Chemistry, MSc LST

Admission requirements

BSc in LST, MST or Physics


Theoretical basis of modern Solid State NMR-spectroscopy, non-stationary processes. Introduction into coherent spin dynamics and solid state NMR for materials, and biomolecules.
The basis is the density matrix formalism for non-stationary processes in the solid state, and how to manipulate the dynamics in spin space and real space with a spectrometer, exploring the symmetry of the theoretical description. During the course we will perform computer simulations of NMR experiments from gaining hands-on experience, and there is room for the students bringing in their own favorite pulse sequences for analysis.

At the end of the course students:
• Will have the analytical skill to mathematically manipulate quantum coherent dynamics with operators, rotations and average Hamiltonian theory
• Will have the skill to do computer simulation like quantum propagators of 1-D and 2-D NMR pulse sequences; localized spectroscopy depending on the students’ interest
• Will have the skill of Transfer of knowledge: apply principles of coherent dynamics and product to quantum chemistry and quantum biology
• Will be able to see the density matrix and propagator formalism
• Will be introduced into the logic of analyzing coherent dynamics in the product of quantum and real space
• Will be able, after installing the Simpson virtual spectrometer on their own laptop, to simulate their NMR experiments
• Will gain knowledge about the transfer to quantum chemistry and quantum biology

Mode of instruction

This is an interactive course with a high level of participation from the students with peer-instruction.




Schedule information can be found on the website of the programmes


Compulsory reading: M.J. Duer, “Solid State NMR spectroscopy”


The grade assessment for this course will consist of three parts:
In class participation in the peer instruction: 40%
Simulation of pulse sequences exercises, reports to be handed in: 30%
Multiple choice quantitative literacy test 30%

Additional info

Biennial course, this course will be given in 2018-2019
Students are kindly requested to register for the course at

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