CET856 Principles and Applications of Solid-State NMR

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School of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE)



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This course will introduce the basic principles of nuclear magnetic resonance that is relevant to both the solution and solid states. It will examine the equilibrium introduced in the nuclear spin states when a sample is placed in a strong magnetic field, and then it will further examine what happens when this spin system is perturbed by rf pulses of energy which drives it into a non-equilibrium state, thus facilitating analytical measurements to be made. This course will then start to focus primarily on solid state NMR, and it will introduce the different magnetic and electric interactions that can influence experimentation and measurements undertaken on solid systems. All the basic contemporary solid-state NMR pulsed experimental methods will be explained, and their general applicability to the different nuclei in the NMR periodic table will be outlined. In conjunction with this lecture series, practical sessions will be concurrently run that will introduce the students to the Bruker TOPSPIN software package where data manipulation and handling pertaining to many nuclei and materials systems will be introduced.

This course is part of:

- Graduate Certificate in Materials Characterization
- FlexiMasters in Materials Characterization

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On completion of this course, the learners will have a basic appreciation of the experimental solid state NMR technique, its theoretical background and its potential as a characterization and analysis tool for materials systems. The learners will gain experience with relevant commercial software packages for the processing and presentation of measured experimental data so that a degree of independence and self-reliance can be established at this early stage of exposure of the technique to the Department.

Topics covered:

  1. Basic principles of magnetism
  2. Effect of a rf pulse, nutation & relaxation
  3. The free induction decays
  4. Fourier transformations & data processing
  5. Magic angle spinning
  6. The chemical shielding interaction
  7. The dipolar (or direct) interaction
  8. The quadrupolar interaction
  9. The scalar (or indirect) interaction
  10. Other magnetic interactions
  11. Magic angle spinning
  12. The single and spin-echo experiments
  13. The cross-polarization experiment
  14. Basic principles of 2D NMR
  15. The MQMAS experiment
  16. Other 2D MAS NMR experiments

This is a face-to-face class.

Suitable for professionals working in engineering, Quality Control, Failure Analysis, Manufacturing and R&D.

Standard Course Fee: S$4,815

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  • SkillsFuture Credit can be used to offset course fees payable. Click here for more information.
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    CET849 History of Materials 
    CET777 Thermal Analysis1
    CET778 Surface Analysis1
    CET850 Chemical Analysis of Materials 11
    CET851 Chemical Analysis of Materials 21
    CET853 Advanced Methods in Polymer Molecular Characterization in Solution1
    CET854 Advanced Methods in Polymer Characterization in the Melt and Solid States1
    CET856 Principles and Applications of Solid-State NMR3
    CET785 Fundamentals of Electron Microscopy2
    CET786 Advanced Characterization using TEM Techniques2
    CET852 Properties of Materials2
    CET772 Principles and Adaptation2
    CET773 Variation and Nonstoichiometry2

    Listed courses are:

    • Credit-bearing and stackable to Graduate Certificate in Materials Characterization (total 9AUs) and FlexiMasters in Materials Characterization (total 15AUs).
    • SSG funded and SkillsFuture Credit approved.