Zero and Ultra-Low Field 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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Schrödinger prize for ZULF ITN scientists.

We have the great pleasure of announcing that several ZULF ITN scientists were among the researchers recognized this year by the Helmholtz Association for their interdisciplinary research on 'Generating an enhanced MRI contrast agent with hydrogen gas'. Dr. James Eills, Prof. Dmitry Budker, Dr. John Blanchard and Dr. Danila Barskiy from Helmholtz-lnstitute of Mainz, Dr. Francesca Reineri, Dr. Eleonora Cavallari and Prof. Silvio Aime from the University of Torino and Prof. Malcolm Levitt and Dr. Laurynas Dagys of University of Southampton are in the group awarded this year's Stifterverband Science Award – Erwin Schrödinger Prize. The other outstanding researchers are Dr. Kerstin Münnemann of the University Kaiserslautern and Prof. Gerd Buntkowsky and Dr. Stephan Knecht of the University Darmstadt.

With this honour the Helholtz Associacion recognises scientific achievements and technological innovations at the interface between various disciplines in medicine, the natural sciences and engineering. The ceremony for the award of the Prize will take place during the Helmholtz Annual Assembly in Berlin on 14 December 2021, where it will be presented to a representative of the group.


Open online seminar on the issue of misuse and double use of scientific research.

On 19.04.2021 ZULF ITN will host an open seminar on the ethical issue of misuse of scientific research and everyone is invited to join (connect via MS Teams with this link). Our guests are Dr Vasiliki Mollaki - PhD in genetics and an expert with the Hellenic National Bioethics Commission and the European Commission; and Dr Gregor Becker - the head of the Group for Bioethics at the Jagiellonian University Faculty of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Biotechnology. For details please see the announcement and Dr Becker's talk outline.

[…] in the 20th century it was physics that raised first strong concerns on the Janus-face of science: on the one hand serving mankind and its future with creating knowledge and contributing to an amazing technological progression, and on the other hand delivering dangerous know-how that could seal the fate of humanity and all life on this planet […]

DUAL USE RESEARCH: 'Research that, based on current understanding, can be reasonably anticipated to provide knowledge, products, or technologies that could be directly misapplied by others to pose a threat to public health and safety, agriculture, plants, animals, the environment, or material.'


The passing of prof. Konstantin L. Ivanov of ITC RAS

It is with great shock and sadness that we learned about the sudden passing of one of our friends and a consortium board members professor Konstantin Ivanov on Friday 05.03.2021.

We had a chance to know him as a kind and gentle man and an outstanding scientist who greatly contributed to the development of NMR, particularly in the field of CIDNP. Our thoughts and condolences go to his family and colleagues who were closest to him. He will be missed.

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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.