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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ZULF on the cover of Analytical Chemistry

An article on Zero- to Ultralow-Field NMR Spectroscopy of Small Biomolecules earned the distinction of being displayed on the cover of Analytical Chemistry Volume 93, Issue 6. Four of the seven authors are consortium members with the other three being closely related to ZULF ITN. The paper describes the construction of a portable zero-field NMR spectrometer with a commercially available magnetometer and its application to analytical chemistry.


Polish Intelligent Development Prize for ZULF

The Coordinator of ZULF ITN Szymon Pustelny D.Sc. was awarded one of the 'Scientist of the Future' Polish Intelligent Development Prizes for leading the projects 'Nuclear Magnetic Resonance in Zero and Ultra-Low Magnetic Fields' and 'Nondestructive Quantum State Tomography'. The prize gala will be the part of the Intelligent Development Forum, which was postponed to March 25th 2021, due to the COVID-19 epidemic.

The prizes are given by the Center for Intelligent Development to innovators, investors, businessmen and scientists who promote sustainable development of science, technology and society. The Center focuses on promoting and increasing awareness of projects in early stages of development that could lead to their further development into commercial products that will lead to the increase of quality of life for everyone.


Dmitry Budker receives Norman F. Ramsey Prize of the American Physical Society

The American Physical Society (APS) awarded ZULF ITN PI, Professor Dmitry Budker from Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) the Norman F. Ramsey Prize.

The prize for outstanding achievements in atomic, molecular, and optical spectroscopy as well as in precision testing of fundamental laws and symmetries. The reason cited by the award committee is Prof. Budker's seminal work was, among others, measuring nuclear magnetic resonance in ultralow fields.

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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.