2023-2024 / CHIM9257-1

Introduction to solid state NMR, Part A


15h Th

Number of credits

 Master in physics, research focus (FAME+)2 crédits 
 Master in chemistry (120 ECTS) (AMIS)2 crédits 
 Master in chemistry (120 ECTS) (FAME AIS)2 crédits 
 Master in physics (120 ECTS) (AMIS)2 crédits 
 Master in physics (120 ECTS) (FAME-AIS)2 crédits 


Christian Damblon, Philippe Lecomte


Philippe Lecomte

Language(s) of instruction

English language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

  • Understanding a simple NMR experience by implementing the basic knowledge of classical electromagnestism (vectorial model) and quantum physics (density operator model).
  • Description of the interactions responsible of coupling and broadening in NMR spectra (chemical shift, direct and indirect dipolar coupling...)
  • Simplification of NMR spectra: effect of mobility. Comparison of liquid and solid-state NMR and use of the fast spinning at the magic angle (MAS) in solid-state NMR
  • Implementation of cross-polarization (CP) technique in solid-state NMR.
  • A practical session on the on the solid stat NMR spectrometer
  • A bibliographic work where solid-state NMR and especially the concepts described in this course are implemented for an application. The topic will be selected by the lecturers (C Damblon and P Lecomte) in concertation with the student.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

At the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • identify the interactions involved in solid-state NMR.
  • understand the differences between solid-state and liquid state NMR.
  • understand and explain the basic techniques of solid-state NMR (MAS, CP, decoupling) and some common pulse sequences 
  • read publications where solid-state NMR is used to characterize materials and analyze the reported results based on the theoretical background of the course.
  • analyze solid-state NMR spectra.


Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Basic knowledge in liquid-state NMR, structural analysis by NMR, electromagnetism and quantum chemistry.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Theoretical course + discussion of applications + 1 practical session

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Face-to-face course

Additional information:

The mode of delivery for the theoretical part of the course is face-to-face. Students will follow the theoretical part of the course by videoconference if required by sanitary rules. Besides, a student will be allowed to follow the theoretical part of the course by videoconference in the case of the agreement of both the lecturer and the student. The practical session requires the presence of the student in the room where is located the NMR spectrometer.

Recommended or required readings

Lecture notes: a copy of the slides is available (paper or pdf files).

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

oral exam

Other : A bibliographic work will be presented followed by a discussion

Additional information:

A bibliographic work will be presented with a powerpoint presentation followed by a discussion.

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

To be decided depending on students and lecturers's convenience. The slides and bibliography are in English. The course will be given in english. French could only be considered unanimously by all students and the lecturer.


Philippe Lecomte (philippe.lecomte.at.uliege)
Christian Damblon (C.Damblon.at.uliege)

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