Ben Liu '15: Practical Applications of NMR in Industry Conference
I attended the Practical Applications of NMR in Industry Conference in La Jolla, CA, which ran from February 9 through 12. My advisor, István Pelczer, told me about the conference and said that it would be a great opportunity to present my senior thesis research to a scientific audience that specialized in my field.
At the conference, I presented a poster on nitrogen-14 nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy. Nuclei, like electrons, have spin and the premise of this type of spectroscopy is to measure how much energy it takes to flip a spin against a magnetic field. By measuring the energies of these transitions, a great deal of information can be obtained about what the nitrogen atom is bonded to, what functional group it is in, the concentration of the molecule it is in, as well as many other pieces of information that can be extremely useful in both academia and industrial applications. These applications include the detection and quantification of relevant molecules in biological systems like cancer cells and the resolution of complex mixtures.
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