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Channel Talent – Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Spectroscopy

June 12th 2023 @ 11:10 – 11:55 

Natural Sciences: Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy – How Chemists Can Use Physics To Understand Biology With Dr Tharin Blumenschein – Society for Natural Sciences

In this session, Dr Tharin Blumenschein, Head of Natural Sciences and Associate Professor in Biomolecular NMR Spectroscopy at the University of East Anglia, will cover Nuclear Magnetic Resonance spectroscopy: how chemists can use physics to understand biology.

To understand how the cell works, we need to understand how different molecules inside the cells perform their roles: their shape, motions and interactions. An excellent technique to obtain this information is nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, as it can give information about individual atoms in a molecule.

This talk will cover the basic physical principles of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, what information can be obtained using NMR spectroscopy, and how it’s applied to biological molecules. This will be followed by a brief discussion of studying multiple sciences at university.

Dr Tharin Blumenschein is Associate Professor in Biomolecular NMR Spectroscopy in the School of Chemistry and Head of School at the School of Natural Sciences at University of East Anglia. In this session, Tharin represents the Society for Natural Sciences, a national learned society that promotes interdisciplinary science education and research.

Follow-up resources linking this webinar to Chemistry, Physics and Biology A-level, BTEC, T-level and IB curricula will be made available after this session via the Society for Natural Sciences website.

Suitable for: Year 12 and 13 students (and equivalent). This session is designed for students from all STEM backgrounds and interested in how interdisciplinary science can tackle humanity’s most urgent questions.

Preparation/Pre-Reading: No preparation or pre-reading is required although you may wish to consider the proposed subject area and related questions you might like to ask.

The IT Setup: The event will be run on Bluejeans and participants will be able to join using laptops, tablets, and mobile devices. If you are joining as a school group, we recommend connecting with one device and projecting on to a whiteboard. You will be able to interact with the university via a microphone and/or typed comments and questions. Full details will be sent to those who have registered (see below) prior to the event.

Booking a Place: This is free for schools and colleges. If you would like to take part in this event, please register here.

Banner caption: Electron microscope image of collagen fibres within a hydrogel.