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Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) research at Southampton recognised as world-leading

Published: 20 September 2016

Research at the University of Southampton, based in Chemistry, into nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) has been recognised by Google Scholar as being placed among the most highly cited papers in the internationally renowned Journal of Magnetic Resonance.

The technology company has started to compile lists of the ‘most cited’ papers published in each academic journal during the preceding five years. These are the particular recent research findings regarded as the most notable by fellow researchers in the subject. Over the last five years, two out of the top five papers, including the top one, in the prominent Journal of Magnetic Resonance, involve Southampton researchers.

Although many people will have heard of magnetic resonance as it is commonly used in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) medical scanning technology, understanding more about the magnetic properties of atomic nuclei is likely to lead to other major advances in medicine and allied fields.

Interdisciplinary Centre for NMR
Interdisciplinary Centre for NMR

“We can claim to be one of the most influential locations in the world in this area,” says Dr Ilya Kuprov, Associate Professor of Chemical Physics and the lead author of the two ‘top five’ papers identified by Google. “Magnetic resonance is a significant area of research at Southampton with around 20 research students and academics in Chemistry and Biological Sciences currently involved in projects. Our research has been supported by over £5 million worth of awards from major funding bodies in recent years and we are set to go from strength to strength.”

The University’s reputation for excellence in magnetic resonance has developed over many years, from the founding work of Professor James W Emsley, through to the arrival of pioneering researcher Professor Malcolm Levitt in 2000. Levitt has won several international prizes for his work and has written a popular textbook on the subject. Since then, the University has invested significantly in both academic staff and in state-of-the-art laboratory equipment to aid multidisciplinary research and its NMR Spectroscopy facility is in demand from researchers at many other institutions.

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