NMR Facility Director
Rob Schurko was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. He obtained his B.Sc. and M.Sc. at the University of Manitoba in 1992 and 1994 (supervisor: Ted Schaefer) and his Ph.D. at Dalhousie University in 1998 (supervisor: Roderick Wasylishen). He had two postdoctoral appointments: one with Clare Grey (SUNY, Stony Brook) and one with Lucio Frydman (UIC, Chicago). During this time period, he worked extensively on solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance (SSNMR) of quadrupolar nuclei.
After 19 years as a Professor of Chemistry at the University of Windsor (Canada), he joined the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Florida State University in August 2019, and assumed the position of Director of the MagLab’s Tallahassee-based NMR/MRI Facility in May 2020.
His research interests include SSNMR of the periodic table (developing methods for accessing unreceptive nuclei from elements across the periodic table) and NMR crystallography (using SSNMR data and quantum chemical computations to solve molecular-level structures of crystalline materials). He and his group work on the development and application of ultra-wideline NMR techniques for studying organic, inorganic, and organometallic materials, with specific applications to active pharmaceutical ingredients, nanoparticles, catalysts, metal-organic frameworks, and a variety of solid materials.