Florida State University and the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory hosted the 46th Southeastern Magnetic Resonance Conference (SEMRC), which was held October 27-29, 2017, at the University Center Club on the campus of Florida State University, in Tallahassee, Florida.

  • Overview

    SAVE THE DATES FOR 2017!

    The 46th Southeast Magnetic Resonance Conference (SEMRC) will begin at 5pm on Friday, October 27 and go until noon on Sunday, October 29

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    The 46th Southeastern Magnetic Resonance Conference will be held on October 27-29, 2017 at the University Center Club on the campus of Florida State University, in Tallahassee, Florida. SEMRC is held every year and rotates among various locations in the Southeastern United States and has a long history of bringing together leading scientists to discuss the latest developments in NMR, EPR, and MRI. The focus of the conference is the exchange of ideas and recent magnetic resonance research highlights, including new applications and technique development. Particular emphasis is placed on activities in the region. Traditionally, the SEMRC puts a special emphasis on the participation of young scientists (students and postdocs) and provides excellent opportunities to exchange new exciting results with their peers as well as with the leaders in the field.

    The 45th SEMRC was hosted by Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.

    This conference takes place in concert with the Advanced EPR School: Theory and Applications.

     

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  • Program

    pdfSchedule of Talks

     

    pdfList of Posters

     

    pdfFull program booklet

     

    Friday, October 27

    5:00 - 10:00 p.m. Registration
    5:00 - 6:30 p.m. Poster Set Up and Viewing
    Session A
    Chair: Timothy A. Cross, National MagLab & Florida State University
    6:30 - 6:40 p.m. Welcome Remarks
    6:40 - 7:20 p.m. Keynote 1: Kent R. Thurber, National Institutes of Health
    Dynamic Nuclear Polarization (DNP) for Low-Temperature Solid-State MAS NMR
    7:20 - 7:40 p.m. (C1) Zhehong Gan, National MagLab & Florida State University
    1.5 GHz NMR Using 35.2 T Series-Connected-Hybrid Magnet at National MagLab
    7:40 - 8:00 p.m. (C2) Peter L. Gor'kov, National MagLab & Florida State University
    Solid State NMR Probes for 1.5 GHz Spectrometer
    8:00 - 10:00 p.m. Poster Set Up and Viewing
    Welcome Reception and Buffet Dinner
     

    Saturday, October 28

    Session B - Exotica
    Chair: Stephen Hill, National MagLab & Florida State University
    8:10 - 8:15 a.m. Announcements
    8:15 - 8:55 a.m. Keynote 2: Eric J. L. McInnes, University of Manchester
    Pulsed EPR Studies of Actinides
    8:55 - 9:15 a.m. (C3) Alexey Silakov, The Pennsylvania State University
    Understanding Functional Diversity of Fe/2OG Oxygenases
    9:15 - 9:30 a.m. (O1) Bibek Thapa, University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus
    Magnetic Resonance (T1- and T2-Weighted) Dual Contrast Enhancement by Single Core Iron Oxide Nanoparticles
    9:30 - 9:45 a.m. (O2) Samuel M. Greer, National MagLab & Florida State University
    Electron Paramagnetic Resonance Investigation of Bonding Between First Row Transition Metals
    9:45 - 10:00 a.m. (O3) Robert V. Williams, University of Georgia
    Resonance Assignment and Interdomain Orientation from Paramagnetic Effects in Robo1-Ig1-2
    10:00 - 10:25 a.m. Invited 1: Samuel C. Grant, National MagLab & Florida State University
    High Resolution Non-Proton Imaging: Biomedical & Materials Applications
    10:25 - 10:45 a.m. Coffee Break
    Session C - Diseases
    Chair: Frederic Mentink-Vigier, National MagLab & Florida State University
    10:45 - 11:10 a.m. Invited 2: Kendra K. Frederick, UT Southwestern
    Less is More: Segmental Isotopic Labeling for Biological DNP NMR
    11:10 - 11:30 a.m. (C4) Anant K. Paravastu, Georgia Institute of Technology
    Solid-State NMR Structural Evaluations of Complementary Co-Assembling Designer Peptides
    11:30 - 11:45 a.m. (O4) David Hike, National MagLab & FSU-FAMU College of Engineering
    DTI-Based Network Analysis of APP/PS1 Mouse Brains With Age & Sex
    11:45 - 12:00 a.m. (O5) Benjamen Nforneh, Emory University
    Electron Spin-Labeling at Residue βC37 of the EutC Subunit in B12-Dependent Ethanolamine Ammonia-Lyase Reveals a Two-State Conformational Equilibrium & Low-Temperature Dynamics in the N-Terminal Domain
    12:00 - 12:15 a.m. (O6) Cristian A. Escobar, National MagLab & Florida State University
    Conformation Plasticity of the N-Terminal Intrinsically Disordered Region Of ChiZ Membrane Protein
    12:15 - 12:35 p.m. (C5) Kwang Hun Lim, East Carolina University
    Mechanistic Studies of Transthyretin Misfolding with a Combined Use of Solution and Solid-state NMR
    12:35 - 1:45 p.m. Lunch
    Session D - Integrated Magnetic Resonance
    Chair: Joanna Long, University of Florida
    1:45 - 2:25 p.m. Keynote 3: Song-I Han, University of California - Santa Barbara
    Integrated Electron and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance to Advance DNP Studies
    2:25 - 2:45 p.m. (C6) Frederic Mentink-Vigier, National MagLab & Florida State University
    One Step Closer Towards in Silico Biradical Design
    2:45 - 3:00 p.m. (O7) Maciej Witwicki, Wroclaw University
    Application of Experimental and Computational EPR Spectroscopy to Radical Systems
    3:00 - 3:15 p.m. (O8) Thierry Dubroca, National MagLab & Florida State University
    Overhauser Dynamic Nuclear Polarization in Liquids at 14.1 T
    3:15 - 3:30 p.m. (O9) Zahra Hayati, National MagLab & Florida State University
    Interaction of HIV gp41 with the Viral Membrane Studied by EPR
    3:30 - 3:55 p.m. Invited 3: Alex A. Nevzorov, North Carolina State University
    A Resonator Approach for Room-Temperature DNP
    3:55 - 4:15 p.m. Coffee Break
    Session E - From Metals and Methods
    Chair: Hans van Tol, National MagLab & Florida State University
    4:15 - 4:40 p.m. Invited 4: Jens Niklas, Argonne National Laboratory
    Multi-Frequency EPR of Transition Metal Catalysts in Bio-Hybrid Systems for Hydrogen Production
    4:40 - 5:00 p.m. (C7) Joshua Telser, Roosevelt University
    Reinvestigation of Tetrahedral Cobalt(II) Diphosphine Complexes: What Really is the Zero-Field Splitting?
    5:00 - 5:15 p.m. (O10) Joscha Nehrkorn, National MagLab & Florida State University
    Direct Determination of Zero-Field Splitting of CoII Single-Ion Magnets with Frequency-Domain EPR at Very High Frequencies
    5:15 - 5:30 p.m. (O11) Bibhuti B. Das, Doty Scientific
    The Utility of High-Power Pulsed Field Gradients in Solid State NMR
    5:30 - 5:45 p.m. (O12) Randy K. Dumas, Quantum Design, Inc.
    Broadband Ferromagnetic Resonance (FMR) Spectroscopy
    5:45 - 6:05 p.m. (C8) Alex I. Smirnov, North Carolina State University
    Photonic Band-Gap Resonators for High-Field EPR of Microliter-Volume Liquid Aqueous Samples
    6:05 - 8:00 p.m. Poster Session
    8:00 - 10:30 p.m. Banquet Dinner
     

    Sunday, October 29

    Session F - Contrast
    Chair: Jens Rosenberg, National MagLab & Florida State University
    8:15 - 8:55 a.m. Keynote 4: Elena Vinogradov, UT Southwestern
    Advanced Saturation Methods to Create Molecular and Microstructural Contrast in Human MRI
    8:55 - 9:15 a.m. (C9) Clifford R. Bowers, University of Florida
    Parahydrogen Induced Polarization by Heterogeneous Catalysis
    9:15 - 9:30 a.m. (O13) Alex Eletsky, University of Georgia
    PRE Restraints from DOSY NMR – Docking an Extended Ligand to a Glycoprotein
    9:30 - 9:45 a.m. (O14) Jin Zheng, National MagLab & Florida State University
    Insight into Fast Ion Conductors from Solid-State NMR/MRI
    9:45 - 10:00 a.m. (O15) Ghoncheh Amouzandeh, National MagLab & Florida State University
    Electrical Conductivity Mapping Using MRI at 21.1 T
    10:00 - 10:20 a.m. (C10) Thomas H. Mareci, University of Florida
    Brain White Matter Fiber Configuration Analysis with Spherical Harmonic (CASH) Expansion of Diffusion Displacement Probability
    10:20 - 10:40 a.m. Coffee Break
    Session G - Enzymes and Catalysts
    Chair: Likai Song, National MagLab & Florida State University
    10:40 - 11:05 a.m. Invited 5: Kurt Warncke, Emory University
    Contributions of Protein Configurations and Fluctuations, and Coupled Solvent Dynamics, to the Chemical Steps in B12-Dependent Ethanolamine Ammonia-Lyase
    11:05 - 11:25 a.m. (C11) Tatyana I. Smirnova, North Carolina State University
    Electrostatics at Lipid Interfaces and Effect of Solid Support
    11:25 - 11:40 a.m. (O16) Evan Wenbo Zhao, University of Florida
    Atomic Structure of Mesoporous Silica-Encapsulated Metal Nanoparticles Revealed by Dynamic Nuclear Polarization-Enhanced Silicon-29 NMR Spectroscopy
    11:40 - 11:55 a.m. (O17) Morteza Jafarabadi, North Carolina State University
    AAO Nanopores Reveal Lipid-Induced Conformational Changes of Membrane Proteins by Oriented Sample Solid-State NMR
    11:55 - 12:20 a.m. Invited 6: Leah B. Casabianca, Clemson University
    Examining Binding of Small Molecules to Nanoparticle Surfaces Using Saturation Transfer Difference NMR
    12:20 - 1:00 a.m. Boxed Lunch and Adjournment
    12:30 - 2:00 a.m. Optional visit to the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory for those interested
  • Keynote Speakers

    Song-I Han

    Professor, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, and Department of Chemical Engineering, University of California Santa Barbara

    Dr. Han's research pushes the frontiers of NMR and EPR spectroscopy for the study of materials, macromolecular complexes and biological interactions. Areas of interest include: intrinsically disordered proteins and neurodegenerative diseases; biological hydration water; surfaces and materials characterization; DNP/EPR instrument development at low and high-field; and membrane protein biophysics.

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    Eric McInnes

    Professor and Head of Inorganic Chemistry, University of Manchester Co-Director of the UK-EPSRC funded National Facility for EPR Spectroscopy

    Dr. McInnes' research interests are in coordination chemistry and spectroscopy, focusing on the magnetic properties of molecule-based materials. In particular he studies d- and f-block coordination compounds where the paramagnetism gives rise to fascinating and potentially useful physical properties. The EPR facility that he Co-Directs offers facilities and expertise for c.w. EPR at L, S, X, K, Q and W-band and pulsed EPR at S, X and Q-band.

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    Kent Thurber

    Staff Scientist at Laboratory of Chemical Physics, The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases,

    Dr. Thurber’s research is focused on protein structure determination using solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR). He is developing a custom NMR probe for dynamic nuclear polarization (DNP) and magic-angle spinning (MAS) at low temperatures (25 K).

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    Elena Vinogradov

    Assistant Professor, Department of Radiology and Advanced Imaging Research Center, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

    Dr Vinogradov’s research interest is in chemical exchange saturation transfer (CEST) MRI, endogenous contrast mechanisms, spin dynamics and relaxation. Dr. Vinogradov is a chemical physicist and her lab focuses on health imaging applications and more specifically looking to bridge the gap between basic scientific ideas and robust clinical applications.

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  • Important Dates

    August 7, 2017 Online Registration opens
    September 29, 2017* Early Registration deadline
    September 29, 2017* Cancellation deadline for full refund, minus fees (must be made in writing to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
    September 29, 2017* Abstract submission deadline for Student Awards
    September 29, 2017* Discounted hotel reservation rate ends
    September 29, 2017 Abstract submission deadline - Oral and Poster
    October 4, 2017* Student Award Notifications
    October 16, 2017 Cancellation deadline for 50% refund, minus fees (must be made in writing to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
    October 16, 2017 Online Registration closes; see on-site registration
    October 16, 2017 Notification of Oral and Poster presentations
    October 27, 5pm Conference begins (on-site registration)
    October 29, 12pm Conference ends

    *Extended dates

  • Registration

    Register now

    Registration fees include attendance at all talks, the welcome reception on Friday night, breakfast, lunch, and a reception dinner on Saturday, breakfast and a boxed lunch on Sunday as well as coffee breaks during the conference. They do not include accommodation, travel, or any extra activities outside the specified conference agenda.

    Fees are in U.S. dollars and can be paid via Visa, MasterCard, Amex, check or cash. Registrations must be received by the conference on the dates specified below in order to receive the corresponding rates.

    Early registration by 9/29/2017:
    • Full participant $150.00
    • Postdoc/Student $100.00*
    Late Registration from 9/30/2017 until 10/16/2017:
    • Full participant $250.00
    • Postdoc/Student $125.00*
    On-Site Registration beginning 10/27/2017
    • Full participant $300.00
    • Postdoc/Student $150.00*
     

    *The conference organizers reserve the right to verify eligibility for these rates.

    Cancellations

    Cancellations must be made in writing via email to the conference coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you are unable to attend, a substitute delegate is welcome, provided that written authorization is presented at the registration desk

    Registration cancellations made on or before September 29, 2017, will receive a full refund, excluding any convenience fees paid.

    Registration cancellations made on or before October 16, 2017, will receive a 50% refund, excluding any convenience fees paid.

    There will be no refunds for cancellations made or received on or after October 16, 2017. Non-attendance does not imply cancellation.

    There will be no refunds for cancellations made or received on or after October 8, 2015. Non-attendance does not imply cancellation.

  • Abstract Submission

    A limited amount of funding has been provided by our sponsors for student travel support. Student travel award requests are due by 11:59 pm on September 29, 2017. This requires an abstract and letter of reference from your advisor emailed to the following address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    The deadline for general submission of poster and oral abstracts is 11:59 pm on September 29, 2017.

    Abstracts MUST be prepared according to the guidelines provided in the docxAbstract Submission Form. In addition to the abstract template, this form requires additional fields to be completed, e.g., whether you wish the submission to be considered for an oral or poster presentation.

    All completed abstract forms should be sent to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • Hotel

    Residence Inn Tallahassee Universities at the Capitol

    Residence Inn Tallahassee Universities at the CapitolResidence Inn Tallahassee Universities at the CapitolRelax in comfort at our hotel near Florida State University. The newly renovated Residence Inn Tallahassee Universities at the Capitol, located between Florida State University and Florida A&M University, is just 5 miles from Tallahassee International Airport (TLH) and popular Gaines Street. Enjoy complimentary airport shuttle service and free breakfast served daily at our hotel in downtown Tallahassee. Take advantage of complimentary Wi-Fi offered throughout and stay in pet-friendly, all-suite accommodations with ergonomic work space and signature Marriott bedding. Visit the Residence Inn Mix™, a unique social offering featured among hotels near FSU, for bold local flavors and refreshing beverages.

    Website: http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/tlhdt-residence-inn-tallahassee-universities-at-the-capitol/
    Address: 600 W Gaines St Tallahassee Florida 32304-4308 USA
    Phone: +1-850-329-9080
    Reservation Link: Book your group rate for 2017 MagLab Room Block
    Residence Inn Tallahassee Universities at the Capitol is offering us a special group rate of $139.00 USD per night.
    2017 MagLab Room Block
    Start date: 10/25/17
    End date: 10/29/17
    Last day to book: 9/29/17

  • Getting There

    Area airport:

    Tallahassee International Airport (TLH)

    • Airport shuttle service, on request, complimentary
      Shuttle Phone: (850)329-9080
    • Alternate transportation: City Taxi; fee: 20 USD (one way)
     

    Hotel Address:

    Residence Inn by Marriott Tallahassee Universities at the CapitolResidence Inn by Marriott Tallahassee Universities at the Capitol
    600 W Gaines St, Tallahassee, FL 32304
    (850) 329-9080

     

    Directions to the hotel:

    From Tallahassee airport

    Turn right onto Capital Circle SW. Travel 1.7 miles to Springhill Road and turn left. After 2.1 miles the road name will change to Lake Bradford Road. Proceed another 1.2 miles to West Gaines Street and turn right. Hotel is one-half mile at the corner of West Gaines Street and Railroad Avenue. Turn left onto Railroad Avenue to access main entrance of hotel and parking.

    From I-10 East (from Gainesville)

    Use the right 2 lanes to take exit 199 for US-27 toward Havana/Tallahassee/State Capitol. Use the left 3 lanes to turn left onto US-27 S/N Monroe Street. Continue straight to stay on Monroe Street. Follow this road for about 4 miles and then take a right onto E Gaines Street. The hotel will be on the right after about .6 of a mile. It is on the corner of E Gaines Street and Railroad Ave.

    From I-10 West (from Pensacola)

    Use the right 2 lanes to take exit 199 for US-27 toward Havana/Tallahassee/State Capitol. After half of a mile, use the right 2 lanes to turn right onto US-27 S/N Monroe St (signs for Tallahassee). Follow Monroe Street for about 4 miles and take a right on E Gaines Street. The hotel will be on the right after about .6 of a mile. It is on the corner of E Gaines Street and Railroad Ave.

    Conference location:

    University Center Club (UCC) at Florida State University
    Champions Club
    This facility is a part of Doak Campbell Stadium
    Address: FSU Doak Campbell Stadium
    403 Stadium Drive
    University Center, Building B
    Tallahassee, FL 32306

     

    Directions from Hotel to UCC (5 min):

    Head west on W Gaines St toward Gay St. After half of a mile, at the traffic circle, take the 2nd exit and continue onto FL-371 E/W Gaines St. After .2 of a mile, continue straight onto Stadium Drive. After another .2 of a mile, turn right onto Champions Way and after about 200 feet; take another right to stay on Champions Way. The UCC is a part of the stadium and will be on the left and the conference will be held in the Champions Club in Building B.

    Parking at the University Center Club

    Before 5:00PM on Friday, please park in the Visitors' Lot right in front of the entrance; our Banquet Captain will validate your parking tickets, i.e. you won’t have to pay for parking. After 6PM and on Saturday and Sunday, the Visitor Gate will be open and no tickets are needed.

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Last modified on 30 October 2017