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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.

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As head of nuclear magnetic resonance at the MagLab's Tallahassee headquarters, Rob Schurko hopes to expand capabilities and build new magnets.

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High B/T Facility Director

Meisel received his B.A., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in physics from Northwestern University in 1980, 1981, and 1983, respectively. After a one-year postdoctoral position at Northwestern, he became a NATO Postdoctoral Fellow at the Laboratoire de Physique des Solides at the Université de Paris-Sud in France; his stay was extended a second year with funding from the French government. In late 1986, he moved to the University of Florida (UF) as an assistant research scientist in the Department of Physics, where he worked on the design of the Microkelvin Laboratory building and on the design and installation of adiabatic demagnetization cryostats. Meisel has been a full professor at UF since 1998. He was recognized as a fellow of the American Physical Society in 2009 and was awarded an honorary doctoral degree from P.J. Šafárik University in Slovakia in 2010, where he was also a Fulbright Scholar in 2013. He has been a visiting professor at the Shull Wollan Center of the Joint Institute for Neutron Sciences at Oak Ridge National Laboratory; P.J. Šafárik University; the Center for Advanced High Magnetic Field Science at Osaka University in Japan; Northwestern University; and the Kamerlingh Onnes Laboratory in Leiden, the Netherlands. His experimental low-temperature and high magnetic field research has included quantum fluids and solids, heavy fermion superconductors, and low dimensional quantum molecular magnetism.

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