27 June 2012

Lucio Frydman tapped as Magnet Lab Chemistry/Biology Chief Scientist

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With this week’s hire of Lucio Frydman as Chief Scientist for Chemistry and Biology, the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory has added to its suite of internationally prominent researchers. Frydman is both a top scientist and a technique developer in the fields of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance and Magnetic Resonance Imaging. A native of Argentina, he has been a professor in the Department of Chemical Physics at Israel’s Weizmann Institute of Sciences since 2001. He will remain with Weizmann while joining the Magnet Lab’s leadership.

Lucio Frydman.Lucio Frydman.“This arrangement represents a bold model for modern science management,” explains Magnet Lab Director Greg Boebinger. “Scientific collaborations have long been international: twenty percent of the scientists using the Magnet Lab’s unique facilities travel from overseas. This arrangement fully integrates Lucio’s expertise and vision with the Magnet Lab’s development of new research directions, without the huge cost and considerable delay of physically relocating Lucio’s existing lab. Lucio has already dovetailed beautifully with the MagLab’s scientific community, assisting with the five-year vision articulated to renew the MagLab’s core funding, as well as providing input on two more recent science proposals.”

During the past two decades, research applications for high magnetic fields have grown far beyond the traditional focus on condensed matter physics. Frydman’s hire demonstrates the lab’s recognition of the intrinsically multidisciplinary nature of high magnetic field research, as well as a commitment to diversifying the lab’s funding base to support its rapidly growing chemistry and biology research communities.

Frydman, whose work has appeared in the journals Nature Physics, Journal of Magnetic Resonance, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, will travel regularly to Tallahassee, establishing a laboratory at the Magnet Lab, while maintaining his existing lab at the Weizmann Institute.

Frydman is the developer of multiple quantum magic angle spinning, a strange-sounding technique that provides the increased sharpness needed for scientists to draw more accurate conclusions from their experiments. He has also pioneered the development of “ultrafast” methods, capable of reducing the duration of multidimensional spectra and images by orders of magnitude.

The Magnet Lab’s existing Chemistry and Biology leadership structures will remain intact. Art Edison, the Magnet Lab’s Director of Chemistry and Biology, oversees the vibrancy and productivity of the lab’s chemistry and biology research portfolio. It’s a large group with diverse research interests, including major components in the Nuclear Magnetic Resonance / Magnetic Resonance Imaging group at the University of Florida, led by Joanna Long, as well as three groups at Florida State University: the Nuclear Magnetic Resonance / Magnetic Resonance Imaging group, led by Tim Cross, the Electron Magnetic Resonance group, led by Steve Hill, and the Ion Cyclotron Resonance group, led by Alan Marshall.

About the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory

The National High Magnetic Field Laboratory develops and operates state-of-the-art, high-magnetic-field facilities that faculty and visiting scientists and engineers use for research. The laboratory is sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the state of Florida. To learn more visit www.magnet.fsu.edu.

About the Weizmann Institute

The Weizmann Institute is a graduate research center with emphasis in all areas of the Exact and Life Sciences. A world-renowned teaching pole accredited both in Israel and in the USA, it encompasses ca. 2,500 faculty, staff, graduate and postdoctoral students; and is systematically rated by The Scientist magazine as the best academic institution to work at outside the United States. Notwithstanding exacting admission and academic standards, Weizmann generates nearly 25 percent of Israel’s Ph.D. recipients. Magnetic resonance has a particularly strong tradition at the institute, originating with S. Meiboom in 1949 and impacting the fields of EPR, NMR and MRI ever since. To learn more visit www.weizmann.ac.il.