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BIMR Seminar Series January 30 2017

Event Date: 
Monday, January 30, 2017 - 3:30pm

Kris Harris, Gillian Goward Group, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, McMaster University Title: "Materials chemistry" as viewed through a solid-state NMR spectroscopic lens: insights into bonding, local ordering, and dynamics. Studies falling under the mantle of "materials chemistry" tend to involve heterogeneous substances, in which non-crystalline components and dynamics often play an important role.Because of this nature, understanding the material's various local structures and how precisely it functions are fascinating challenges. Solids NMR is naturally adapted to the study of local order in non-crystalline materials, and is essentially unique in its ability to study atomistic dynamics. Specific examples presented will include measuring intermolecular interactions, relating NMR parameters to bonding orbitals, correlating NMR and optical properties, measuring specific dynamics, and characterizing distributions in local ordering. Particular attention will be paid to materials used in lithium-ion batteries. Kris Harris grew up in a northern Alberta town so small that his school bus driver was also the mayor. He attended undergrad and grad school at the University of Alberta, with his Ph.D. studies under the supervision of Rod Wasylishen. After a post-doc at the University of Windsor under Rob Schurko, he joined Gillian Goward's group at McMaster as a Research Associate.

Event Location: 
McMaster
Location Details: 
ABB 165