British Radiofrequency Spectroscopy Group: The Magnetic Resonance Group

This is an IOP special interest group, which is a community of IOP members focused on a particular discipline, application or area of interest. Special interest groups allow members to connect and share knowledge and ideas. The IOP funds groups to deliver a range of activities including events, prizes and bursaries. All of our groups are driven by members.

About the group

As a special interest, member-driven group, we are interested in the development of magnetic resonance techniques, and their application to the study of all states of matter.

The group was started in 1956 by a small but internationally significant, group of UK scientists focused on the then rapidly developing physics of magnetic resonance. 

Raymond Andrew, Jack Powles and Rex Richards who were at the forefront of this field decided that it was important to have small meetings where graduate students could talk and meet others in the physics community.

In October 2000, the BRSG became an IOP group with our new name.

What the group does

We promote magnetic resonance physics research through our bursary and founder prize schemes.

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BRSG Founder's Prize

The Founder’s Prize is awarded to a:

  • young scientist
  • current student
  • those who passed their PhD exam less than five years ago (allowing for career breaks)

It is open to scientists of any nationality. The recipient does not have to be a member of the group.

The prize is in memory of the late Professor ER Andrew , pioneer of magic angle  spinning. Professor Andrew was the founder of the group and its first chair.

It is awarded annually  on the basis of a presentation, either oral or poster  at one of our meetings. A winning presentation must show development in application or method of magnetic resonance. 

Guidelines 

  1. The prize was offered first in 2002, the year following Professor Andrew's death.
  2. It is intended that the prize be offered annually.
  3. The prize is a cash sum of £100 paid from the reserves of the group, together with a congratulatory letter from the current chair of the group. The value of the prize will be reviewed periodically by the Group Committee and revised to take account of inflation and the reserves of the group.
  4. The prize will be awarded competitively at a meeting of the BRSG nominated by the committee for this purpose.
  5. The prize will be awarded to a young scientist, i.e., a current student, or within 5 years of the date of the PhD exam (allowing for career breaks), of any nationality, attending the nominated meeting. The recipient need not be a member of the BRSG: The Magnetic Resonance Group of the Institute of Physics.
  6. The prize will be awarded on the basis of a presentation, either oral or poster  at the nominated meeting. A winning presentation must show development in application or method of magnetic resonance.
  7. The rules pertaining to the entry and judging of the competition will be at the discretion of the local organiser of the meeting at which the prize is to be awarded during that year. These rules will be formulated having taken the advice of the Group Committee and account of the scope and size of the meeting.
  8. The committee and local organiser will ensure that the scope of the nominated meeting and the rules of the competition are not so restrictive as to severely limit entry to the competition to those engaged in an unduly narrow sub-field of magnetic resonance.
  9. Following a meeting at which the Prize is offered the local organiser of the meeting will submit a short report to the Group Committee Secretary on the outcome of the competition.
  10. If the prize is not awarded at a nominated meeting, or the committee decide not to nominate a meeting, for whatever reason, in any one year, then the Committee may decide (i) an alternate means by which the Prize may be awarded or without an additional restriction of BRSG: The Magnetic Resonance Group membership, however applied, or (ii) not to award the Prize. Alternate means to award the Prize include by judgement of the quality of a paper published in the preceding 12 months.
  11. The award of the Prize may be discontinued at the discretion of the Group Committee and will be discontinued should the Group cease to exist.

The prize is for a scientist in the first part of their career, that is, a current student, or person within five years of the date of the PhD exam (allowing for career breaks), of any nationality, attending the nominated meeting. The recipient need not be a member of the IOP BRSG: The Magnetic Resonance Group.

Prize

£100 

Winners  

2012

Stefanie Eriksson

From Lund University for the poster presentation, A new PGSE NMR pulse sequence gives isotropic diffusion weighting by magic-angle  spinning of the q-vector.

2011

Sam Wharton

From the University of Nottingham for the oral presentation, Detecting Anisotropic Magnetic Susceptibility Effects in High Field MRI: A Novel Technique for Visualising Microstructure in Brain Tissue.

2010

Alice Bowen

From the University of Oxford for a poster presentation, EPR DEER measurements of Cytochrome P450, Ferrodoxin and Ferrodoxin Reductase complexes to determine the docked structures.

2009

Andrea Valori

From the University of Surrey for the poster presentation, In-Situ NMR on Concrete and Trees.

2008

Dr Andrew Edmonds

From the University of Warwick for the poster presentation, The negative nitrogen vacancy hydrogen defect in diamond.

2007

Mr Daniel Lee

From the University of Nottingham for the oral presentation, SAR-COSY: in-phase COSY spectra for scalar correlations in solids.

2006

Luke O'Dell

From the University of Warwick for the oral presentation, 71Ga MAS NMR: CQ Distribution Width as a Quantitative Measure of Disorder in Ga2O3 Nanocrystals.

2005

Dr Alan Wong

From the University of Warwick for the oral presentation, A 17O NMR study of organic solids.

2004

Dr Sharon Ashbrook

From the University of Cambridge for the oral presentation, Oxygen-17 Solid-state NMR of High-Pressure Silicate Phases.

2003

Dr Kuan Lee

From the Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield for the oral presentation, Parallel Imaging with Multiple B0 Coils.

2002

Dr J P Gorce

From the University of Surrey for the poster presentation, Drying and rewetting of films cast from waterborne colloidal dispersion studied by magnetic resonance profiling.

BRSG-NMRDG  Annual Prize for Excellent Contribution to Magnetic Resonance

The prize is awarded for excellence in magnetic resonance and is to honour a work representing one or more substantial contributions to the field.

The prize is awarded jointly by the BRSG (Institute of Physics Magnetic Resonance society) and the NMR Discussion Group of the Royal Society of Chemistry on an annual basis.

Nominees can be of any nationality, and must be based in the UK or Ireland at the time of nomination and award. 

The research to be recognised can have been partially but not exclusively carried out outside the UK or Ireland.

The prize is awarded to a researcher who has had an independent position  for less than seven years (allowing for career breaks).

Prize  

The prize is £100 

The recipient is invited to give a lecture at either the BRSG or the NMRDG Christmas meeting.

Nominations

Send nominations to M.Carravetta@soton.ac.uk and copy in groups@iop.org

Winners 

2013

Jonathan Mitchell

For work in the area of time domain NMR applied to porous materials. 

2012

Dr John Morton

For Electron and Nuclear Spin Qubits in the Solid State.

2011

Dr Marina Carravetta

For Cryogenic Static and MAS NMR on Magnesium Boride.

2010

Dr Mathias Nilsson

2009

Dr Sharon Ashbrook

For Multinuclear NMR Study of Host-Guest Interactions in Microporous Aluminophosphates.

Eligibility 

The awardee cannot be a member of the prize committee.

The recipient does not have to be a member of the Institute BRSG: The Magnetic Resonance Group, or the NMR Discussion Group.

Nominations

Nominees for the award are nominated and seconded by members of the BRSG or the NMR Discussion Group. A short case is made about why the candidate is suitable, which should make reference to one or more substantial contributions to the field.

Selection

The prize is awarded by a committee made up of two representatives from the BRSG and two representatives from the NMR Discussion Group of the Royal Society of Chemistry. A majority decision of the prize committee is required.

Annual conference and physics events 

The BRSG holds about two meetings each year. Typically, there is a one-day Christmas  meeting. The other meeting is usually in the summer.

Find group events on our events portal. 

Newsletter and physics publications

Download the BRSG AGM 2015 minutes (Word, 55.5KB)

Committee and contacts 



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