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Dr. Robert Schurko

Dr. Robert Schurko


Ph.D. (Chemistry) - Dalhousie University (1998)
M.Sc. (Chemistry) - University of Manitoba (1994)
B.Sc. (Chemistry – Hons.) - University of Manitoba (1992)

Honors & Awards
50th Anniversary Jubilee Chair - University of Windsor - Outstanding Research Award, 2014-2016
University of Windsor Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creativity, Category C: Established Scholars/Researcher, 2015
Roger Thibert Teaching Award, University of Windsor, 2011
NSERC Discovery Accelerator Supplements Award, 2011-2014
Erasmus Mundus Master Course - Visiting Professorship (Residency: Lille, France), 2011

Contact Information
3806B CSL
B234 MAG
3805 CSL
Programs of Research

Research Interest

My research interests focus upon the use of solid-state NMR spectroscopy, X-ray crystallography, and quantum chemical calculations for the study of numerous materials, including organic solids (e.g., pharmaceuticals), inorganic systems (e.g., metal-organic frameworks and nanoparticles), and organometallic complexes (e.g., catalytic precursors). My students and I are working on the development of NMR crystallography, a method in which molecular-level structures of crystalline materials can be determined utilizing experimentally measured and theoretically derived NMR data as primary metrics. Finally, I am also very interested in understanding the spin physics underlying NMR experiments, and work on the development and applications of pulse sequences or the acquisition of solid-state NMR spectra of NMR-active isotopes of elements from across the periodic table - in particular, we focus on designing pulse sequences for efficient acquisition of ultra-wideline NMR spectra (i.e., spectra having powder patterns that are 250 kHz to several MHz in breadth – most peaks in NMR spectra have breadths of a few Hz or less, for comparison).

Elements and isotopes. My research group has conducted SSNMR studies on a wide array of materials utilizing conventional nuclei such as 1H, 2H, 13C, 15N, 19F, 29Si and 31P, as well as more “exotic” nuclei including (but not limited to): 7Li, 9Be, 10/11B, 14N, 17O, 23Na, 25Mg, 27Al, 35/37Cl, 39K, 45Sc, 47/49Ti, 51V, 55Mn, 59Co, 63/65Cu, 67Zn, 69/71Ga, 75As, 77Se, 85/87Rb, 89Y, 91Zr, 93Nb, 95/97Mo, 103Rh, 107/109Ag, 111/113Cd, 115In, 119Sn, 125Te, 133Cs, 137Ba, 139La, 171Yb, 183W, 195Pt, 199Hg and 207Pb

Summary of Research Areas

  • Development of techniques for improving sensitivity in multinuclear SSNMR experiments, including ultra-wideline NMR methods.

  • Quantum chemical calculations (DFT) of NMR interaction tensors.

  • Applications of SSNMR of unreceptive nuclei:

    • Pharmaceuticals: Differentiation of polymorphs, solvates and co-crystalline species

    • Nanoparticles: cores, surfaces and interfaces studied by SSNMR

    • Metal-organic frameworks (MOF): structure and coherent dynamics

    • Mechanochemical synthesis: organic, inorganic, and hybrid materials

    • Heterogeneous catalysts and pre-cursors: probed by SSNMR of metal and halogen nuclides