Dr. Robert W. Schurko, Professor

Professional Preparation/Appointments

B.Sc. University of Manitoba (1992)
M.Sc. University of Manitoba (1994)
Ph.D. Dalhousie University (1998)

Contact Information

Email rschurko@fsu.edu
Office 3806 CSL 850.645.8614
Lab 3805 CSL  

Programs of Research

Physical, Materials, Analytical

Research Specialties

Solid State Chemistry, Computational Chemistry, Photochemistry and Spectroscopy 

Research Interest

We focus upon the use of solid-state NMR (SSNMR) spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, and quantum chemical (DFT) calculations for the study of materials, including organic solids (e.g., pharmaceuticals), hybrid organic-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 for the acquisition of SSNMR spectra of isotopes of elements from across the periodic table – we focus on designing methodologies for efficient acquisition of ultra-wideline NMR spectra (i.e., with powder patterns that are 250 kHz to several MHz in breadth – for comparison, most NMR peaks have breadths of a few Hz or less).


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D.A. Hirsh, S.T. Holmes, P. Chakravarty, A.A. Peach, A.G. DiPasquale, K. Nagapudi, and R.W. Schurko. In Situ Characterization of Waters of Hydration in a Variable-Hydrate Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient using 35Cl Solid State NMR and X-ray Diffraction. Cryst. Growth Design 2019, 12, 7349-7362.
A.A. Altenhof, A.W. Lindquist, L.D.D. Foster, S.T. Holmes, and R.W. Schurko.  On the Use of Frequency-Swept Pulses and Pulses Designed with Optimal Control Theory for the Acquisition of Ultra-Wideline NMR Spectra. J. Magn. Reson. 2019, 309, 106612.
A.A. Peach, D.A. Hirsh, S.T. Holmes, and R.W. Schurko. Mechanochemical Syntheses and 35Cl Solid-State NMR Characterization of Fluoxetine HCl Cocrystals. CrystEngComm 2018, 20, 2780-2792.
S.T. Holmes and R.W. Schurko. Refining Crystal Structures with Quadrupolar NMR and Dispersion-Corrected Density Functional Theory. J. Phys. Chem. C. 2018, 122, 1809–1820.
R.W. Schurko. Ultra-Wideline Solid-State NMR Spectroscopy.  Acc. Chem. Res. 2013, 46, 1985–1995.