Prof. Dr. rer.nat. Dr. h. c. (RO) Bernhard Blümich
Institut für Technische und Makromolekulare Chemie (ITMC)
Chair of Macromolekular Chemistry
RWTH Aachen University
Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) is a physical phenomenon with many applications in science, engineering, medicine, and art. Atomic nuclei with appropiate magnetic properties, often protons or 13C nuclei are probed with radio-frequency waves following alignment with a magnetic field. The most popular uses are Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) in medicine and NMR spectroscopy in chemistry. There are many other uses of NMR, and the number of applications is growing, as the instrumentation and the measurement methods are refined. These developments are continuing since the first NMR measurements of condensed matter in 1945.
The members of the Chair of Macromolecular Chemistry (MC II) at the Institute of Technical and Macromolecular Chemistry (ITMC) of RWTH Aachen University actively contribute to the progress in NMR by specializing in the development and use of NMR to analyze polymer and other materials as well as chemical processes. The Magnetic Resonance Center (MARC) of ITMC is one of a few laboratories equipped to perform a broad range of NMR studies in these areas. The NMR machines are empoyed for high-resolution spectroscopy to analyze the structure and dynamics of molecules in solution and in the solid state, for NMR imaging to study the structure of objects like soft matter and the function of heterogeneous chemical processes, and for mobile low-field NMR suitable for non-destructive testing and chemical analyses at the site of interest. This unique combination of equipment and expertise is applied to a broad range of interdisciplinary research projects within ITMC, RWTH Aachen University, international cooperative projects, and industrial collaborations.