ISMAR Prize

Sponsored by CIL


Dr. Alexander Pines, College of Chemistry, UC Berkeley

Professor Alexander Pines is awarded the 2017 ISMAR prize for his many landmark contributions to magnetic resonance, in particular to solid-state NMR, including time-reversal of dipole-dipole couplings, cross polarization of dilute spins in solids, multiple-quantum spectroscopy, double rotation and dynamic angle spinning of quadrupolar nuclei, the geometric (Berry) phase, ex situ and remote detection, ultralow and zero-field NMR and MRI, optical hyperpolarization and detection, functionalized hyperpolarized Xe as a biosensor, and his leadership as an inspiring teacher and mentor in the field.

Title of the presentation: Half a Century of Ups and Downs




Paul Callaghan Lecture

Sponsored by Magritek


Dr. Jeffrey A. Reimer, College of Chemistry, UC Berkeley

Professor Jeffrey A. Reimer received his bachelor’s degree (with honors) from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and his doctorate from the California Institute of Technology. Prior to his faculty appointment at UC Berkeley he was a postdoctoral fellow at IBM Research in Yorktown Heights, New York. He is presently the C. Judson King Endowed Professor and the Warren and Katharine Schlinger Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department. Professor Reimer has won several teaching awards, including the UC Berkeley Distinguished Teaching Award, the highest award bestowed on faculty for their teaching. Professor Reimer’s scholarship is in the fields of materials chemistry and engineering, with particular attention to the application of sophisticated NMR spectroscopic and physical measurements. He is recognized for these works by election as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a Fellow of the American Physical Society in the Division of Materials Physics, and a Fellow of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance. In 2015 Professor Reimer was the recipient of a Research Fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

Title of the presentation: An Atomistic View of Ion and Molecule Transport in Solids




Anatole Abragam Prizes

Sponsored by Bruker


Dr. Loren Andreas, Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen

"For pioneering contributions to the structure determination of large proteins in the solid state using 1H-detected MAS techniques".

Dr. Loren Andreas received his Bachelor degree from Oberlin College, where he first became interested in solid state NMR. He completed his doctorate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a National Science Foundation graduate research fellowship and was a Marie Curie postdoctoral fellow at the École normale supérieure de Lyon. He is currently leading the solid state NMR group at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry. His primary interests are membrane proteins and ultra-fast magic-angle spinning at high magnetic field. He also received the Ritchey Award at the ENC in 2013.

Title of the presentation: Proton-detected structure determination with 0.1 MHz magic-angle spinning




Dr. Björn Burmann, Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Gothenburg

"For pioneering contributions to the determination of structure and dynamics of chaperone-client complexes at atomic resolution by solution NMR".

Dr. Björn Burmann received his diploma and subsequently he completed his doctorate at the University of Bayreuth focusing on solution state NMR. He was a post-doctoral fellow and a project-leader with a Swiss National Science Foundation Ambizione Fellowship at the Biozentrum Basel. Currently, he is leading the Bio-NMR group at the Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology as well as the Wallenberg Centre for Translational and Molecular Biology of the University of Gothenburg. His primary interests are the structure and dynamics of large protein complexes. He also received the MRC Young Scientist Award at the EUROMAR 2014.

Title of the presentation: Chaperone–client complexes: A dynamic liaison




IES Gold Medal


Dr. Daniella Goldfarb, Deparment of Chemical Physics, Weizmann Institute of Science

The IES Gold Medal Award for 2017 is awarded to Prof. Daniella Goldfarb for her contributions to development of high-field pulsed EPR techniques and their applications to materials and biological research. Daniella Goldfarb received her PhD in 1984 from The Weizmann Institute of Science under the Supervision of Prof. Z. Luz. Her EPR career began with a postdoctoral fellowship in laboratory of Prof. L. Kevan in the University of Houston, Texas. In 1987, Daniella began her independent scientific career at the Weizmann Institute, where she was quickly promoted through the ranks to become a full professor in 1998. Daniella’s research resulted in important understandings and advances in high-field pulsed EPR and ENDOR that included high-sensitivity and in-cell nanometer distance measurements. The developed methodology was successfully applied to unravel structure and mechanisms of various biomolecular systems and to obtain crucial insight into formation mechanism of porous materials. Daniella is the author of more than 200 scientific publications.

Title of the presentation: Combining high field EPR with metal ions spin labeling - a gold mine?




IES Silver Medal for Instrumentation


Dr. Gunnar Jeschke, Department of Chemistry and Applied Biosciences, ETH Zürich

The IES Silver Medal for Instrumentation for 2017 is awarded to Prof. Prof. Gunnar Jeschke for his great achievements in the development of new strategy of EPR using chirp pulses. In particular: EPR-correlated dipolar spectroscopy by Q-band chirp SIFTER, CIDME: Short distances measured with long chirp pulses, chirp FT-EPR correlated three-pulse ESEEM spectra, Laser-Induced Magnetic Dipole Spectroscopy, Ultra-wide band EPR, orthogonal Labeling EPR and many other new ideas proposed in methodology of EPR, DNP and CIDNP. Gunnar Jeschke has been a full Professor in Electron Paramagnetic Resonance at ETH Zurich since April 2008. He has more than 150 papers since 2003 and very high level of citation.

Title of the presentation: A dual-band ultrawideband EPR spectrometer and its application




IES Fellows


Dr. Jack H. Freed, Department of Chemistry, Cornell Unversity

Jack H. Freed, Professor Emeritus of Chemistry at Cornell University, was born in New York City. He received the BE degree from Yale University in 1958, graduating first in his class with highest honors. He received his M.S. in 1959 and Ph.D. in 1962 from Columbia University, studying under Professor G.K. Fraenkel. After one one-year as a Postdoctoral Fellow at Cambridge University, he accepted a faculty appointment at Cornell University, where he has spent his subsequent career, achieving full professor status in 1973 and being appointed Frank and Robert Laughlin Professor of Physical Chemistry in 2007. He has been director of the National Biomedical Center for Advanced ESR Technology (ACERT) since 2001. A world-renowned expert in the field of magnetic resonance, especially electron-spin resonance (ESR), he is the author or co-author of over 400 publications. He has served on the editorial boards of a number of major journals and as president of the IES; has been a visiting scientist or professor at multiple universities and institutions including Tokyo, the Weizmann Institute of Science, Aarhus, Geneva, Delft, L’École Normale Supérieure, Padua, Yamagata, and Oxford; is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences; and has won numerous awards and prizes including the Bruker Award, the Zavoisky Award, the ISMAR Prize, the Irving Langmuir Prize, the Buck Whitney Award, the Joel Hildebrand and the E. Bright Wilson Awards, and the Gold Medal of the IES.

Title of the presentation: Four reasons why I should not have been made a fellow of the IES at this time




Dr. Betty J. Gaffney, Department of Biological Sciences, Florida State University

Professor Betty J. Gaffney is Professor Emeritus at Florida State University since 2016. She has started her career at Johns Hopkins University in 1974 and moved to Florida State University in 1996. Dr. Gaffney has studied lipid properties and protein function by electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) and other biophysical methods. The EPR studies involve simulations of line shapes and quantitative assignment of multiple components in spin labeled or metalloprotein biomaterials. Iron proteins included in studies by Dr. Gaffney are phenylalanine hydroxylase, transferrin, and lipoxygenases. All are of biomedical interest and studies have been supported by NIH(US). EPR at 94 GHz has been particularly informative in assigning spectra of lipoxygenase containing manganese, and of diferric transferrin.

Title of the presentation: An EPR take on enzymology