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It was NOBEL PRIZE week and those honoured were:

  • For PHYSICS Arthur Ashkin (Bell Laboratories, Holmdel, USA) for the optical tweezers and their application to biological systems and Gérard Mourou (École Polytechnique, Palaiseau, France, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA) and Donna Strickland (University of Waterloo, Canada) for their method of generating high-intensity, ultra-short optical pulses;
  • For CHEMISTRY Frances H. Arnold (California Institute of Technology, USA), George P. Smith (University of Missouri, USA), and Gregory P. Winter (MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, UK) for harnessing evolution to identify new enzymes and binding proteins;
  • For MEDICINE James P. Allison (University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, USA) and Tasuku Honjo (Kyoto University, Japan) for their discovery of cancer therapy by inhibition of negative immune regulation.

1-3 October 2018.

I had a terrific time yesterday evening at the IOP Business and Innovations Group "IOP Business Awards" at the The Palace of Westminster and hosted by Alok Sharma MP.

Congratulations to all of the prize winners and especially to my prize winner friend Gary Green at York Instruments!

Paul Jonsen, 16th October 2018.

The ESR Group of the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Bruker Corporation are pleased to invite applications for the 2019 Bruker ESR Thesis Prize - a monetary award of several thousand pounds and a prize lecture at the ESR Group Meeting in April 2019, set up to recognize outstanding work by PhD students in the field of electron spin resonance. Further information is here: The deadline for the 2019 Bruker Thesis Prize applications is 12:00 (UK time) on the 1st December, 2018. Applications should be sent, in the form of PDF files (1-page summary, full thesis, supervisor support letter, examiner support letter) to the ESR Group Secretary - Dr Ilya Kuprov (

Connect to the BIPM's YouTube channel on November 16 at 10 am (UTC), to watch the live open session of the General Conference on Weights and Measures (CGPM) considering the revision of the International System of Units (SI), including the redefinition of four of the seven base units of the SI;

Meet the Scientist
I spent a large part of the day demonstrating that physics is not only used by people but also by other animals such as dolphins which use sound to visualise their surroundings and bubbles to catch fish and being capable of distinguishing between tissue and bubbles using only their brain. Mankind needs to use a machine to emulate dolphins; an echo or ultrasound imaging system. I demonstrated the use of ultrasound imaging to visualise the fetal heart, 4D fetal US, 4D mouse contrast enhanced (bubbles) ultrasound heart imaging, the doppler effect (ambulance sirens) to doppler ultrasound of arteries, veins and a mouse foot! This was followed by MRI images on a human head and the knee. The primary school children participated in the short presentation. This was funded by the Ogden Trust and the National Science and Media Museum. I would like to thank Dr Dieter Fuchs, FujiFilm VisualSonics for supporting me with the Vevo 3100 cine loops.

Paul Jonsen, 6th December 2018.

The Varian Young Investigator Award has been established to honor the physicist, inventor and entrepreneur Russel Varian. The prize is an annual award given in alternate years at Euromar and ENC. The next edition will be presented at the 60th ENC. It carries a monetary award of $5,000 funded by a group of anonymous donors.

The Varian Young Investigator Award is intended to recognize a single investigator, for their achievements in any area of magnetic resonance. The award is to be granted to a promising scientist within the first 12 years after their Ph.D. This is a general guideline and exceptions will be considered.

In order to identify potential awardees the committee is soliciting from the community potential candidates. These nominations should include:

  • Name of nominee, with nominee's affiliation, phone, and e-mail
  • CV of the nominee
  • Name of nominator, address, phone, and e-mail
  • A brief (no more than 200 words) description of the work that forms the basis of the nomination
  • A list of up to five relevant publications.

Self-nominations will not be accepted, and nominations will be considered until February 1, 2019. No previous winner of a Varian themed award will be considered. Please send your nomination material to:

  • By email to
  • By mail or courier to:

    ENC - Varian Young Investigator Award at ENC
    2019 Galisteo Street, Bldg i-1
    Santa Fe, NM 87505 (USA)

Anne Lesage, Lyon, 8th December 2018

The SharedEPR network and the International EPR/ESR Society are sponsoring an EPR Summer School immediately before the Rocky Mountain Conference in Denver this coming summer targeting EPR beginners, non-experts and those in other fields who want to learn EPR but may not have the opportunity to do so in their home institutions.

University of Denver, 17th-21st July 2019.

Gary J. Gerfen, New York, 11th December 2018


August 2018: A new article has been published concerning PlasmaKnife and its benefits of reducing microplate result variability;
'Reducing Microplate Result Variability Using an AI-Based Approach', Paul Hensley, American Laboratory, 2018, 39-41.

Cryogenic Ltd 9.4T Dissolution DNP Magnet under test

6th September 2018: To the left is a cryogen free 9.4 T dissolution DNP magnet with integrated variable temperature insert (iVTI) under final test before delivery to the Technical University of Denmark into the laboratory of Professor Jan Henrik Ardenkjaer-Larsen.

The dissolution DNP magnets are available at a range of field strengths including 9.4 T, 10.1 T and highter all fitted with the iVTI to allow the freezing and microwave irradiation of the sample. The magnets can be energised to lower fields by the operator and even turned off!

The seven magnets currently installed in the field operate as required but some prospective customers have a concern about potential quenches. In the unlikely situation of a quench the magnet ceases can be warmed up, and the cooling system turned back on and the magnet quickly re-energised; since no liquid cryogens are not used there is no loss of valuable LHe making this a very robust commercial system for dissolution DNP. See the Cryogenic Portfolio Page for more details.

The photo is taken by Paul Jonsen at Cryogenic Ltd, Acton, London, UK.

September 2018; Cryogenic Limited featured in The Parliamentary Review, Manufacturing & Services, 2017/2018, pp23.

21st-22nd January 2019; TalaveraScience will attend the 40th Danish NMR Meeting at the Musholm Konference Center, Korsør, Denmark.

Bridge12 logo16th January, 2019; TalaveraScience signs an agreement with Bridge12 to become the sales agency for Europe, Middle East and Australia and environs for their ODNP and ODNP probes for X-Band Overhauser DNP Spectroscopy, auxiliary microwave components and systems (e.g., quasi-optical components, corrugated waveguides, power meters, frequency measuring systems), high field EPR and DNP systems, DNP upgrades for existing NMR systems (e.g., gyrotrons for DNP and transmission lines). Contact for further information.

2nd-6th February, 2019; TalaveraScience will attend the SLAS 2019 with IonField Systems in Washington DC;

26th February 2019; TalaveraScience will attend the IOP Business Innovation and Growth Conference at the Insitute of Physics, London, UK.

Contact for further information.