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Richard R. Ernst Prize in Magnetic Resonance

The EUROMAR Board of Trustees and Ernst Prize committee request nominations for the “Richard R. Ernst Prize in Magnetic Resonance” (Ernst Prize), named after magnetic resonance pioneer and Nobel Laureate Prof. Richard R. Ernst, which will be awarded at the EUROMAR 2021 in Portoroz (Slovenia) to recognize ‘recent beneficial applications of Magnetic Resonance’.

The Ernst Prize is intended to award achievements going beyond fundamental research, for groundbreaking applications of new or of previously known techniques in all areas of magnetic resonance. It is intended for research published within the last three years, although the origins of the ideas and experiments may have been described in previous publications. In special cases, and at the discretion of the Prize Committee, the award may be for cumulative achievements over a longer period of time.

The Ernst Prize is intended to be awarded to a single individual; however, it may be awarded to up to three scientists if the Prize Committee deems that their contributions to the development of the applications are of equal value.

Former prize recipients are Alex Pines (2016), Robert Griffin (2017), Claudio Luchinat (2018), Daniella Goldfarb and Angela Gronenborn (2019), and Clare Grey (2020).

The Prize comes with a purse of 10,000 €; it is sponsored by the Bruker BioSpin Corporation, and is awarded annually at the EUROMAR conference.

The 2021 Ernst Prize committee is made by Profs. Lucia Banci (chair), Claudio Luchinat, Daniella Goldfarb, Angela Gronenborn, Clare Grey, Oscar Millet, Janez Plavec, and Marc Baldus.

Nominations must include and fulfill the following conditions: the nominee's name, affiliation, address, phone number, and e-mail; a brief (ca. 200 words) description of the work serving as the basis for the nomination, and a list of relevant publications (~5); Nominees may not have received the Guenther Laukien Prize or the Russell Varian Prize in the preceding five years; Self-nominations are not accepted.

Nominations for the 2021 Ernst Prize will be considered until February 28, 2021 and should be sent to Lucia Banci, the Chair of the Ernst Prize Committee.

AMPERE Prize for Young Investigators 2021 and the Andrew Prize for an outstanding PhD Thesis

Submissions for these two prizes are now been taken and are due on February 15, 2021. Details about the eligibility and the submission requirements can be found in the AMPERE Bulletin No. 281 (available online on the AMPERE website at while past prize winners are listed at

Both prizes will be awarded at the EUROMAR 2021 in Portoroz, Slovenia.

2020 Nobel Prizes

It was 2020 NOBEL PRIZE week and those honoured were:

  • For PHYSICS Roger Penrose (University of Oxford, Oxford, UK) for the discovery that black hole formation is a robust prediction of the general theory of relativity, Reinhard Genzel (University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA, Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics, Garching, Germany) and Andrea Ghez (University of California, Los Angeles, CA, USA) for the discovery of a supermassive compact object at the centre of our galaxy,;
  • For CHEMISTRY Emmanuelle Charpentier (Max Planck Unit for the Science of Pathogens, Berlin, Germany) and Jennifer A. Doudna (University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA) for the development of a method for genome editing,;
  • For PHYSIOLOGY or MEDICINE Harvey J. Alter (National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, USA), Michael Houghton (University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada) and Charles M. Rice (Rockefeller University, New York, NY, USA) for the discovery of Hepatitis C virus,
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Congratulations to the new Nobel Laureates!

7th October, 2020.

2021 Bruker ESR Thesis Prize

The ESR Group of the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Bruker Corporation are pleased to invite applications for the 2021 Bruker ESR Thesis Prize - a monetary award of several thousand pounds and a prize lecture at the ESR Group Meeting in April 2021, set up to recognize outstanding work by PhD students in the field of electron spin resonance. Further information is here: The deadline for the 2021 Bruker Thesis Prize applications is 12:00 (UK time) on the 1st December, 2020. 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 (

7th October, 2020.

IonField Systems and COVID-19 Testing

SARS-CoV-2 Photo by Fusion Medical Animation on UnsplashThere are three major challenges facing our planet at this time: a) climate change; b) SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19; c) single use plastics. COVID-19 testing, which is now ramping up in several parts of the world as an attempt to 'track and trace' involves large amounts of labware plastic such as personal protection equipment (PPE) through to pipette tips and microplates which are, typically, single use. Former British Prime Minister Theresa May stated, 'Plastic Waste is one of the great environmental scourges of our time!' Due to the massively increased demand on testing, there is a large amount of microplate and pipette tip waste being generated, daily, along with the threat of impending shortages of these consumables.

IonField Systems provides a solution with its pipette tip and microplate plasma cleaning instruments which hit all three of the challenges by allowing the multiple reuse of these devices removing the threat of shortages, especially with the introduction of PurePlate™ co-developed with Lab Services (see below - click here), making the plastic perform more useful work and ensuring the biohazard is removed before the plastic is returned for recycling, helping to save lives, save money and save the planet! Please revisit to see these developments appear on my Ionfield Systems page!

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Photo by Fusion Medical Animation on Unsplash

30th June, 2020


30th November, 2020; a new publication accepted concerning the use of IonField Systems's Microplate Cleaning System with colleagues at AstraZeneca, Alderley Park, UK and Ionfield Systems, Morristown, NJ "Evaluation of the Use of Cold Plasma for Microtiter Plate Cleaning to Reduce Plastic Biohazard Waste", Helen Plant (AZ), Paul Hensley (IFS), Geoffrey Holdgate (AZ), Paul Jonsen (TS), Mark Wigglesworth (AZ), SLAS Technol. 2020 Nov 30

24th July, 2020: articles have appeared in the New York Times discussing shortages of not just reagents but also pipette tips and these are holding up COVID-19 tests. Please read:

30th June, 2020; IonField Systems and Lab Services launch PurePlate™ which is an automated workcell capable of cleaning up to 2,000 microplates in 24 hours (for PurePlate equipped with 2 Microplate Cleaning Systems™ (MCS™)). Equipped with one or two microwave cleaning systems, MCS for standard microplates and MCS-DW™ for deepwell microplates, the workcell can accept up to 350 used microplates delivered to the designated PlateHotel on one side of the PurePlate, passed through the MCS rinse station and plasma station where ionised air consisting of highly energetic and reactive oxygen species breaks up organic material and then the cleaned, reusable microplates provided to the other dedicated PlateHotel. The system can be enclosed by a screen for additional safety.

Designed as a solution for COVID-19 testing in ensuring the continuity of supply of fully cleaned microplates even if there are microplate shortages! Microplates can be recleaned multiple times!

The video below shows a 3D rendition of the PurePlate workcell.

See the following pages for more information:

TalaveraScience IonField Systems Pages
IonField Systems Website
Lab Services Website

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11th June, 2020; The NIH have recently publised an eBook entitled Microplate Selection and Recommended Practices in High-throughput Screening and Quantitative Biology, by Douglas S. Auld, Ph.D., Peter A. Coassin, B.S., Nathan P. Coussens, Ph.D., Paul Hensley, Sam Michael, G. Sitta Sittampalam, Ph.D., O. Joseph Trask, B.S., Bridget K. Wagner, Ph.D., Jeffrey R. Weidner, Ph.D., Mary Jo Wildey, Ph.D., and Jayme L. Dahlin, M.D., Ph.D. including information in the chapter on the IonField Systems Plasma microplate cleaning process. The book is an excellent resource on the subject of microplates.

Group photo of the 41st Danish NMR Meeting  Group Photo of the 41st Danish NMR Meeting 20th-21st January, 2020.

1st January, 2020; IonField System's PlasmaKnife has been rebranded as the Microplate Cleaning System (MCS).

31 December, 2019; A new TalaveraScience publication accepted concerning cryogen-free magnets and an investigation into the sources of artifacts, with colleagues at Cryogenic Ltd, Acton, UK "On the magnetic field stability of cryogen-free magnets for magnetic resonance applications", Eugeny Kryukov, Angel Joaquin Perez Linde, Seema Raghunathan, Stephen Burgess, Paul Jonsen, Jeremy Good, Solid State Nuclear Magnetic Resonance 105 (2020) 101639

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