Role of NMR in chemical and oil industry

Course description

This course will start with the Fundamentals of solid-state NMR

  • Introduction – Spin and Quantum Number I
  • Basic of NMR
    • Nuclear magnetic moment μ
    • Zeeman effect in Static magnetic Field B0
    • sample in RF coil
    • Magic Angle Spinning
    • Chemical shift
    • Chemical Shift Anisotropy (CSA)
  • Relaxation
    • Spin-Lattice Relaxation T1
    • Spin-Spin Relaxation T2
  • NMR Pulse Programs
    • Spin-echo/MAS
    • High-power decoupled (HPDEC)
    • CP/MAS NMR
    • 1H –1H Double Quantum experiment to detect proton connectivity.
    • 1H –13C HETCOR experiment to probe through space nuclei connectivity
  • Next revolution Dynamic Nuclear Polarization
    • Electron to nucleus polarization
    • Mix samples with the radical (TEKPOL,…) Insolvent (D2O, TCE, DCB,….)
  • Application of High-resolution NMR and DNP spectroscopy for molecular understanding of heterogeneous catalysis, the reactions mechanism and solid materials.

High resolutions NMR provides a range of exquisitely precise tools to characterize Well-defined active sites in heterogeneous catalysis. Implementation of high resolution and 2D solid state NMR and DNP techniques helped to identify surface structures at a molecular level, which is a key to implementing structure–reactivity relationships and rational developments in heterogeneous catalysis. It is clear that these methods also have the potential for extensive further developments and applications, for example probing the dynamics of surface species, access to mobility of active sites),  and to monitor the active sites as a function of time.

2D high resolution and 2D NMR and DNP spectra shows the power of this technique to characterize the well-defined heterogeneous  and different reactions catalysts prepared and others modern solid materials:

  1. Supported well defined single site organometallic catalysis:  These notions are the basis of the “catalysis by design” strategy (“structure–activity” relationship) in which a better understanding of the mechanistic aspects of the catalytic process led to the improvement of catalyst performances.
  2. The role of different Zeolites and its reactions such (as  methanol-to-hydrocarbon process, direct conversion of CO2 to light olefins and Aromatics, Aromatization of Ethylene, methane dehydroaromatization, ……)
  3. The binding mode of organic ligands to nanoparticles surfaces: gold is one of the most active and dynamic areas of chemistry
  4. Advanced study of Crystalline polymers that are important materials with myriad Applications: Polymer characterization by NMR provides detailed structural information for product development and quality control considerations
  5. Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) are a new type of porous materials with numerous current and potential applications in many areas including ion-exchange, catalysis, sensing, separation, molecular recognition, drug delivery and, in particular gas storage. Solid-state NMR (SSNMR) has played a pivotal role in structural characterization and understanding of host-guest interactions in MOFs.
  6. NMR as a powerful tool to study ion batteries (7Li, 23Na,39K,…)
  7. Structure, dynamic, electronic and magnetic properties of carbon nanotubes and derivatives family

Learning objectives

The objective of the course is to teach the fundamentals and applications of solid-state NMR and DNP spectroscopy for heterogeneous catalysis and different modern materials Science.
The objectives also show that among various measurement techniques, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) is an extremely powerful tool for the identification of chemical composition and the determination of molecular structure and using high-resolution 1D and 2D NMR will help for atomic understanding.

Who should attend

All students, scientists, engineers in universities and companies who are working in chemistry, catalysis, polymers, membrane, material science


Recommended strategies for advanced analysis using NMR spectroscopy to access to atomic understanding of active sites of heterogeneous catalysts, polymers and different modern materials.


14 Nov 2021 - 15 Nov 2021


8:00 am - 4:00 pm




  • Dr. Abou Hamad
    Dr. Abou Hamad
    King Abdullah University of Science and Technology , KSA

    2008: PhD in “in Physical Chemistry and Nanotechnology”. University of Montpellier II. France
    PhD Project: Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) investigations of Magnetic, Electronic and Dynamic properties of Carbon Nanotubes, peapods and derivatives

    Research Experience
    Nov. 2010 – Present: NMR staff Scientist King Abdullah University of Science and technology
    “Application of High resolution and 2D NMR and DNP Spectroscopy to characterize at molecular level the heterogeneous catalysis”.
    2010: Postdoctoral Research Fellow National Institute of Applied Sciences (INSA), Toulouse (France) “Developing new spectrometer for applications in solid stated NMR in pulsed magnetic field up to 60T”.