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EU-COST Summer School on Nuclear Spin Hyperpolarization Techniques

Marwell Hotel (within Marwell Wildlife Park and Zoo)

Thompsons Lane
Colden Common
SO21 1JY

Winchester, GB

June 21, 2015 – June 26, 2015




This Summer School is organised within the framework of the EU COST Action TD1103 "Hyperpolarization Physics and Methodology in NMR and MRI" (

The main purpose of the school is to train the young generation of scientists (PhD's and PostDocs) working in the field of magnetic resonance in novel methodologies for nuclear spin hyperpolarisation.

For this purpose the school will discuss several hyperpolarisation techniques:

  • Solid-State DNP
  • dissolution-DNP
  • Overhauser-DNP
  • PHIP/SABRE (ParaHydrogen Induced Polarisation)
  • CIDNP (Chemically induced DNP)
  • QRIP (Quantum Rotor Induced Polarisation)

at 4 different levels: Theory, Simulations, Instrumentation and Applications.


The school is coordinated by Giuseppe Pileio (University of Southampton, UK) and Björn Corzilius (Goethe University Frankfurt, DE);

It boasts  a rich list of top class teachers and scientists whose researches have contributed to estabilish the field of nuclear spin hyperpolarisation:

  • Shimon Vega (Weizmann Institite, IL)
  • Bob Griffin (MIT, Cambridge, US)
  • Malcolm H. Levitt (University of Southampton, UK)
  • Kevin Brindle (University of Cambridge, UK)
  • Walter Kockenberger (University of Nottingham, UK)
  • Ilya Kuprov (University of Southampton, UK)
  • Jan-Henrik Arderkjaeren-Larsen (DTU Copenhagen, DK)
  • Sami Jannin (EPFL, CH)
  • Marina Bennati (MPI, Göttingen, DE)
  • Marco Tessari (IMM, Nijmegen, NL)

The school is open to PhD's, PostDocs and early career scientists but we can allow only a total number of 30 participants. Places will be assigned on a first come first served base so please do not wait the last minute to register! People from countries enrolled in the COST Action are entitled to a fixed reimbursement of 500€ (for a list of enrolled countries see here).

Every participants is due to submit an abstract for a poster to be carried at the summer school. The submission of a poster abstract is mandatory to get a place at the school.

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COST Meeting on Relaxation and Hyperpolarisation Theory - 2014

MacDonald Elmers Court Hotel

South Baddesley Road,

SO41 5ZB, Lymington, Hampshire, UK

Lymington, GB

May 6, 2014 – May 8, 2014

This meeting is organised within the framework of the EU COST Action TD1103 "Hyperpolarization Physics and Methodology in NMR and MRI" ( It is a discussion meeting that joins two COST working groups: "Theory" (WG2) and "Relaxation" (WG3).

The meeting will focus on two specific subjects:

  1. Long-lived spin states to prolong the lifetime of hypepolarised spin order;
  2. The role of spin diffusion in hyperpolarisation techniques.

For each subject there will be two introductory talks of didactic character given by well-known specialists in the field:

  • Malcolm H. Levitt (University of Southampton, UK)
  • Sami Jannin (EPFL, CH)
  • Lyndon Emsley (ENS Lyon, FR)
  • Walter Kockenberger (University of Nottingham, UK)

In addition, other COST participants (notably, young researchers) will contribute with oral presentations of their recent results. Discussion sessions will integrate the meeting and offer the possibility to set a common research framework by identifying the most importantresearch directions the community will focus on.

Exploiting long-lived spin states (LLSs) is a new promising methodology, which is based on using spin order with lifetime exceeding by far the lifetime of longitudinal magnetisation. LLSs can be applied to study slow dynamic processes or to sustain spin hyperpolarization during extended periods of time, to cite a few examples. This latter is a critical issue in many applications of spin hyperpolarization. The meeting will address various aspects of extending the lifetime of spin hyperpolarization and report about current applications of the technique in NMR/MRI experiments.

Spin diffusion plays a central role in many hyperpolarization experiments, notably, in solid-state Dynamic Nuclear Polarization (DNP). Full understanding of the physics underlying solid-state DNP inevitably requires deeper insights into electronic and nuclear spin diffusion. These issues will be discussed during the meeting; recent theoretical and experimental advances will be presented and discussed.

N.B.: Participants from countries enrolled in the COST Action are entitled to a reimbursement of up to 500€ and depending on the number of participants. Check if your country is enrolled here.


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