Solid state NMR of chemical reactions on supported Pd nanoparticles

Supported metal nanoparticles (NP) are an important class of catalysts. Many techniques can contribute to shed light on their structure, for instance, XAS is well placed to look at the metallic active sites, IR is powerful to look at absorbed functional groups, but solid state NMR has been under-explored on this respect.  We will discuss here advances on how to utilise magic-angle spinning solid state NMR for structural characterisation on a range of materials, as well as operando / in situ work on zeolites, supported Palladium NP, and applications for sustainable technologies. 


Dr Marina Carravetta is Associate Professor in the Magnetic Resonance group in the School of Chemistry at the University of Southampton. She won a Royal Society University Research Fellowship in 2007. Before that, she was a postdoctoral fellow in Southampton. She obtained her Ph.D. from University of Stockholm (Sweden) in 2003 and completed her undergraduate studies in University of Calabria (Italy) with honours.

Marina’s area of speciality is NMR, where she has a long track record of contributions in the areas of methodology developments (including symmetry based R sequences, singlet state NMR, nitrogen-14 detection, spin counting methods to name a few) as well as in the applications of solid state NMR to Materials Science, with particular focus on NMR on catalytic studies, and operando NMR. Her most recent efforts also include the usage of quantum optimal control and quantum technology in the context of NMR spectroscopy.

Marina was awarded the BRSG-NMRDG Annual Prize for Excellent Contribution to Magnetic Resonance by an Early Career Researcher in 2011 and the Ernst Award in 2004. She was a member of the Magnetic Resonance steering group in the Institute of Physics for the full tenure of 10 years, and she is currently one of the elected committee member of the ISMAR (International Society of Magnetic Resonance) Council.

She is also very engaged with ED&I, she is an experienced Senior tutor and a qualified first aider. She has been working part-time for the past 10 years due to family commitments. In her spare time, her main hobby is art.

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