NMR Research Unit

The focus of our unit is the research in modern nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR). We are developing and applying modern experimental as well as computational magnetic resonance methods to create new tools to characterize physical properties of molecules, materials and nanosystems and to reliably interpret the acquired data with high accuracy using quantum-chemical calculations.

We also provide teaching in many courses in the physics curriculum, and supervise B.Sc. and M.Sc. theses, which are based on our research. More information about offered B.Sc. and M.Sc. projects (in Finnish).
Finnish version of our group webpages can be found here.




Academy of Finland project for Professor Ville-Veikko Telkki

Professor Ville-Veikko Telkki has received funding from Academy of Finland for the project "Ultrafast Laplace NMR in biochemistry". Congratulations!


Prof. Juha Vaara a new member of Finnish Academy of Science and Letters

Professor Juha Vaara has been selected as one of the new members of the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters. Congratulations!


Novel ultrafast nuclear magnetic resonance method for investigating molecular exchange

The exchange of molecules between different physical or chemical environments due to diffusion or chemical transformations has a crucial role in a plethora of fundamental processes such as breathing, protein folding, chemical reactions and catalysis.
Our Unit developed an NMR method to speed up the detection of molecular exchange to 10000-fold. The method is exploited in the climate change research to understand the composition of atmospheric aerosols in collaboration with the Nano and Molecular Systems (NANOMO) Research Unit at the University of Oulu. See the original article in Nature Communications.
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Kvantum Institute funding for our unit

Our unit has received funding for a project Advanced NMR for sustainability as a part of Kvantum institue of the University of Oulu.


Video feature on application of hyperpolarization for nuclear magneto-optics

On July 27-29 the first Parahydrogen Enhanced Resonance Meeting (PERM) took place as a virtual conference, featuring a wide selection of exciting science. You can now watch a video recording of the contribution from our group detailing our recent progress in the field of nuclear magneto-optics.


New course on molecular magnetism in autumn 2020

Our group will open a new course Molecular magnetism in the upcoming second period the autumn semester 2020. For more information see the course description link or contact Akseli Mansikkamäki.


Academy of Finland project funding for prof. Juha Vaara

Professor Juha Vaara, head of the theoretical group in our unit, has received funding from Academy of Finland for the project Multiscale simulation of magnetic resonance physics. Congratulations!


Congratulations to Akseli Mansikkamäki, a recipient of Academy of Finland postdoctoral grant

Akseli Mansikkamäki has received a postdoctoral grant from the Academy of Finland for the research focusing on properties of single-molecule magnets.


Evidence that NMR chemical shifts depend on magnetic field strength

Researchers from our group have confirmed predictions made in 1970 that NMR chemical shift depends on the strength of the magnetic field. See article in Chemistry World and original article in Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics featured in 2020 PCCP HOT Article Collection.
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New method for material research gets hundred times stronger

Our recent article "Low-Concentration Measurements of Nuclear Spin-Induced Optical Rotation Using SABRE Hyperpolarization", published in prestigious The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, has been featured in multiple news outlets. You can read the full article about the emerging field of nuclear magneto-optics here.
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Congratulations to Vladimir Zhivonitko, a recipient of Academy Project funding

Vladimir Zhivonitko has received Project funding from the Academy of Finland for the research focusing on development of metal-free activators for parahydrogen to create biosensors for NMR and MRI studies.


Congratulations to the Academy of Finland postdoctoral position for Sarah Mailhiot

Sarah Mailhiot has received a postdoctoral position from the Academy of Finland. Her project concerns application of NMR and MRI methods for investigation of new sustainable cement materials with low or zero carbon footprint.


XLI Finnish NMR Symposium announced

The XLI Finnish NMR Symposium will take place on 5-7 June 2019 in Rokua Health & Spa. We are pleased to host three plenary speakers

  • Mathilde Lerche ( Technical University of Denmark )
  • Andrew Pell ( Stockholm University )
  • Leif Schröder ( Leibniz Forschunginstitut für Molekulare Pharmakologie im Forschungsverbund Berlin )

Further information and registration dates will be announced on the official website of the conference http://nmrsymposium.fi/2019/.


Academy of Finland postdoctoral position awarded to Petr Štěpánek

Petr Štěpánek has received the postdoctoral researcher position from the Academy of Finland for the project concerning nuclear magneto-optic spectroscopy.


ERC project funding

Ville-Veikko Telkki received an ERC consolidator grant (2.6 M€) for the development of ultrafast Laplace NMR.
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Large funding for the research group at the University of Oulu for development of pioneering NMR method

Suuri rahoituspotti Oulun yliopiston tut­ki­ja­ryh­mäl­le - kyseessä uraauurtavan NMR-menetelmän kehittäminen (in Finnish).


Ville Telkki revolutionalizes NMR spectroscopy

Ville-Veikko Telkki featured in a series about Finnish physicists (in Finnish) http://blogs.helsinki.fi/sfs-70/2017/11/30/ville-telkki-mullistaa-nmr-spektroskopiaa/

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The NMR research group can be found at the Linnanmaa Campus, corridor G (red), G2 staircase, 3rd floor.

Internal University address: 3KEM

If you are interested in our research, collaboration, or want to study in our group, please contact prof. Juha Vaara or prof. Ville-Veikko Telkki.

Postal address

NMR Research Unit
Faculty of Science
P.O. Box 3000
FIN-90014 University of Oulu
Tel: +358-294-48 1343 (theory)
Tel: +358-294-48 1309 (experiment)