Course Syllabus for

Magnetic Resonance - Spectroscopy and Imaging
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KFKN01F, 7.5 credits

Valid from: Spring 2013
Decided by: FN2/Eva Nordberg Karlsson
Date of establishment: 2013-04-04

General Information

Division: Biophysical Chemistry
Course type: Course given jointly for second and third cycle
The course is also given at second-cycle level with course codes: KFKN01, KEMM17
Teaching language: English


The aim of the course is for the student to learn basic knowledge about Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) and its applications in the studies of structure and dynamics in macromolecular and colloidal systems. The course also addresses imaging techniques and methods for the studies of solid materials.


Knowledge and Understanding

For a passing grade the doctoral student must

Competences and Skills

For a passing grade the doctoral student must

Judgement and Approach

For a passing grade the doctoral student must

Course Contents

Lectures: The course begins with basic theory for Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, including an introduction to quantum mechanics. Then follow lectures on chemical shift, nuclear spin interactions, spin dynamics, chemical exchange, relaxation, multi-dimensional applications (including structure determination of macromolecules) and methods for imaging and the study of self-diffusion. The last part of the course is a possibility for each student to make a deeper descent into a subject that he or she finds interesting and relevant. A visit to the MR department at the Lund University Hospital might be offered. Practicals: An introduction to the data treatment in NMR (including topics like the Fourier transform and artefacts) is followed by practicals covering chemical exchange, relaxation, imaging and self diffusion. An extra practical might be offered as a part of the student’s intensifying task. That practical might cover, for example, structure determination, solid state NMR or molecular dynamics.

Course Literature

Keeler, J.: Understanding NMR Spectroscopy, 2nd edition. Wiley, 2010. ISBN 9780470746097.

Instruction Details

Types of instruction: Lectures, seminars, laboratory exercises, exercises, self-study literature review

Examination Details

Examination formats: Written exam, written report, written assignments, seminars given by participants. For a passing grade the student must pass a written examination, practicals, home assignments and an intensifying task.
Grading scale: Failed, pass
Examiner: Professor Mikael Akke

Admission Details

Assumed prior knowledge: Mathematics (analysis and linear algebra) and physical chemistry (thermodynamics, intermolecular interactions).

Course Occasion Information

Start date: 2024-01-16
End date: 2024-03-17
Course pace: Half time

Application Information

Please contact course coordinator Mikael Akke

Contact and Other Information

Course coordinator: Mikael Akke <>
Other information: The course is identical to KFKN01 (LTH) and KEMM57 (faculty of Science) but can be adjusted slightly to the demands of the students. The course provides the fundamental theoretic and experimental aspects of NMR and MR imaging and gives the opportunity for deeper insight into a topic chosen by the student.

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