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CERM: a Center for Research, Transfer and Higher Education of the University of Florence
CERM and CIRMMP jointly run an NMR Infrastructure which is one of the most well-equipped NMR laboratories in the world
Instruct is a pan-European Research Infrastructure providing expertise and access to high quality instruments for structural cell biology researchers
Main and satellite activities of CERM/CIRMMP
Research Areas at CERM: 70 researchers engaged in a variety of fields are working at CERM
CERM offers an International Doctorate Structural Biology and typically hosts approximately 40 PhD students and post-docs
CERM has active collaborations with a number of industrial partners
CERM applies Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) to fundamental questions in the Life Sciences.
A wide range of high-field NMR instruments that allow users to study the structure and dynamics of large molecules both in solution- and solid-state are available.


CERM joins the Magnetic Resonance Community in the mourning for the loss of Nicolaas Bloembergen.

Among his many fundamental contributions to Physics we like to recall his pioneering insights into the theory of electron and nuclear relaxation, which, soon after the Second World War, started a whole new area of research and has been - and still is - inspiring for us CERMians over many decades.

Among his seminal papers are the milestone work with Purcell and Pound on paramagnetic relaxation:
N. Bloembergen, E. M. Purcell, and R. V. Pound, Relaxation effects in Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Absorption, Phys. Rev., 73, 679 (1948);

the treatment of Fermi contact:
I. Solomon and N. Bloembergen, Nuclear Magnetic Interactions in the HF Molecule, J. Chem. Phys., 25, 261 (1956),
developed together with Solomon, who had derived the treatment of dipole-dipole relaxation the year before;

his work on nuclear relaxation in paramagnetic solutions:
N. Bloembergen, Proton Relaxation Times in Paramagnetic Solutions, J. Chem. Phys., 27, 572 (1957),

and the theory of field-dependent electron relaxation:
N. Bloembergen and L. O. Morgan, Proton Relaxation Times in Paramagnetic Solutions. Effects of Electron Spin Relaxation, J. Chem. Phys., 34, 842 (1961).

All this body of work is universally known as the Solomon-Bloembergen-Morgan (SBM) model.