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Natural Sciences: Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy – How Chemists Can Use Physics To Understand Biology With Dr Tharin Blumenschein – Society for Natural Sciences

21st June 2022 @ 15:35 - 16:20


In this session, Dr Tharin Blumenschein, Head of Natural Sciences and Associate Professor in Biomolecular NMR Spectroscopy at the University of East Anglia, will cover Nuclear Magnetic Resonance spectroscopy: how chemists can use physics to understand biology.

To understand how the cell works, we need to understand how different molecules inside the cells perform their roles: their shape, motions and interactions. An excellent technique to obtain this information is nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, as it can give information about individual atoms in a molecule.

This talk will cover the basic physical principles of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, what information can be obtained using NMR spectroscopy, and how it’s applied to biological molecules. This will be followed by a brief discussion of studying multiple sciences at university.


Dr Tharin Blumenschein is Associate Professor in Biomolecular NMR Spectroscopy in the School of Chemistry and Head of School at the School of Natural Sciences at University of East Anglia. In this session, Tharin represents the Society for Natural Sciences, a national learned society that promotes interdisciplinary science education and research.

Follow-up resources linking this webinar to Chemistry, Physics and Biology A-level, BTEC, T-level and IB curricula will be made available after this session via the Society for Natural Sciences website.


Lecturer Profile (Please Click): Dr Tharin Blumenschein


About Natural Sciences Natural Sciences is the study of our physical world, exploring scientific and related topics without being confined by the boundaries of traditional disciplines. Natural Sciences degrees allow students to study more than one discipline at undergraduate level, combining subjects that match their own interests, enabling them to discover where their passions lie. While the specific structures of Natural Sciences programmes in the UK vary, they all provide a degree experience that encourages interdisciplinary thinking and takes students beyond discipline silos. This benefits not only graduates who choose to work in interdisciplinary areas but also brings a wider perspective to those who move into a single discipline. This seminar is sponsored by the Society for Natural Sciences and covers a typical Natural Sciences subject area: medical imaging and the contribution of interdisciplinary science to human health.



Our events are designed so that a group of students can take part from a classroom or students and teachers can take part as individuals, either from school or from home. This means that sessions will continue irrespective of possible school closures.

As a live, participative event, the session will not be recorded but follow up resources will be made available.



Suitable for: Year 12 and 13 students (and equivalent). This session is designed for students from all STEM backgrounds and interested in how interdisciplinary science can tackle humanity’s most urgent questions.

Preparation/Pre-Reading: No preparation or pre-reading is required although you may wish to consider the proposed subject area and related questions you might like to ask.

The IT Setup: The event will be run on Bluejeans and participants will be able to join using laptops, tablets, and mobile devices. If you are joining as a school group, we recommend connecting with one device and projecting on to a whiteboard. You will be able to interact with the university via a microphone and/or typed comments and questions. Full details will be sent to those who have registered (see below) prior to the event.

Booking a Place: This is free for schools and colleges. If you would like to take part in this event, please register your interest using the link to the registration form below:



21st June 2022
15:35 - 16:20
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