Ernst Award

Ernst Award of the GDCh Division of Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy

Richard R. Ernst

In honor of Richard R. Ernst (1933-1921; Nobel Prize Winner for Chemistry 1991) and his essential contributions to the application of magnetic resonance in solution, in the solid state and its imaging, the GDCh Division of Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy Spectroscopy usually awards the Ernst Award to up to three people (students / doctoral candidates) for an outstanding scientific publication. The award includes an award certificate and prize money of 500 euros each.

Information on Richard R. Ernst: autobiography, interview

Ernst Awards 2019

v.l.n.r.: V. Aladin, B. Luy, J. Liermann
v.l.n.r.: D. Friedrich, J. Liermann, B. Luy
v.l.n.r.: B. Luy, B. Koczor, J. Liermann

The Ernst Prizes 2019 were awarded to the following people on the occasion of the 41st lecture conference of the Division of Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy on August 28, 2019 in Berlin:

Victoria Aladin, University of Frankfurt am Main, for her publication:
"Complex Formation of the Tetracycline-Binding Aptamer Investigated by Specific Cross-Relaxation under DNP"
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2019, 58, 4863-4868

Dr. Daniel Friedrich, Leibniz Research Institute for Molecular Pharmacology, for his publication:
"Insight into small molecule binding to the neonatal Fc receptor by X-ray crystallography and 100 kHz magic-angle-spinning NMR"
PLOS Biology 16 (5): e2006192 (May 21, 2018)

Bálint Koczor, Technical University of Munich, for his publication:
"Time evolution of coupled spin systems in a generalized Wigner representation"
Annals of Physics 2019, 408, 1-50

Photos: GDCh

Ernst Awards 2015

Grit Sauer
Dinar Abdullin
Aurélien Bornet

Awarded during the FGMR lecture conference 2015 (September 7-10, 2015 in Darmstadt) to:

Grit Sauer (AK Prof. Dr. Gerd Buntkowsky, TU Darmstadt) - "Effective PHIP Labeling of Bioactive Peptides Boosts the Intensity of the NMR Signal", Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2014, 53, 12941-12945

Dinar Abdullin (AK Prof. Dr. Olav Schiemann, University of Bonn) - ?EPR-Based Approach for the Localization of Paramagnetic Metal Ions in Biomolecules?, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2015, 1827-1831

Aurélien Bornet (AK Prof. Dr. Geoffrey Bodenhausen, EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland) - ?Long-Lived States of Magnetically Equivalent Spins Populated by Dissolution-DNP and Revealed by Enzymatic Reactions?, Chem. Eur. J. 2014, 2 0, 17113-17118

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Ernst Prizes 1998ff

year place Surname institution Title of the publication
2019 Berlin Victoria Aladin

Goethe University Frankfurt

Complex Formation of the Tetracycline-Binding Aptamer Investigated by Specific Cross-Relaxation under DNP
(Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2019, 58, 4863-4868)

Dr. Daniel Friedrich Leibniz Research Institute for Molecular Pharmacology, Berlin

Insight into small molecule binding to the neonatal Fc receptor by X-ray crystallography and 100 kHz magic-angle-spinning NMR
PLOS Biology 16 (5): e2006192 (May 21, 2018)

Bálint Koczor Technical University of Munich

Time evolution of coupled spin systems in a generalized Wigner representation
(Annals of Physics 2019, 408, 1-50)

2018 Leipzig Katja Barth University of Frankfurt

Conformational coupling and trans-inhibition in the human antigen transporter ortholog TmrAB resolved with dipolar EPR spectroscopy ( J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2018, 140, 4527-4533)

Philipp Nitschke and Andreas Seegerer University of Regensburg

Combined In Situ Illumination-NMR-UV / Vis Spectroscopy: A New Mechanistic Tool in Photochemistry ( Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2018, 57, 7493-7497)

Mira Schwab Darmstadt University of Technology

Polyaspartates as Thermoresponsive Enantiodifferentiating Helically Chiral Alignment Media for Anisotropic NMR Spectroscopy ( Chem. Eur. J. 2017, 23, 14576-14584)

2017 Bayreuth Monu Kaushik University of Frankfurt

Bis-Gadolinium Complexes for Solid Effect and Cross Effect Dynamic Nuclear Polarization ( Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2017, 5 6, 4295-4299)

Artur Lozovoi Illmenau University

Segmental dynamics of polyethylene-alt-propylene studied by NMR spin echo techniques ( J. Chem. Phys. 2017, 146 )

Matthias Roos University of Halle-Wittenberg

Coupling and Decoupling of Rotational and Translational Diffusion of Proteins under Crowding Conditions ( J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016, 138, 10365-10372)

2016 Dusseldorf Christian Hintze University of Konstanz Laser-Induced Magnetic Dipole Spectroscopy (J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2016, 7, 2204-220)
Katharina Märker CEA Grenoble A New Tool for NMR Crystallography: Complete 13C / 15N Assignment of Organic Molecules at Natural Isotopic Abundance Using DNP-Enhanced Solid-State NMR (
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2015, 137, 13796?13799)
Johannes Wittmann Goethe University Frankfurt am Main Quantification and compensation of the influence of pulse transients on symmetry-based recoupling sequences ( J. Magnetic Resonance 2016, 263, 7-18)



Grit Sauer

TU Darmstadt

Effective PHIP Labeling of Bioactive Peptides Boosts the Intensity of the NMR Signal ( Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2014 , 53, 12941-12945)

Dinar Abdullin
University of Bonn
EPR-Based Approach for the Localization of Paramagnetic Metal Ions in Biomolecules ( Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2015, 5 4, 1827-1831)
Aurelien Bornet
EPFL Lausanne
Long-Lived States of Magnetically Equivalent Spins Populated
2014 Berlin Nanette Jarenwattananon UCLA

Thermal maps of gases in heterogeneous reactions ( Nature 2013, 502, 537-540)

Moritz Schmidt University of Konstanz A Genetically Encoded Spin Label for Electron Paramagnetic Resonance Distance Measurements ( J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2014 , 136, 1238-1241)
David Schulze-Suenninghausen KIT

Rapid Heteronuclear Single Quantum Correlation NMR Spectra at Natural Abundance ( J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2014 , 136, 1242-1245)

2013 Frauen- chiemsee Yesu Feng Duke University

Accessing long-lived nuclear singlet states between chemically equivalent spins without breaking symmetry ( Nature Physics 2012 , 8, 831)

Lukasz and Mariusz Jaremko MPI Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen Cold denaturation of a protein dimer monitored at atomic resolution ( Nature Chemical Biology 9, 264 (2013))
Franz Schilling TU Munich Tailored real-time scaling of heteronuclear couplings ( J. Magn. Res. 223, 207 (2012))
2012 Hall Michael CD Tayler University of Southampton Direct enhancement of nuclear singlet order by dynamic nuclear polarization ( J. Am. Chem. Soc. 134, 7668-7671 (2012))
Benno Meier University of Leipzig Eigenmodes in the Long-Time Behavior of a Nuclear Spin System Measured with Nuclear Magnetic Resonance ( Phys. Rev. Lett. 108, 177602 (2012))
Jonathan P. King UC Berkeley Optically rewritable patterns of nuclear magnetization in gallium arsenide ( Nature Communications 3, Article number: 918 doi: 10.1038 / ncomms1918 (2012))
2011 Frankfurt Ivan Krsti? / Robert Hansel University of Frankfurt Long Range Distance Measurements on Nucleic Acids in Cells by Pulsed EPR Spectroscopy ( Angew. Chem. 50, 5070-5074 (2011))
Ji?i Nová?ek University of Brno 5D 13C-detected experiments for backbone assignment of unstructured proteins with a very low signal dispersion ( J. Biomol. NMR, 50, 1 - 11 (2011))
Michael Braun TU Munich Cooperative Pulses ( J. Magn. Reson., 207, 114-123 (2010))
2010 Muenster Alexander Krahn / Maria Teresa Turk / Marcel Reese Bruker Biospin Rheinstetten / MPI Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen Shuttle DNP spectrometer with a two center magnet ( Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys, 12, 5830-5840 (2010))
Renate Auer University of Vienna Pharmacophore mapping via cross-relaxation during adiabatic fast passage ( J. Am. Chem. Soc. 132, 1480-1481 (2010))
Meike Roth MPI for Polymer Research, Mainz Continuous 1H and 13C signal enhancement in NMR and MRI using parahydrogen and hollow fiber membranes ( Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 49, 8358-8362 (2010))
2009 Dresden Andreas Marx TU Darmstadt Orientational Properties of Poly-gamma-benzyl-L-glutamate: Influence of Molecular Weight and Solvent on Order Parameters of the Solute ( Chem. Eur. J. 15, 254-260 (2009))
Thiery Rohmer University of Leiden Light-induced chromophore activity and signal transduction in phytochromes observed by 13-C and 15-N magic-angle spinning NMR ( PNAS 105, 15229-15234 (2008))
2008 regensburg Nils Lakomek MPI Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen Recognition Dynamics up to Microseconds revealed from an RDC-derived Ubiquitin ensemble in solution ( Science 320, 1471 - 1475 (2008))
Anna Diller University of Leiden 15N photochemically induced dynamic nuclear polarization magic angle spinning NMR analysis of the electron donor of photosystem II ( PNAS, 104, 12767-12771 (2007))
Christian Ader / Robert Schneider Utrecht University A structural link between inactivation and block of a K + channel ( Nature - structure and molecular biology, 15, 605 - 612 (2008))
2007 Goettingen Christian Beier University of Osnabrück A structure-based simulation approach for electron paramagnetic resonance spectra using molecular and stochastic dynamics simulations ( Biophys. J. 91, 2647-2664 (2006))
Bela Bode University of Frankfurt Counting the Monomers in Nanometer Sized Oligomers with Pulsed Electron-Electron
Double Resonance ( J. Am. Chem. Soc. 129, 6736-6745 (2007))
Kyryl Kobzar Technical University of Munich Spin state selective Hadamard encoding during transfer periods using multiple selective CW-HCP ( J. Magn. Res., 186, 228-237 (2007))
2006 Tubingen Shipra Prakash University of Leiden

Magnetic Field Dependence of Photo CIDNP MAS NMR on Photosynthetic Reaction Centers of Rhodobacter Sphaeroides WT ( J. Am. Chem. Soc. 127, 14290-14298 (2005))


Adam Lange MPI Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen Toxin-induced conformational changes in a potassium channel revealed by solid state NMR ( Nature, 440, 959-962 (2006))
Norman tile University of Regensburg Observation of intermediate states of the human prion protein by high pressure NMR spectroscopy ( BMC Structural Biology 2006, 6:16)
2005 Mainz Boris Fürtig University of Frankfurt Kinetics of Photoinduced RNA Refolding by Real-Time NMR Spectroscopy ( Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 44, 2600-2603 (2005))
Jörg Fritscher University of Frankfurt Structure of the nitrogen-centered radical formed during inactivation of E. coli ribonucleotide reductase by 2'-azido-2'-deoxyuridine-5'-diphosphate: trapping of the 3'-ketonucleotide ( J. Am. Chem. Soc. 127, 7729-7738 (2005))
Juan Perlo RWTH Aachen High-Resolution NMR Spectroscopy with a Portable Single-Sided Sensor ( Science 308, 1279-1279 (2005))
2004 Aachen Anke Hoffmann MPI for Polymer Research, Mainz Two-dimensional double-quantum 2H NMR spectroscopy in the solid state under OMAS conditions: correlating 2H chemical shifts with pseudostatic lineshapes ( ChemPhysChem 5, 966-974 (2004))
Marina Carravetta University of Stockholm Protein-induced bonding perturbation in rhodopsin studied by DQ solid-state NMR ( J. Am. Chem. Soc. 126, 3948-3953 (2004))
Bogdan Buhai Ulm University NMR acceleration mapping in percolation model object ( J. Magn. Res. 168, 175-185 (2004))
2003 Leipzig Sorin Luca MPI Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen The conformation of neurotensin bound to its G-protein-coupled receptor ( Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 100, 10706-10711 (2003))
Frank Kramer TU Munich Efficiency of Homonuclear Hartmann-Hahn and COZY-Type Mixing Sequences in the Presence of Scalar and Residual Dipolar Couplings ( J. Magn. Res. 155, 83-91 (2002))
Sergey Ilin University of Frankfurt ?-HMBC: An NMR Experiment for the Conformational Analysis of the o-Glycosidic Linkage in Glycopeptides ( Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 42, 1394-1397 (2003))
2002 Bremen Heiko Niessen University of Bonn The toroid cavity autoclave for high-pressure and variable-temperature in situ nuclear magnetic resonance studies ( Rev. Sci. Instr. 73, 1259-1266 (2002))
Wolfgang Peti MPI Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen Model-Free Analysis of Protein Backbone Motion from Residual Dipolar Couplings ( J. Am. Chem. Soc. 124, 5822-5833 (2002))
Julia Wirmer University of Frankfurt Millisecond Time Resolved Photo-CIDNP NMR Reveals a Non-Native Folding Intermediate on the Ion-Induced Refolding Pathway of Bovine alpha-Lactalbumin ( Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 40, 4248-4251 (2001))
2001 Wurzburg Reto Bader ETH Zurich Structure and Dynamics of Micelle-Bound Neuropeptide Y: Comparison with Unligated NPY and Implications for Receptor Selection ( J. Mol. Biol. 305, 307-329 (2001))
Andreas Brinkmann University of Stockholm Symmetry principles in the nuclear magnetic resonance of spinning solids: Heteronuclear recoupling by generalized Hartmann-Hahn sequences ( J. Chem. Phys. 115, 357-384 (2001))
Song-I Han RWTH Aachen NMR imaging of falling water drops ( Phys. Rev. Lett, 87, 144501 (2001))
2000 regensburg Raimund Marx University of Frankfurt Approaching five-bit NMR quantum computing ( Physical Review A, Vol. 62, 012310 (2000))
Matthias Stoldt / Jens Wöhnert IMB Jena The NMR structure of he 5S rRNA E-domain-protein L25 complex shows preformed and induced recognition ( EMBO Journal Vol. 18, No. 22, 6508 - 6521 (1999))
Luká? Trantírek University of Brno An A-type Double Helix of DNA having B-type puckering of the Deoxyribose Rings ( J. Mol. Biol. 297, 907-922 (2000))
1999 Wurzburg Teresa Carlomagno University of Frankfurt Transferred Cross-Correlation Relaxation: Application to the Determination of Sugar Pucker in an Aminoacylated tRNA-Mimetic Weakly Bound to EF-Tu ( J. Amer. Chem. Soc. 121, 1945-1948 (1999))
Jan Ruff University of Würzburg Magnetic Resonance Microimaging for Noninvasive Quantification of Myocardial Function and Mass in the Mouse ( Magn. Reson. Med. 40, 43-48 (1998))
Markus Schade FMP Berlin Structure-function analysis of the Z-DNA-binding domain Z? of dsRNA adenosine deaminase type I reveals similarity to the ? + ?) family of helix-turn-helix proteins ( EMBO Journal Vol. 18, No. 2, 470-479 ( 1999))
1998 Obernai Kay hall guard MPI for Polymer Research, Mainz Double Quantum NMR Spectroscopy of Rigid Heteronuclear Spin-Systems under Magic Angle Spinning (Poster)
Laurent Pothuaud Orleans Quantitative analysis of trabecular bone microstructure using magnetic resonance imaging: Assessment of osteoporosis (Poster)
Holger Fischer / Markus Dachtler University of Tübingen C 30 -bonded phases - synthesis, characterization and application for the separation of carotenoid isomers

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