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26 Nov

Terry Gullion, professor of chemistry in the C. Eugene Bennett Department of Chemistry at West Virginia University, has been named an American Physical Society Fellow.

Fellowship is a distinct honor signifying recognition by one’s professional peers. Election to fellowship in the American Physical Society is limited to no more than one half of one percent of the membership. Nominees undergo a rigorous review process by their peers. The criteria for election is exceptional contributions to the physics enterprise: including outstanding physics research, important applications of physics, leadership in or service to physics or significant contributions to physics education. Accordingly, Gullion is being recognized “for creation, development and numerous applications of solid-state NMR techniques for measuring distances between nuclear spins in biological, polymeric, and inorganic rotating solids.”

“Terry Gullion is a superb scientist and a leader in his field as evidenced by this prestigious honor,” says Robert Jones, dean of the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences. “His election as an APS fellow exemplifies our University’s commitment to hiring, promoting and retaining the best and brightest researchers in their fields.”

Gullion’s areas of research are the development and application of new solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) methods and hardware designed to determine molecular structures of solids. He currently applies his NMR techniques to determine the structures of naturally occurring protein fibers, lithium-doped polymer materials that are components of lithium ion batteries and peptides adsorbed on gold nanoparticles.

Gullion’s primary tool is nuclear magnetic resonance. NMR requires strong magnets with magnetic field strengths more than 100,000 times the earth’s magnetic field. Solid samples are spun about a special orientation relative to the magnetic field at rates over one million RPMs to obtain high resolution NMR spectra. By applying specially designed pulse trains of radio-frequency irradiation synchronously to the rotating solid it is possible to tease out structural and chemical details of the samples.

Terry Gullion received his doctoral degree from the College of William and Mary and was a postdoctoral fellow at Washington University. He joined WVU as a professor of chemistry in 1997. He acted as chair of the C. Eugene Bennett Department of Chemistry from 2006-2012.

Gullion has published over 65 articles and several book chapters. Additionally, he is the recent recipient of two grants from the National Science Foundation totaling over $650,000 and a third grant from Bruker Biospin. His total external research funding exceeds $2.5 million.

For more information, contact Terry Gullion at Terry.Gullion@mail.wvu.edu.

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