Staff profile - Luke O Dell

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Dr Luke O'Dell

Position: Senior Lecturer of NMR Spectroscopy
Faculty or Division: GTP Research
Department: Institute for Frontier Materials
Campus: Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus
Phone: +61 3 52273076 +61 3 52273076



Luke obtained his PhD at the University of Warwick, UK, in 2007.  He carried out post-doctoral research in solid-state NMR with Professor Mark Smith (Warwick) and Professor Robert Schurko (University of Winsdor, Ontario, Canada), before taking up a Research Associate position at the Steacie Institute for Molecular Sciences (NRC Canada) in 2009.  In August 2012 he moved to Deakin University to start as a Senior Lecturer in the Institute for Frontier Materials.  His research focuses on the development of new solid-state NMR techniques for insensitive quadrupolar nuclei (particularly the nitrogen-14 isotope), and applications of these techniques to study structure and dynamics in functional materials.


Research interests

Luke's research expertise is in the technique of solid-state NMR spectroscopy, a useful and versatile experimental tool for the molecular scale characterisation of structure and dynamics in materials. He has used this method to study a wide variety of materials, including nanocrystals, silicate glasses, anionic conductors, phosphate ceramics, and hydrogen storage materials. In addition to this, he has also been involved in the development of new experimental methods, with a particular focus on insensitive "quadrupolar" nuclei that are generally more difficult to study than their spin-half counterparts. At Deakin, Luke is continuing to develop solid-state NMR methods and applications, and is also involved in a range of collaborative projects with other researchers.



Selected recent publications:

14N Overtone NMR Spectra Under Magic Angle Spinning: Experiments and Numerically Exact Simulations – O’Dell L.A. and Brinkmann A., J. Chem. Phys. 138 (2013) 064201

Dynamics of Ag+ Ions in RbAg4I5 Probed Indirectly via 87Rb Solid-state NMR – Spencer T.L., O’Dell L.A., Moudrakovski I. and Goward G.R., J. Phys. Chem. C 117 (2013) 9558-9565

Variable Temperature 17O NMR Studies Allow Quantitative Evaluation of Molecular Dynamics in Organic Solids – Kong X., O'Dell L.A., Terskikh V.V., Ye E., Wang R., and Wu G., J. Am. Chem. Soc., 134 (2012) 14609-14617

Multinuclear Solid-State NMR and DFT Characterization of Interaction Tensors in Taurine – O’Dell L.A., Ratcliffe C.I., Kong X. and Wu G., J. Phys. Chem. A 116 (2012) 1008-1014

Quadrupolar NMR to Investigate Dynamics in Solid Materials – O’Dell L.A. and Ratcliffe C.I., in Encyclopedia of Magnetic Resonance (Harris R. K., Wasylishen R. E., Eds.), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., 2011

14N Magic Angle Spinning Overtone NMR Spectra – O’Dell L.A. and Ratcliffe C.I., Chem. Phys. Lett. 514 (2011) 168-173

Direct Detection of Nitrogen-14 in Solid-state NMR Spectroscopy – O’Dell L.A., Prog. Nucl. Magn. Reson. Spec. 59 (2011) 295-318

Crystal Structure Based Design of Signal Enhancement Schemes for Solid-state NMR of Insensitive Half-integer Quadrupolar Nuclei – O’Dell L.A. and Ratcliffe C.I., J. Phys. Chem. A 115 (2011) 747-752

Interaction Tensors and Local Dynamics in Common Structural Motifs of Nitrogen: A Solid-state 14N NMR and DFT Study – O’Dell L.A., Schurko R.W., Harris K.J., Autschbach J. and Ratcliffe C.I., J. Am. Chem. Soc. 133 (2011) 527-546

New Methods for the Acquisition of Ultra-wideline Solid-state NMR Spectra of Spin-1/2 Nuclides – MacGregor A.W., O’Dell L.A. and Schurko R.W., J. Magn. Reson. 208 (2011) 103-113

Ultra-wideline 14N NMR Spectroscopy as a Probe of Molecular Dynamics - O’Dell L.A. and Ratcliffe C.I., Chem. Commun. 46 (2010) 6774-6776

Optimized Excitation Pulses for the Acquisition of Static NMR Powder Patterns from Half-integer Quadrupolar Nuclei – O’Dell L.A., Harris K.J. and Schurko R.W., J. Magn. Reson. 203 (2010) 156-166

Static Solid-State 14N NMR and Computational Studies of Nitrogen EFG Tensors in Some Crystalline Amino Acids - O’Dell L.A. and Schurko R.W., Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 11 (2009) 7069-7077

Fast and Simple Acquisition of Solid-State 14N NMR Spectra with Signal Enhancement via Population Transfer - O’Dell L.A. and Schurko R.W., J. Am. Chem. Soc. 131 (2009) 6658-6659

Acquisition of Ultra-Wideline NMR Spectra from Quadrupolar Nuclei by Frequency-Stepped WURST-QCPMG - O’Dell L.A., Rossini A.J. and Schurko R.W., Chem. Phys. Lett. 468 (2009) 330-335

QCPMG Using Adiabatic Pulses for Faster Acquisition of Ultra-Wideline NMR Spectra - O’Dell L.A. and Schurko R.W., Chem. Phys. Lett. 464 (2008) 97-102

Application of Static Microcoils and WURST Pulses for Solid-State Ultra-Wideline NMR Spectroscopy of Quadrupolar Nuclei - Tang J.A., O’Dell L.A., Aguiar P.M., Lucier B.E.G., Sakellariou D. and Schurko R.W., Chem. Phys. Lett. 466 (2008) 227-234

Variable-Temperature 17O NMR Study of Oxygen Motion in the Anionic Conductor Bi26Mo10O69 - Holmes L., Peng L., Heinmaa I., O’Dell, L.A., Smith M.E., Vannier R.-N. and Grey C.P., Chem. Mater. 20 (2008) 3638-3648

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