Staff profile - Luke O'Dell

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Dr Luke O'Dell

Position: Senior Lecturer Of Nmr Spectroscopy
Faculty or Division: Instit for Frontier Materials
Department: Instit for Frontier Materials
Campus: Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus
Phone: +61 3 522 73076 +61 3 522 73076



Luke O’Dell is a Senior Lecturer in the Institute for Frontier Materials at Deakin University.  He obtained his PhD at the University of Warwick, UK, in 2007, carried out post-doctoral research in solid-state NMR with Professor Mark Smith (Warwick) and Professor Robert Schurko (University of Winsdor, Ontario, Canada), and also worked as a Research Associate in the Steacie Institute for Molecular Sciences (NRC Canada).  His research focuses on the development and application of solid-state NMR techniques to study structure and dynamics in functional materials, particularly novel electrolytes.


Research interests

Solid-state NMR spectroscopy is a useful and versatile experimental tool for the molecular scale characterisation of structure and dynamics in materials. Luke has used this method to study a wide variety of materials, including nanocrystals, silicate glasses, phosphate ceramics, hydrogen storage materials, supramolecular complexes, carbon fibres, ionic liquids, conducting polymers and plastic crystals. 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.



Selected recent publications:

Dynamic nuclear polarisation enhanced 14N overtone MAS NMR spectroscopy – Rossini A.J., Emsley L. and O’Dell L.A., Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 16 (2014) 12890-12899

Anisotropic MRI contrast reveals enhanced ionic transport in plastic crystals - Romanenko K., Jin L., Madsen L.A., Pringle J.M., O’Dell L.A. and Forsyth M., J. Am. Chem. Soc. 136 (2014) 15638-15645

New opportunities for quantitative and time efficient 3D MRI of liquid and solid electrochemical cell components: Sectoral fast spin echo and SPRITE - Romanenko K., Forsyth M. and O’Dell L.A., J. Magn. Reson. 248 (2014) 96-104

Insight into local structure and molecular dynamics in organic solid state ionic conductors – Zhu H., Chen F., Jin L., O’Dell L.A. and Forsyth M., Chem. Phys. Chem. 15 (2014) 3720-3724

The WURST kind of pulses in solid-state NMR – O’Dell L.A., Solid-State Nucl. Magn. Reson. 55-56 (2013) 28-41

Identifiying H-N proximities in solid-state NMR using 14N overtone irradiation under fast MAS – O’Dell L.A., He R. and Pandohee J., CrystEngComm 15 (2013) 8657-8667

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

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

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

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

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

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