Presentation title: Is there substitutional nitrogen in nanodiamonds? Solving a puzzle by magnetic resonance
Alexander Shames is Principal Research Associate, in charge of the Laboratory of Magnetic Resonance at the Departments of Physics and Chemistry, Faculty of Natural Science, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (Israel). He received his MSc in theoretical physics (cum laude, 1982) at Moldova State University (Kishinev, Moldova Republic, former USSR) and PhD degree (1987) in solid state physics (radiospectroscopy of exchange clusters) at the Ural State University (Ekaterinburg, Russia, former Soviet Union).
In 1982 he joined the EPR group at the Department of Molecular Spectroscopy, Center for Scientific Research Automation and Metrology, Academy of Sciences of Moldova Republic. After his repatriation to Israel in 1992 he joined the Solids State Magnetic Resonance group at the Department of Physics, BGU; later took part in establishing the laboratory of Magnetic Resonance at the Faculty of Natural Sciences, BGU (1995). His research interests are concerned with the application of a variety of magnetic resonance techniques (EPR/FMR/NMR/MRI/NQR) to study the wide range of objects – from high Tc superconductors and magnetic materials to biological systems and nanocarbon materials. Since the beginning of 2000s his attention was focused on nanocarbon materials like fullerenes, detonation nanodiamonds, nanoonions, graphene and, last decade, - various intrinsic and processing (micronization/irradiation/annealing/grafting) induced defects and optical centers in micro- and nanodiamonds. To date he has authored over 275 peer-reviewed publications and chapters as well as several international patents.