The fifth edition of the «Étoiles de l'Europe » prize - researchers rewarded for their European commitment in the framework of the 4th HORIZON 2020 Forum
Guido Pintacuda was rewarded for the European project ITN “pNMR”, along with the 12 other men and women “who have chosen Europe and showed the capacities of the French teams to emerge as leaders at the head of extensive networks”.
From 2013 to 2016, Guido Pintacuda was the coordinator of the ITN project (Initial Training Network) "pNMR" (FP7-PEOPLE-2012-ITN) comprising of 13 academic and industrial research partners.
The project entitled "Paramagnetic NMR: Pushing the Envelope of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy for Paramagnetic Systems" (pNMR, ITN Marie Curie Actions, 2013 - 2016) helped build a European network for scientific training and exchange, centered on the development and application of new methods in nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy of systems containing paramagnetic metals. This European network is comprised of 9 academic research groups and 4 industrial companies. (cf. http://pnmr.eu)
The RMN occupies a central role among the range of analytical techniques used today to characterize matter on an atomic scale. A multidisciplinary, non-invasive technique, RMN enables you to investigate the local environment around each atom, and can be applied to a wide range of samples: liquids, solids, biological tissues or small organisms. While routine analyses are commonly carried out in academic and industrial research, recent advances in methodology and instrumentation today revolutionize this spectroscopic method and increase its potential to raise key analytical points on a societal level. This European network has made it possible to advance the implementation of research, development and innovation projects in the fields of chemistry, energy and health.
The research training program also included theoretical training courses and practical workshops, international conferences and activities to increase awareness by communicating the results of the network to the largest scientific community possible as well as the general public.
The mission of the "Étoiles de l’Europe” ("Stars of Europe") trophy is to enhance the French teams that have chosen Europe to develop their research and to open up to innovation. It rewards the coordinators of European research and innovation projects, carried out by a French structure and whose work has reinforced France's influence in Europe and internationally.