title: ‘Field-cycling NMR and DNP – A friendship with benefits’author: Thorsten Malytype: postpublishdate: 2021-05-05T00:00:00+00:00draft: false
Gizatullin, Bulat, Carlos Mattea, and Siegfried Stapf. “Field-Cycling NMR and DNP – A Friendship with Benefits.” Journal of Magnetic Resonance 322 (January 1, 2021): 106851.
Field-cycling relaxometry, or rather its electronic version with a resistive magnet which requires signal detection at a field strength of 1 Tesla or below, remains an inherently insensitive technique due to the construction compromise that goes along with the need for a fast-switching, low-inductance magnet. For the same reasons, signal lifetime is short and frequency resolution is typically not given, at least for the predominantly used hydrogen nuclei. Dynamic Nuclear Polarization (DNP) bears the potential to circumvent these disadvantages: not only has it been demonstrated to enhance magnetization by up to three orders of magnitude beyond its thermal value, but it also provides the possibility to address particular parts of a molecule, thus generating selectivity even in the absence of spectral resolution. At the same time, DNP requires the introduction of stable radicals giving rise to additional relaxation contributions. This article presents a straightforward way to recover the native relaxation rates of the undisturbed system, and shows examples in different research fields where field-cycling relaxometry is traditionally used for refining models of molecular dynamics and interactions.