Reverse dynamic nuclear polarisation for indirect detection of nuclear spins close to unpaired electrons #DNPNMR

Published: Friday, 10 March 2023 - 10:00 -0400

Author: Thorsten Maly

Wili, Nino, Jan Henrik Ardenkjær-Larsen, and Gunnar Jeschke. “Reverse Dynamic Nuclear Polarisation for Indirect Detection of Nuclear Spins Close to Unpaired Electrons.” Magnetic Resonance 3, no. 2 (August 10, 2022): 161–68.

Polarisation transfer schemes and indirect detection are central to magnetic resonance. Using the trityl radical OX063 and a pulse electron paramagnetic resonance spectrometer operating in the Q-band (35 GHz, 1.2 T), we show here that it is possible to use pulsed dynamic nuclear polarisation (DNP) to transfer polarisation from electrons to protons and back. The latter is achieved by first saturating the electrons and then simply using a reverse DNP step. A variable mixing time between DNP and reverse DNP allows us to investigate the decay of polarisation on protons in the vicinity of the electrons. We qualitatively investigate the influence of solvent deuteration, temperature, and electron concentration. We expect reverse DNP to be useful in the investigation of nuclear spin diffusion and envisage its use in electron–nuclear double-resonance (ENDOR) experiments.