Category Archives: multi-frequency EPR spectroscopy

Scalable microresonators for room-temperature detection of electron spin resonance from dilute, sub-nanoliter volume solids

This article is about microresonators for EPR Spectroscopy.

Abhyankar, Nandita, Amit Agrawal, Pragya Shrestha, Russell Maier, Robert D. McMichael, Jason Campbell, and Veronika Szalai. “Scalable Microresonators for Room-Temperature Detection of Electron Spin Resonance from Dilute, Sub-Nanoliter Volume Solids.” Science Advances 6, no. 44 (October 2020): eabb0620

We report a microresonator platform that allows room temperature detection of electron spins in volumes on the order of 100 pl, and demonstrate its utility to study low levels of dopants in perovskite oxides. We exploit the toroidal moment in a planar anapole, using a single unit of an anapole metamaterial architecture to produce a microwave resonance exhibiting a spatially confined magnetic field hotspot and simultaneously high quality-factor (Q-factor). To demonstrate the broad implementability of this design and its scalability to higher frequencies, we deploy the microresonators in a commercial electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectrometer operating at 10 GHz and a NIST-built EPR spectrometer operating at 35 GHz. We report continuous-wave (CW) EPR spectra for various samples, including a dilute Mn2+-doped perovskite oxide, CaTiO
3, and a transition metal complex, CuCl2 * 2H2O. The anapole microresonator presented here is expected to enable multifrequency EPR characterization of dopants and defects in perovskite oxide microcrystals and other volume-limited materials of technological importance.

Conformation of Bis-nitroxide Polarizing Agents by Multi- frequency EPR Spectroscopy #DNPNMR

To optimize the DNP process it is crucial to understand the EPR properties of the polarizing agents. This article demonstrates the need of multi-frequency, high-field EPR spectroscopy to gain a deep understanding of all EPR parameters and how they influence the DNP process.

Soetbeer, Janne, Peter Gast, Joseph J Walish, Yanchuan Zhao, Christy George, Chen Yang, Timothy M Swager, Robert G Griffin, and Guinevere Mathies. “Conformation of Bis-Nitroxide Polarizing Agents by Multi- Frequency EPR Spectroscopy,”

The chemical structure of polarizing agents critically determines the efficiency of dynamic nuclear polarization (DNP). For cross-effect DNP, biradicals are the polarizing agents of choice and the interaction and relative orientation of the two unpaired electrons should be optimal. Both parameters are affected by the molecular structure of the biradical in the frozen glassy matrix that is typically used for DNP/MAS NMR and likely differs from the structure observed with X-ray crystallography. We have determined the conformations of six bis-nitroxide polarizing agents, including the highly efficient AMUPol, in their DNP matrix with EPR spectroscopy at 9.7 GHz, 140 GHz, and 275 GHz. The multi-frequency approach in combination with an advanced fitting routine allows us to reliably extract the interaction and relative orientation of the nitroxide moieties. We compare the structures of six bis-nitroxides to their DNP performance at 500 MHz/330 GHz.

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