Category Archives: Polarization

A calibration-based approach to real-time in-vivo monitoring of pyruvate C1 and C2 polarization using the J_CC spectral asymmetry #DNPNMR

To measure the degree of polarization induced by the DNP process, one possibility is to calculate the ratio of the microwave OFF signal to microwave ON signal (neglecting depolarization under MAS conditions). While the ON signal is easy to measure since it typically a much better signal-to-noise ratio, measuring the OFF signal can often be challenging and the quality of the OFF signal will determine the error.

Measuring the NMR signal intensities of strongly coupled spin systems is a direct measure that does not require measuring the off signal. And a very elegant way is described in this paper from 2013:

Lau, Justin Y. C., Albert P. Chen, Yi-Ping Gu, and Charles H. Cunningham. “A Calibration-Based Approach to Real-Time in-Vivo Monitoring of Pyruvate C1 and C2 Polarization Using the J_CC Spectral Asymmetry #DNPNMR.” NMR in Biomedicine 26, no. 10 (October 2013): 1233–41.

A calibration-based technique for real-time measurement of pyruvate polarization by partial integral analysis of the doublet from the neighbouring J-coupled carbon is presented. In vitro calibration data relating the C2 and C1 asymmetries to the instantaneous C1 and C2 polarizations, respectively, were acquired in blood. The feasibility of using the in vitro calibration data to determine the instantaneous in vivo C1 and C2 polarizations was demonstrated in the analysis of rat kidney and pig heart spectral data. An approach for incorporating this technique into in vivo protocols is proposed.

A similar approach was used later by Vuichoud et al. analyzing the asymmetry of signal intensities of 2H Pake patterns. The same technique has been used in the Polarized Target Community to measure absolute target polarizations as initially described by Hamada et al.

Maximizing nuclear hyperpolarization in pulse cooling under MAS #DNPNMR

Björgvinsdóttir, Snædís, Brennan J. Walder, Nicolas Matthey, and Lyndon Emsley. “Maximizing Nuclear Hyperpolarization in Pulse Cooling under MAS.” Journal of Magnetic Resonance 300 (March 1, 2019): 142–48.

It has recently been shown how dynamic nuclear polarization can be used to hyperpolarize the bulk of proton-free solids. This is achieved by generating the polarization in a wetting phase, transferring it to nuclei near the surface and relaying it towards the bulk through homonuclear spin diffusion between weakly magnetic nuclei. Pulse cooling is a strategy to achieve this that uses a multiple contact cross-polarization sequence for bulk hyperpolarization. Here, we show how to maximize sensitivity using the pulse cooling method by experimentally optimizing pulse parameters and delays on a sample of powdered SnO2. To maximize sensitivity we introduce an approach where the magic angle spinning rate is modulated during the experiment: the CP contacts are carried out at a slow spin rate to benefit from faster spin diffusion, and the spin rate is then accelerated before detection to improve line narrowing. This method can improve the sensitivity of pulse cooling for 119Sn spectra of SnO2 by an additional factor of 3.5.

Boosting sensitivity and suppressing artifacts via multi-acquisition in direct polarization NMR experiments with small flip-angle pulses

This is not directly related to DNP spectroscopy but an interesting method to increase the sensitivity specifically in solid-state NMR experiments. This method is compatible with DNP and in combination can lead to even larger sensitivity gains than just DNP.

Fu, Riqiang, and Arturo J. Hernández-Maldonado. “Boosting Sensitivity and Suppressing Artifacts via Multi-Acquisition in Direct Polarization NMR Experiments with Small Flip-Angle Pulses.” Journal of Magnetic Resonance 293 (August 1, 2018): 34–40.

A small flip-angle pulse direct polarization is the simplest method commonly used to quantify various compositions in many materials applications. This method sacrifices the sensitivity per scan in exchange for rapid repeating of data acquisition for signal accumulation. In addition, the resulting spectrum often encounters artifacts from background signals from probe components and/or from acoustic rings leading to a distorted baseline, especially in low-γ nuclei and wideline NMR. In this work, a multi-acquisition scheme is proposed to boost the sensitivity per scan and at the same time effectively suppress these artifacts. Here, an adiabatic inversion pulse is first applied in order to bring the magnetization from the +z to −z axis and then a small flip-angle pulse excitation is used before the data acquisition. Right after the first acquisition, the adiabatic inversion pulse is applied again to flip the magnetization back to the +z axis. The second data acquisition takes place after another small flip-angle pulse excitation. The difference between the two consecutive acquisitions cancels out any artifacts, while the wanted signals are accumulated. This acquisition process can be repeated many times before going into next scan. Therefore, by acquiring the signals multiple times in a single scan the sensitivity is improved. A mixture sample of flufenamic acid and 3,5-difluorobenzoic acid and a titanium silicate sample have been used to demonstrate the advantages of this newly proposed method.

Dynamic nuclear polarization by frequency modulation of a tunable gyrotron of 260GHz

Yoon, D., et al., Dynamic nuclear polarization by frequency modulation of a tunable gyrotron of 260GHz. J Magn Reson, 2016. 262: p. 62-7.

An increase in Dynamic Nuclear Polarization (DNP) signal intensity is obtained with a tunable gyrotron producing frequency modulation around 260GHz at power levels less than 1W. The sweep rate of frequency modulation can reach 14kHz, and its amplitude is fixed at 50MHz. In water/glycerol glassy ice doped with 40mM TEMPOL, the relative increase in the DNP enhancement was obtained as a function of frequency-sweep rate for several temperatures. A 68 % increase was obtained at 15K, thus giving a DNP enhancement of about 80. By employing lambda/4 and lambda/8 polarizer mirrors, we transformed the polarization of the microwave beam from linear to circular, and achieved an increase in the enhancement by a factor of about 66% for a given power.

Measuring absolute spin polarization in dissolution-DNP by Spin PolarimetrY Magnetic Resonance (SPY-MR)

Vuichoud, B., et al., Measuring absolute spin polarization in dissolution-DNP by Spin PolarimetrY Magnetic Resonance (SPY-MR). J. Magn. Reson., 2015. 260: p. 127-135.

Dynamic nuclear polarization at 1.2 K and 6.7 T allows one to achieve spin temperatures on the order of a few millikelvin, so that the high-temperature approximation ( Δ E < kT) is violated for the nuclear Zeeman interaction Δ E = γB0h/(2 π ) of most isotopes. Provided that, after rapid dissolution and transfer to an NMR or MRI system, the hyperpolarized molecules contain at least two nuclear spins I and S with a scalar coupling JIS, the polarization of spin I (short for ‘investigated’) can be determined from the asymmetry AS of the multiplet of spin S (short for ‘spy’), provided perturbations due to second-order (strong coupling) effects are properly taken into account. If spin S is suitably discreet and does not affect the relaxation of spin I, this provides an elegant way of measuring spin polarizations ‘on the fly’ in a broad range of molecules, thus obviating the need for laborious measurements of signal intensities at thermal equilibrium. The method, dubbed Spin PolarimetrY Magnetic Resonance (SPY-MR), is illustrated for various pairs of 13 C spins (I, S) in acetate and pyruvate.

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