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One hundred fold overall sensitivity enhancements for Silicon-29 NMR spectroscopy of surfaces by dynamic nuclear polarization with CPMG acquisition

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Abstract

Dynamic nuclear polarization (DNP) 29Si solid-state NMR spectra of a hybrid mesoporous silica material impregnated with aqueous biradical solutions have been acquired with cross-polarization (CP) and cross-polarization Carr–Purcell Meiboom–Gill (CP/CPMG) pulse sequences. The integrated intensities (II) and signal to noise ratios (S/N) of the 29Si solid-state NMR spectra are monitored in order to measure the DNP enhancement factors (εSi CP) as well as the overall sensitivity enhancement (ΣSi CP) available from the combination of DNP and CPMG acquisition. Here, Image ID:c1sc00550b-t1.gif, where θSi is a factor which quantifies reduction of the NMR signal by paramagnetic effects (quenching) and κ is the square root of the ratio of nuclear longitudinal relaxation times of the dry material and material impregnated with radical solution. It is found that ΣSi CP is always substantially lower than the measured value of εSi CP due to paramagnetic effects which reduce the II of the 29Si CP solid-state NMR spectra at high biradical concentrations. In this system, it is observed that the sample preparation which provides optimal DNP signal enhancement does not provide optimal overall signal enhancement. Notably, optimal signal enhancements are obtained for CPMG acquisition of the 29Si solid-state NMR spectra when lower radical concentrations are employed due to slower transverse relaxation rates. To the best of our knowledge this is the first study which seeks to quantify the overall sensitivity enhancements available from DNP solid-state NMR experiments.

Graphical abstract: One hundred fold overall sensitivity enhancements for Silicon-29 NMR spectroscopy of surfaces by dynamic nuclear polarization with CPMG acquisition

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The article was received on 10 Aug 2011, accepted on 20 Sep 2011 and first published on 10 Oct 2011


Article type: Edge Article
DOI: 10.1039/C1SC00550B
Citation: Chem. Sci., 2012,3, 108-115
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    One hundred fold overall sensitivity enhancements for Silicon-29 NMR spectroscopy of surfaces by dynamic nuclear polarization with CPMG acquisition

    A. J. Rossini, A. Zagdoun, M. Lelli, D. Gajan, F. Rascón, M. Rosay, W. E. Maas, C. Copéret, A. Lesage and L. Emsley, Chem. Sci., 2012, 3, 108
    DOI: 10.1039/C1SC00550B

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