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Principles and applications of EPR spectroscopy in the chemical sciences

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Abstract

Electron spins permeate every aspect of science and influence numerous chemical processes: they underpin transition metal chemistry and biochemistry, mediate photosynthesis and photovoltaics and are paramount in the field of quantum information, to name but a few. Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy detects unpaired electrons and provides detailed information on structure and bonding of paramagnetic species. In this tutorial review, aimed at non-specialists, we provide a theoretical framework and examples to illustrate the vast scope of the technique in chemical research. Case studies were chosen to exemplify systematically the different interactions that characterize a paramagnetic centre and to illustrate how EPR spectroscopy may be used to derive chemical information.

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The article was received on 30 Nov 2017 and first published on 02 Mar 2018


Article type: Tutorial Review
DOI: 10.1039/C6CS00565A
Citation: Chem. Soc. Rev., 2018,47, 2534-2553
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    Principles and applications of EPR spectroscopy in the chemical sciences

    M. M. Roessler and E. Salvadori, Chem. Soc. Rev., 2018, 47, 2534
    DOI: 10.1039/C6CS00565A

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