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Stuart Elliott

Stuart Elliott

I am a postgraduate student, funded jointly by Bruker and the ESPRC, in the Magnetic Resonance Group at the School of Chemistry, University of Southampton. I graduated from the Master of Physics (MPhys) degree course from the Department of Physics, University of Warwick, 2013. l am involved with Long-Lived States, Dissolution-Dynamic Nuclear Polarization, Electron Paramagnetic Resonance, Gaussian Computation and Pulse Sequence Design. Past research interests involve the design and construction of a "magnetic tunnel" (including superadiabaticity computations) and ultra-fast slice selective experiments.

Project Title: Hyperpolarized Long-Lived Singlet State Nuclear Magnetic Resonance and it's Applications to Microimaging and Microfluidics

Project Supervisors: Professor Malcolm H. Levitt and Professor Marcel Utz

Current Research: Long-Lived Nuclear Spin States in (Rapidly Rotating) Monodeuterated Methyl Groups

Research Description: It is possible to access long-lived nuclear singlet order [1,2] in monodeuterated methyl groups, in the case that a significant chemical shift difference exists between the CH2D protons [3,4]. This occurs when the local environment is chiral, and the CH2D rotamers have different populations. For (N-CH2D)-2-methylpiperidine; the ratio of the singlet relaxation time constant TS to the longitudinal relaxation time constant T1 is found to be equal to 3.1 ± 0.1, over a wide range of temperatures, solvents, and magnetic fields in the "slow-jump" regime [a]. A modified model of the CH2D geometry is proposed to explain the observed ratio of TS to T1.
For (1-deuterio-o-chlorotoluene)chromium tricarbonyl; the longest value of TS approaches 2 1/2 minutes in the
"rapid-rotation" regime [b].

[1] M. Carravetta, O.G. Johannessen and M.H. Levitt, Phys. Rev. Lett. 92, 153003 (2004).
[2] M. Carravetta, M.H. Levitt and G. Pileio, PNAS 107, 172135 (2010).
[3] F.A.L. Anet and M. Kopelvich, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 111, 3429 (1989).
[4] A. Restelli and J.S. Seigel, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 114, 1091 (1992).

[a] S.J. Elliott, L.J. Brown, J.-N. Dumez and M.H. Levitt, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 18, 17965-17972 (2016).
[b] S.J. Elliott, L.J. Brown, J.-N. Dumez and M.H. Levitt, J. Magn. Reson. 272, 87-90 (2016).
[c] J. Eills, G. Stevanato, C. Bengs, S.F.H. Glöggler, S.J. Elliott, J. Alonso-Valdesueiro, G. Pileio and M.H. Levitt, J. Magn. Reson. 274, 163-172 (2016).

[i] Design, simulations and results of a "magnetic tunnel" for D-DNP uploaded to
[ii] SpinDynamica code for long-lived singlet state relaxation uploaded to

Notable Talks: Bruker Biospin, MIT, Dartmouth College (USA, 2015), Pomona College (USA, 2016), University of Huddersfield - Invited (UK, 2016)

Research Visits: CNRS (France, 2015), Nijmegen (The Netherlands, 2016), Pomona College (USA, 2016), EPFL (Switzerland, 2017)

Internship: Bruker Biospin, Billerica, United States of America, November, 2015

Grants: iMR CDT (£2,646 & £1,750), COST (€1,000), Pomona College ($1,000), IOP (£300)

Awards: BBSRC Innovator of the Year Travel Fund (£1,000), ENC 2017 Student Travel Award ($542)

Teaching and Demonstrating: 3rd/4th Year EPR Training, 3rd/4th Year Introductory Lectures to NMR Software, 1st Year Mathematics Workshop, 3rd Year Laboratory Demonstrating, 3rd/4th Year Undergraduate Project Supervision

Past: I completed my masters project with Professor Pamela A. Thomas and Dr. David Walker titled "Physical and Structural Investigation of Lead-Free Ferroelectric Solid-Solution NBT-BT", University of Warwick, 2013. The research was presented at the European Crystallography Meeting, University of Warwick, 2013. I have also completed a research project with Dr. Andrew Howes titled "Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Studies of Topological Insulator Systems Sn1-xTex, Bi2Se3 and Bi2Te3", University of Warwick, 2013.

Contact Details:
Office: Building 30/Room 3047
Telephone: 02308 522391

School of Chemistry
University of Southampton
SO17 1BJ
United Kingdom

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