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Uses and beneficiaries

JMR DNP coverThe large increase in sensitivity anticipated would open up new areas of scientific research to NMR including new materials and more advanced experiments. Some possibilities include:

a) study of the structure and function of biomolecules with implications for healthcare and pharmaceuticals

b) surface reactions on catalysts for cleaner emissions, fuel cell technology and electrochemistry

c) studies of dilute nuclei in natural specimens where isotopic enrichment is impractical or impossible (e.g. minerals and metalloenzymes)

d) controlling dopants in functional materials (e.g. spintronics and quantum computing with doped silicon)

e) longer NMR pulse sequences where more parameters can be varied to extract extra information

f) polarizing the nuclei of biomolecules for magnetic resonance imaging in hospitals