Enhancement of quantum rotor NMR signals by frequency-selective pulses

Soumya Singha Roy, Jean-Nicolas Dumez, Gabriele Stevanato, Benno Meier, Joseph T. Hill-Cousins, Richard C. D. Brown, Giuseppe Pileio, Malcolm H. Levitt*

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Quantum-rotor-induced polarisation (QRIP) enhancement is exhibited by substances which contain freely rotating methyl groups in the solid state, provided that the methyl groups contain a 13C nucleus. Strong signal enhancements are observed in solution NMR when the material is first equilibrated at cryogenic temperatures, then rapidly dissolved with a warm solvent and transferred into an NMR magnet. QRIP leads to strongly-enhanced 13C NMR signals, but relatively weak enhancements of the 1H signals. We show that the 1H signals suffer from a partial cancellation of degenerate contributions, which may be corrected by applying a frequency-selective π pulse to the inner peaks of the 13C multiplet prior to 1H observation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25-28
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Magnetic Resonance
Early online date20 Nov 2014
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2015


  • Hyperpolarisation
  • Long-lived states
  • Methyl groups
  • QRIP
  • Quantum-rotor-induced polarization
  • Tunneling

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