Abstract: The present invention provides methods for performing dynamic nuclear polarization using biradicals with a structure of formula (I) as described herein. In general, the methods involve (a) providing a frozen sample in a magnetic field, wherein the frozen sample includes a biradical of formula (I) and an analyte with at least one spin half nucleus; (b) polarizing the at least one spin half nucleus of the analyte by irradiating the frozen sample with radiation having a frequency that excites electron spin transitions in the biradical; (c) optionally melting the sample to produce a molten sample; and (d) detecting nuclear spin transitions in the at least one spin half nucleus of the analyte in the frozen or molten sample. The present invention also provides biradicals with a structure of formula (I) with the proviso that Q1 and Q2 are different when X1 and X2 are —O—. The present invention also provides methods for making biradicals with a structure of formula (IA) as described herein.
May 10, 2007
December 10, 2009
Massachusetts Institute of Tecnology
Robert G. Griffin, Kan-Nian Hu, Timothy M. Swager, Changsik Song, Eric Dane