Volume 91 Issue 5 | p. 4 | News of The Week
Issue Date: February 4, 2013

Taking NMR And MRI To The Nanoscale

Spectroscopy: New detector fills gaps in existing analysis techniques
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Analytical SCENE, Biological SCENE
Keywords: NMR, MRI, fluorescence, diamond, nitrogen-vacancy

Understanding the inner workings of biology or materials science requires both structural and chemical knowledge, but current analysis techniques have limits: They may require large sample sizes, crystallization, or low temperatures, or they show structural features without chemical information—or the reverse. A new approach to nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy provides a path to both chemical and three-dimensional structural information of nanoscale-sized samples at ambient temperature.

In traditional NMR spectroscopy, a sample is placed in . . .

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