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Rotating Micro-Detectors for Ultra-Sensitive and High-Resolution Analysis of Heterogeneous Matter with Magnetic Resonance: instrumentation, methodology and applications (MicroNMRLab)
Start date: 01 Jul 2009, End date: 30 Jun 2011 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Nuclear magnetic resonance technology is omnipresent in modern analytical science and biomedicine because of the detailed information it can provide both as a non-invasive imaging as well as a broadband spectroscopic tool. Three-dimensional molecular structure and dynamics and localized functional tomography are possible provided that the sample size is large enough for the technique to be sensitive. This project aims at further developing the recently introduced concept of rotating micro-detectors in order to achieve unprecedented high-resolution and ultra-high sensitivity for the study of amorphous and heterogeneous materials. Miniaturizing the detector size offers higher sensitivity and improved spin dynamics manipulation. Coupling this to a wireless transmission technique allows for experiments on rapidly spinning micro-samples and high-resolution spectroscopy. For the first time nanolitre volume samples become accessible and this opens many avenues for research and development in the field. The host group at the CEA has patented this technology and hopes that with the help of a world class expert in solid-state NMR of glasses we can further develop it and make it transferable to the majority of the magnetic resonance community. Additionally, the candidate will profit and acquire a maturity and scientific independence by the end of this interdisciplinary two-year project encompassing areas chemistry, physics and engineering.
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