Field-cycling photo-CIDNP MAS NMR


The solid-state photo-CIDNP effect, discovered in 1994 by Zysmilich and McDermott, has been shown to occur in photosynthetic reaction centers (RCs). To date it has been used in high-field solid-state NMR experiments to explore electronic structures of various RCs. Here we aim to develop this effect into a more generally applicable method for signal enhancement for solid-state NMR spectroscopy. A proposed shuttle system will combine the advantage of low fields, i.e. high nuclear spin-polarization, with the advantage of high field, i.e. high chemical shift dispersion.

We are particularly encouraged to undergo the proposed research because it appears that low fields have an additional advantage: While the high-field effect appears to be limited to photosynthetic RCs, the effect seems to be much more common at lower fields. In fact, the first and only example of a successful experiment on a non-RCs system showing that effect, is recent demonstration on a blue-light photoreceptor at rather low fields (2.4 Tesla). Pioneering experiments on RCs of Rhodobacter (R.) sphaeroides R26 at 1.4 Tesla have shown further enhancement to a factor of more than 80.000. In addition, a new theory predicts high nuclear-spin polarization at earth?s field for many electron transfer systems.

Here we aim to make these sources of nuclear spin-polarization available for high-quality solid-state NMR. The new analytical methodology will allow (i) for re-evaluation of the present theory of the effect, (ii) for obtaining detailed 13C MAS NMR information from various electron transfer systems as well as for (iii) developing photo-CIDNP MAS NMR into a more general applicable method for signal enhancement in solid-state NMR.


Scientific article

  • I Cespedes Camacho, J. Matysik(2014): Spin transport in photosynthesis The BiophysThe Biophysics of Photosynthesis (John Golbeck and Art van der Est, eds.), Springer pp. 141 - 170


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Main applicant

Dr. J. Matysik

Affiliated with

Universität Leipzig, Fakultät für Chemie und Mineralogie, Institut für Analytische Chemie

Team members

Dr. I.F. Céspedes Camacho, Dr. I.F. Céspedes Camacho


01/08/2012 to 19/05/2016