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Sensitivity improvement in 5QMAS NMR experiments using FAM-N pulses

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The multiple-quantum magic-angle spinning (MQMAS) experiment is a popular choice for obtaining high-resolution solid-state NMR spectra of quadrupolar nuclei with half-integer spin quantum number. However, its inherently poor sensitivity limits its application in more challenging systems. In particular, the use of higher-order multiple-quantum coherences, which have the potential to provide higher resolution in the isotropic spectrum, results in a further decrease in sensitivity. Here we extend our recent work, which introduced an automated, high-throughput approach to generate amplitude-modulated composite pulses (termed FAM-N) to improve the efficiency of the conversion of three-quantum coherences, and explore the use of similar pulses in five-quantum MAS experiments. We consider three different approaches, and are able to demonstrate that all three provide good enhancements over single pulse conversion in all but the most extreme cases, and work well at a range of spinning rates. We show that FAM-N pulses are robust to variation in the quadrupolar coupling and rf nutation rate, demonstrating their applicability in multisite systems and systems where direct experimental optimisation of complex composite pulses is not feasible. This work will ease the implementation of higher-order MQMAS experiments and enable their application to materials and systems that were previously deemed too difficult to study.
Tijdschrift: Solid State Nuclear Magnetic Resonance
ISSN: 0926-2040
Volume: 100
Pagina's: 1 - 10
Jaar van publicatie:2019
BOF-publication weight:1
CSS-citation score:1
Authors from:Higher Education