To enable important chemical analysis on proteins, scientists developed a new technique that uses low-cost materials and equipment commonly found in biochemistry laboratories.
The Makeup of MOFs
Using the largest NMR magnet in the world, researchers found new details on the structure of metal organic frameworks, work that could change how drugs are delivered or data is stored in the future.
Boost for Spin Liquid Candidate
The case that ruthenium trichloride is a quantum spin liquid just got stronger, making it a possible building block for future quantum computers.
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Prefractionation of Intact Proteins for Mass Spectrometry
16 October 2020
Analysis of intact proteins using mass spectrometry is a difficult task that can be simplified by prefractionation, a process in which protein mixtures are separated into simpler fractions based on size. Here, researchers developed a new method, PEPPI-MS, which uses low-cost materials and common lab equipment to make an important protein separation strategy widely available.
Probing Metal Organic Frameworks with 17O NMR at 35.2 T
16 October 2020
Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) are porous materials with high surface areas that can host a variety of different guest molecules, leading to applications in catalysis, drug delivery, chemical separation, fuel cells, and data storage. In order to design better MOFs, knowledge of their molecular-level structures is crucial. At the MagLab, the highest-field NMR spectrometer in the world was used to probe the complex structures of MOFs both "as built" and as they exist when other "guest" molecules are inserted inside the framework.
Spin-Charge Interconversion at Near-Terahertz Frequencies
6 October 2020
This work reports the first observation of the dynamical generation of a spin polarized current from an antiferromagnetic material into an adjacent non-magnetic material and its subsequent conversion into electrical signals
Inducing Magnetic Ring Currents in Non-Magnetic Aromatic Molecules: A Finding From the 25 T Split-Florida Helix , B. Kudisch, et al., Proceedings of the National Academies of Science, 117 (21), 11289-11298 (2020) See Science Highlight or Read online
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