Non-Pentacene Polarizing Agents with Improved Air-Stability for Triplet Dynamic Nuclear Polarization at Room Temperature.

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Summary of "Non-Pentacene Polarizing Agents with Improved Air-Stability for Triplet Dynamic Nuclear Polarization at Room Temperature."

Triplet dynamic nuclear polarization (triplet-DNP), a method to enhance the NMR and MRI sensitivity using photo-excited triplet electrons, has a great potential to hyperpolarize nuclear spins at room temperature. Since the first report of room-temperature triplet-DNP in 1990, pentacene has been the only and best option of triplet polarizing agents. However, the poor air-stability of pentacene has severely limited the applicability of triplet-DNP. Here, we report the first example of polarizing agents with significant air-stability as well as high polarizing ability comparable to pentacene. The introduction of electron-withdrawing diaza-substitution to pentacene and tetracene reduces the LUMO level and endows much-improved stability under the ambient condition. Importantly, the diaza-substituted pentacene and tetracene offer similar, or even slightly better, 1H NMR signal enhancement compared with pentacene in the prototypical triplet-DNP test using p-terphenyl crystals. This work removes one of the largest obstacles towards the application of triplet-DNP for hyperpolarization of biological molecules.


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Name: The journal of physical chemistry letters
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