Webinar on Utilising Hyperpolarisation in NMR and MRI

26 September 2019 at 3pm (UK time)

 NMR and MRI are used widely in the examination of materials and the imaging of a water response in humans.  These measurements unlock quality control, process monitoring, structural characterisation, studies of mechanism and reaction dynamics, product stability, the identification of disease and the support of its treatment.  What is perhaps less well appreciated is the fact that MRI and NMR are inherently very insensitive because they measure a weak response due to the poor alignment of nuclear magnetic moments in the observation magnetic field.

This situation is addressed by the use of high magnetic fields, and consequently, costly detectors which need high levels of support and infrastructure.  Hyperpolarisation reflects a remarkable opportunity to transform both the applications landscape of MRI and NMR whilst lowering cost and broadening uptake / availability.

It does this by making the materials that are detected intrinsically more responsive to the detector.  The process of hyperpolarisation is often undertaken outside the measurement environment and the sample then introduced into the instrument in a second step.  Consequently, the rate of hyperpolarised signal decay is an important parameter.  This talk will describe progress in hyperpolarisation, illustrating some of the opportunities that are now possible in order to stimulate future developments.

The webinar will be presented by Simon Duckett, University of York and will last no longer than one hour.

If you wish to register please contact Christine Stevenson on Christine.stevenson@strath.ac.uk

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