Caracciolo, Filippo, Efstathios Charlaftis, Lucio Melone, and Pietro Carretta. “Molecular Dynamics and Hyperpolarization Performance of Deuterated β-Cyclodextrins.” The Journal of Physical Chemistry B 123, no. 17 (May 2, 2019): 3731–37.
We discuss the temperature dependence of the 1H and 13C nuclear spin−lattice relaxation rate 1/T1 and dynamic nuclear polarization (DNP) performance in β-cyclodextrins with deuterated methyl groups. It is shown that 13C DNP-enhanced polarization is raised up to 10%. The temperature dependence of the buildup rate for nuclear spin polarization and of 1/T1, below 4.2 K, is analyzed in the framework of the thermal mixing regime and the origin of the deviations from the theoretical behavior discussed. 13C 1/T1 is determined at low temperature by the glassy dynamics and at high temperature by the rotational molecular motions of the deuterated methyl groups. Thanks to deuteration, relaxation times approaching 30 s are achieved at room temperature, making this material interesting for molecular imaging applications. The eﬀect of molecular dynamics on the line width of the NMR spectra is also discussed.