NYU Arts & Science chemist Claudia E. Avalos (as principal investigator), along with Stephanie S. Lee and Bart Kahr, have been awarded a $327,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to upgrade a spectrometer in the chemistry department’s Shared Instrumentation Facility. Expected to be configured and ready for use by fall 2023, the upgraded spectrometer will enable countless new research opportunities at the interface of physics, chemistry, and biology.
Because the upgraded spectrometer will be the only integrated device of this kind in the northeastern US that is housed within a shared facility, the chemistry department has agreed to make it accessible to scientists in neighboring universities including Columbia, CUNY, and Rutgers, in addition to scientists across NYU.
The upgraded spectrometer will be capable of pulsed Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR), Overhauser Dynamic Nuclear Polarization (ODNP), and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) detection under nanosecond pulsed light illumination.
Avalos' own research uses magnetic resonance to examine electron and nuclear spins in photoactive materials, and the way that visible light interacts with these systems. She explained that the upgraded instrument “will allow us to greatly expand the complexity of EPR and low-field NMR experiments, to more easily interpret data, and to produce electron spin behavior in a way we currently cannot."