About the Seminar:
Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are the key spectroscopic and medical imaging technology in both science and industry. However, high cost and effort for installation and maintenance of superconducting magnets and cryogenic conditions are major obstacles in taking full advantage of NMR and MRI. One way to overcome the need for superconducting magnets is to exploit hyperpolarization, in which spins are polarized beyond the Boltzmann distribution. Of several
potential hyperpolarization techniques, parahydrogen, a hydrogen spin isomer, is in particular a promising tool for obtaining hyperpolarized materials and enhancing reaction
monitoring sensitivities. Here, several hyperpolarization techniques including the parahydrogen-based approach will be introduced as well as some recent research topics on parahydrogen-based hyperpolarization will be discussed.
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