2mm HXMAS probe: Multi-use probe capable of high speed MAS and high sensitivity measurements

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NM210001E

JEOL 2mm HXMAS probe is a multi-use probe capable of high speed magic angle spinning (MAS) up to 40kHz and high sensitivity measurements. It is not only available for general use in standard 13C measurements of organic materials, but also for highly sensitive 1H indirect detection utilizing high resolution 1H NMR. Since it is also suitable for 19F measurements where spinning side bands are likely to appear (JEOL application note: NM180013 ) and MQMAS measurements of quadrupole nucleus, the 2mm probe is strongly recommended probe that can handle a variety of measurements as a single probe.

2mm HXMAS probe: Multi-use probe capable of high speed MAS and high sensitivity measurements
1mm 2mm 3.2mm
Outer diameter 1mm 2mm 3.2mm
Inner diameter 0.5mm 1.55mm 2.2mm
Maximum spinning frequency 80,000Hz 40,000Hz 22,000Hz
Sample volume 0.8μl 17μl 49μl

13C sensitivity

The 2mm probe can obtain 13C CPMAS spectra with a sensitivity of about 20 to 30% less than the 3.2mm probe although the sample volume is about 1/3. This probe can be used for a daily use of 13C measurement and is especially effective for measuring a small amount of sample.

Comparison of 13C sensitivity among various probes

Fig.1 Comparison of 13C sensitivity among various probes. 13C CPMAS spectra for Hexamethylbenzen (HMB) were obtained using 3.2mm, 2mm, 1mm and 0.75mm HXMAS probes. SNRs were calculated using methyl signals of HMB.

Temperature increase caused by MAS

In solid state MAS measurement, the sample temperature rises due to the friction between the spinning control gas and the sample tube. Since the 2 mm probe can perform MAS more efficiently than the 3.2 mm probe, the rise in sample temperature can be suppressed. For example, 20kHz MAS raises nearly 40°C in the 3.2mm probe, while it raises only 5°C in the 2mm probe. The 2mm probe is recommended to obtain a 13C spectrum with less spinning sidebands while suppressing the sample temperature rise.

Relation between spinning frequency and temperature increase of samples for 3.2mm and 2mm probes.

Fig.2 Relation between spinning frequency and temperature increase of samples for 3.2mm and 2mm probes.

1H indirect detection

The sensitivities of nuclei with low gyromagnetic ratios can be dramatically improved by 1H indirect methods owing to high sensitivity and resolution of 1H at very fast MAS regime. 40kHz MAS achieved by the 2mm probe provides 1H high resolution and allows to obtain 1H indirect spectra. Although the sensitivity with the same sample volume is inferior to that of the 1mm probe, actual sensitivity of the 1H indirect detection using the 2mm probe is much higher because of much larger sample volume. As an example, natural abundance 1H/15N CP-based HSQC spectra of cimetidine measured by the 1mm and 2mm probes are shown.

Chemical structure of cimetidine

Fig.3 Chemical structure of cimetidine

1H/15N CP-based HSQC 2D spectra of cimetidine obtained by 1mm and 2mm HXMAS probes.

Fig.4 1H/15N CP-based HSQC 2D spectra of cimetidine obtained by 1mm and 2mm HXMAS probes. 1H sliced spectra at 15N 163ppm are also shown.

MQMAS

The 2mm probe is also useful for MQMAS measurement of quadrupole nuclei. The MQMAS is a representative method for observing quadrupolar nuclei with high resolution, and is widely used because it is available with a standard solid state MAS probe. A strong rf magnetic field strength ,B1, is essential for the MQMAS method because the excitation efficiency of multi-quantum excitation affects the sensitivity of MQMAS measurements. The 2mm probe can apply a stronger B1 than the conventional 3.2mm probe, enabling highly sensitive MQMAS measurements. Here, we show the 27Al 3QMAS spectra of kyanite (Al2SiO5) measured with the 3.2mm and the 2mm probes.

27Al 3QMAS spectra of kyanite (Al2SiO5) obtained by 3.2mm and 2mm HXMAS probes. The rf field strength B1 of multi-quantum excitation are 77kHz for 3.2mm and 104kHz for 2mm, respectively.

Fig.5 27Al 3QMAS spectra of kyanite (Al2SiO5) obtained by 3.2mm and 2mm HXMAS probes. The rf field strength B1 of multi-quantum excitation are 77kHz for 3.2mm and 104kHz for 2mm, respectively.

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