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On this site we summarize our experience with application of optimal control in solid state NMR studies of protein samples.

Currently, we have developed tm-SPICE pulse sequences for the traditional (uni-axial, \(I_x \rightarrow S_x\)) magnetization transfer, and TROP pulse sequences performing transverse mixing (simultaneous \(I_x \rightarrow S_x\) and \(I_y \rightarrow S_y\)) that allow to systematically enhance sensitivity by \(\sqrt{2}\) for each indirect dimension (both for hetero- and homo-nuclear correlations) .

What you find here

  • Pulse shapes for dipolar recoupling experiments in Downloads
  • Description how to use these shapes in Experiments

In case of tm-SPICE N-CA and N-CO magnetization transfers, we obtain 1.5-times more signal compared to carefully optimized ramp-CP experiments performed in the range of MAS frequencies 13-20 kHz. Our tm-SPICE shapes can be adapted to any MAS frequency in this range. [3]

In case of TROP transfers, N-dimensional experiments are done in the echo/anti-echo manner using dedicated pulse programs [4]. Experiments show that it is possible to obtain sensitivity gains that go beyond the systematic \(\sqrt{2}\) per indirect dimension due to compensation of RF field inhomogeneity.

Homonuclear TROP transfers between CA and CO carbons are reported in our most recent publication [5].


  1. Tosner, Z. et al. Radiofrequency fields in MAS solid state NMR probes. J Magn Reson 284, 20-32 (2017). DOI: 10.1016/j.jmr.2017.09.002
  2. Tosner, Z. et al. Overcoming Volume Selectivity of Dipolar Recoupling in Biological Solid-State NMR Spectroscopy. Angew. Chemie - Int. Ed. 57, 14514-14518 (2018). DOI: 10.1002/anie.201805002
  3. Tosner, Z. et al. Maximizing efficiency of dipolar recoupling in solid-state NMR using optimal control sequences. Sci. Adv. 42, abj5913 (2021). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.abj5913
  4. Blahut, J. et al. Sensitivity-enhanced multidimensional solid-state NMR spectroscopy by optimal-control-based transverse mixing sequences. J. Am. Chem. Soc., 144, 17336-17340 (2022). DOI: 10.1021/jacs.2c06568
  5. Blahut, J, et al. Optimal control derived sensitivity-enhanced CA-CO mixing sequences for MAS solid-state NMR – Applications in sequential protein backbone assignments. J. Magn. Reson. Open 16-17, 100122 (2023). DOI: 10.1016/j.jmro.2023.100122

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