Rapid Scan EPR


Moderator: Dr. Benoit Driesschaert, West Virginia University

About the Speaker:
Dr. Tseytlin grew up in a family of medical doctors (four generations now) but had a taste for physics, mathematics, and engineering. After receiving his Ph.D. in the field of imaging of conducting materials (physics and mathematics), his interests had shifted towards biology and medicine. He has been developing novel imaging methods with a major focus on biomedical research, as evident from the NIH support. The methods he develops are based on the Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) phenomenon that was discovered in his alma mater, Kazan State University, in 1944. As a consequence, he had the honor to be taught by the best representatives of the Russian magnetic resonance school. After immigrating to the US, he worked in several leading EPR groups at the University of Denver, University of Chicago, and Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College. In 2015, he was invited to join a newly organized In Vivo Multifunction Magnetic Resonance Center at West Virginia University, where he is now a faculty member (Associate Professor).

Abstract: Rapid scan (RS) EPR is poised to become a mainstream technology given recent developments in hardware, deconvolution methods, and commercialization by the Bruker BioSpin corporation. The RS technique has its constraints and advantages. Some EPR applications, such as functional imaging (including oxygen), will benefit the most. For others, the use of the current state-of-the-art RS EPR method may not be so beneficial. This talk will give an introduction to RS EPR and outline the areas of applications where this method is superior to the standard first-harmonic first-derivative continuous-wave EPR.  In addition, several applications of RS EPR will be demonstrated.


Any researcher reliant on acquisition techniques to obtain their data dreams about having faster acquisition speeds and a high signal-to-noise ratio (SNR). In the context of conventional continuous wave (CW) EPR spectroscopy and imaging, Rapid Scan EPR (RS-EPR) is a revolutionary technique offering exactly that. The short acquisition times, down to milliseconds, open the possibility to observe short-living transient species in chemical reactions or rapidly obtain images. A multifold, and in some cases several hundreds-fold, increase in the SNR allows previously unseen signals to be observed. Due to these advantages, Rapid Scan EPR has quickly gained popularity in the EPR research community.

A visual summary of EPR acquisition methods: CW, Pulse, and RS-EPR. Tseytlin, M. Rapid Scan EPR Workshop. 2013(July). DU EPR Center, University of Denver. A visual summary of EPR acquisition methods: CW, Pulse, and RS-EPR. Tseytlin, M. Rapid Scan EPR Workshop. 2013(July). DU EPR Center, University of Denver. CW EPR measures the signal in an equilibrium state with implied limitations on how much power can be delivered, or how fast an acquisition can be performed. In many scenarios, this caps the performance of the instrumentation. RS-EPR is an inherently non-equilibrium technique that can acquire as fast as the instrumentation allows and gain signal from this regime. RS-EPR relies on modern instrumentation such as transient digitizers, high-speed amplifiers, special sweeping coils, and software algorithms for signal reconstruction. All of these are subjects of active research and development. Dr. Mark Tseytlin, Associate Professor in the Department of Biochemistry at West Virginia University, is one of the researchers pushing the boundaries of this novel and exciting technique. Find out more at his recent webinar.

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