The effects of either static or pulsed magnetic fields on the reaction rate of Fremy's salt-ascorbic acid were studied directly by EPR spectroscopy. Radical pair mechanism (RPM) accounts for the magnetic field effects, but the expected amounts are so small that they need to be observed with particular care with EPR technique. The method is based on the resolution of a pair of EPR signals by the addition of a stationary field gradient, where the signals are coming from the exposed and control capillary sample. To this purpose, a suitable device for the gradient generation was used. Others improvements were the strictly keeping of the same boundary temperature condition in the capillary pairs, obtained by a refrigerating system controlled by a thermocouple, and the use of a pair of Helmholtz coils to generate an external high homogeneous magnetic field. By this experimental set up, we found that the magnetic field induce the decrease of the studied radical reaction rate. This EPR approach is a significant alternative to the spectrophotometric one. Moreover, it offers the advantage to detect both the radicals and/or intermediates involved in the reaction. (c) 2004 Elsevier B.V All rights reserved.

Improvements in technical assessment and protocol for EPR evaluation of magnetic fields effects on a radical pair reaction

COLACICCHI, SILVIA;DI GIULIO, Antonio
2005

Abstract

The effects of either static or pulsed magnetic fields on the reaction rate of Fremy's salt-ascorbic acid were studied directly by EPR spectroscopy. Radical pair mechanism (RPM) accounts for the magnetic field effects, but the expected amounts are so small that they need to be observed with particular care with EPR technique. The method is based on the resolution of a pair of EPR signals by the addition of a stationary field gradient, where the signals are coming from the exposed and control capillary sample. To this purpose, a suitable device for the gradient generation was used. Others improvements were the strictly keeping of the same boundary temperature condition in the capillary pairs, obtained by a refrigerating system controlled by a thermocouple, and the use of a pair of Helmholtz coils to generate an external high homogeneous magnetic field. By this experimental set up, we found that the magnetic field induce the decrease of the studied radical reaction rate. This EPR approach is a significant alternative to the spectrophotometric one. Moreover, it offers the advantage to detect both the radicals and/or intermediates involved in the reaction. (c) 2004 Elsevier B.V All rights reserved.
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