Electron paramagnetic resonance
The 2017 Pittsburgh Spectroscopy Award has been made to Edward I. Solomon.
The protein α-synuclein plays an important role in Parkinson’s and other neurodegenerative diseases. Although a considerable amount is known about the structure of the protein within the Parkinson’s-typical amyloid deposits, nothing was known about its original state in the healthy cell up to now. High-resolution nuclear magnetic resonance and electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy have helped to visualise the protein in healthy cells.
A new electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy method is bringing researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) closer to understanding—and artificially replicating—the solar water-splitting reaction at the heart of photosynthetic energy production.
Mathieu Duval raises the question “Dating fossil teeth by electron paramagnetic resonance: how is that possible?”. Whilst we are all familiar with 14C dating, the use of EPR is less well known. In fact, there are less than 10 laboratories in the world able to carry out EPR dating of fossil teeth!
Helen Williams and Mike Claybourn
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