A team led by CQC2T’s Prof Lloyd Hollenberg at the University of Melbourne have demonstrated a dramatically improved electron spin resonance technique using the quantum properties of diamond.

Electron spin image of copper (II) ions in a patterned region of the diamond defined by the kangaroo. The scale bar in the image is 10 micrometers. Image credit: David Simpson

Hollenberg led an interdisciplinary team that improved the sensitivity of ESR by orders of magnitude compared to existing techniques using a non-invasive method. The technology will be used to understand biochemistry and could reveal how transition metal ions affect brain health.

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