This subproject is one of many research subprojects utilizing the resources provided by a Center grant funded by NIH/NCRR. Primary support for the subproject and the subproject's principal investigator may have been provided by other sources, including other NIH sources. The Total Cost listed for the subproject likely represents the estimated amount of Center infrastructure utilized by the subproject, not direct funding provided by the NCRR grant to the subproject or subproject staff. As part of ACERT's standing service commitment, ACERT staff members have undertaken engineering analysis and upgrade consultation to improve an existing CW ESR instruments such as those belonging to the ACERT center and also to a separate Cornell research group headed by Dr. Gerald Feigenson. The instruments under review are outdated Varian c.w. ESR spectrometer systems (E-12, E-4) which exhibit S/N and AFC limitations adversely affecting ongoing imaging work and the study of weak-sample spectra. We have engineered a straightforward front-end (base band) receiver redesign which will improve the signal detection sensitivity and, hence, the utility of these spectrometers. For c.w. imaging work, novel methods of field stabilization have been implemented to augment the existing AFC system stability. These upgrade efforts are strongly related to our major service role of assisting ESR researchers to develop, in their own laboratories, the instrumentation needed to perform some of the unique experiments that we have developed and are currently refining. It is anticipated that the performance upgrades that we have created and which are in continuing development will serve as a generally useful and applicable upgrade retrofit for a generation of older CW spectrometers still operational in many laboratories.

Agency
National Institute of Health (NIH)
Institute
National Center for Research Resources (NCRR)
Type
Biotechnology Resource Grants (P41)
Project #
2P41RR016292-11
Application #
8363933
Study Section
Special Emphasis Panel (ZRG1-BCMB-K (40))
Project Start
2011-09-01
Project End
2012-08-31
Budget Start
2011-09-01
Budget End
2012-08-31
Support Year
11
Fiscal Year
2011
Total Cost
$2,873
Indirect Cost
Name
Cornell University
Department
Chemistry
Type
Schools of Arts and Sciences
DUNS #
872612445
City
Ithaca
State
NY
Country
United States
Zip Code
14850
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