High Resolution Magic Angle Spinning (HR-MAS) NMR spectroscopy is a versatile technique that provides high resolution
NMR data on samples containing solutions, gels and swellable solids. In addition to providing structural information HR-MAS can also
be used to investigate interfaces (for example organic structures at the solid-aqueous soil interface), processes such as swelling/
flocculation, kinetic transfer between gel/liquid phases, as well as conformation and molecular interactions in situ. As such, HRMAS
has potential in a diversity of fields including organic, biological, environmental, and medical research. This manuscript focuses on
the application of HR-MAS to intact natural samples. A range of 1D and 2D NMR experiments are reviewed and compared in terms of
general performance on a range of samples. Therefore, this practical guide and review should be a useful reference and starting point for
those wishing to apply HR-MAS NMR. While this article focuses on natural samples, common key 1D and 2D experiments are considered
which may be of interest to readers with diverse research interests.
Keywords: 1D NMR, 2D NMR, Algae, High resolution magic angle spinning (HR-MAS), Natural samples, NMR, Soils, Worm tissue.
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