Esteban Anoardo

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We investigate the role that local motions and slow cooperative fluctuations have on the relaxation of the intrapair dipolar order in the nematic 5CB. With this purpose we present a theoretical and experimental systematic study which allow us to quantify the contribution from each type of molecular fluctuation to the intrapair dipolar order relaxation time,(More)
The elastic properties of lipid membranes can be conveniently characterized through the bending elastic modulus κ. Elasticity directly affects the deformability of a membrane, morphological and shape transitions, fusion, lipid-protein interactions, etc. It is also a critical property for the formulation of ultradeformable liposomes, and of interest for the(More)
Fast field-cycling (FFC) and rotating-frame nuclear magnetic resonance relaxometry were used to study molecular and collective dynamics in unilamellar liposome systems. Relaxation data for liposomes of diameter about 100 nm composed of 1,2-dimyristoyl-sn-glycero-3-posphocholine (DMPC) or 1,2-dioleoyl-sn-glycero-3-posphocholine (DOPC) were obtained. The(More)
The spin-lattice relaxation dispersion may be probed in the laboratory frame through field-cycling NMR relaxometry. The experiment, as usually done, has the basic weakness that the low frequency end of the measured dispersion can be blurred by the presence of local fields. An understanding of the nature of such local fields was found to be essential to the(More)
We study the molecular dynamics of lipids in binary large unilamellar liposomes suspended in D2O composed of 1,2-dimyristoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (DMPC) or soy phosphatidylcholine (SPC) additivated with different percentiles of sodium deoxycholate (SDC). We use the fast field-cycling proton NMR relaxometry technique over a wide timescale and at(More)
The general applicability of fast field-cycling nuclear magnetic resonance relaxometry in the study of dynamics in lipid bilayers is demonstrated through analysis of binary unilamellar liposomes composed of 1,2-dioleoyl-sn-glycero-3-posphocholine (DOPC) and cholesterol. We extend an evidence-based method to simulating the NMR relaxation response, previously(More)
New methods to study dynamics in lipid bilayers are of interest particularly where they may bridge the gap between conventional experimental techniques and molecular dynamics simulations. Fast field cycling nuclear magnetic resonance relaxometry can provide valuable information as it is sensitive to dynamic processes that occur over a broad time scale. By(More)
In this manuscript we present details on the optimization, construction and performance of a wide-bore (71 mm) α-helical-cut notch-coil magnet with variable geometry for fast-field-cycling NMR. In addition to the usual requirements for this kind of magnets (high field-to-power ratio, good magnetic field homogeneity, low inductance and resistance values) a(More)
We present a theoretical study of the Larmor frequency dependence of the nuclear spin-lattice relaxation caused by order director fluctuations for both nematic and smectic-A mesophases. The analysis is focused on the case where the molecular system is subjected to sonication during the relaxation process. The departure from the nonsonicated case is(More)