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Art of Science Gallery 03

Proton Minuet

Agilent 600 MHz NMR

Image provided by Yunzi Luo, Huimin Zhao Lab

Research funded by National Academies Keck Futures Initiative on Synthetic Biology

This image represents the energy released by the protons in a molecule extracted from bacteria, which is detected by sweeping the molecule with radio frequency in the presence of a magnetic field. The spectrum gives the researchers information about the connections between the atoms that make up the molecule, revealing its chemical structure.