Prospects of single-cell nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy with quantum sensors

Nick R. Neuling, Robin D. Allert, Dominik B. Bucher

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Single-cell analysis can unravel functional heterogeneity within cell populations otherwise obscured by ensemble measurements. However, noninvasive techniques that probe chemical entities and their dynamics are still lacking. This challenge could be overcome by novel sensors based on nitrogen-vacancy (NV) centers in diamond, which enable nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy on unprecedented sample volumes. In this perspective, we briefly introduce NV-based quantum sensing and review the progress made in microscale NV-NMR spectroscopy. Last, we discuss approaches to enhance the sensitivity of NV ensemble magnetometers to detect biologically relevant concentrations and provide a roadmap toward their application in single-cell analysis.

Original languageEnglish
Article number102975
JournalCurrent Opinion in Biotechnology
StatePublished - Oct 2023


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