Room-Temperature Quantitative Quantum Sensing of Lithium Ions with a Radical-Embedded Metal-Organic Framework

Lei Sun, Luming Yang, Jin Hu Dou, Jian Li, Grigorii Skorupskii, Michael Mardini, Kong Ooi Tan, Tianyang Chen, Chenyue Sun, Julius J. Oppenheim, Robert G. Griffin, Mircea Dincǎ, Tijana Rajh

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Recent advancements in quantum sensing have sparked transformative detection technologies with high sensitivity, precision, and spatial resolution. Owing to their atomic-level tunability, molecular qubits and ensembles thereof are promising candidates for sensing chemical analytes. Here, we show quantum sensing of lithium ions in solution at room temperature with an ensemble of organic radicals integrated in a microporous metal-organic framework (MOF). The organic radicals exhibit electron spin coherence and microwave addressability at room temperature, thus behaving as qubits. The high surface area of the MOF promotes accessibility of the guest analytes to the organic qubits, enabling unambiguous identification of lithium ions and quantitative measurement of their concentration through relaxometric and hyperfine spectroscopic methods based on electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy. The sensing principle presented in this work is applicable to other metal ions with nonzero nuclear spin.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)19008-19016
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number41
StatePublished - Oct 19 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry


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