Inorganic solids are an important class of materials with a wide range of applications in fields such as catalysis, energy storage, and electronics. Understanding the structure and bonding of these materials is essential for optimizing their performance. Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy is a powerful tool for characterizing the structure of inorganic solids, and multinuclear NMR spectroscopy is particularly useful for investigating the local environment around different types of atoms in a solid.
I have used multinuclear NMR spectroscopy to study the structure of a variety of inorganic solids, including metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), zeolites, and metal oxide nanocrystals. In each case, I have been able to obtain detailed information about the local environment around different types of atoms in the solid, which has shed light on the structure and bonding of these materials.
One of the most challenging aspects of multinuclear NMR spectroscopy of inorganic solids is the need to prepare well-oriented, single-crystal samples. This can be a difficult task, particularly for MOFs and zeolites, which often have highly porous structures. My experience with sample preparation has been crucial for the success of my NMR studies.
I have also developed novel methods for data analysis, which have allowed me to extract more information from my NMR spectra. For example, I have used a technique called “magic-angle spinning” to obtain high-resolution NMR spectra of inorganic solids. This technique is particularly useful for studying MOFs, where the complex pore structure can make it difficult to obtain well-resolved NMR spectra.
In summary, my experience with multinuclear NMR spectroscopy of inorganic solids has been essential for understanding the structure and bonding of these materials. I have developed a deep understanding of the challenges involved in this type of work, and my skills in sample preparation and data analysis have been crucial for the success of my studies.