Perspective: current advances in solid-state NMR spectroscopy

Sharon E. Ashbrook, Paul Hodgkinson

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In contrast to the rapid and revolutionary impact of solution-state NMR on modern chemistry, the field of solid-state NMR has matured more slowly. This reflects the major technical challenges of much reduced spectral resolution and sensitivity in solid-state as compared to solution-state spectra, as well as the relative complexity of the solid state. In this Perspective, we outline the technique developments that have pushed resolution to intrinsic limits and the approaches, including ongoing major developments in the field of Dynamic Nuclear Polarisation, that have enhanced spectral sensitivity. The information on local structure and dynamics that can be obtained using these gains in sensitivity and resolution is illustrated with a diverse range of examples from large biomolecules, to energy materials and pharmaceuticals, and from both ordered and highly disordered materials. We discuss how parallel developments in quantum chemical calculation, particularly density functional theory, have enabled experimental data to be translated into directly into information on local structure and dynamics, giving rise to the developing field of “NMR crystallography”.
Original languageEnglish
Article number040901
JournalJournal of Chemical Physics
Issue number4
Early online date23 Jul 2018
Publication statusPublished - 28 Jul 2018


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