Solid-State 17O NMR Spectroscopy of Hydrous Magnesium Silicates: Evidence for Proton Dynamics

John M. Griffin, Stephen Wimperis, Andrew J. Berry, Chris J. Pickard, Sharon Elizabeth Ashbrook

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Abstract

First-principles calculations of 17O quadrupolar and chemical shift NMR parameters were performed using CASTEP, a density functional theory (DFT) code, to try and interpret high-resolution 17O NMR spectra of the humite group minerals hydroxyl-chondrodite (2Mg2SiO4·Mg(OH)2) and hydroxyl-clinohumite (4Mg2SiO4·Mg(OH)2), which are models for the incorporation of water within the Earth’s upper mantle. The structures of these humite minerals contain two possible crystallographically inequivalent H sites with 50% occupancy. Isotropic 17O multiple-quantum magic angle spinning (MQMAS) spectra were therefore simulated using the calculated 17O NMR parameters and assuming either a static or dynamic model for the positional disorder of the H atoms. Only the dynamic disorder model provided simulated spectra that agree with experimental 17O MQMAS spectra of hydroxyl-chondrodite and hydroxyl-clinohumite. Previously published 17O satellite-transition magic angle spinning (STMAS) spectra of these minerals showed significant dynamic line-broadenings in the isotropic frequency dimension. We were able to reproduce these line-broadenings with at least qualitative accuracy using a combination of the same dynamic model for the positional H disorder, calculated values for the change in 17O quadrupolar NMR parameters upon H exchange, and a simple analytical model for dynamic line-broadening in MAS NMR experiments. Overall, this study shows that a combination of state-of-the-art NMR methodology and first-principles calculations of NMR parameters is able to provide information on dynamic processes in solids with atomic-scale resolution that is unobtainable by any other method.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)465-471
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry C
Volume113
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 8 Jan 2009

Keywords

  • NOMINALLY ANHYDROUS MINERALS
  • HIGH-RESOLUTION NMR
  • QUANTUM MAS NMR
  • QUADRUPOLAR NUCLEI
  • 1ST-PRINCIPLES CALCULATIONS
  • WADSLEYITE BETA-MG2SIO4
  • MULTIPLE-QUANTUM
  • CHEMICAL-SHIFTS
  • MANTLE OLIVINE
  • EARTHS MANTLE

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