Chapter 8. Nuclear Magnetic Resonance – Characterization of Self-Assembled Nanostructural Materials

  1. Professor Zhong Lin Wang
  1. Li-Qiong Wang,
  2. Gregory J. Exarhos and
  3. Jun Liu

Published Online: 8 OCT 2001

DOI: 10.1002/3527600094.ch8

Characterization of Nanophase Materials

Characterization of Nanophase Materials

How to Cite

Wang, L.-Q., Exarhos, G. J. and Liu, J. (1999) Nuclear Magnetic Resonance – Characterization of Self-Assembled Nanostructural Materials, in Characterization of Nanophase Materials (ed Z. L. Wang), Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH, Weinheim, FRG. doi: 10.1002/3527600094.ch8

Editor Information

  1. Georgia Institute of Technology School of Materials Science and Engineering Atlanta, Georgia 30332-0245 USA

Author Information

  1. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Battelle Blvd. Richland, Washington 99352 USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 8 OCT 2001
  2. Published Print: 11 NOV 1999

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9783527298372

Online ISBN: 9783527600090



  • nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR);
  • self-assembled nanostructural materials


Self-assembly has been widely used for the preparation of novel nanostructural materials. To both accelerate the dynamics of this processing route and develop new nanostructures, it is critical to understand the attendant interfacial interactions which occur in solution between the different precursor components, and how such molecular level interactions affect nanostructural ordering. Other chapters within this book contain extensive discussions of experimental techniques for characterizing nanoscale materials, such as small angle x-ray or neutron scattering, high-resolution electron microscopy, and surface force microscopy. This chapter will focus on nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) methods which are sensitive to local chemical environments and provide complementary information on the molecular scale, in contrast to other analytical techniques. The first section provides a brief introduction of fundamental NMR principles and their applications. It is followed by examples to illustrate how NMR can be used to derive information related to long-range ordering on the nanometer scale, the molecular conformation on a sub-nanometer scale, and their correlation to the interfacial binding.