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Quadrupolar Nuclei in Solid-State Nuclear Magnetic Resonance

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance and Electron Spin Resonance Spectroscopy

  1. Dieter Freude

Published Online: 15 SEP 2006

DOI: 10.1002/9780470027318.a6112

Encyclopedia of Analytical Chemistry

Encyclopedia of Analytical Chemistry

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Freude, D. 2006. Quadrupolar Nuclei in Solid-State Nuclear Magnetic Resonance. Encyclopedia of Analytical Chemistry. .

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  1. Universität Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany

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  1. Published Online: 15 SEP 2006


Solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy is mostly applied to 1H or 13C nuclei with the nuclear spin equation image, but about 100 of 130 NMR isotopes have equation image, and the electric quadrupole interaction strongly broadens the NMR signal in the solid-state powder spectra. The perturbing effect of the electric quadrupole interaction is reduced at the higher magnetic fields which are available at present. In addition, approaches of the solid-state NMR traditionally used in the study of spin-equation image nuclei have been adapted for use with quadrupolar nuclei, and some techniques, e.g. double-rotation (DOR) and multiple-quantum transition in combination with fast spinning [multiple-quantum magic-angle spinning (MQMAS)], were recently developed for quadrupolar nuclei with half-integer spins.

This article describes the basic theory, the line shape for first- and second-order quadrupole broadened spectra with and without magic-angle spinning (MAS) of the powder, the most important experimental techniques for the study of quadrupolar nuclei with half-integer spins such as DOR, dynamic-angle spinning (DAS), MQMAS, echo and nutation techniques, and some recent developments in deuterium NMR. Electric field gradient and chemical shift data for the most commonly studied quadrupolar nuclei with half-integer spins, 27Al, 23Na, and 17O, and a few references to recent solid-state NMR studies of some other quadrupolar nuclei are given.