Solid-state NMR spectroscopic methods in chemistry

David D. Laws, Hans Marcus L. Bitter, Alexej Jerschow

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Over the last decades, NMR spectroscopy has grown into an indispensable tool for chemical analysis, structure determination, and the study of dynamics in organic, inorganic, and biological systems. It is commonly used for a wide range of applications from the characterization of synthetic products to the study of molecular structures of systems such as catalysts, polymers, and proteins. Although most NMR experiments are performed on liquid-state samples, solid-state NMR is rapidly emerging as a powerful method for the study of solid samples and materials. This Review outlines some of the developments of solid-state NMR spectroscopy, including techniques such as cross-polarization, magic-angle spinning, multiple-pulse sequences, homo- and heteronuclear decoupling and recoupling techniques, multiple-quantum spectroscopy, and dynamic angle spinning, as well as their applications to structure determination. Modern solid-state NMR spectroscopic techniques not only produce spectra with a resolution close to that of liquid-state spectra, but also capitalize on anisotropic interactions, which are often unavailable for liquid samples. With this background, the future of solid-state NMR spectroscopy in chemistry appears to be promising, indeed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3096-3129
Number of pages34
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number17
StatePublished - Sep 2 2002


  • Multipulse techniques
  • NMR spectroscopy
  • Solid-state structures
  • Spin-spin coupling
  • Structure elucidation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • General Chemistry


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