Special Issue "Solid-State NMR Studies for Inorganic Materials"

A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944). This special issue belongs to the section "Structure Analysis and Characterization".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Valérie Montouillout
Guest Editor
CNRS CEMHTI UPR 3079, Université d'Orléans, Orléans, France
Interests: solid-state NMR; glasses; slags; cements; biomaterials

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Inorganic materials can exist in an almost infinite variety of states of structural order, disorder, and heterogeneity. This intrinsic characteristic of real materials depends on a majority of properties and applications. Solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and its panel of continually developing instruments and methods enable the local, atom-selective characterization of structures and assemblies, ranging from atomic to nanometer length scales. It is a rare technique that is almost as useful for probing the atomic environments of the most disordered systems as it is for probing the most ordered systems.

High resolution solid-state NMR investigations of important inorganic materials cover a wide range of fields. Progress is particularly notable in the field of increasingly complex glasses, with their problem of alteration, crystallisation, or reactivity (glass in contact with food or pharmaceuticals, bioglass, glass for the nuclear waste containment, blast furnace slag, etc.). In the field of reactivity of cements and biocements, NMR is obviously a pertinent spectroscopic tool of investigation for studying the nucleation, formation, and growth of crystalline phases, or for identifying and quantifying the intermediate phases formed when minerals react or transform, which often lacks long-range order. The difficulty becomes even more challenging with complex mixtures combining amorphous and well-ordered cristalline phases (CEM V with cement, slag, and fly ash) transforming into hydrated phases of variable crystallinity. However, the combination of a panel of a high resolution solid-state nuclear magnetic offers the unique opportunity to follow-up on the evolution of the systems.

There are many other inorganic materials sciences where advanced solid-state NMR spectroscopy has proven its potential.

Dr. Valérie Montouillout
Guest Editor

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  • high resolution NMR
  • high field
  • high spinning speed
  • DNP
  • order/disorder
  • structure
  • glasses
  • cements
  • zeolites
  • biomaterials
  • slag
  • layered materials

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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