Structural elucidation of amorphous photocatalytic polymers from dynamic nuclear polarization enhanced solid state NMR

Nick J. Brownbill, Reiner Sebastian Sprick, Baltasar Bonillo, Shane Pawsey, Fabien Aussenac, Alistair J. Fielding, Andrew I. Cooper, Frédéric Blanc

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Abstract

Dynamic nuclear polarization (DNP) solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) offers a recent approach to dramatically enhance NMR signals and has enabled detailed structural information to be obtained in a series of amorphous photocatalytic copolymers of alternating pyrene and benzene monomer units, the structures of which cannot be reliably established by other spectroscopic or analytical techniques. Large 13C cross-polarization (CP) magic angle spinning (MAS) signal enhancements were obtained at high magnetic fields (9.4-14.1 T) and low temperature (110-120 K), permitting the acquisition of a 13C INADEQUATE spectrum at natural abundance and facilitating complete spectral assignments, including when small amounts of specific monomers are present. The high 13C signal-to-noise ratios obtained are harnessed to record quantitative multiple contact CP NMR data, used to determine the polymers' composition. This correlates well with the putative pyrene:benzene stoichiometry from the monomer feed ratio, enabling their structures to be understood.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3088-3096
Number of pages9
JournalMacromolecules
Volume51
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 24 Apr 2018

Keywords

  • polymers
  • polarization
  • aromatic compounds
  • monomers
  • hydrocarbons

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