We report on a new approach to the analysis of dynamic NMR lineshapes from polycrystalline (i.e., macroscopically disordered) samples in the presence of Magic Angle Spinning (MAS). This is an application of the Stochastic Liouville Equation developed by Freed and co-workers for treating restricted (i.e., microscopically ordered) motions. The 2H nucleus in an internally-mobile C–CD3 moiety serves as a prototype probe. The acronym is 2H/MOMD/MAS, where MOMD stands for “microscopic-order-macroscopic-disorder.” The key elements describing internal motions – their type, the local spatial restrictions, and related features of local geometry – are treated in MOMD generally, within their rigorous three-dimensional tensorial requirements. Based on this representation a single physically well-defined model of local motion has the capability of reproducing experimental spectra. There exist other methods for analyzing dynamic 2H/MAS spectra which advocate simple motional modes. Yet, to reproduce satisfactorily the experimental lineshapes, one has either to use unusual parameter values, or combine several simple motional modes. The multi-simple-mode reasoning assumes independence of the constituent modes, features ambiguity as different simple modes may be used, renders inter-system comparison difficult as the overall models differ, and makes possible model-improvement only by adding yet another simple mode, i.e., changing the overall model. 2H/MOMD/MAS is free of such limitations and inherently provides a clear physical interpretation. These features are illustrated. The advantage of 2H/MOMD/MAS in dealing with sensitive but hardly investigated slow-motional lineshapes is demonstrated by applying it to actual experimental data. The results differ from those obtained previously with a two-site exchange scheme that yielded unusual parameters.
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- Slow-motional NMR lineshapes
- Stochastic Liouville Equation