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Proton-Detected Multidimensional Solid-State NMR Enables Precise Characterization of Vanadium Surface Species at Natural Abundance

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submitted on 27.09.2019 and posted on 30.09.2019 by D Mance, Aleix Comas-Vives, Christophe Copéret
Heterogeneous catalysts fulfill vital roles in industrial process, however due to the nature of the catalytic surfaces typically containing either a low abundance of active sites and being amorphous in nature leads difficulties when attempting to study the structure of the active sites. In this work we show how making use of fast MAS ssNMR probes allows to efficiently detect well resolved 1H detected spectra of heterogeneous catalysts. This approach was applied to study the structure of surface species resulting from the grafting of VO(OiPr)3 onto a partially dehydroxylated silica using the surface organometallic chemistry approach. The use of the 1H sensitivity enabled to detect various hetero- and homo-nuclear correlation spectra in order to study the structure of this system and to resolve the structure of the grafted vanadium complex. More specifically, VO(OiPr)3 grafts through both protonolysis and opening of siloxane bridges to generate a bis-grafted species, in contrast to most other alkoxides.

History

Email Address of Submitting Author

deni.mance@gmail.com

Institution

ETH Zurich

Country

Switzerland

ORCID For Submitting Author

0000-0002-8523-2390

Declaration of Conflict of Interest

no conflict of interest

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