Zero-field nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy of viscous liquids


We report zero-field NMR measurements of a viscous organic liquid, ethylene glycol. Zero-field spectra were taken showing resolved scalar spin–spin coupling (J-coupling) for ethylene glycol at different temperatures and water contents. Molecular dynamics strongly affects the resonance linewidth, which closely follows viscosity. Quantum chemical calculations have been used to obtain the relative stability and coupling constants of all ethylene glycol conformers. The results show the potential of zero-field NMR as a probe of molecular structure and dynamics in a wide range of environments, including viscous fluids.

Autorzy / Authors: 
Y. Shimizu, J.W. Blanchard, S. Pustelny, G. Saielli, A. Bagno, M. P. Ledbetter, D. Budker, A. Pines
J. Magn. Reson. 250, 1-6
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