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Dear Colleagues,

Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy continues to be a powerful technology for the characterization of materials at the molecular level. The application of new and advanced NMR techniques for probing amorphous or highly disordered materials continue to see major advances including the application of sophisticated heteronuclear, multiple dimensional, and multiple quantum solid state and solution NMR, dynamic nuclear polarization (DNP), fast magic angle spinning (MAS) NMR and improved pulse field gradient (PFG) NMR diffusometry methods. The ability to probe nucleus specific questions, combined with recent improvements in sensitivity, resolution, spin coherence manipulation, quantum chemical calculations and multivariate/chemometric analysis render NMR a rich field. Couple these improvements with NMR’s ability to address an almost endless range of material properties including dynamics, binding events, surface interactions, phase transitions, morphology, reaction kinetics, hydrogen bond strengths, local and medium range structure, and ion/molecular diffusion and transport.
The focus of this Special Issue in the Materials Section is to explore these recent NMR advances for the characterization of real-life materials being used in sensing, energy, quantum computing, advanced manufacturing, biomedical, and environmental remediation applications, including self-assembled materials, super-molecular and stimuli-responsive polymers, polymer membranes, composites, MOFS, liquid crystalline polymers, ceramics, glasses, biomaterials, catalyst and surface-modified nanoparticles. The issue will offer an overview of some of the exciting opportunities NMR can provide in material characterization.

Prof. Dr. Todd M. Alam: Guest Editor 

Affiliation: Sandia National Laboratories, New Mexico,
Department of Organic Material Sciences, NMR Spectroscopy Laboratory,
Albuquerque, United States
E-Mail: tmalam@sandia.govWebsite:


Keywords: Solid state NMR, MAS NMR, PFG NMR, materials, amorphous, structure, quantum chemical, morphology, structure

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