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Inorganic Chemistry

Analysis of inorganic molecules

NMR has played an important role in the analysis of inorganic molecules for a long time. Over 80% of all nuclei have at least one NMR active isotope and many of these compounds are used in materials, catalysts and also as active centers in bio-inorganic molecules.  For the study of these molecules a variety of NMR techniques and tools can be used.

Homogeneous catalysts are molecules that often contain several NMR active nuclei. These can easily be observed using our BBO multinuclear probes with ATM accessory. Automatic tuning and matching enables the selection of any nucleus within the tuning range of the probe.

With specialty TBO probes with an H-P/BB configuration, many transition metal complexes can be studied in a more detailed fashion. Heterogeneous catalysts, such as zeolites and many others, are best studied in solid state under magic angle spinning conditions.

Metallo-proteins allow direct observation of the metal center or require substitution of the naturally occurring metal with a more suitable NMR active metal. The study of the metal center itself, or the immediate surrounding atoms, provides direct insight into the active site of the protein.