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Structure and NMR assignment in calcined and as-synthesized forms of AlPO-14: a combined study by first-principles calculations and high-resolution 27Al–31P MAS NMR correlation

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Abstract

The high-resolution 27Al and 31P NMR spectra of two as-synthesized forms of the microporous aluminophosphate AlPO-14 and the corresponding calcined–dehydrated form were assigned using both “first-principles” calculations of NMR parameters (GIPAW, as implemented in NMR-CASTEP) and a 27Al–31P heteronuclear correlation NMR experiment (MQ-J-HETCOR) that exploits 27Al multiple-quantum coherences and J couplings to identify Al–O–P linkages. NMR parameters calculated from published AlPO-14 crystal structures, which are derived from powder X-ray diffraction (XRD) data, are in poor agreement with experiment and it was necessary to optimize the structure geometry using energy minimization before satisfactory agreement was obtained. Comparison of simulated powder XRD patterns from the experimental and the energy-minimized structures shows that the changes in relative atomic positions in the optimized structure are relatively small and yield only minor adjustments in the Bragg peak intensities. These results indicate that a combination of NMR spectroscopy and first-principles calculation of NMR parameters may soon be considered a generally useful step in the refinement of the structures of microporous materials derived from powder diffraction data.

Graphical abstract: Structure and NMR assignment in calcined and as-synthesized forms of AlPO-14: a combined study by first-principles calculations and high-resolution 27Al–31P MAS NMR correlation

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The article was received on 03 Apr 2008, accepted on 17 Jun 2008 and first published on 30 Jul 2008


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/B805681A
Citation: Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2008,10, 5754-5764
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    Structure and NMR assignment in calcined and as-synthesized forms of AlPO-14: a combined study by first-principles calculations and high-resolution 27Al–31P MAS NMR correlation

    S. E. Ashbrook, M. Cutajar, C. J. Pickard, R. I. Walton and S. Wimperis, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2008, 10, 5754
    DOI: 10.1039/B805681A

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