Prediction of low-field nuclear singlet lifetimes with molecular dynamics and quantum-chemical property surface†
Molecular dynamics and quantum chemistry methods are implemented to quantify nuclear spin-1/2 pair singlet-state relaxation rates for three molecular systems at low magnetic field and room temperature. Computational methodology is developed for weak interactions, particularly important for singlet states at low field. These include spin-rotation and spin-internal-motion effects, which describe the coupling of the spin-carrying nuclei to fluctuating local magnetic fields induced by the overall and internal molecular fluctuations, respectively. A high-dimensional tensor property surface using Kriging interpolation is developed to circumvent costly quantum-chemical calculations. Together with the intramolecular dipolar relaxation, all the simulated relaxation mechanisms are accounted for with a common theoretical framework. Comparison with experiment indicates that quantitative accuracy is obtained, sufficient to enable guidance in the molecular design of molecules with long-lived singlet order.
- This article is part of the themed collection: 2017 PCCP HOT Articles