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Solid-state dynamics in the closo-carboranes: A B-11 MAS NMR and molecular dynamics study

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>19/03/2015
<mark>Journal</mark>Journal of Physical Chemistry B
Issue number11
Number of pages12
Pages (from-to)4309-4320
Publication StatusPublished
Early online date4/03/15
<mark>Original language</mark>English


This work explores the dynamic behavior of the three closo-carborane isomers (formula C2B10H12) using modern solid-state magic angle spinning (MAS) NMR techniques and relates the experimental measurements to theoretical results obtained using molecular dynamics simulations. At high temperatures and at B-0 = 9.4 T, the B-11 MAS line widths are narrow (40-90 Hz) for the three isomers. The rotational correlation times (tau(c)) calculated by molecular dynamics are on the picosecond time scale, showing a quasi-isotropic rotation at these temperatures, typical for liquid systems. For all three isomers, the values of the B-11 spin-lattice relaxation times (T-1) show discontinuities as the temperature is decreased, confirming the phase changes reported in the literature. At low temperatures, the B-11 MAS spectra of all three isomers exhibit much broader lines. The simulations showed that the molecular reorientation was anisotropic around different symmetry axes for each isomer, and this was supported by the values of the reduced quadrupolar parameter P-Q(eff) derived from dynamic shift measurements using B-11 MQMAS NMR spectroscopy. The behavior of P-Q(eff) as a function of temperature for pi-carborane suggests that molecular reorientation is about the C5 symmetry axis of the molecule at low temperatures, and this was supported by the molecular dynamics simulations.