Direct Correlation between Adsorption Energetics and Nuclear Spin Relaxation in a Liquid-saturated Catalyst Material

Neil Robinson, Christopher Robertson, Lynn F. Gladden, Stephen J. Jenkins, Carmine D'Agostino

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Abstract

The ratio of NMR relaxation time constants T1/T2 provides a non-destructive indication of the relative surface affinities exhibited by adsorbates within liquid-saturated mesoporous catalysts. In the present work we provide supporting evidence for the existence of a quantitative relationship between such measurements and adsorption energetics. As a prototypical example with relevance to green chemical processes we examine and contrast the relaxation characteristics of primary alcohols and cyclohexane within an industrial silica catalyst support. T1/T2 values obtained at intermediate magnetic field strength are in good agreement with DFT adsorption energy calculations performed on single molecules interacting with an idealised silica surface. Our results demonstrate the remarkable ability of this metric to quantify surface affinities within systems of relevance to liquid-phase heterogeneous catalysis, and highlight NMR relaxation as a powerful method for the determination of adsorption phenomena within mesoporous solids.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2472-2479
Number of pages8
JournalChemPhysChem
Volume19
Issue number19
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 5 Oct 2018
Externally publishedYes

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