The use of sample rotation for minimizing convection effects in self-diffusion NMR measurements

Nuria Esturau, Francesc Sánchez-Ferrando, Josée Adrián Gavin, Christian Roumestand, Marc André Delsuc, Teodor Parella

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Abstract

Undesirable temperature gradients in a NMR sample tube are usually generated by an inappropiate temperature regulation system. We have shown that such convection effects can greatly distort the measurement of translational self-diffusion coefficients. The use of sample spinning helps to minimize such undesirable effects by disruption of convection fluxes due to resulting Coriolis forces that have a strongly stabilizing effect on the conducting state of the system (J. Lounila et al., J. Magn. Reson. A 118, 50 (1996)). This simple trick allows the accurate measurement of diffusion coefficients for a wide range of temperatures and solvents without the need for a convection-compensated NMR pulse sequences or more sophisticated temperature control units. Experimental data obtained for some target compounds dissolved in several common deuterated solvents at different temperatures are reported and discussed. © 2001 Academic Press.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)48-55
JournalJournal of Magnetic Resonance
Volume153
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2001

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    Esturau, N., Sánchez-Ferrando, F., Gavin, J. A., Roumestand, C., Delsuc, M. A., & Parella, T. (2001). The use of sample rotation for minimizing convection effects in self-diffusion NMR measurements. Journal of Magnetic Resonance, 153(1), 48-55. https://doi.org/10.1006/jmre.2001.2411