Porous materials are ubiquitous systems with a large variety of applications from catalysis to polymer science, from soil to life science, from separation to building materials. Many relevant systems of biological or synthetic origin exhibit a hierarchy, defined as spatial organization over several length scales. Their characterization is often elusive, since many techniques can only be employed to probe a single length scale, like the nanometric or the micrometric levels. Moreover, some multiscale systems lack tridimensional order, further reducing the possibilities of investigation.129 Xe nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) provides a unique and comprehensive description of multiscale porous materials by exploiting the adsorption and diffusion of xenon atoms. NMR parameters like chemical shift, relaxation times, and diffusion coefficient allow the probing of structures from a few angstroms to microns at the same time. Xenon can evaluate the size and shape of a variety of accessible volumes such as pores, layers, and tunnels, and the chemical nature of their surface. The dynamic nature of the probe provides a simultaneous exploration of different scales, informing on complex features such as the relative accessibility of different populations of pores. In this review, the basic principles of this technique will be presented along with some selected applications, focusing on its ability to characterize multiscale materials.

Boventi, M., Mauri, M., Simonutti, R. (2022). 129 Xe: A Wide-Ranging NMR Probe for Multiscale Structures. APPLIED SCIENCES, 12(6) [10.3390/app12063152].

129 Xe: A Wide-Ranging NMR Probe for Multiscale Structures

Boventi M.;Mauri M.;Simonutti R.
2022

Abstract

Porous materials are ubiquitous systems with a large variety of applications from catalysis to polymer science, from soil to life science, from separation to building materials. Many relevant systems of biological or synthetic origin exhibit a hierarchy, defined as spatial organization over several length scales. Their characterization is often elusive, since many techniques can only be employed to probe a single length scale, like the nanometric or the micrometric levels. Moreover, some multiscale systems lack tridimensional order, further reducing the possibilities of investigation.129 Xe nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) provides a unique and comprehensive description of multiscale porous materials by exploiting the adsorption and diffusion of xenon atoms. NMR parameters like chemical shift, relaxation times, and diffusion coefficient allow the probing of structures from a few angstroms to microns at the same time. Xenon can evaluate the size and shape of a variety of accessible volumes such as pores, layers, and tunnels, and the chemical nature of their surface. The dynamic nature of the probe provides a simultaneous exploration of different scales, informing on complex features such as the relative accessibility of different populations of pores. In this review, the basic principles of this technique will be presented along with some selected applications, focusing on its ability to characterize multiscale materials.
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hierarchical materials; microscale; morphology; nanoscale; porous materials; Xe NMR;
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Boventi, M., Mauri, M., Simonutti, R. (2022). 129 Xe: A Wide-Ranging NMR Probe for Multiscale Structures. APPLIED SCIENCES, 12(6) [10.3390/app12063152].
Boventi, M; Mauri, M; Simonutti, R
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