Structural details of aqueous attack on a phosphate glass by 1H/31P cross-polarization NMR

R. M. Wenslow, K. T. Mueller

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One- and two-dimensional heteronuclear correlation solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance experiments allow a direct study of the chemistry of water incorporation into a simple phosphate glass network. One main pathway for water incorporation into phosphate glass networks is through the formation of P-OH groups, and previous 1H magic-angle-spinning NMR investigations of proton environments in silicate and phosphate glasses suggest that hydroxyl groups are involved in multiple hydrogen-bonding motifs with backbone units within the glass networks. The presence of multiple proton environments presents more complex structural issues for aqueous incorporation into glass systems, which have yet to be explained unambiguously. The spectral editing capabilities of two-dimensional cross-polarization NMR identify specific subunits in modified sodium phosphate glasses, and strong evidence is presented for the formation of intramolecular as well as weaker intermolecular hydrogen bonds. Using a combination of one- and two-dimensional 1H/31P cross-polarization NMR studies, a total of five distinct phosphate units are identified in a near-metaphosphate glass after aqueous treatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)9033-9038
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry B
Issue number45
StatePublished - Nov 5 1998

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Materials Chemistry


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