Instrumental Design and Prospects for NMR-Electrochemistry

James B. Day, Jianjun Wu, Eric Oldfield, Andrzej Wieckowski

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We describe the design, construction, and operation of two types of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) sample probes for use in electrocatalysis/surface NMR studies. The first is an electrochemical NMR cell, which permits observation of NMR signals of surface-adsorbed species under external potential control. This cell also permits conventional voltammograms to be recorded from the actual NMR sample. The second or mini-cell has a long, thin sample region and better sensitivity than the electrochemical NMR cell, but is not capable of voltammetry. Spectra have been obtained for 13CO, 13CN- and C15N- adsorbed on polycrystalline platinum black, as a function of applied potential, demonstrating the feasibility of multinuclear NMR studies at electrified interfaces.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationElectrochemical Nanotechnology
Subtitle of host publicationIn-situ Local Probe Techniques at Electrochemical Interfaces
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9783527612154
ISBN (Print)3527295208, 9783527295203
StatePublished - Dec 22 2007


  • Nuclear magnetic resonance
  • Polycrystalline
  • The NMR probes
  • The NMR spectrometer
  • The electrochemical NMR cell

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry


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