The application of two-dimensional silicon-29 homonuclear shift correlated magic angle spinning nuclear magnetic resonance (COSY MAS NMR) spectroscopy to silicate glasses prepared using silica isotopically enriched in silicon-29 is reported. Two sodium silicate glass compositions and a sodium phospho-silicate glass were examined. The results suggest that a substantial proportion of the four coordinate silicate sites in sodium silicate glasses Q2/Q3 and Q3/Q4 are interconnected on a nearest neighbor level. Experiments with the sodium silicate glasses prepared with varying levels of isotopic enrichment reveal a correlation between the intensity of the cross peak and the percentage of silicon-29 in the sample, confirming this observation. No cross peaks were observed for the sodium phospho-silicate glass, implying that the Q4 and six coordinate silicate sites present are not linked together at the nearest neighbor level.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Ceramics and Composites
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Materials Chemistry