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A new approach involving the creation of triple-quantum (TQ) coherences from both TQ and central transitions (CT) is investigated, in order to enhance the efficiency of triple-quantum excitation for I=3/2 nuclei. The RIACT excitation scheme, a soft pi/2 and hard spin-locking pulse, is shown to induce both adiabatic coherence transfer between CT and TQ(More)
Porous composite powders, prepared by spray drying of silica and polybromostyrene nanoparticles, were calcined at various temperatures up to 750 degrees C. The structure in these powders are quantitatively investigated by ultra small-angle X-ray scattering, thermogravimetric analysis, and nuclear magnetic resonance measurements. It has been found that the(More)
In 2001, Mauri and Pickard introduced the gauge including projected augmented wave (GIPAW) method that enabled for the first time the calculation of all-electron NMR parameters in solids, i.e. accounting for periodic boundary conditions. The GIPAW method roots in the plane wave pseudopotential formalism of the density functional theory (DFT), and avoids the(More)
An integrated computational method which couples classical molecular dynamics simulations with density functional theory calculations is used to simulate the solid-state NMR spectra of amorphous CaSiO(3). Two CaSiO(3) glass models are obtained by shell-model molecular dynamics simulations, successively relaxed at the GGA-PBE level of theory. The calculation(More)
The purpose of this paper is to investigate the interplay between the chemical shielding anisotropy and quadrupole interaction in MQMAS spectra. 59Co in the compounds Na3Co(NO2)6 and trans-Co[(en2)(NO2)2]NO3 provides model systems for such an investigation. Furthermore, only few results have been reported on the application of the MQMAS method to a spin I =(More)
The production of molecular hydrogen in the radiolysis of dried or hydrated nanoporous controlled-pore glasses (CPG) has been carefully studied using 10 MeV electron irradiation at high dose rate. In all cases, the H2 yield increases when the pore size decreases. Moreover, the yields measured in dried materials are two orders of magnitude smaller than those(More)
Calcium silicate hydrate (C-S-H) is the main constituent of hydrated cement paste and determines its cohesive properties. Because of the environmental impact of cement industry, it is more and more common to replace a part of the clinker in cement by secondary cementitious materials (SCMs). These SCMs are generally alumina-rich and as a consequence some(More)
Boron-11 and silicon-29 NMR spectra of xSiO(2)-(1-x)B(2)O(3) glasses (x=0.40, 0.80 and 0.83) have been calculated using a combination of molecular dynamics (MD) simulations with density functional theory (DFT) calculations of NMR parameters. Structure models of 200 atoms have been generated using classical force fields and subsequently relaxed at the(More)
BACKGROUND Disordered compounds are crucially important for fundamental science and industrial applications. Yet most available methods to explore solid-state material properties require ideal periodicity, which, strictly speaking, does not exist in this type of materials. The supercell approximation is a way to imply periodicity to disordered systems while(More)
We investigate the structural and vibrational properties of glassy B2O3 using first-principles molecular dynamics simulations. In particular, we determine the boroxol rings fraction f for which there is still no consensus in the literature. Two numerical models containing either a low or a high level of boroxol rings are tested against a gamut of(More)