Chemical state of boron in coal fly ash investigated by focused-ion-beam time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (FIB-TOF-SIMS) and satellite-transition magic angle spinning nuclear magnetic resonance (STMAS NMR).
An experimental comparison of sensitivity and resolution of satellite transition (ST) MAS and multiple quantum (MQ) MAS was performed for (27)Al (I=5/2) using several pulse sequences with a z-filter and SPAM, and two inorganic samples of kaolin (Al(2)Si(2)O(5)(OH)(4)) and glass (43.1CaO-12.5Al(2)O(3)-44.4SiO(2)). Six pulse sequences of STMAS (double-quantum filter-soft pulse added mixing=DQF-SPAM, double-quantum filter=DQF, double-quantum=DQ) and MQMAS (3QMAS-z-filter=3Qz, 3QMAS-SPAM=3Q-SPAM, 5QMAS-z-filter=5Qz) are employed. All experiments have been conducted utilizing a static field of 16.4T (700MHz for (1)H) and a rotor spinning frequency of 20kHz. Dependence of S/N ratios as a function of radio frequency (r.f.) field strengths indicates that strong r.f. fields are essential to obtain a better S/N ratio in all experiments. High sensitivity is obtained in the following order: DQF-SPAM, DQF, DQ, 3QSPAM, and 3Qz, although the degree of sensitivity enhancement given by STMAS for glass is slightly smaller than that for kaolin. This might be due to the different excitation and conversion efficiencies of ST and MQ coherences as a function C(q) values because quadrupolar interaction of the glass are widely distributed, or to motional broadening caused by framework flexibility in the structure of glass. With respect to resolution, the full widths at half maximum (FWHM) of F(1) projections of DQF-STMAS and 3QMAS spectra for kaolin are found to be comparable, which agrees with a simulated result reported in a literature. For glass, the STMAS possess slightly wider line widths than 3QMAS. However, because such a difference in line widths of STMAS and 3QMAS spectra is substantially small, we have concluded that STMAS and 3QMAS have comparable resolution for crystalline and non-crystalline materials.