Observing the three-dimensional dynamics of supported metal complexes
Ames Laboratory; Chemistry
Ames Laboratory, Chemistry
Inorganic Chemistry Frontiers
Dynamics are intricately linked with activity and selectivity when it comes to catalysis, as noted for instance in the enzymatic principles of induced fit and allostery, and yet the range of motions heterogeneous catalytic sites are able to undergo is poorly understood. Solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy is perhaps the only tool capable of probing the rapid conformational dynamics found in heterogeneous catalysts but has historically been restricted by its low sensitivity, limiting the detail with which structures can be resolved. Here, we apply solid-state NMR and dynamic nuclear polarization, in combination with density functional theory modeling, to reveal the high-resolution structure and motional freedom of a scandium supported complex in three dimensions. The results are contrasted with the study of the analogous homoleptic complex in the crystalline state, highlighting the impacts that surface structure may have on the dynamics of supported complexes.
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