Applications of solid-state NMR spectroscopy in environmental science

Qian Wang, Ulla Gro Nielsen*

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Environmental science is an interdisciplinary field, which integrates chemical, physical, and biological sciences to study environmental problems and human impact on the environment. This article highlights the use of solid-state NMR spectroscopy (SSNMR) in studies of environmental processes and remediation with examples from both laboratory studies and samples collected in the field. The contemporary topics presented include soil chemistry, environmental remediation (e.g., heavy metals and radionuclides removal, carbon dioxide mineralization), and phosphorus recovery. SSNMR is a powerful technique, which provides atomic-level information about speciation in complex environmental samples as well as the interactions between pollutants and minerals/organic matter on different environmental interfaces. The challenges in the application of SSNMR in environmental science (e.g., measurement of paramagnetic nuclei and low-gamma nuclei) are also discussed, and perspectives are provided for the future research efforts.

Original languageEnglish
Article number101698
JournalSolid State Nuclear Magnetic Resonance
StatePublished - Dec 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • CO mineralization
  • Environmental remediation
  • P recovery
  • Pollutant-mineral interaction
  • Soil
  • Solid-state NMR


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