Insight into the local magnetic environments and deuteron mobility in jarosite (AFe3(SO4)2(OD)6, A = K, Na, D3O) and hydronium alunite ((D3O)Al3(SO4)2(OD,OD2)6), from variable temperature 2H MAS NMR spectroscopy

Ulla Gro Nielsen, Ivo Heinmaa, Ago Samoson, Juraj Majzlan, Clare P. Grey

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Detailed insight into the magnetic properties and mobility of the different deuteron species in jarosites (AFe3(SO4)2(OD)6, A = K, Na, D3O) is obtained from variable temperature 2H MAS NMR spectroscopy from 40 K to 300 K. Fast MAS results in high resolution spectra of these paramagnetic compounds. The 2H NMR hyperfine shift (), measured as a function of temperature, provides to be a very sensitive probe of the local magnetic environment. Two different magnetic environments are observed: i) Fe2-OD and D3O+/ in stoichiometric regions of the sample. Here (2H) is proportional to the bulk susceptibility and follows a Curie-Weiss law above 150 K. ii) Fe-OD2 and D2O near Fe vacancies. The Fe near these vacancies shows strong local anti-ferromagnetic couplings even high above the Néel temperature (ca. 65 K). 2H NMR can discriminate between D2O and D3O+ ions substituted on the A site due to the different temperature dependence of their isotropic shifts. An activation energy of 6.3(4) kJ/mol is determined for the D3O+ motion in the isostructural compound D3OAl3(SO4)2(OD)6. Our NMR results support theories that ascribes the spin glass behavior of (H3O)Fe3(SO4)2(OD)6 is to disorder of the D3O+ ion and/or a less distorted Fe coordination environment. No sign of proton transfer reactions from the D3O+ ion to the framework is observed.
Original languageEnglish
JournalChemistry of Materials
Issue number13
Pages (from-to)3176-3187
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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