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Structure of ancient glass by 29Si magic angle spinning NMR

Bradford, Henry; Ryder, Amy; Henderson, Julian; Titman, Jeremy J.


Henry Bradford

Amy Ryder


29Si magic angle spinning (MAS) NMR spectroscopy is applied for the first time to the structural analysis of ancient glass samples obtained from archaeological excavations. The results show that it is possible to establish the distribution of Si environments in ancient glass by 29Si MAS NMR, so long as the concentrations of magnetic impurities, such as Mn and Fe oxides, are low. In general good agreement has been obtained with compositions found using electron probe microanalysis. In addition, the 29Si MAS NMR data reveal structural differences between glasses manufactured at separate ancient sites.


Bradford, H., Ryder, A., Henderson, J., & Titman, J. J. (2018). Structure of ancient glass by 29Si magic angle spinning NMR. Chemistry - A European Journal, 24(29), 7474-7479.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Mar 20, 2018
Online Publication Date Mar 23, 2018
Publication Date May 23, 2018
Deposit Date Mar 21, 2018
Publicly Available Date Mar 24, 2019
Journal Chemistry - A European Journal
Print ISSN 0947-6539
Electronic ISSN 1521-3765
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 24
Issue 29
Pages 7474-7479
Keywords Magic angle spinning; Nuclear magnetic resonance; Glass; Structure; Archaeology
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Additional Information This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Henry Bradford, Amy Ryder, Prof. Julian Henderson, Dr. Jeremy J. Titman Structure of Ancient Glass by 29Si Magic Angle Spinning NMR Spectroscopy (2018). Chemistry – A European Journal v. 24, no. 29 p. 7474-7479which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.


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