Date of Award

Winter 12-15-2016

Author's School

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Author's Department


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Degree Type



The work described in this dissertation has been accomplished by using solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance (SSNMR) spectroscopy to elucidate the structure of metal-oxide molecular clusters and metal-oxide thin films. Metal-oxide molecular clusters prove to be a simple building block to atomically flat metal-oxide thin films for use in the next generation of electronics. The characterization of metal-oxide clusters and thin films are sometimes complicated due to amorphous domains and impurities that may be present. Here, it has been shown that molecular clusters can be characterized with solid-state NMR to yield important structural information and insights into disordered systems. Combining solid-state NMR with advanced density functional theory (DFT), NMR crystallography may become the< next gold standard in crystallography and can yield insights into crystalline and amorphous materials. The research presented herein demonstrates that solid-state NMR is a useful tool for studying crystalline materials as well as amorphous materials.


English (en)

Chair and Committee

Sophia E. Hayes

Committee Members

Alexander Barnes, Mark S. Conradi, Julio D'Arcy, Jill D. Pasteris


Permanent URL: https://doi.org/10.7936/K77P8WTV

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