Powder Crystallography by Combined Crystal Structure Prediction and High-Resolution H-1 Solid-State NMR Spectroscopy
A fast method for crystal structure determination Using crystal structure prediction and solid-state H-1 NMI is presented. This technique does not need any prior knowledge except the chemical formula; resonance assignment is not necessary. Starting from an ensemble of predicted crystal structures for powdered thymol, comparison between experimental and calculated H-1 solid-state isotropic NMR chemical shifts is sufficient to determine which predicted structure corresponds to the powder under study. The same approach using proton-proton spin-diffusion data is successful and can be used for cross-validation.