Atomic-level structure determination of amorphous molecular solids by NMR.

Cordova M, Moutzouri P, Nilsson Lill SO, Cousen A, Kearns M, Norberg ST, Svensk Ankarberg A, McCabe J, Pinon AC, Schantz S, Emsley L

Nat Commun 14 (1) 5138 [2023-08-23; online 2023-08-23]

Structure determination of amorphous materials remains challenging, owing to the disorder inherent to these materials. Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) powder crystallography is a powerful method to determine the structure of molecular solids, but disorder leads to a high degree of overlap between measured signals, and prevents the unambiguous identification of a single modeled periodic structure as representative of the whole material. Here, we determine the atomic-level ensemble structure of the amorphous form of the drug AZD4625 by combining solid-state NMR experiments with molecular dynamics (MD) simulations and machine-learned chemical shifts. By considering the combined shifts of all 1H and 13C atomic sites in the molecule, we determine the structure of the amorphous form by identifying an ensemble of local molecular environments that are in agreement with experiment. We then extract and analyze preferred conformations and intermolecular interactions in the amorphous sample in terms of the stabilization of the amorphous form of the drug.

Swedish NMR Centre (SNC) [Collaborative]

PubMed 37612269

DOI 10.1038/s41467-023-40853-2

Crossref 10.1038/s41467-023-40853-2

pmc: PMC10447443
pii: 10.1038/s41467-023-40853-2

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