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We report solid‐state nuclear magnetic resonance 1H spin‐lattice relaxation, single‐crystal X‐ray diffraction, powder X‐ray diffraction, field emission scanning electron microscopy, and differential scanning calorimetry in solid samples of 2‐ethylanthracene (EA) and 2‐ethylanthraquinone (EAQ) that have been physically purified in different ways from the same commercial starting compounds. The solid‐state 1H spin‐lattice relaxation is always non‐exponential at high temperatures as expected when CH3 rotation is responsible for the relaxation. The 1H spin‐lattice relaxation experiments are very sensitive to the “several‐molecule” (clusters) structure of these van der Waals molecular solids. In the three differently prepared samples of EAQ, the relaxation also becomes very non‐exponential at low temperatures. This is very unusual and the decay of the nuclear magnetization can be fitted with both a stretched exponential and a double exponential. This unusual result correlates with the powder X‐ray diffractometry results and suggests that the anomalous relaxation is due to crystallites of two (or more) different polymorphs (concomitant polymorphism).
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