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Phosphorus NMR and ab initio modelling of P-N bond rotamers of a sterically crowded chiral β-P4S3 diamide

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Bruce Tattershall, Dr Julian Knight


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Reaction of bicyclic β-P4S3I2 with enantiomerically pure (R)-Hpthiq (1-phenyl-1,2,3,4-tetrahydroisoquinoline) and Et3N gave a solution of a single diastereomer of the unusually stable diamide β-P4S3(pthiq)2, accounting for 83 % of the phosphorus content. Despite the steric bulk of the substituents, each amide group of this could adopt either of two rotameric positions about their P-N bonds, so that, at 183 K, 31P NMR multiplets for four rotamers could be observed and the spectra of three of them analysed fully. The large 2J(P-P-P) coupling became greater (253, 292, 304 Hz) with decreasing abundance of the individual rotamers. The rotamers were modelled at the ab initio RHF/3-21G* level, and relative NMR chemical shifts predicted by the GIAO method using a locally dense basis set, allowing the observed spectra to be assigned to structures. Calculations at the same level for the model compound α-P4S3(pthiq)Cl confirmed the assignments of low-temperature rotamers of α-P4S3(pthiq)I reported previously. Changes in observed P-P coupling constants and 31P chemical shifts, on rotating a pthiq substituent, could then be compared between β-P4S3(pthiq)2 and α-P 4S3(pthiq)I, confirming both sets of assignments. The most abundant rotamer of β-P4S3(pthiq)2 was not the one with the least sterically crowded sides of both pthiq substituents pointing towards the P4S3 cage, because of interaction between the two substituents. Only by using a DFT method could relative abundances of rotamers of β-P4S3(pthiq)2 be predicted to be in the observed order. Use of racemic Hpthiq gave also the two diastereomers of β-P4S3(pthiq)2 with Cs symmetry, for which the room temperature 31P{ 1H} NMR spectra were analysed fully. © 2007 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Tattershall BW, Knight JG, Andrews MJ

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Zeitschrift fur Anorganische und Allgemeine Chemie

Year: 2007

Volume: 633

Issue: 9

Pages: 1442-1450

ISSN (print): 0044-2313

ISSN (electronic): 1521-3749

Publisher: Wiley


DOI: 10.1002/zaac.200700161


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