On the unexpected isotope effect on the exchange coupling constant in partially deuterated transition-metal trihydride complexes

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Abstract

In this paper we attempt to explain the unusual isotope effect displayed by the 1H-NMR scalar H-H coupling of the hydrides in complexes [CpIrL(HV3]+ (L= various phosphine and phosphite ligands) when one of the equivalent protons is turned into a dcuteron (D.M. Heinekey, J. M. Miliar, T.F. Koetzle, N.G. Payne, and K.W. Zilm, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 112, 909 (1990)]. It is found that in the case of the perprolio species the system can be described as a three-coupled well system, but when a deuterium is introduced the system is better described as a doubic-coupled well. Finally, it is shown that the coupling in the case of a double-well system is greater than in an equivalent triple-well system, in this way giving a plausible explanation to the experimental facts reported. © WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH, 1998.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)354-358
JournalBerichte der Bunsengesellschaft/Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics
Volume102
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1998

Keywords

  • Isotope effects
  • Nuclear magnetic resoance
  • Quantum exchange coupling
  • Quantum mechanics
  • Spectroscopy

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