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.
|Journal||Berichte der Bunsengesellschaft/Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 1998|
- Isotope effects
- Nuclear magnetic resoance
- Quantum exchange coupling
- Quantum mechanics