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Ruthenium complexes studied by NMR

Mononuclear ruthenium compounds bearing N-donor and N-heterocyclic carbene ligands: structure and oxidative catalysis
Hai Jie Liu,   M. Gil-Sepulcre,   L. Francás,   P. Nolis,   T. Parella,   J. Benet-Buchholz,   X. Fontrodona,   J. García-Antón,   N. Romero,   A. Llobet,   Ll. Escriche,   R. Bofill and   X. Sala
Dalton Trans., 2017, Accepted Manuscript

DOI: 10.1039/C6DT04729G

ABSTRACT A new CNNC carbene-phthalazine tetradentate ligand has been synthesised, which under reaction with [Ru(T)Cl3] (T = trpy, tpm, bpea; trpy = 2,2′;6′,2″-terpyridine; tpm = tris(pyrazol-1-yl)methane; bpea = N,N-bis(pyridin-2-ylmethyl)ethanamine) in MeOH or iPrOH undergoes a C-N bond scission due to the nucleophilic attack of a solvent molecule, with the subsequent formation of the mononuclear complexes cis-[Ru(PhthaPz-OR)(trpy)X]n+, [Ru(PhthaPz-OMe)(tpm)X]n+ and trans,fac-[Ru(PhthaPz-OMe)(bpea)X]n+ (X = Cl, n = 1; X = H2O, n = 2; PhthaPz-OR = 1-(4-alkoxyphthalazin-1-yl)-3-methyl-1H-imidazol-3-ium), named 1a+/2a2+ (R = Me), 1b+/2b2+ (R = iPr), 3+/42+ and 5+/62+, respectively. Interestingly, regulation of the stability regions of the different Ru oxidation states is obtained by the different ligand combinations, going from 62+, where Ru(III) is clearly stable and mono-electronic transfers are favoured, to 2a2+/2b2+, where Ru(III) is almost unstable with regards to its disproportion. The catalytic performance of the Ru-OH2 complexes in chemical water oxidation at pH 1.0 points to poor stability (ligand oxidation), with subsequent evolution of CO2 together with O2, especially for 42+ and 62+. In electrochemically driven water oxidation, the highest TOF values are obtained for 2a2+ at pH 1.0. In alkene epoxidation, complexes favouring bi-electronic transfer processes show better performances and selectivities than those favouring mono-electronic transfers, while alkenes containing electron-donor groups promote better performances than those bearing electron-withdrawers. Finally, when cis-β-methylstyrene is employed as substrate, no cis/trans isomerization takes place, thus indicating the existence of a stereospecific process.

Solving JHH measurement in overcrowded regions

Accurate measurement of JHH in overlapped signals by a TOCSY-edited SERF Experiment

André Fredi, Pau Nolis* and Teodor Parella*

Magnetic Resonance in ChemistryDOI: 10.1002/mrc.4572

Selective Refocusing (GSERF or the recent PSYCHEDELIC) experiments were originally designed to determine all proton-proton coupling constants (JHH) for a selected proton resonance. They work for isolated signals on which selective excitation can be successfully applied but, as happens in other selective experiments, fail for overlapped signals. To circumvent this limitation, a doubly-selective TOCSY-GSERF scheme is presented for the measurement of JHH in protons resonating in crowded regions. This new experiment takes advantage of the editing features of an initial TOCSY transfer to uncover hidden resonances that become accessible to perform the subsequent frequency-selective refocusing.

Organogels studied by NMR

Studies on cycloalkane‐based bisamide organogelators: A new example of stochastic chiral symmetry breaking induced by sonication

Ortuno, R. M., Pi-Boleda, B., Sans, M., Campos, M., Nolis, P., Illa, O., Estévez, J. C. and Branchadell, V. (2016), Chem. Eur. J.. Accepted Author Manuscript. doi:10.1002/chem.201604818

Enantiomerically pure C16-alkyl amides derived from cis and trans cycloalkane-1,2-dicarboxylic acids, respectively, have been synthesized and their behaviour as organogelators has been investigated. These compounds include cis/trans diastereomeric cyclobutane and cyclohexane derivatives with the aim to explore the influence of the ring size as well as the relative configuration in their hierarchical self-assembly to form gels. High resolution 1H NMR spectroscopy studies allowed the determination of the dynamics of the gelation process in [D8]-toluene and the sol-gel transition temperature. The morphology and size of the aggregates have been investigated and results have shown that, in the case of cyclobutane derivatives, the cis/trans stereochemistry is not relevant for the gelation behaviour and the properties of the soft-materials obtained, but it is remarkable for cyclohexane diamides, which are better organogelators. The four compounds produce chiral aggregates despite that two of them are meso achiral molecules. We show in this work that this fact is an example of stochastic symmetry breaking induced by sonication. The self-assembly of these molecules has been modelled providing information and support about the structure and the chirality of the aggregates.

RDC measurements and application

joceah_v081i019.inddApplication to the structural discrimination of small molecules containing multiple stereocenters. One-Shot determination of residual dipolar couplings.
Castañar, L.; Garcia, M.; Hellemann, E.; Nolis, P.; Gil, R.; Parella, T.


A novel approach for the fast and efficient structural discrimination of molecules containing multiple stereochemical centers is described. A robust Jresolved HSQC experiment affording highly resolved 1JCH/1TCHsplittings along the indirect dimension and homodecoupled 1H signals in the detected dimension is proposed. The experiment enables in-situ distinction of both isotropic and anisotropic components of molecules dissolved incompressed PMMA gels, allowing a rapid and direct one-shot determination of accurate residual dipolar coupling constants from a single NMR spectrum



11B-MQMAS Solid State NMR experiment performed on polyaminoborane derivatives

no spine minimum. half size. Editor: Tamara Hanna JEM: Esther RTP: Bryan NolteAmmonia Borane Dehydrogenation Promoted by a Pincer-Square-Planar Rhodium(I) Monohydride: A Stepwise Hydrogen Transfer from the Substrate to the Catalyst
Esteruelas, M.A.; Nolis, P.; Oliván, M.; Oñate, M.; Vallribera, A.; Vélez, A. Inorg. Chem., 2016, 55 (14), pp 7176–7181. DOI: 10.1021/acs.inorgchem.6b01216

The pincer d8-monohydride complex RhH-{xant(PiPr2)2} (xant(PiPr2)2 = 9,9-dimethyl-4,5-bis-(diisopropylphosphino)xanthene) promotes the release of 1 equiv of hydrogen from H3BNH3 and H3BNHMe2 with TOF50% values of 3150 and 1725 h−1, to afford [BH2NH2]n and [BH2NMe2]2 and the tandem ammonia borane dehydrogenation−cyclohexene hydrogenation. Continue reading 11B-MQMAS Solid State NMR experiment performed on polyaminoborane derivatives

Annion binding affinities studied by 1H-NMR

  • chem-select“Synthesis, Selectivity and Structural Study of New C3-Symmetric Tripodal Amides as Anion Receptors. An Experimental and Theoretical Approach”

    Celis, S.; Pi-Boleda, B.; Nolis, P.; Illa, O.; Branchadell, V.; Ortuño, R. Chemistry Select. doi: 10.1002/slct.201600560

Several new nitrilotriacetic acid (NTA) based C3-symmetric tripodal amides have been synthesized. The NTA branches are alkyl chains or esters derived from amino acids of different length, namely glycine, β-alanine and γ-aminobutyric acid. The behavior of these compounds to entrap different monoanions has been tested revealing that they are good ligands able to form host-guest complexes with the following affinity order: H2PO4 > CH3CO2 > PhCO2 > Cl, in DMSO. Continue reading Annion binding affinities studied by 1H-NMR

Storage properties of the Li-N-H system

hydrogen_energy“Role of aluminum chloride on the reversible hydrogen storage properties of the Li-N-H system”

Fernández, L.; Garroni, S.; Larochette, P.; Nolis, P.; Mulas, G.; Enzo, S.; Baró, M.D.; Gennari, F. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, IN PRESS 2015 doi:10.1016/j.ijhydene.2015.08.030

 In order to understand the role of AlCl3 addition on the Li–N–H system, we have systematically investigated the hydrogen sorption kinetics and the reactions between LiNH2–LiH and AlCl3 additive with a multitechnique approach involving differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), hydrogen volumetric measurements, X-ray powder diffraction (XRPD), Fourier transform infrared analysis (FTIR) and solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR). Continue reading Storage properties of the Li-N-H system

Automation in 1JCH measurements from Pure Shift NMR experiments

SeRMN seminar

  • Date: Thursday 27th November, 2014
  • Hour: 12 am
  • Location:  SeRMN,  Facultats de Ciències i Biociències, C2/-135
  • Speaker:  Dr. Pau Nolis, SeRMN

A preliminary version of an applet that performs the authomatic measurement of 1J(CH) couplings from homodecoupled iINEPT-Jres HSQC experiment will be presented. Continue reading Automation in 1JCH measurements from Pure Shift NMR experiments

Confining light metal hydrides in micro- or mesoporous scaffolds

JournalMaterialResearch“Unusual Oxidation Behavior of Light Metal Hydride by Tetrahydrofurane Solvent Molecules Confined in Ordered
Mesoporous Carbon” Klose, M.; Lindemann, I.; Minella, C.; Pinkert, K.; Zier, M.; Giebeler, L.; Nolis, P.; Baro, M.; Oswald, S.; Gutfleisch, O.; Ehrenberg, H.; Eckert, J. Journal Of Materials Research, 2014, 29, 55-63 DOI:10.1557/jmr.2013.199

Confining light metal hydrides in micro- or mesoporous scaffolds is considered to be a promising way to overcome the existing challenges for these materials, e.g. their application in hydrogen storage. Different techniques exist which allow us to homogeneously fill pores of a host matrix with the respective hydride, thus yielding well defined composite materials. Continue reading Confining light metal hydrides in micro- or mesoporous scaffolds

Structural evolution upon decomposition of the LiAlH4+LiBH4 system

jalloysStructural evolution upon decomposition of the LiAlH4+LiBH4 system. S. Soru, A. Taras, C. Pistiddb, C. Milanese, C. Bonatto Minella, E. Masolo, P. Nolis, M. D. Baró, A. Marinic, M. Tolkiehn,M. Dornheim, S. Enzo, G. Mulas, S. Garroni. Journal of Alloys and Compounds 2014, in press. DOI: 10.1016/j.jallcom.2013.12.027

In the present work we focus the attention on the phase structural transformations occurring upon the desorption process of the LiBH4 + LiAlH4 system. Continue reading Structural evolution upon decomposition of the LiAlH4+LiBH4 system