Investigation of solute-solvent interactions in phenol compounds: accurate ab initio calculations of solvent effects on (1)H NMR chemical shifts (Journal article)

Siskos, M. G./ Kontogianni, V. G./ Tsiafoulis, C. G./ Tzakos, A. G./ Gerothanassis, I. P.

Accurate (1)H chemical shifts of the -OH groups of polyphenol compounds can be calculated, compared to experimental values, using a combination of DFT, polarizable continuum model (PCM) and discrete solute-solvent hydrogen bond interactions. The study focuses on three molecular solutes: phenol, 4-methylcatechol and the natural product genkwanin in DMSO, acetone, acetonitrile, and chloroform. Excellent linear correlation between experimental and computed chemical shifts (with the GIAO method at the DFT/B3LYP/6-311++G(2d,p) level) was obtained with minimization of the solvation complexes at the DFT/B3LYP/6-31+G(d) and DFT/B3LYP/6-311++G(d,p) level of theory with a correlation coefficient of 0.991. The use of the DFT/B3LYP/6-31+G(d) level of theory for minimization could provide an excellent means for the accurate prediction of the experimental OH chemical shift range of over 8 ppm due to: (i) strong intramolecular and solute-solvent intermolecular hydrogen bonds, (ii) flip-flop intramolecular hydrogen bonds, and (iii) conformational effects of substituents of genkwanin. The combined use of ab initio calculations and experimental (1)H chemical shifts of phenol -OH groups provides a method of primary interest in order to obtain detailed structural, conformation and electronic description of solute-solvent interactions at a molecular level.
Institution and School/Department of submitter: Πανεπιστήμιο Ιωαννίνων. Σχολή Θετικών Επιστημών. Τμήμα Χημείας
ISSN: 1477-0539
Publisher: Royal Society of Chemistry
Appears in Collections:Άρθρα σε επιστημονικά περιοδικά ( Ανοικτά)

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