Getting COSY with the TOCSY Experiment

Getting COSY with the TOCSY Experiment

2D NMR experiments can provide a wealth of information to aid in the structural elucidation of chemical compounds. Of the many 2D NMR experiments available, the homonuclear correlation spectroscopy (COSY) sequence is one of the most popular and is used to identify which spin systems are directly coupled to each other. As an example, the 1H-1H COSY spectrum of 1-propanol recorded on the NMReady-60 is shown below in Figure 1.

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What's the 'ism' of today? Keto-Enol Tautomerism

What's the 'ism' of today? Keto-Enol Tautomerism

Tautomers are constitutional isomers that interconvert into each other by an exchange reaction, most commonly a proton transfer. Such two isomers can for example be a ketone and an enol. Keto-enol tautomerism (KET) becomes possible when there are hydrogen atoms adjacent to a carbonyl group (these hydrogen atoms are called α hydrogens). This tautomerism is depicted in Scheme 1 and is also discussed more here.

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Enantiomers – Image | Mirror Image

Enantiomers – Image | Mirror Image

Chirality has a huge impact on the chemistry of a molecule. Due to potentially different physiological effects, pharmaceutical compounds are often used as enantiomerically pure compounds. One enantiomer can act as a healing agent, the other might be toxic to humans. Crazy, right? It makes sense, if you think of how pharmaceuticals work in principle. They bind to receptors, which trigger something in the brain or somewhere else in the human body. These receptors have a special chemical specificity and only the active compounds fit and bind correctly with it. A receptor is a 3D body and thereby is dependent on the stereochemistry of the compounds.

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Attached Proton Test, an 'APT' experiment for structural elucidation

Attached Proton Test, an 'APT' experiment for structural elucidation

A key step towards elucidating structures with NMR spectroscopy is the assignment of signals to specific groups within the molecule being analyzed. Two experiments, DEPT (Distortionless Enhancement by Polarization Transfer) and APT (Attached Proton Test), are typically used to aid this process with 13C NMR spectra.1 Both experiments are similar in that the number of attached protons (i.e. the multiplicity) is revealed by the phase of the 13C NMR signals. The key difference between the DEPT and APT experiment is that signals for quaternary carbons are observed in the APT experiment.

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Beyond structural elucidation, introduction to qNMR – Part I

Beyond structural elucidation, introduction to qNMR – Part I

Over the last few years, more and more analytical and industrial laboratories have started employing quantitative nuclear magnetic resonance (qNMR) spectroscopy as a tool for content assignment (due to its superb structural elucidation abilities) and quantification of purity in a sample. This is due to the increase in regulations being imposed by governments onto the pharmaceutical and environmental sectors. It has been previously demonstrated that qNMR spectroscopy can give results with less than 1% uncertainty and possibly down to 0.1% if the right conditions are met.

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HSQC – Revealing the direct-bonded proton-carbon instrument

HSQC – Revealing the direct-bonded proton-carbon instrument

2D NMR experiments provide chemists with evidence to clarify and confirm resonance assignment.  Nowadays every organic chemist uses these experiments called COSY, HMBC and HSQC as routine analytics. Basically, with 2D experiments you correlate some kind of information between two 1D spectra. If we correlate two 1D spectra of the same nucleus we are dealing with homonuclear 2D NMR experiments. The most famous representative of this group is the COSY experiment (find theory here and application here).

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Lead NMR Spectroscopy

Lead NMR Spectroscopy

For many years tetraethyl lead was used as the principal fuel additive to enhance the octane rating of gasoline. In the mid-1970s the use of this substance was reduced because of the environmental hazards of lead and because it poisons catalytic converters. Nowadays, the main application of lead metal and lead oxide is in lead-acid batteries. In this application the cathode of the cell consists of lead dioxide packed on a metal grid and the anode is composed of lead metal. The electrochemical reaction is shown in the following equation:

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Unlocking the Key to Enzymes: Studying Enzyme Kinetics

Unlocking the Key to Enzymes: Studying Enzyme Kinetics

By virtue of its quantitative nature, NMR spectroscopy is increasingly becoming the method of choice to monitor a reaction and determine its kinetic parameters. We’ve demonstrated the ability of the NMReady-60 to monitor a reaction and subsequently extract kinetic parameters in a previous blog post. In this blog post, I’d like to show how the NMReady-60 can be used to study enzyme kinetics. Adapted from a Journal of Chemical Education article published by Olsen and Giles, the enzymatic hydrolysis of N-acetyl-DL-methionine by porcine acylase was studied.

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Spine disease? No, just a rigid backbone, but it keeps from flippin’ the ring!

Spine disease? No, just a rigid backbone, but it keeps from flippin’ the ring!

For this one I must begin with a little personal background information due to my special relationship to the scaffold of the target compound. During my diploma thesis I investigated gold(I) phosphine complexes as catalysts for the intermolecular hydroamidation of olefins.[1] I found that dinuclear gold complex showed superior reaction times and yields compared to mononuclear complexes, like Ph3PAuCl. This particular dinuclear complex [xantphos(AuCl)2] (1) was kicking the reaction of norbornene (2) and tosyl amide (3) and made my first academic publication possible (scheme 1).

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Eat Your Heart Out Mass Spec: Measuring 10B/11B Isotopic Ratio by NMR Spectroscopy

Eat Your Heart Out Mass Spec: Measuring 10B/11B Isotopic Ratio by NMR Spectroscopy

As I’m sure the readers of this blog know, NMR spectroscopy is used widely across all branches of chemistry due to its powerful structure elucidation capabilities and the inherently quantitative nature of the technique.  Organic relies primarily on 1H/13C  experiments where as inorganic chemistry can expand to other nuclei, like 31P and 11B.  However, there are many other applications for NMR other than just structural elucidation.  Perhaps a lesser known application of NMR spectroscopy, is its ability to determine the isotopic ratio of elements! In this blog post I would like to demonstrate a novel method to determine the 10B/11B isotopic ratio using our NMReady-60e and 1H NMR spectra! 

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