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Geometry and Spectral Properties of the Protonated Homodimer of Pyridine in the Liquid and Solid States. A Combined NMR, X-ray Diffraction and Inelastic Neutron Scattering Study

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posted on 14.07.2011, 00:00 by S. Kong, A. O. Borissova, S. B. Lesnichin, M. Hartl, L. L. Daemen, J. Eckert, M. Yu. Antipin, I. G. Shenderovich
The structure and spectral signatures of the protonated homodimer of pyridine in its complex with a poorly coordinating anion have been studied in solution in CDF3/CDClF2 down to 120 K and in a single crystal. In both phases, the hydrogen bond is asymmetric. In the solution, the proton is involved in a fast reversible transfer that determines the multiplicity of NMR signals and the sign of the primary H/D isotope effect of −0.95 ppm. The proton resonates at 21.73 ppm that is above any value reported in the past and is indicative of a very short hydrogen bond. By combining X-ray diffraction analysis with model computations, the position of the proton in the crystal has been defined as d(N–H) = 1.123 Å and d(H···N) = 1.532 Å. The same distances have been estimated using a 15N NMR correlation. The frequency of the protonic out-of-plane bending mode is 822 cm–1 in agreement with Novak’s correlation.