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Modulation of the Porphyrin Inner Proton Exchange Rates by the Steric Effects of Bridge Substitution

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posted on 2002-05-17, 00:00 authored by Héctor García-Ortega, Joaquim Crusats, Miguel Feliz, Josep M. Ribó
The tautomeric equilibria and H−N proton transfer taking place in the nonsymmetrically substituted water-soluble 2-sulfonato-5,15-bis(4-sulfonatophenyl)porphyrin (1) and in its 10-bromo-substituted derivative (2) were analyzed by NMR methods:  1H and 13C spectroscopies and heteronuclear multiple bond correlation (HMBC) and heteronuclear single quantum coherence (HSQC) 1H−13C and 1H−15N techniques. The existence of preferred pathways of H−N transfer was detected. The conclusions are rationalized by taking into account the effect partial meso-substitution exerts on the relative energies of the different cis-tautomer intermediates involved in the tautomerism. These results underline the experimental consequences stemming from the nonequivalence in porphyrins between the ‘tautomeric interconversion' and ‘proton transfer' terms, when observed by NMR techniques, as a consequence of the existence of two pairs of degenerate tautomers and transformation pathways.