Probing a hydrogen‐π interaction involving a trapped water molecule in the solid state

  • The detection and characterization of trapped water molecules in chemical entities and biomacromolecules remains a challenging task for solid materials. We herein present proton-detected solid-state Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) experiments at 100 kHz magic-angle spinning and at high static magnetic-field strengths (28.8 T) enabling the detection of a single water molecule fixed in the calix[4]arene cavity of a lanthanide complex by a combination of three types of non-covalent interactions. The water proton resonances are detected at a chemical-shift value close to zero ppm, which we further confirm by quantum-chemical calculations. Density Functional Theory calculations pinpoint to the sensitivity of the proton chemical-shift value for hydrogen-π interactions. Our study highlights how proton-detected solid-state NMR is turning into the method-of-choice in probing weak non-covalent interactions driving a whole branch of molecular-recognition events in chemistry and biology.

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Author:Ettore Bartalucci, Alexander A. Malär, Anne Mehnert, Julius B. Kleine Büning, Lennart Günzel, Maik Icker, Martin Börner, Christian WiebelerORCiDGND, Beat H. Meier, Stefan Grimme, Berthold Kersting, Thomas Wiegand
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Parent Title (English):Angewandte Chemie International Edition
Place of publication:Weinheim
Year of first Publication:2023
Release Date:2023/02/14
Tag:General Chemistry; Catalysis
First Page:e202217725
Institutes:Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftlich-Technische Fakultät
Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftlich-Technische Fakultät / Institut für Physik
Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftlich-Technische Fakultät / Institut für Physik / AG Computergestützte Biologie
Dewey Decimal Classification:5 Naturwissenschaften und Mathematik / 57 Biowissenschaften; Biologie / 570 Biowissenschaften; Biologie
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