A simple coulombic model for 31P NMR spectra of cluster-encapsulated phosphorus atoms

Mark Baranov, Tal Tubul, Yohai Azulai, Ira A. Weinstock

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While sophisticated computational methods can predict 31P NMR spectra of phosphorus atoms encapsulated within Keggin-derived heteropoly tungstate and molybdate cluster anions, calculated and experimental chemical shift values typically deviate considerably from one another. Motivated by the observation that experimentally determined 31P chemical shift values within a series of water-soluble plenary and metal-cation substituted lacunary Keggin anions, [PMnW11O39](7−n) (Mn = Ag+, Zn2+, Nb5+, W6+) and [(PW11O39)2Mn](14−n) (Mn = Y3+, Zr4+), varied as a linear function of the oxidation states, n, of the complexed Mn cations, a linear correlation was sought between observed chemical shift values and the net Coulombic forces experienced by the encapsulated phosphorus atoms. The Coulombic model based on Shannon radii, published electronegativity values, and bond angles from X-ray crystallographic data remarkably accounted for the relative 31P chemical shift values of phosphorus atoms in over 50 metal-oxide cluster anions, including large structures comprised of up to four Keggin-derived fragments with an overall R2 value of 0.974. With the model being applied here to three cluster anions whose 31P chemical shift values are reported here for the first time, predicted and experimental values differed by only ±0.4 ppm.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8877-8883
Number of pages7
JournalInorganic Chemistry
Issue number13
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry


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