Strong intramolecular hydrogen bonding within the dimedone-aldehyde adducts

Mark Sigalov, Radion Vainer, Vladimir Khodorkovsky

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Ionization of the well-known 2:1 dimedone-aldehyde adducts in polar solvents leads to the respective monoanions involving the intramolecular ionic hydrogen bond. These anions feature the short O⋯Ha⋯O distance (2.403 Å for 4, R=p-ClC6H4) and the strong downfield shift of the corresponding signal (δHa = 17.0 ppm, in dichloromethane-d2). The negative charge is delocalized over the two dimedone moieties. This phenomenon is also reproduced by quantum mechanical calculations. The dynamic NMR spectra provide an estimate of the hydrogen bond energy as high as 16 kcal/mol.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)230-236
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Molecular Structure
Issue number1-3
StatePublished - 10 Aug 2010


  • Dynamic NMR
  • Ionic hydrogen bonds
  • Theoretical calculations

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Spectroscopy
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry


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