Small Heteroborane Cluster Systems. 5. Factors Affecting the 2D 11B-11B (Boron-11) Cosy Nmr Spectra of Terminal and Bridge-Substituted Pentaborane Cluster Systems

Bruce Goodreau, James Spencer

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The 11B-11B correlation NMR spectra (2D 11B-11B COSY NMR) and T1 relaxation times for pentaborane(9), B5H9, and 10 terminal and bridge-substituted pentaborane clusters, including phosphinopentaboranes, silylpentaboranes, and metal pentaborane complexes, have been measured. Both JrB and “long-range” 2JPBB couplings, observed the first time in boranes, were measured for the (μ-phosphino)pentaborane compounds. The long-range 2JPBB couplings were not directly observable in the normal ID spectra but were clearly resolved in the cross peaks of the 2D spectra. The magnitudes of these JPB and 2JPBB coupling constants were related to the calculated MO cage bonding scheme for the clusters. A direct relationship between the MNDO-calculated boron-boron bond orders and the intensity of the developed cross peaks in the 2D 11B-11B COSY NMR spectra for adjacent cage boron atoms was observed which relates the calculated electron density localized in bonding interactions to observed NMR parameters in the clusters. The relationship among the MNDO-calculated bond order, T, relaxation time, and the appearance of cross peaks in COSY spectra has been evaluated. The first double-quantum 11B-11B correlation NMR experiment for the framework cage elucidation of a borane cluster is reported.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2612-2621
Number of pages10
JournalInorganic Chemistry
Issue number12
StatePublished - Jan 1 1992


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  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry

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