The reaction of an iridium PNP complex with parahydrogen facilitates polarisation transfer without chemical change

Arthur J. Holmes, Peter J. Rayner, Michael J. Cowley, Gary G R Green, Adrian C. Whitwood, Simon B. Duckett*

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The short lived pincer complex [(C5H3N(CH2P(tBu)2)2)Ir(H)2(py)]BF4 is shown to be active for signal amplification by reversible exchange. This catalyst formulation enables the efficient transfer of polarization from parahydrogen to be placed into just a single molecule of the hyperpolarisation target, pyridine. When the catalysts 1H nuclei are replaced by 2H, increased levels of substrate hyperpolarization result and when the reverse situation is examined the catalyst itself is clearly visible through hyperpolarised signals. The ligand exchange pathways of [(C5H3N(CH2P(tBu)2)2)Ir(H)2(py)]BF4 that are associated with this process are shown to involve the formation of 16-electron [(C5H3N(CH2P(tBu)2)2)Ir(H)2]BF4 and the 18-electron H2 addition product [(C5H3N(CH2P(tBu)2)2)Ir(H)2(H2)]BF4. This journal is

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1077-1083
Number of pages7
JournalDalton Transactions
Issue number3
Early online date12 Nov 2014
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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