Utilisation of water soluble iridium catalysts for signal amplification by reversible exchange

M Fekete, C Gibard, G J Dear, G G R Green, A J J Hooper, A D Roberts, F Cisnetti, S B Duckett

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The catalytic hyperpolarisation of pyridine, 3-hydroxypyridine and oxazole by the Signal Amplification By Reversible Exchange (SABRE) process is achieved by a series of water soluble iridium phosphine and N-heterocyclic carbene dihydride complexes. While the efficiency of the SABRE process in methanol-d4 solution or ethanol-d6 solution is high, with over 400-fold (1)H polarisation of pyridine being produced by [Ir(H)2(NCMe)(py)(IMes)(monosulfonated-triphenylphosphine)]BF4, changing to a D2O or a D2O-ethanol solvent mixture leads to dramatically reduced activity which is rationalised in terms of low H2 solubility.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7870-7880
Number of pages11
JournalDalton Transactions
Issue number17
Publication statusPublished - 21 Apr 2015

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