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Gorobets, N. Y.; Yermolayev, S. A.; Gurley, T.; Gurinov, A. A.; Tolstoy, P. M.; Shenderovich, I. G.; Leadbeater, N. E.

«Difference between 1H NMR signals of primary amide protons as a simple spectral index of the amide intramolecular hydrogen bond strength.»

J. Phys. Org. Chem. 2011, 25 (4), 287-295.
DOI: 10.1002/poc.1910


The effect of the intramolecular H-bonding of the primary amide group on the spectral properties and reactivity of this group towards electrophiles has been studied in systematic rows of 1,2,5,6,7,8-hexahydro-7,7-dimethyl-2,5-dioxo-1-R-quinoline-3-carboxamides and 2-aryliminocoumarin-3-carboxamides using 1H and 15N NMR spectroscopy and the kinetics of model reactions. The upfield signal of the amide proton that is not intramolecularly H-bonded (Ha) depends on external factors such as solvent nature and concentration. At the same time, the downfield chemical shift of the Hb proton (bonded by the intramolecular hydrogen bond) depends mostly on the strength of the intramolecular H-bond, which is affected by such internal factor as electron nature of substituent R. The substituent’s influence on the Hb proton’s chemical shift is more effective in deuterochloroform medium than in DMSO-d6 where the intramolecular hydrogen bond is less stable. The value Δδ(H) = δ(Hb) − δ(Ha) is suggested as a simple comparative spectral index of the intramolecular hydrogen bond strength in these and similar compounds. By contrast, the effect of R on the H15N NMR chemical shift of the amide nitrogen has turned out to be too small to estimate changes of the electron density at the nitrogen. The effect of the intramolecular H-bond on the reactivity of the amide group is twofold. When the cleavage of the H-bond occurs on the rate limiting step it dramatically reduces the reaction rate. In the other case, the strengthening of the H-bond favors the reaction rate because of the increase of the electron density at the amide nitrogen.