Unraveling the polymorphism of [(p -cymene)Ru(κN-INA)Cl2] through dispersion-corrected DFT and NMR GIPAW calculations

Davide Presti, Alfonso Pedone, Maria Cristina Menziani

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The structural and 13C/1H NMR parameters of the four crystal forms (1α, 1·H2O, 1β, and 1γ) of the solid wheel-and-axle (WAA) metal-organic compound [(p-cymene)Ru(κN-INA) Cl2] have been studied by means of periodic DFT calculations. The quality of the results obtained strongly depends on a correct description of long-range interactions; thus, in the geometry refinement protocol used, the pure DFT functionals need to be coupled with a dispersion-correction term (B3LYP-D2, B3LYP-D*). The solid-state 13C/1H NMR δiso parameters and 13C MAS NMR spectra, calculated by means of the PBE-GIPAW method, agree well with the experimental data for the four crystal forms (mean absolute deviations of the 13C and 1H δiso data values lie in the ranges 1.3-2.9 and 0.3-1.0 ppm, respectively). In this context, some revisions in the experimental assignment of the 13C/1H NMR δiso parameters of the 1·H2O, 1β, and 1γ crystal forms can be suggested. The mismatch in the assignment seems to be due to the rotation of the -COOH moiety, which occurs at the 1α-1·H2O transition and was not considered in the experiments. Finally, the results obtained suggest the presence of two COOH···Cl hydrogen bonds of comparable strength established by the two molecules in the asymmetric unit of the 1γ polymorph, in partial disagreement with previous findings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7926-7935
Number of pages10
JournalInorganic Chemistry
Issue number15
StatePublished - Aug 4 2014

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