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Prospects for 207Pb solid-state NMR studies of lead tetrel bonds

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The feasibility and value of 207Pb solid-state NMR experiments on compounds featuring lead tetrel bonds is explored. Although the definition remains to be formalized, lead tetrel bonds may be qualitatively described as existing when there is evidence of a net attractive interaction between an electrophilic region associated with lead in a molecular entity and a nucleophilic region in another, or the same, molecular entity. Unambiguous identification of lead tetrel bonds can be challenging due to the hypervalent tendency of lead. We report here a series of 207Pb solid-state NMR experiments on five metal–organic frameworks featuring lead coordinated to hydrazone-based ligands. Such frameworks may be held together in part by lead tetrel bonds. The acquisition of 207Pb solid-state NMR spectra for such materials is feasible and is readily accomplished using a combination of magic-angle spinning and Carr–Purcell–Meiboom–Gill methods in moderate to low applied magnetic fields. The lead centres are characterized by 207Pb isotropic chemical shifts ranging from −426 to −2591 ppm and chemical shift tensor spans ranging from 910 to 2681 ppm. Careful inspection of the structures of the compounds and the literature 207Pb NMR data may suggest that a tetrel bond to lead results in chemical shift parameters which are intermediate between those which are characteristic of holodirected and hemidirected lead coordination geometries. Challenges associated with DFT computations of the 207Pb NMR parameters are discussed. In summary, the 207Pb data for the compounds studied herein show a marked response to the presence of non-coordinating electron-rich moieties in close contact with the electrophilic surface of formally hemidirectionally coordinated lead compounds.

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The article was received on 01 Mar 2017, accepted on 09 Mar 2017 and first published on 09 Mar 2017

Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C7FD00087A
Citation: Faraday Discuss., 2017,203, 165-186
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    Prospects for 207Pb solid-state NMR studies of lead tetrel bonds

    S. A. Southern, D. Errulat, J. M. Frost, B. Gabidullin and D. L. Bryce, Faraday Discuss., 2017, 203, 165
    DOI: 10.1039/C7FD00087A

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