Adamantanes as spherical nanosondes in adducts with a chiral dirhodium complex-discriminating enantiomers and probing spatial proximities

Helmut Duddeck, Gábor Tóth, Andras Simon, Edison Díaz Gómez, Jens T. Mattiza

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Three different kinds of substituted chiral adamantane molecules- adamantanones, dioxolanoadamantanes and dithiolano-adamantanes-were studied in the dirhodium experiment (NMR measurement with 1:1 molar mixtures with Rh (II)2[(R)-(+)-MTPA]4 in CDCl3). Their different behavior in adduct formation is described, and the possibility of determining enantiomeric purities and absolute configurations is explored. Detailed inspection of one- and two-dimensional NMR experiments allowed for an interpretation of steric and electronic intra-adduct interaction showing that the phenyl groups of Rh* tend to enwrap the bound adamantane ligand so that through-space effects over a range of 6-7 Å away from the binding rhodium atom can be observed. Even slight differences in the relative orientation of phenyl groups can be monitored when comparing diastereomeric adducts via NMR signal dispersion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)328-342
Number of pages15
JournalMagnetic Resonance in Chemistry
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1 2011



  • H and C NMR
  • NOE
  • absolute configuration
  • adamantanones
  • anisotropy effects
  • chiral differentiation
  • dioxolanoadamantanes
  • dirhodium complexes
  • dithiolanoadamantanes
  • spatial orientation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)

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