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Keywords:

  • NMR;
  • chiral discrimination;
  • shielding polarisability

Abstract

Three medium-size optically active molecules have been studied to make a guess at candidates suitable for chiral discrimination in an isotropic medium via nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. The criterion for experimental detection is given by the magnitude of the isotropic part of nuclear magnetic shielding polarisability tensors, related to a pseudoscalar of opposite sign for the two enantiomers. The pseudoscalar shielding polarisability at the 17O nucleus in N-methyloxaziridine, calculated at the Hartree-Fock level, is ≈7.8 ×1017 mV1. To obtain an experimentally observable magnetic field induced at the 17O nucleus in N-methyloxaziridine, electric fields as large as ≈107–108 Vm1 should be applied to the probe. The molecular electric dipole moment induced by precession of the magnetic dipole of the 17O nucleus in a magnetic field of 10 T is, in absolute value, ≈8.8 × 1042 Cm. The estimated rf-voltage at a resonance circuit is ≈10 nV. Smaller values have been estimated for N, C, and H nuclei in 1,3-dimethylallene and 2-methyloxirane. © 2007 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Comput Chem 2007