Nuclear magnetic resonance studies of molecular interactions and structures

  • Andrew Coupland

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


This thesis is concerned with the investigation, by nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, of the molecular interactions occurring in mixtures of benzene and cyclohexane to which either chloroform or deutero-chloroform has been added. The effect of the added polar molecule on the liquid structure has been studied using spin-lattice relaxation time, 1H chemical shift, and nuclear Overhauser effect measurements. The main purpose of the work has been to validate a model
for molecular interaction involving local ordering of benzene around chloroform.
A chemical method for removing dissolved oxygen from samples has been developed to encompass a number of types of sample, including quantitative mixtures, and its supremacy over conventional deoxygenation technique is shown.
A set of spectrometer conditions, the use of which produces the minimal variation in peak height in the steady state, is presented.
To separate the general diluting effects of deutero-chloroform from its effects due to the production of local order a series of mixtures involving carbon tetrachloride, instead of deutero-chloroform, have been used as non-interacting references. The effect of molecular interaction is shown to be explainable using a solvation model, whilst an approach involving 1:1 complex formation is shown not to account for the observations. It is calculated that each solvation shell, based on
deutero-chloroform, contains about twelve molecules of benzene or cyclohexane.
The equations produced to account for the T1 variations have been adapted to account for the 1H chemical shift variations in the same system. The shift measurements are shown to substantiate the solvent cage model with a cage capacity of twelve molecules around each chloroform molecule.
Nuclear Overhauser effect data have been analysed quantitatively in a manner consistent with the solvation model. The results show that discrete shells only exist when the mole fraction of deutero-chloroform is below about 0.08.
Date of AwardSept 1978
Original languageEnglish


  • nuclear magnetic resonance
  • complexation
  • relaxation times
  • chemical shifts
  • nuclear Overhauser effect

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