Theoretical investigation of 19F NMR chemical shielding tensors in fluorobenzenes

Lori K. Sanders, Eric Oldfield

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We report the theoretical 19F NMR shielding tensor magnitudes and orientations for a series of fluoroaromatic species, together with a comparison with experimental results. We discuss results for Hartree-Fock (HF) and second-order Møeller-Plesset theory (MP2) geometry optimized structures and HF-gauge including atomic orbitals (HF-GIAO), sum over states-density functional theory-independent gauges for localized orbitals (SOS-DFT-IGLO) and MP2-GIAO shielding calculations, for several basis set arrangements. In general, MP2 and DFT methods show few improvements over HF methods, at the expense of time (MP2) and accuracy (MP2 and DFT). Pure density functionals overestimate the tensor breadths (spans), an effect that is only partially offset by use of hybrid exchange correlation functionals. HF-GIAO methods in general give good overall predictions of 19F shielding tensor elements. In the case of potassium tetrafluorophthalate, we also demonstrate that use of the charge field perturbation-IGLO technique provides accurate shielding tensor elements, as well as accurate shielding tensor orientations. We also report the calculation of the shielding derivatives, ∂σii/∂r, for the 19F nucleus in fluorobenzene (and HF) and the 1H nucleus in benzene. Surprisingly, the derivative along the C-F bond axis (∂σ22/∂r) is quite large, 460 ppm Å-1, unlike that expected and found in HF, or in benzene, indicating a strong p-orbital interaction with the benzene ring. The 19F shielding tensor results are thus quite sensitive to the actual bond lengths employed (derived from geometry optimizaitons), with MP2 optimization permitting the best accord with experiment. Overall, MP2 optimization and HF-GIAO shielding tensor calculations were found to give the best results, consistent with previous isotropic chemical shift/shielding results.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)8098-8104
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry A
Issue number34
StatePublished - Aug 30 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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