Convenient and accurate insight into solution-phase equilibria from FlowNMR titrations

Daniel B.G. Berry, Ian Clegg, Anna Codina, Catherine L. Lyall, John P. Lowe, Ulrich Hintermair

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Chemical solution-phase equilibria such as acid/base reactions and complex formation are typically investigated by titration studies that either use in situ analysis of a continuously changing sample with techniques that measure single attributes (e.g. pH or UV-vis absorbance at a specific wavelength) or ex situ analysis of multiple samples with high-resolution techniques (e.g. high field NMR spectroscopy). Here we present multi-nuclear high resolution FlowNMR spectroscopy as an effective technique for the online analysis of complex solution-phase equilibria that combines the accuracy and convenience of simple in situ measurements with the high specificity and information content of high-resolution NMR spectroscopy. With a closed-loop flow setup reagent addition can be automated using a simple syringe pump and complimentary sensors (such as pH probes and UV-vis flow cells) may be added to the setup. By conducting the titration inside a glovebox connected to the FlowNMR setup even highly air- and moisture-sensitive systems may be investigated. The effectiveness of this approach is demonstrated with examples of Brønsted acid/base titrations (incl. multi-component mixtures and systems with solvent participation), hydrogen bonding interactions, Lewis acid/base interactions, and dynamic metal-ligand binding.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2009-2024
Number of pages16
JournalReaction Chemistry and Engineering
Issue number7
Early online date9 Jun 2022
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry (miscellaneous)
  • Chemical Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Process Chemistry and Technology
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes


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