127Iodine NMR

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127Iodine is a medium sensitivity nucleus which yields extremely broad lines in symmetrical environments and is unobservable by high resolution NMR in asymmetrical environments. It has a very wide chemical shift range. It can be used to detect the presence of iodine and its chemical environment.

Each type of signal has a characteristic chemical shift range.


Chemical shift (ppm)


-100 to 200


4000 to 4100


Properties of 127I




Pulse sequence




Chemical shift (ppm)b

Frequency (1H=1)bc

Line width (Hz)bd

T1 (s)bd

KI (1M) in D2O






Chemical shift range (ppm)e

Minimum (ppm)

Maximum (ppm)






At natural abundance



Relative to 1H

9.34 x 10-2

9.34 x 10-2

Relative to 13Cf



aSpin half nuclei generally yield sharp signals. Nuclei with higher spins are quadrupolar. The broadness of their signals increases as a function of the quadrupolar moment and asymmetry of environment. This broadening, especially in asymmetric environments, often yields signals that are too wide to be detected with a high-resolution NMR spectrometer. These effects are not related to broadening caused by paramagnetism that may also make signals unobservable. bAt 298 K. c0 ppm for this nucleus relative to the TMS proton signal = 1. dAt 9.3981 T (400.13 MHz for 1H resonance) in CDCl3. eThe chemical shift range is for the vast majority of compounds. Occasionally signals will be observed outside this range. fAt natural abundance: 1.108%.

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Revised: December 21, 1997 by Roy Hoffman
NMR laboratory manager, Department of Organic Chemistry, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel 91904,
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Copyright (C) Roy Hoffman, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem 1996-7.