(73Ge) Germanium NMR

Safety note: Some of the materials mentioned here are very dangerous. Ask a qualified chemist for advice before handling them. Qualified chemists should check the relevant safety literature before handling or giving advice about unfamiliar substances. NMR solvents are toxic and most are flammable. Specifically, GeCl4 and other tetrahalids are corrosive, poisonous and react violently with water and moist air. Organogermanes are poisonous and flammable.

73Germanium NMR

73Germanium (73Ge) is the only NMR active nucleus of germanium. It is a low sensitivity nucleus that yields moderately broad lines (fig. 1) in symmetric environments over a very wide chemical shift range. For larger complexes and molecules, the signals become too broad to observe with a high-resolution NMR spectrometer. 73Ge NMR is used for studying small complexes of germanium and for relaxation studies of germanium binding. Each type of germanium has its own chemical shift range (fig. 2).

Fig. 1. 73Ge-NMR spectrum of neat GeCl4

Germanium spectrum

Fig. 2. Chemical shift ranges for germanium NMR

Chemical shifts of germanium

73Ge often displays heteronuclear spin-spin couplings. One-bond couplings to 1H are typically 88 to 98 Hz, two-bond are approximately 3 Hz and three-bond are approximately -2 Hz. One-bond couplings to flourine are dependent on coordination number: four yields 178 Hz while six yields 98 Hz. The coupling to 13C in (CH3)4Ge has been measured to be -18.7 Hz.

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Properties of 73Ge

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Natural abundance7.73%
Chemical shift range1261 ppm, from -1108 to 153
Frequency ratio (Ξ)3.488315%
Reference compoundneat (CH3)4Ge
Linewidth of reference0.5 Hz
T1 of reference0.295 s
Receptivity rel. to 1H at natural abundance1.09 × 10-4
Receptivity rel. to 1H when enriched1.41 × 10-3
Receptivity rel. to 13C at natural abundance0.642
Receptivity rel. to 13C when enriched8.31
Linewidth parameter28 fm4

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