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The journal of physical chemistry. A

Tautomerism and possible polymorphism in solid hydroxypyridines and pyridones studied by 14N NQR.


PMID 23347232

Abstract

(14)N nuclear quadrupole resonance frequencies have been measured in solid 2-pyridone, 3-hydroxypyridine, and 4-pyridone by (1)H-(14)N nuclear quadrupole double resonance. Two slightly nonequivalent nitrogen positions are observed in solid 3-hydroxypyridine, whereas only one nitrogen position has been observed in 2-pyridone and 4-pyridone within the experimental resolution. Rather low (14)N quadrupole coupling constants in pyridones are the consequence of the delocalization of the nitrogen lone pair electrons in the aromatic rings. Two different compounds have been obtained by crystallization of 4-pyridone from ethanol in a normal and in a dry atmosphere. The compound obtained in the dry atmosphere is identical to the commercial sample. The compound obtained in the normal atmosphere cannot be converted to the commercial polymorph by melting. It is thus not a polymorph of anhydrous 4-pyridone. The temperature coefficient of the (14)N quadrupole coupling constant is negative in 3-hydroxypyridine and positive in 2- and 4-pyridone. Therefore, in 3-hydroxypyridine, molecular librations dominate the temperature variation of the quadrupole coupling constant, whereas in 2- and 4-pyridone, the changes in the hydrogen bonding interactions with temperature seem to give the dominant effect.

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