Magn. Reson. Chem. 51, 530–540 (2013)

DOI: 10.1002/mrc.3983

The structures of two aldazines: [1,1'-(1E,1'E)-hydrazine-1,2-diylidenebis(methan-1-yl-1-ylidene)dinaphthalen-2-ol] (Lumogen) and 2,2'-(1E,1'E)-hydrazine-1,2-diylidenebis(methan-1-yl-1-ylidene)diphenol (salicylaldazine) in the solid state and in solution

A combination of NMR spectroscopy and theoretical methods Density functional theory including dispersion corrections (DFT-D) was used to study the structures of Lumogen and salicylaldazine. In the solid state, Lumogen exists as the dihydroxy tautomer 1a (an azine, C[DOUBLE BOND]N–N[DOUBLE BOND]C) as was already known from an X-ray determination. In a deuterated dimethyl sulfoxide solution, another tautomer is observed besides 1a; its structure corresponds to the hydroxy-oxo tautomer 1b (a hydrazone, C[DOUBLE BOND]N–NH–Csp2). In what concerns salicylaldazine, we have observed only the dihydroxy tautomer 2a