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Advanced Organic Chemistry: 1H NMR spectrum of 2-methylpropan-2-ol

Interpreting the 1H NMR spectrum of 2-methylpropan-2-ol (tert-butyl alcohol)

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TMS is the acronym for tetramethylsilane, formula Si(CH3)4, whose protons are arbitrarily given a chemical shift of 0.0 ppm. This is the 'standard' in 1H NMR spectroscopy and all other proton resonances, called chemical shifts, are measured with respect to the TMS, and depend on the individual (electronic) chemical environment of the hydrogen atoms in an organic molecule - 2-methylpropan-2-ol here.

The chemical shifts quoted in ppm on the diagram of the H-1 NMR spectrum of 2-methylpropan-2-ol represent the peaks of the intensity of the chemical shifts of (which are often groups of split lines at high resolution) AND the relative integrated areas under the peaks gives you the ratio of protons in the different chemical environments of the 2-methylpropan-2-ol molecule.

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Interpreting the H-1 NMR spectrum of 2-methylpropan-2-ol

In terms of spin-spin coupling from the possible proton magnetic orientations, for 2-methylpropan-2-ol I have only considered the interactions of non-equivalent protons on adjacent carbon atoms e.g. -CH2-CH3, protons, but this is not the case here.

For relatively simple molecules, the low resolution H-1 NMR spectrum of 2-methylpropan-2-ol is a good starting point (low resolution diagram above).

The hydrogen atoms (protons) of 2-methylpropan-2-ol occupy 2 different chemical environments so that the low/high resolution NMR spectra should show 2 principal peaks of different H-1 NMR chemical shifts (diagram above for 2-methylpropan-2-ol).

(CH3)3COH

Note the proton ratio 9:1 of the 2 colours of the protons in the 2 chemically different environments

Just two chemical shifts (a) to (b) on the H-1 NMR spectrum diagram for 2-methylpropan-2-ol.

Although there are 10 hydrogen atoms in the molecule, there are only 2 possible different chemical environments for the hydrogen atoms in 2-methylpropan-2-ol molecule.

The integrated signal proton ratio 9:1 observed in the high resolution H-1 NMR spectrum, corresponds with the structural formula of 2-methylpropan-2-ol.

No splitting is observed for 1H NMR spectrum of 2-methylpropan-2-ol.

(a) 1H Chemical shift 1.26 ppm for the methyl protons: (CH3)3COH

All 9 protons are equivalent to each other.

(b) 1H Chemical shift 2.01 ppm for the hydroxyl proton: (CH3)3COH

An important note about the hydroxyl group on 2-methylpropan-2-ol (for pre-university students):

(i) Unless the alcohol is completely free of water (difficult), the hydrogen on the -O-H hydroxyl group and any hydrogens on the adjacent carbon don't interact to produce any spin-spin splitting. Therefore the -OH peak shows up as a singlet and you don't usually have to consider its effect on any hydrogen atoms, if present on the adjacent carbon atom (C-OH), and, neither do you have to consider the splitting effect of adjacent C-H protons on the hydrogen of the OH group.

(ii) However, in the case of 2-methylpropan-2-ol there is no adjacent proton (on a neighbouring atom) to interact with the methyl protons or the hydroxyl proton because of this particular tertiary alcohol structure.

The C of the C-OH grouping is not attached to any proton.


Number of directly adjacent protons 1H causing splitting Splitting pattern produced from the n+1 rule on spin-spin coupling and the theoretical ratio of line intensities
0 means no splitting             1            
1 creates a doublet           1   1          
2 creates a triplet         1   2   1        
3 creates a quartet       1   3   3   1      
4 creates a quintet     1   4   6   4   1    
5 creates a sextet   1   5   10   10   5   1  
6 creates a septet 1   6   15   20   15   6   1

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