Selective Detection of Single-Enantiomer Spectrum of Chiral Molecules Aligned in the Polypeptide Liquid Crystalline Solvent: Transition Selective One-Dimensional 1H-1H COSY

J Magn Reson. 2010 Jan;202(1):34-7. doi: 10.1016/j.jmr.2009.09.020. Epub 2009 Sep 30.


One-dimensional (1D) proton NMR spectra of enantiomers are generally undecipherable in chiral orienting poly-gamma-benzyl-L-glutamate (PBLG)/CDCl(3) solvent. This arises due to large number of couplings, in addition to superposition of spectra from both the enantiomers, severely hindering the (1)H detection. On the other hand in the present study the benefit is derived from the presence of several couplings among the entire network of interacting protons. Transition selective 1D (1)H-(1)H correlation experiment (1D-COSY) which utilizes the coupling assisted transfer of magnetization not only for unraveling the overlap but also for the selective detection of enantiopure spectrum is reported. The experiment is simple, easy to implement and provides accurate eanantiomeric excess in addition to the determination of the proton-proton couplings of an enantiomer within a short experimental time (few minutes).

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Algorithms*
  • Isomerism
  • Liquid Crystals / chemistry*
  • Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy / methods*
  • Peptides / chemistry*
  • Protons
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Sensitivity and Specificity
  • Solvents / chemistry*


  • Peptides
  • Protons
  • Solvents