Comparison of gas-phase acidities of some carbon acids with their rates of hydron exchange in methanolic methoxide

V.F. DeTuri, H.F. Koch, J.G. Koch, G. Lodder, M. Mishima, H. Zuilhof, N.M. Abrams, C.E. Anders, J.C. Biffinger, P. Han, A.R. Kurland, J.M. Nichols, A.M. Ruminski, P.R. Smith, K.D.J. Vasey

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Hydron exchange reaction rates, k(exch)M(-1) s(-1), using methanolic sodium methoxide are compared with gas-phase acidities, Delta G(Acid)(0) kcal/mol, for four 9-YPhenylfluorenes-9-H-i, seven (YC6H4CH)-H-i(CF3)(2), seven YC6H4-(CHClCF3)-H-i, and (C6F5H)-H-i. Fourteen of the fluorinated benzylic compounds and pentafluorobenzene result in near unity experimental hydrogen isotope effects that suggest substantial amounts of internal return associated with the exchange process. Although the reactions of 9-phenylfluorene have experimental isotope effects that appear to be normal in value, they do not obey the Swain-Schaad relationship. This suggests that they occur with small amounts of internal return. The entropies of activation, Delta S-double dagger, are +12 to +14eu, for the benzylic compounds and different significantly from those for the 9-YPhenylfluorenes, Delta S-double dagger of -8 to - 12 eu. The Delta S-double dagger similar to 1 eu for the reactions of pentafluorobenzene falls between the other compounds. Density functional calculations using B3LYP/6-31+G(d,p) are reported for the reactions of CH3O-(HOCH3)(3) with C6F5H, C6H5CH(CF3)(2), C6H5CHClCF3, and 9-phenylfluorene. Copyright (c) 2006 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)308-317
JournalJournal of Physical Organic Chemistry
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2006


  • proton-transfer reactions
  • methanolic sodium methoxide
  • bronsted correlation
  • isotope exchange
  • hydrocarbons
  • mechanism
  • solvolysis
  • solvation
  • ketones
  • benzyl

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