Nitronate anion recognition and modulation of ambident reactivity by hydrogen-bonding receptors

Brian R. Linton, M. Scott Goodman, Andrew Hamilton

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Abstract

Nitronate anions were shown to form complexes in DMSO with hydrogen-bonding receptors such as 1,3-dimethylthiourea 1 (Ka = 120M-1) and bicyclic guanidinium2 (Ka = 3200M-1). A ditopic bis-thiourea exhibited increased association with substrates, that contained either two nitronates (Ka = 7000M-1) or a combination of nitronate and carboxylate (Ka = 1200M-1). Complexation of nitronate resulted in a change in the ambident reactivity during alkylation with p-nitrobenzyl bromide. The predominant reaction pathway was shifted from oxygen alkylation to carbon alkylation as receptor binding strength increased. Kinetic analysis indicated an overall inhibition of nitronate reactivity, and this suggests that greater suppression of the oxygen pathway allows carbon alkylation to predominate.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2449-2455
Number of pages7
JournalChemistry - A European Journal
Volume6
Issue number13
StatePublished - Jul 3 2000

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Alkylation
Anions
Hydrogen bonds
Negative ions
Modulation
Carbon
Oxygen
Thiourea
Thioureas
Dimethyl Sulfoxide
Complexation
Association reactions
Kinetics
Substrates

Keywords

  • Ambident nucleophiles
  • Anions
  • Hydrogen bonds
  • Molecular recognition
  • Receptors

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  • Chemistry(all)

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Nitronate anion recognition and modulation of ambident reactivity by hydrogen-bonding receptors. / Linton, Brian R.; Goodman, M. Scott; Hamilton, Andrew.

In: Chemistry - A European Journal, Vol. 6, No. 13, 03.07.2000, p. 2449-2455.

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