Reaction of imidazole with toluene-4-sulfonate salts of substituted phenyl N-methylpyridinium-4-carboxylate esters: special base catalysis by imidazole

Colthurst, Matthew J. and Williams, Andrew (2003) Reaction of imidazole with toluene-4-sulfonate salts of substituted phenyl N-methylpyridinium-4-carboxylate esters: special base catalysis by imidazole. Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry, 1 (11). pp. 1995-2000. ISSN 1477-0520. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

The reaction of imidazole in aqueous solution with toluene-4-sulfonate salts of substituted phenyl N-methylpyridinium-4-carboxylate esters obeys the rate law: k(obs)-k(background) =k(2)[Im]+k(3)[Im](2) where [Im] is the imidazole concentration present as free base. The parameters k(2) and k(3) fit Bronsted type free energy correlations against the pK(a) of the leaving phenol with beta(Lg) values of -0.65 and -0.42 respectively. The imidazolysis is insensitive to catalysis by general bases and yet k(3) for the 3-cyanophenyl ester possesses a deuterium oxide solvent isotope effect of 4.43 consistent with rate limiting proton transfer. A special catalytic function is proposed for decomposition of the tetrahedral addition intermediate (T+/-) via k(3) whereby the catalytic imidazole interacts electrophilically with the leaving phenolate ion and removes a proton from the nitrogen in the rate limiting step with subsequent non-rate limiting ArO-C bond fission. This is consistent with the change in effective charge on the leaving oxygen in the transition structure of k3 which is more positive (-0.42) than that expected (-0.60) for the equilibrium formation of the zwitterion intermediate. The catalytic function at the leaving oxygen is likely to be an electrophilic role of the NH as a hydrogen bond donor. In the k(2) step the deuterium oxide solvent isotope effect of 1.51 for the 3-cyanophenyl ester and the beta(Lg) of -0.65 are consistent with rate limiting expulsion of the phenolate ion from the T+/- intermediate. The absence of general base catalysis of imidazolysis rules out the established mechanism for aminolysis of esters where T+/- is stabilised by a standard rate limiting proton transfer. The kinetically equivalent term for k(3) where T- reacts with the imidazolium ion as an acid catalyst would require this step to be rate limiting and involve proton transfer not consistent with departure of the good aryl oxide leaving group.

Item Type: Article
Additional information: 32 ROYAL SOC CHEMISTRY 683XV
Uncontrolled keywords: PHENOLATE ION NUCLEOPHILES; SINGLE TRANSITION-STATE; GAS-PHASE; S(N)2 REACTIONS; HYDROGEN-BONDS; ACYL GROUP; MECHANISMS; RETENTION; METHYL; CONFIGURATION
Subjects: Q Science
Divisions: Faculties > Science Technology and Medical Studies > School of Physical Sciences
Depositing User: Maggie Francis
Date Deposited: 09 Sep 2008 10:05
Last Modified: 30 Jun 2014 09:34
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/11012 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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