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Reactions of ketones with aromatics in acid media. The effect of trifluoromethyl groups and the acidity media. A theoretical study.
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PMID:  23053016     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
The reactions of acetone, 2,2,2-trifluoroacetone and hexafluoroacetone in methanesulfonic (MSA) and triflic acids (TFSA) with benzene have been studied at M06-2X/6-311+G(d,p) level using cluster-continuum model, where the carbonyl group is explicitly solvated by acid molecules. The introduction of a trifluoromethyl group into the ketone structure reduces the activation energy of the tetrahedral intermediates formation due to an increase of the electrophilicity of the carbonyl group and raises the activation and the reaction energies of the C-O bond cleavage in formed carbinol due to the destabilization of the corresponding carbocation. The introduction of the second trifluoromethyl group inhibits the hydroxyalkylation reaction due to a very strong increase of the reaction and activation energies of the C-O bond cleavage which becomes the rate determining step. The most important catalytic effect of TFSA compared to MSA is not the protonation of the ketone carbonyl, but the reduction of the activation and reaction energies of the carbinol C-O bond cleavage due to better protosolvation properties. Even for TFSA no complete proton transfer to carbonyl oxygen has been observed for free ketones. Therefore, the protonation energies of free ketones cannot be considered as a measure of ketone reactivity in the hydroxyalkylation reaction.
Ulises Jiménez Castillo; Mikhail G Zolotukhin; Lioudmila Fomina; Daniel Romero Nieto; Lilian Olivera Garza; Serguei Fomine
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-10-11
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of molecular modeling     Volume:  -     ISSN:  0948-5023     ISO Abbreviation:  J Mol Model     Publication Date:  2012 Oct 
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Created Date:  2012-10-11     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  9806569     Medline TA:  J Mol Model     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Instituto de Investigaciones en Materiales Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Apartado Postal 70-360, CU, Coyoacan, Mexico DF, 04510, Mexico.
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