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Utilizing the sigma-complex stability for quantifying reactivity in nucleophilic substitution of aromatic fluorides
KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Chemistry, Applied Physical Chemistry.
KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Chemistry, Applied Physical Chemistry.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2673-075X
2013 (English)In: Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry, ISSN 2195-951X, E-ISSN 1860-5397, Vol. 9, 791-799 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

A computational approach using density functional theory to compute the energies of the possible sigma-complex reaction intermediates, the "sigma-complex approach", has been shown to be very useful in predicting regioselectivity, in electrophilic as well as nucleophilic aromatic substitution. In this article we give a short overview of the background for these investigations and the general requirements for predictive reactivity models for the pharmaceutical industry. We also present new results regarding the reaction rates and regioselectivities in nucleophilic substitution of fluorinated aromatics. They were rationalized by investigating linear correlations between experimental rate constants (k) from the literature with a theoretical quantity, which we call the sigma stability (SS). The SS is the energy change associated with formation of the intermediate sigma-complex by attachment of the nucleophile to the aromatic ring. The correlations, which include both neutral (NH3) and anionic (MeO-) nucleophiles are quite satisfactory (r = 0.93 to r = 0.99), and SS is thus useful for quantifying both global (substrate) and local (positional) reactivity in SNAr reactions of fluorinated aromatic substrates. A mechanistic analysis shows that the geometric structure of the sigma-complex resembles the rate-limiting transition state and that this provides a rationale for the observed correlations between the SS and the reaction rate.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Beilstein-institut , 2013. Vol. 9, 791-799 p.
Keyword [en]
computational, DFT, nucleophilic aromatic substitution, reactivity, substrate selectivity, reactive intermediates
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Chemical Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-123629DOI: 10.3762/bjoc.9.90ISI: 000318481600002Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84877285731OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-123629DiVA: diva2:628257
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QC 20130613. Denna artikel ingår som ett delarbete i en doktorsavhandling.

Available from: 2013-06-13 Created: 2013-06-13 Last updated: 2017-05-17Bibliographically approved
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1. Quantum Chemical Studies of Aromatic Substitution Reactions
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Quantum Chemical Studies of Aromatic Substitution Reactions
2017 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In this thesis, density functional theory (DFT) is used to investigate the mechanisms and reactivities of electrophilic and nucleophilic aromatic substitution reactions (SEAr and SNAr respectively). For SEAr, the σ-complex intermediate is preceded by one (halogenation) or two (nitration) π-complex intermediates. Whereas the rate-determining transition state (TS) for nitration resembles the second π-complex, the corresponding chlorination TS is much closer to the σ-complex. The last step, the expulsion of the proton, is modeled with an explicit solvent molecule in combination with PCM and confirmed to be a nearly barrierless process for nitration/chlorination and involves a substantial energy barrier for iodination. It is also shown for nitration that the gas phase structures and energetics are very different from those in polar solvent. The potential energy surface for SNAr reactions differs greatly depending on leaving group; the σ-complex intermediate exist for F-/HF, but for Cl-/HCl or Br-/HBr the calculations indicate a concerted mechanism. These mechanistic results form a basis for the investigations of predictive reactivity models for aromatic substitution reactions. For SEAr reactions, the free energy of the rate-determining TS reproduces both local (regioselectivity) and global reactivity (substrate selectivity) with good to excellent accuracy. For SNAr reactions good accuracies are obtained for Cl-/HCl or Br-/HBr as leaving group, using TS structures representing a one-step concerted mechanism. The σ-complex intermediate can be used as a reactivity indicator for the TS energy, and for SEAr the accuracy of this method varies in a way that can be rationalized with the Hammond postulate. It is more accurate the later the rate-determining TS, that is the more deactivated the reaction. For SNAr reactions with F-/HF as leaving group, the same method gives excellent accuracy for both local and global reactivity irrespective of the degree of activation.

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Stockholm: Universitetsservice US AB, Stockholm, 2017. 74 p.
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TRITA-CHE-Report, ISSN 1654-1081
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Physical Chemistry
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Theoretical Chemistry and Biology
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urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-206964 (URN)978-91-7729-324-8 (ISBN)
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2017-06-07, Sal F3, Lindstedtsvägen 26, Stockholm, 13:00 (English)
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Available from: 2017-05-10 Created: 2017-05-10 Last updated: 2017-05-10Bibliographically approved

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