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The stereochemistry of SRN1 reactions in Nitroacenaphthenes

McLure, F.I. and Norris, R.K. (1987) The stereochemistry of SRN1 reactions in Nitroacenaphthenes. Australian Journal of Chemistry, 40 (3). p. 523.

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The reaction of the 2-chloro-1,l-dialkyl-6-nitroacenaphthenes (1)-(3) with azide and p- toluenethiolate ions takes place by the SRN1 mechanism, to give the substitution products (27)-(32), despite the fact that the nitro group and the chlorine-bearing benzylic carbon are attached to different aromatic rings. The reaction of the stereoisomers (2) and (3) of 2-chloro-1-ethyl-1-methyl-6-nitroacenaphthene takes place through an effectively planar benzylic radical (35), which is preferentially attacked from the face remote from the a-ethyl group. The presence of geminal alkyl groups α to the reaction site in the rigid acenaphthene system restricts the scope of the substitution processes to sterically unhindered nucleophiles, and the reaction fails with reagents such as sodium p- toluenesulfinate (23) and the salts, (24) and (25), derived from 2-ethylmalononitrile and 2-nitropropane.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publisher: Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization Publishing
Copyright: © 1987 CSIRO
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