Boundary conditions on the partitioning of deaminatively generated benzyl cations

R. W. Darbeau, D. J. Heurtin, L. M. Siso, R. S. Pease, R. E. Gibble, D. E. Bridges, D. L. Davis, D. G. Gbenekama, N. R. Darbeau

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Nitrogenous entity-separated ion pairs (NESIPs) containing benzyl cations, nitrogen gas, and pivalate anions were generated via thermal deamination of N-benzyl-N-nitrosopivalamide. Some decompositions were performed in methanolic solutions saturated with selected nucleophiles: acetate, azide, or cyanide ions. Trace amounts of benzyl cyanide and tolunitriles were observed; no corresponding products were detected in the acetate and azide cases. Other decompositions were performed in the absence of traditional solvent but in the presence of the nucleophilic salts; again only poor cyanide interception of the cation was observed. The poor showing of the nucleophilic ions, when present, is discussed in the context of the lifetime of the cation, effective nucleophilicity, and cage effects in deamination.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2681-2685
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Organic Chemistry
Issue number8
StatePublished - Apr 20 2001

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  • Organic Chemistry

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