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Steric Assistance in Solvolytic Processes

  • Herbert C. Brown
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Abstract

The dissociation of molecular addition compounds provided a powerful new tool to explore steric effects in organic molecules.1,2 To illustrate the application of this tool, the behavior of trimethylamine and triethylamine with trimethylborane may be reviewed. Triethylamine (pKa 10.75) is a somewhat stronger base than trimethylamine (pKa 9.75). Consequently, one would anticipate that the stronger base would form the more stable addition compound with the Lewis acid. However, the reverse is true: ΔH dissoc.(CH3)3N:B(CH3)3, 17.6 kcal mol−1: ΔH dissoc.(C2H5)3N:B(CH3) 3,~10kcal mol−1

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Sodium Borohydride Steric Effect Addition Compound Methine Carbon Steric Strain 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Herbert C. Brown
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  1. 1.Purdue UniversityWest LafayatteUSA

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