organica eliminacion E1

October 8, 2017 | Author: yulliarperez | Category: Alkene, Conformational Isomerism, Chemical Reactions, Organic Reactions, Organic Chemistry
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Chapter 8 Alkyl Halides and Elimination Reactions 1

Alkyl Halides and Elimination Reactions General Features of Elimination • Elimination reactions involve the loss of elements from the starting material to form a new π bond in the product.


• Equations [1] and [2] elimination reactions.




• In both reactions a base removes the elements of an acid, HX, from the organic starting material.


• Removal of the elements HX is called dehydrohalogenation. • Dehydrohalogenation is an example of β elimination. • The curved arrow formalism shown below illustrates how four bonds are broken or formed in the process.


• The most common bases used in elimination reactions are negatively charged oxygen compounds, • E.g.: HO¯ and its alkyl derivatives, RO¯, called alkoxides.


• To draw any product of dehydrohalogenation : (i) Find the α carbon. (ii) Identify all β carbons with H atoms. (iii) Remove the elements of H and X from the α and β carbons and form a π bond.


Alkenes—The Products of Elimination • Recall that the double bond of an alkene consists of a σ bond and a π bond.


• Alkenes are classified according to the number of carbon atoms bonded to the carbons of the double bond.

Figure 8.1: Classifying alkenes by the number of R groups bonded to the double bond


• Because of restricted rotation, two stereoisomers of 2-butene are possible. • cis-2-butene and trans-2-butene are diastereomers • they are stereoisomers that are not mirror images of each other.


• When the two groups on each end of a carboncarbon double bond are different from each other, two diastereomers are possible.


• In general, trans alkenes are more stable than cis alkenes • The groups bonded to the double bond carbons in trans alkenes are further apart, reducing steric interactions.


• The stability of an alkene increases as the number of R groups bonded to the double bond carbons increases.

• The higher the percent s-character, the more readily an atom accepts electron density. • sp2 carbons are more able to accept electron density and sp3 carbons are more able to donate electron density. • Increasing the number of electron donating groups on a carbon atom able to accept electron density makes the alkene more stable. 12

• trans-2-butene is more stable than cis-2-butene (disubstituted alkenes), but both are more stable than 1-butene (a monosubstituted alkene).


Mechanisms of Elimination • There are two mechanisms of elimination—E2 and E1. • E2 mechanism—bimolecular elimination • E1 mechanism—unimolecular elimination • The E2 and E1 mechanisms differ in the timing of bond cleavage and bond formation, analogous to the SN2 and SN1 mechanisms. • E2 and SN2 reactions have some features in common, as do E1 and SN1 reactions. 14

Mechanisms of Elimination—E2 • The most common mechanism dehydrohalogenation is the E2 mechanism.


• It exhibits second-order kinetics, and both the alkyl halide and the base appear in the rate equation, i.e., rate = k[(CH3)3CBr][ ¯OH]

• The reaction is concerted—all bonds are broken and formed in a single step.



Figure 8.3: An energy diagram for an E2 reaction:


• There are close parallels between E2 and SN2 mechanisms in how the identity of the base: the leaving group and the solvent affect the rate. • The rate of the E2 reaction increases as the strength of the base increases. • E2 reactions are generally run with strong, negatively charged bases like ¯OH and ¯OR. Two strong sterically hindered nitrogen bases called DBN and DBU are also sometimes used.


Figure 8.4: An E2 elimination with DBN used as the base



• The SN2 and E2 mechanisms differ in how the R group affects the reaction rate.


• The increase in E2 reaction rate with increasing alkyl substitution can be rationalized in terms of transition state stability. • In the transition state, the double bond is partially formed. • Thus, increasing the stability of the double bond with alkyl substituents stabilizes the transition state (i.e., lowers Ea, which increases the rate of the reaction.


• Increasing the number of R groups on the carbon with the leaving group forms more highly substituted, more stable alkenes in E2 reactions. • Hence, 3° alkyl halides reacts faster than the 1º alkyl halide.


Table 8.2 summarizes the characteristics of the E2 mechanism.


The Zaitsev (Saytzeff) Rule • When alkyl halides have two or more different β carbons, more than one alkene product is formed. • When this happens, one of the products usually predominates. • The major product is the more stable product—the one with the more substituted double bond. • This phenomenon is called the Zaitsev rule.


• The Zaitsev rule: the major product in β elimination has the more substituted double bond. • A reaction is regioselective when it yields predominantly or exclusively one constitutional isomer when more than one is possible. • Thus, the E2 reaction is regioselective.


• When a mixture of stereoisomers is possible from a dehydrohalogenation, the major product is the more stable stereoisomer. • A reaction is stereoselective when it forms predominantly or exclusively one stereoisomer when two or more are possible. • The E2 reaction is stereoselective because one stereoisomer is formed preferentially.


Mechanisms of Elimination—E1 • An E1 reaction exhibits first-order kinetics: rate = k[RX] • The E1 reaction mechanism:





(i) the bond to the leaving group breaks (ii) π bond is formed. • The slow step is unimolecular, involving only the alkyl halide. 28


Figure 8.6: Energy diagram for an E1 reaction. 30

• The rate of an E1 reaction increases as the number of R groups on the carbon with the leaving group increases.

• The strength of the base usually determines whether a reaction follows the E1 or E2 mechanism. • Strong bases like ¯OH and ¯OR favor E2 reactions, whereas weaker bases like H2O and ROH favor E1 reactions. 31

• E1 reactions are regioselective, favoring formation of the more substituted, more stable alkene. • Zaitsev’s rule applies to E1 reactions also.


Table 8.3 summarizes the characteristics of the E1 mechanism.


SN1 vs E1 Reactions • SN1 and E1 reactions have exactly the same first step— formation of a carbocation. They differ in what happens to the carbocation.

• E1 reactions often occur with a competing SN1 reaction, E1 reactions of alkyl halides are much less useful than 34 E2 reactions.

Stereochemistry of the E2 Reaction • The transition state of an E2 reaction consists of four atoms from an alkyl halide—all aligned in a plane. There are two ways for the C—H and C—X bonds to be coplanar.

• E2 elimination occurs most often in the anti periplanar geometry. • This arrangement allows the molecule to react in the lower energy staggered conformation • Allows the incoming base and leaving group to be further away from each other. 35

Figure 8.7: Two possible geometries for the E2 reaction.


• The stereochemical requirement of an anti periplanar geometry in an E2 reaction has important consequences for compounds containing six-membered rings. • Consider chlorocyclohexane which exists as two chair conformations. Conformation A is preferred since the bulkier Cl group is in the equatorial position.

• For E2 elimination, the C-Cl bond must be anti periplanar to the C—H bond on a β carbon, and this occurs only when the H and Cl atoms are both in the axial position. • The requirement for trans diaxial geometry means elimination must occur from the less stable conformer, B.

that 37

Figure 8.8: The trans diaxial geometry for the E2 elimination in chlorocyclohexane 38

• E2 dehydrohalogenation methylcyclohexane.





• This cis isomer exists as two conformations, A and B, each of which as one group axial and one group equatorial. E2 reaction must occur from conformation B, which contains an axial Cl atom.


• Because conformation B has two different axial β hydrogens, labeled Ha and Hb, E2 reaction occurs in two different directions to afford two alkenes. • The major product contains the more stable trisubstituted double bond, as predicted by the Zaitsev rule.


• The trans isomer of 1-chloro-2-methylcyclohexane exists as two conformers: C, having two equatorial substituents, and D, having two axial substituents.

• E2 reaction must occur from D, since it contains an axial Cl atom.


• Because conformer D has only one axial β H, the E2 reaction occurs only in one direction to afford a single product. This is not predicted by the Zaitsev rule.


When is the Mechanism E1 or E2?? • The strength of the base is the most important factor in determining the mechanism for elimination. • Strong bases favor the E2 mechanism. Weak bases favor the E1 mechanism.


E2 Reactions and Alkyne Synthesis • A single elimination reaction produces a π bond of an alkene. • Two consecutive elimination reactions produce two π bonds of an alkyne.


• Two elimination reactions are needed to remove two moles of HX from a dihalide substrate. • Two different starting materials can be used—a vicinal dihalide or a geminal dihalide.


• Stronger bases are needed to synthesize alkynes by dehydrohalogenation than are needed to synthesize alkenes. • The typical base used is ¯NH2 (amide), used as the sodium salt of NaNH2. KOC(CH3)3 can also be used with DMSO as solvent.


• Reason : The transition state for the second elimination reaction includes partial cleavage of the C—H bond. • However, the carbon atom is sp2 hybridized • sp2 hybridized C—H bonds are stronger than sp3 hybridized C—H bonds. • A stronger base is needed to cleave this bond.


Figure 8.9: Example of dehydrohalogenation of dihalides to afford alkynes.


Predicting the Mechanism from the Reactants— SN1, SN2, E1 or E2. • Good nucleophiles that are weak bases favor substitution over elimination • Certain anions generally give products of substitution because they are good nucleophiles but weak bases. • These include I¯, Br¯, HS¯, ¯CN, and CH3COO¯.


• Bulky nonnucleophilic bases favor elimination over substitution • KOC(CH3)3, DBU, and DBN are too sterically hindered to attack tetravalent carbon, but are able to remove a small proton, favoring elimination over substitution.


Figure 8.10: Determining whether an alkyl halide reacts by an SN1, SN2, E1, or E2 mechanism. 51

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1. What is the IUPAC name for the structure below?

2. What is the starting material in the reaction below?


3. What is the product?

4. What is the product?


Provide the structure of the major organic product in the following reaction.


Q: When 1-iodo-1-methylcyclohexane is treated with

NaOCH2CH3, the more highly substituted alkene product predominates. When KOC(CH3)3 is used instead, the less highly substituted alkene product predominates. Offer an explanation.


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