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Correlation analysis of the rates of solvolysis of 4-bromopiperidine: A reaction following a Grob fragmentation pathway

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Dennis Neil Kevill
Zoon Ha Ryu
Malcolm John D’Souza


A Grunwald-Winstein treatment of the specific rates of solvolysis of 4-bromopiperidine gives for aqueous ethanol, methanol, acetone, and dioxane a very good logarithmic correlation against the YBr solvent ionizing power values with a slope (m value) of 0.46±0.02, consistent with the operation of a synchronous Grob fragmentation mechanism. When the organic component of the solvent is 2,2,2-trifluoroethanol (TFE), the data points show a negative deviation, consistent with an appreciable deactivating interaction of the acidic TFE component of the solvent with the lone-pair of electrons present on the nitrogen.

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Kevill, D. N.; Ryu, Z. H.; D’Souza, M. J. Correlation Analysis of the Rates of Solvolysis of 4-Bromopiperidine: A Reaction Following a Grob Fragmentation Pathway. Eur. J. Chem. 2017, 8, 162-167.

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The American Chem. Soci. Petroleum Res. Fund (PRF#38163-AC4), the National Inst. of General Med. Sci.-NIGMS (P20GM103446), IDeA prog. from the National Inst. of Health (DE-INBRE), the National Sci. Found. (NSF) EPSCoR IIA-1301765

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