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DFT Mechanistic Investigation into BF3-Catalyzed Alcohol Oxidation by a Hypervalent Iodine(III) Compound


Farshadfar, K and Chipman, A and Yates, BF and Ariafard, A, DFT Mechanistic Investigation into BF3-Catalyzed Alcohol Oxidation by a Hypervalent Iodine(III) Compound, ACS Catalysis, 9, (7) pp. 6510-6521. ISSN 2155-5435 (2019) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1021/acscatal.9b01599


Density functional theory (DFT) at the SMD/M06-2X/def2-TZVP//SMD/M06-2X/LANL2DZ,6-31G(d) level was employed to explore mechanistic aspects of BF3-catalyzed alcohol oxidation using a hypervalent iodine(III) compound, [ArI(OAc)2], to yield aldehydes/ketones as the final products. The reaction is composed of two main processes: (i) ligand exchange and (ii) the redox reaction. Our study for 1-propanol discovered that ligand exchange is preferentially accelerated if BF3 first coordinates to the alcohol. This coordination increases the acidity of the alcohol hydroxyl proton, resulting in ligand exchange between the iodane and the alcohol proceeding via a concerted interchange associative mechanism with an activation free energy of ∼10 kcal/mol. For the redox process, the calculations rule out the feasibility of the conventional mechanism (alkoxy Cα deprotonation) and introduce a replacement for it. This alternative route commences with α-hydride elimination of the alkoxy group promoted by BF3 coordination, which yields a BF3-stabilized aldehyde/ketone product and the iodane [ArI(OAc)(H)]. The ensuing iodane is extremely reactive toward reductive elimination to give ArI + HOAc in a highly exergonic fashion (ΔG = −62.1 kcal/mol). The reductive elimination reaction is the thermodynamic driving force for the alcohol oxidation to be irreversible. Consistent with the kinetic isotope effect reported experimentally, the α-hydride elimination is calculated to be the rate-determining step with an overall activation free energy of ∼24 kcal/mol.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:density functional theory, activation energy, DFT mechanistic investigation, BF3‑Catalyzed Reactions, hypervalent iodine(III) compound
Research Division:Chemical Sciences
Research Group:Organic chemistry
Research Field:Physical organic chemistry
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the chemical sciences
UTAS Author:Chipman, A (Mr Antony Chipman)
UTAS Author:Yates, BF (Professor Brian Yates)
UTAS Author:Ariafard, A (Associate Professor Alireza Ariafard)
ID Code:134444
Year Published:2019
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (DP180100904)
Web of Science® Times Cited:18
Deposited By:Chemistry
Deposited On:2019-08-13
Last Modified:2022-08-19

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