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Theoretical evaluation of alternative pathways in the Stevens rearrangement


Heard, GL and Yates, BF, Theoretical evaluation of alternative pathways in the Stevens rearrangement, Australian Journal of Chemistry, 48, (8) pp. 1413-1423. ISSN 0004-9425 (1995) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1071/CH9951413


Ab initio and semi-empirical molecular orbital theory has been used to explore the ion-pair and lithium-catalysed pathways in the Stevens rearrangement of an alkylammonium ylide to an amine. These pathways represent alternatives to the concerted and free radical mechanisms which we have previously studied. Solvation effects have been included via a polarizable continuum model. Finally, the calculations have been extended to a set of experimentally observable compounds. For the nine systems studied here, the stepwise free radical pathway is predicted in every case to be the favourable mechanism for the Stevens rearrangement. Single-point MP2/6-31G(d) calculations on fully optimized PM3 geometries are shown to provide a useful method of including electron correlation at low computational cost. © 1995 ASEG.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Chemical Sciences
Research Group:Theoretical and computational chemistry
Research Field:Theoretical and computational chemistry not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the chemical sciences
UTAS Author:Heard, GL (Mr George Lance Heard)
UTAS Author:Yates, BF (Professor Brian Yates)
ID Code:4596
Year Published:1995
Web of Science® Times Cited:13
Deposited By:Chemistry
Deposited On:1995-08-01
Last Modified:2011-08-24

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