REACTION MECHANISMS IN ORGANIC CHEMISTRY
Learning outcomes of the course unit
The objective of the course is to give the tools for the comprehension and the discussion of the reaction mechanisms in organic chemistry
Knowledge of the arguments developed in the Organic Chemistry 1 and Organic Chemistry 2 courses
Course contents summary
Summary of the principal kinetic equations
Stoichiometry and reaction order. Reversible and consecutive reactions. Stationary State Approximation. Saturation kinetics. Parallel reactions. Primary and secondary isotopic kinetic effects.
Structural effects on the reactivity of organic compounds.
The Hammett equation and his modifications. The Yukawa-Tsuno equation. Separation of polar, resonance and steric effects. The Taft equation.
Solvent effect on the reactivity of organic compounds.
Salt effect. The Ingold solvent effect. Thermodynamic aspects of the solvent effect. Specific salvation. Donor and acceptor solvents. Solvent effect empiric parameters: Z, Et(30), Y.
Brönsted Acids and Bases and Catalysis
Acidity and basicity functions. Superacids media. Acidity and basicity scales in different solvents and in gas phase. Acid-base catalysis in bioorganic systems. Proton transfer reactions. The Brönsted relation.
Reaction intermediates and their study
Isolation, trapping and study of reaction intermediaets. Free radical classification. Free radical sources. The capto-dativo effect. Radical inhibitors. Nucleophilic and electrophilic free radicals. Organic synthesis through free radicals.
Cycle formation reactions and intramolecular catalysis
Vicinal groups participation and intramolecular catalysis. Kinetic and thermodynamic aspects of cycle formation reactions. Biomimetic catalysis. Synthetic enzyme models.
Eric V. Anslyn, Dennis A. Daugherty: Modern Physical Organic Chemistry, University Science Books, 2006
F.A. Carey e R.J. Sundberg Advanced Organic Chemistry 4a Edizione, Plenum Press, 2001
J. March Advanced Organic Chemistry Reactions, Mechanisms, and Structure , 5a Edizione John Wiley & Sons , 2000