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Understanding why organic molecules react as they do requires knowing something about the structure and properties of the transient species that are generated during chemical reactions. Identifying transient intermediates enables chemists to elucidate reaction mechanisms, which often allows them to control the products of a reaction. In designing the synthesis of a molecule, such as a new drug, for example, chemists must be able to understand the mechanisms of intermediate reactions to maximize the yield of the desired product and minimize the occurrence of unwanted reactions.
Moreover, by recognizing the common reaction mechanisms of simple organic molecules, we can understand how more complex systems react, including the much larger molecules encountered in biochemistry. Nearly all chemical reactions, whether organic or inorganic, proceed because atoms or groups of atoms having a positive charge or a partial positive charge interact with atoms or groups of atoms having a negative charge or a partial negative charge.
Thus when a bond in a hydrocarbon is cleaved during a reaction, identifying the transient species formed, some of which are charged, allows chemists to determine the mechanism and predict the products of a reaction. Chemists often find that the reactivity of a molecule is affected by the degree of substitution of a carbon that is bonded to a functional group.
These carbons are designated as primary, secondary, or tertiary. A primary carbon is bonded to only one other carbon and a functional group, a secondary carbon is bonded to two other carbons and a functional group, and a tertiary carbon is bonded to three other carbons and a functional group. A carbocation has only six valence electrons and is therefore electron deficient. Recall that electron-deficient compounds, such as those of the group 13 elements , act as Lewis acids in inorganic reactions.
In general, when a highly electronegative atom, such as Cl, is bonded to a carbocation, it draws electrons away from the carbon and destabilizes the positive charge. In contrast, alkyl groups and other species stabilize the positive charge by increasing electron density at the carbocation. The reactivity of a molecule is often affected by the degree of substitution of the carbon bonded to a functional group.
Adding one electron to a carbocation produces a neutral species called a radical. Because the carbon still has less than an octet of electrons, it is electron deficient and also behaves as an electrophile. Like carbocations, radicals can be stabilized by carbon substituents that can donate some electron density to the electron-deficient carbon center.
Adding an electron to a radical produces a carbanion, which contains a negatively charged carbon with eight valence electrons part c in Figure Carbanions are destabilized by groups that donate electrons, so the relationship between their structure and reactivity is exactly the opposite of carbocations and radicals.
Carbanions are most commonly encountered in organometallic compounds such as methyllithium CH 3 Li or methylmagnesium chloride CH 3 MgCl , where the more electropositive metal ion stabilizes the negative charge on the more electronegative carbon atom.
Electrophiles such as carbocations seek to gain electrons and thus have a strong tendency to react with nucleophiles, which are negatively charged species or substances with lone pairs of electrons. Reacting electrophiles with nucleophiles is a central theme in organic reactions. Determine whether the compound is electron deficient, in which case it is an electrophile; electron rich, in which case it is a nucleophile; or neither.
Electrophiles have a strong tendency to react with nucleophiles. The reactivity of a molecule is often affected by the degree of substitution of the carbon bonded to a functional group; the carbon is designated as primary, secondary, or tertiary. Identifying the transient species formed in a chemical reaction, some of which are charged, enables chemists to predict the mechanism and products of the reaction. One common transient species is a carbocation, a carbon with six valence electrons that is an electrophile; that is, it needs electrons to complete its octet.
A radical is a transient species that is neutral but electron deficient and thus acts as an electrophile. In contrast, a carbanion has eight valence electrons and is negatively charged. It is an electron-rich species that is a nucleophile because it can share a pair of electrons.
In chemical reactions, electrophiles react with nucleophiles. Learning Objectives To understand the relationship between structure and reactivity for a series of related organic compounds. Its structure is trigonal planar, with an sp 2 hybridized carbon and a vacant p orbital. It is also sp 2 hybridized, but there is a single electron in the unhybridized p orbital.
Because it has a strong tendency to share its lone pair with another atom or molecule, a carbanion is a nucleophile. Electrophiles react with nucleophiles. Solution : The BF 3 molecule is a neutral compound that contains a group 13 element with three bonds to B. The boron atom has only six valence electrons, so it tends to accept an electron pair. The compound is therefore an electrophile. The CH 4 molecule has four bonds to C, which is typical of a neutral group 14 compound.
The carbon atom has no lone pairs to share and no tendency to gain electrons, and each hydrogen atom forms one bond that contains two valence electrons. Thus CH 4 is neither an electrophile nor a nucleophile. It therefore has only six valence electrons and seeks electrons to complete an octet.
With its negative charge, the N atom has two lone pairs of electrons, making it a potent nucleophile. Summary Electrophiles have a strong tendency to react with nucleophiles. Explain your reasoning. Identify the electrophile and the nucleophile in each pair.
The greater the number of electronegative substituents and the higher their electronegativity, the more unstable the carbocation. Structure and Reactivity Draw Lewis electron structures of the products of carbon—hydrogen cleavage reactions. What is the charge on each species? Identify the electrophile and the nucleophile in each reaction; then complete each chemical equation.
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Since its original appearance in , Advanced Organic Chemistry has maintained its place as the premier textbook in the field, offering broad coverage of the structure, reactivity and synthesis of organic compounds. As in the earlier editions, the text contains extensive references to both the primary and review literature and provides examples of data and reactions that illustrate and document the generalizations. While the text assumes completion of an introductory course in organic chemistry, it reviews the fundamental concepts for each topic that is discussed. The two-part fifth edition has been substantially revised and reorganized for greater clarity.
Understanding why organic molecules react as they do requires knowing something about the structure and properties of the transient species that are generated during chemical reactions.
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Writing Reaction Mechanisms in Organic Chemistry, Third Edition , is a guide to understanding the movements of atoms and electrons in the reactions of organic molecules. Expanding on the successful book by Miller and Solomon, this new edition further enhances your understanding of reaction mechanisms in organic chemistry and shows that writing mechanisms is a practical method of applying knowledge of previously encountered reactions and reaction conditions to new reactions. The book has been extensively revised with new material including a completely new chapter on oxidation and reduction reactions including stereochemical reactions. It is also now illustrated with hundreds of colorful chemical structures to help you understand reaction processes more easily. The book also features new and extended problem sets and answers to help you understand the general principles and how to apply these to real applications. In addition, there are new information boxes throughout the text to provide useful background to reactions and the people behind the discovery of a reaction.
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