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Theoretical, kinetic and mechanistic studies of the reaction between dialkyl acetylenedicarboxylates, triphenylphosphine and pyrrole in organic solvents

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The kinetics of the reaction between triphenylphosphine, dialkyl acetylenedicarboxylates and pyrrole in dry organic solvents at different temperatures have been studied spectrophotometrically. The observed overall second rate constant (k 2) for reaction decreases with decreasing solvent dielectric constant and media temperature; k 2 follows the Arrhenius equation, and the overall reaction is first order in both the dialkyl acetylenedicarboxylate and triphenylphosphine concentrations. The proposed mechanism has been evaluated, and the activation parameters ΔG , ΔS and ΔH for the first, rate-determining step, as an elementary reaction have been determined on the basis of Eyring equation. In addition, the Z- and E-isomers have been optimized at HF and B3LYP levels with the 6-311++G** basis set; the more stable is the E-isomer, in agreement with experimental data. Furthermore, to better understand the intramolecular interactions, atoms in molecules (AIM) calculations and natural population analysis (NPA) methods have been carried out. The 1H, 13C, and 31P NMR data of these ylides are consistent with results obtained from theoretical calculations.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2012-09-01

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