Stereoelectronic effects in the reactions of phosphate diesters. Ab initio molecular orbital calculations of reaction surfaces. 2

David G. Gorenstein, Bruce A. Luxon, John B. Findlay

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Abstract

Ab initio molecular orbital calculations of the reaction profile for hydroxide-catalyzed hydrolysis of dimethyl phosphate in a number of different conformations reveal large stereoelectronic effects. In the two-step reaction, proceeding via a metastable pentacovalent phosphorane intermediate, both hydroxide attack and methoxide-displacement steps are stereoelectronically controlled. Antiperiplanar lone pairs on the basal ester oxygen in the trigonal bipyramidal transition states facilitate translation of the apical bond. In contrast to previous studies on the stereoelectronic effect, orientation of the leaving bond does not alter the energy of the transition state.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5869-5875
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Volume101
Issue number20
StatePublished - 1979
Externally publishedYes

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Orbital calculations
Surface reactions
Molecular orbitals
Conformations
Hydrolysis
Esters
Phosphates
Phosphoranes
Oxygen
hydroxide ion
dimethyl phosphate

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Stereoelectronic effects in the reactions of phosphate diesters. Ab initio molecular orbital calculations of reaction surfaces. 2. / Gorenstein, David G.; Luxon, Bruce A.; Findlay, John B.

In: Journal of the American Chemical Society, Vol. 101, No. 20, 1979, p. 5869-5875.

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