Charge-Enhanced Acidity and Catalyst Activation

Masoud Samet, Jordan Buhle, Yunwen Zhou, Steven R. Kass

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Acidities are commonly measured in polar solvents but catalytic reactions are typically carried out in nonpolar media. IR spectra of a series of phenols in CCl4 and 1% CD3CN/CCl4 provide relative acidities. Nonprotonated charged substituents with an appropriate counterion are found to enhance their Bronsted acidities and improve catalyst performance by orders of magnitude.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4678-4680
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number14
StatePublished - Apr 15 2015

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