## Abstract

The kinetics of methyl transfer from 1-methyl-2,5-diphenyl-1,4-dithiinium tetrafluoroborate (1) to a series of thioanisoles (2) and to a comparable series of anilines (5) have been followed spectrophotometrically in acetonitrile under pseudo-first-order conditions at four temperatures for each compound. Derived second-order rate constants, Arrhenius equation constants, and activation thermodynamic parameters have been calculated for intra- and inter-series comparison. Both series exhibited well-defined Hammett correlations (ρS = -1.58 ± 0.04; corr coeff = 0.999 for the thioanisoles, and ρN = -1.95 ± 0.05; corr coeff = 0.998 for the anilines) in which the ρ values were essentially constant over the range 25-80 °C. Specific rate constants for the thioanisole set (k_{S}^{X}) correlated well with those of the aniline set (k_{N}^{X}) via a linear equation: log k_{S}^{X}= m log k_{N}^{X}+ constant, where the slope m is approximated by the ratio of Hammett ρ values (ρS/ρN)· Comparisons with literature data show that dimethyl sulfate is 2.3 times as reactive as 1 toward the thioanisoles, and that 1 is about 10 times as reactive as Mel toward the anilines.

Original language | English (US) |
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Pages (from-to) | 2753-2759 |

Number of pages | 7 |

Journal | Journal of Organic Chemistry |

Volume | 41 |

Issue number | 16 |

DOIs | |

State | Published - Aug 1 1976 |