24 REACTIONS OF ALCOHOLSSUBSTITUTION WITH HALIDES TO FORM ALKYL HALIDESELIMINATION OF WATER (DEHYDRATION TO ALKENES)ACID/BASE REACTIONS WITH STRONG BASES/ACIDSOXIDATION TO ALDEHYDES, KETONES, OR CARBOXYLIC ACIDS.Alcohols have several polar atoms, several sites of reactivity.Alcohols can undergo substitution, elimination and acid/base reactions.An alcohol, like HOH, can act as a Nu:- or base as well as an E+ or acid.
31. SUBSTITUTION WITH HALIDES SUBSTITUTION WITH HALIDES TO FORM ALKYL HALIDESHydrohalic acids (HCl, HBr, HI) convert alcohols to alkyl halidesEven in concentrated form, these acids contain a lot of H2OH2O is a protic solvent. It stabilizes C+’s and weakens (solvates) Nu:’sAt room temperature, the SN2 reaction is slow.3° alcohols react rapidly2° alcohols react moderately1° and Me°alcohols are unreactiveSN2SN2SN1SN1
41. SUBSTITUTION WITH HALIDES Mechanism:The hydroxyl (-OH) group is a poor leaving group unless protonated.
51. SUBSTITUTION WITH HALIDES In these mechanisms, even though H-Cl is shown as the acidic species, it is understood that H2O is present (37% HCl contains 63% H2O).H-Cl is largely present as hydronium ion (H3O+ Cl-) and H3O+ protonates the alcohol in the first step.Name the mechanism & show the product of the following reaction
61. SUBSTITUTION WITH HALIDES 1° and 2°alcohol reactivity can be improved by reacting with a polar aprotic reagent/solvent, such as phosphorus tribromide (PBr3) or thionyl chloride (SOCl2).These are fuming, corrosive liquids (nasty) but they do the job well.1° and 2° alcohols react quickly via SN2 without heating.Note that SOCl2 produces alkyl chlorides & PBr3 produces alkyl bromides.
71. SUBSTITUTION WITH HALIDES The difference in the rate of reaction of alcohols with conc. HCl is used as a qualitative test (the Lucas Test) to determine the degree of substitution of an alcohol.Lucas reagent is conc. HCl, saturated with ZnCl2 salt. The Zn+2 ion coordinates (bonds) with the alcohol oxygen even better than H+ and speeds up the rate at which the C+ can form.About ½ mL of alcohol and 3 mL Lucas reagent are mixed in a test tube. 3°, allyl and benzyl alcohols react instantly (via SN1) to produce an insoluble alkyl halide, which appears initially as a hazy emulsion that separates into two liquid layers on standing.2° alcohols also react quickly (SN1) in Lucas reagent (R-Cl separates).1° alcohols do not react (no R-Cl layer forms).2° and 3° alcohols can be differentiated by repeating the test in conc. HCl (no ZnCl2 present). 3° alcohols react quickly but the solution remains clear in 2° alcohols.
82. DEHYDRATION OF ALCOHOLS TO ALKENES DEHYDRATION TO ALKENES WITH H2SO4 OR H3PO4 AND HEATH2SO4 and H3PO4 acids are dehydrating; they react strongly with water and will remove H2O from other chemicals. H2SO4 is sometimes used as a desiccant.When heated with alcohols, elimination (E1) occurs. The more stable, more substituted alkene (Zaitsev product) is the major product.With only gently heating (50°C) 20% H2SO4 dehydrates 3° alcohols.2°alcohols require 60% 100°C.1°alcohols need 95% 170°C (!), however, much of the product is lost. The 1° alcohol is badly charred.
102. DEHYDRATION OF ALCOHOLS TO ALKENES Note that even 1° alcohols dehydrate via the E1 mechanism. The high temperature (170°C) allows the formation of the unstable 1°C+.With weak nucleophiles, no reaction will occur unless a C+ forms.HSO4- (or H2PO4-) are very weak, non basic Nu:-’s. They have no propensity to remove H+ from a b-carbon via the E2 mechanism.Recall that E1 and SN1 occur in competition. High temperature favors elimination over substitution.Draw and name the major products of the following reactions.
112. DEHYDRATION OF ALCOHOLS TO ALKENES Recall that in unimolecular reactions, C+ rearrangements can occur.With that in mind, draw the major (Zaitsev) product from the dehydration of neohexyl alcohol.
122. DEHYDRATION OF ALCOHOLS TO ALKENES 1° and 2° alcohols are charred by the severe conditions of acid dehydration and the E1 mechanism.There is a way to safely dehydrate these alcohols with good yields even at room temperature. The reagents needed however are unpleasant and corrosive.Phosphorus oxychloride (POCl3) in pyridine solvent (C5H5N:) will dehydrate 1°, 2° and 3° alcohols to alkenes via an E2 mechanism.Recall that strong, bulky bases like t-butoxide cause E2 even w. 1°substrates.
132. DEHYDRATION OF ALCOHOLS TO ALKENES Pyridine, like t-butoxide causes E2 reactions even w. 1°substrates.Pyridine is very bulky because of its large p-system of overlapping p-orbitals.SN1, E1SN2E2SN1E2 (SN2)no reactionHSO4- and H2O are nonbasic, weak nucleophiles (like CH3COOH).They will not react unless a C+ forms. This occurs rapidly with 3° alcohols, moderately with 2° alcohols and only at high temp. with 1° alcohols.
14PROBLEMSWrite equations showing how the following transformations can be carried out. More than one step may be necessary. Mechanism are not required but show all reagents used.
153. ACID/BASE REACTIONS OF ALCOHOLS ACID & BASE REACTIONS WITH STRONG BASES & ACIDSVery strong bases abstract (remove) the weakly acidic H+ (pKa = 16).Very strong acids protonate the weakly basic –OH group (pKb = 16).The acid/base behavior of alcohols is much the same as that of H2O.
16PROBLEMSDraw products, show mechanisms and calculate extent of reaction (%).
173. REACTION OF ALCOHOLS WITH A BASE Active metals such as Na, Li, K, Ca, etc. are very strong bases.They deprotonate alcohols liberating H2 gasDraw products and show mechanisms for the following.
183. REACTION OF ALCOHOLS WITH A BASE Show the reaction of neopentyl alcohol with aluminum metal.The evolution of H2 gas from alcohols in the presence Na metal is a quick qualitative test for alcohols. The reaction is vigorous but not explosive as it is in H2O.Aldehydes (pKa = 17) and ketones (pKa = 19) release only trace amounts of H2 gas when mixed with Na metal. [The aldehydes and ketones tested (and the test tube) must be free of water, i.e., dry! or a false positive result will be seen.]
19ACIDITY OF ALCOHOLSAlcohols typically have a pKa of ca. 16, e.g., CH3CH2OH and CH3OH.Tert-butyl alcohol is less acidic because its conjugate base (alkoxide) is bulky and not easily solvated by water.Electron withdrawing groups such as –F make alcohols more acidic. They stabilize the alkoxide (by induction). A weaker conjugate base necessitates a stronger acid.Note the increased acidity of 2,2,2-trifluoroethanol and especially nonafluoro – t-butyl alcohol.Unlike resonance effects, the inductive effect is only significant over a short range.
20PROBLEMSWrite equations showing how the following transformations can be carried out. More than one step may be necessary. Mechanism are not required but show all reagents used.
214. OXIDATION OF ALCOHOLS 4. OXIDATION OF ALCOHOLS ( TO CARBONYLS) Alcohols are oxidized to carbonyl compounds: aldehydes, ketones and carboxylic acids.In turn, these carbonyl compounds can be reduced to alcohols.The most common oxidants are oxides of nonmetals that are in a high oxidation state, e.g.,HNO3, KMnO4, Na2Cr2O7 in H2SO4, and NaOCl in HAc.Calculate the oxidation state of:N in HNO3Mn in MnO4-Cr in Na2Cr2O7Cl in OCl-+ N + (-2)3 = 0 N = +5Mn + (-2)4 = -1 Mn = +7(1)2 + Cr2 + (-2)7 = 0 Cr = 12/2 = +6(-2) + Cl = -1 Cl = +1
224. OXIDATION OF ALCOHOLSOxidants are usually classified into one of 3 groups (strengths).Mild oxidants include Collins reagent (CrO3 in pyridine), and PCC (pyridinium chlorochromate, (C5H5NCrO3Cl in dichloromethane solvent.) These oxidants are dissolved in cold anhydrous solvents. (no water– this weakens the oxidant.)Moderate-to-strong oxidants are cold to warm, aqueous solutions of HNO3, acidic or basic KMnO4, NaOCl in aq. HAc, Jones reagent (CrO3 in aq. H2SO4 + acetone).Severe oxidants are hot, aqueous solutions of HNO3, acidic or basic aq. KMnO4, or Na2Cr2O7 in H2SO4KMnO4 and Cr+6 reagents are often used for qualitative tests. When reacting, these oxidizing agents are reduced and show distinct color changes. List the color changes that occur.
234. OXIDATION OF ALCOHOLS1 alcohols are easily oxidized. They have 2 -hydrogens.Mild oxidants remove 1 hydrogen yielding an aldehyde.Moderate-to-strong (or severe) oxidants remove both hydrogens yielding a carboxylic acid.
244. OXIDATION OF ALCOHOLS2 alcohols have only 1 -hydrogen. Mild or moderate-to-strong alcohols remove the only a-hydrogen yielding a ketone.Under severe oxidation conditions, the ketone product is further oxidized. In the study of alkynes, we learned that a ketone is always in equilibrium with a minute amount of an enol, its ‘tautomer’.In our study of alkenes we learned that hot KMnO4, hot H2CrO4, or hot conc. HNO3 oxidize enols, cleaving the C-to-C p-bond and yielding carboxylic acids or ketones (which will again be cleaved until only carboxylic acids remain).
254. OXIDATION OF ALCOHOLS3 alcohols are not oxidized by any of the above oxidants except hot KMnO4 or hot conc. HNO3 which dehydrate them to alkenes and subsequently cleave the alkenes to carboxylic acids.Recall that 3 alcohols are easiest to dehydrate to alkenes.The mechanism of oxidations are either not fully understood or are very complex. The student will need to memorize the oxidation products of alcohols with the various classes of oxidants.
26PROBLEMSDraw the products of the following oxidations.
27PROBLEMSDraw the products of the following oxidations.
28IODOFORM REACTION (OXIDATION) The Iodoform reaction: is a qualitative oxidation test used to identify the structure of a 1° or 2° alcohol. The alcohol is treated with a solution of iodine and a solution of sodium hydroxide.NaOH + I2 NaOI (sodium hypoiodite)NaOI is analogous to sodium hypochlorite (NaOCl, the so-called ‘liquid chlorine’ used as laundry bleach,e.g., Javex, and used as swimming pool disinfectant).NaOI is a mild oxidant. It oxidizes 1° alcohols to aldehydes and 2° alcohols to ketones; but will not oxidize 3° alcohols.If the 1° or 2° alcohol had a methyl group (-CH3) attached to the a-carbon, the three hydrogens of the –CH3 group are substituted by iodine (-CH3 -CI3) and the product cleaves producing iodoform (CHI3), a pale yellow precipitate.
29IODOFORM REACTION (OXIDATION) Ethanol is the only 1° alcohol that gives a positive iodoform test because it is the only 1° that has a –CH3 group attached directly to the a-carbon.By contrast, many 2° alcohols have –CH3 group attached directly to their a-carbon and this can be identified by the iodoform test.Write equations for the iodoform reaction with 2-butanol.
30PROBLEMSUsing the Lucas test, oxidation with Jones reagent, and the iodoform test, show how a student could distinguish between 2-pentanol and 3-pentanol.
31PROBLEMSWrite equations showing how the following transformations can be carried out. More than one step may be necessary. Mechanism are not required but show all reagents used.
32SOLUBILITY AND BOILING POINTS OF ALCOHOLS Alcohols are the first organics we have studied that are polar.Alkanes, alkenes, alkynes and arenes are all hydrocarbons with non polar bonds. Even alkyl halides are only weakly polar. These compounds all exhibit characteristically low boiling points are are insoluble in polar solvent like water.Describe the trend in solubility of alcohols re: MW and branching.Explain the unusually high solubility of a polyol such as 1,4-butanediol.Explain why cyclohexanol boils at 160 °C and cyclohexene at 83 °C.
33PHENOLSPhenols have the hydroxyl (-OH) functional group of an alcohol directly bonded to an aromatic ring; a fully conjugated ring; a ring with a complete pattern of alternating single and double bonds.Despite their similar appearance, the chemistry of phenols is different than that of alcohols.
34PHENOLS Phenol is manufactured in two steps from benzene. Benzene undergoes Electrophilic Aromatic Substitution (EAS) with H2SO4 and SO3 (a mixture called ‘oleum’) producing benzenesulfonic acid.The sulfonic acid group is replaced by the –OH group by reacting with NaOH at high temperature (300°C).Write equations showing the preparation of phenol from benzene.The hydroxyl group donates electron density to the aromatic ring by resonance, making phenols reactive toward EAS.
35REACTIONS OF PHENOLSPhenols have the same hydroxyl (-OH) functional group as alcohols but, while alcohols and H2O are essentially neutral (pKa = 16), phenols are weak acids (pKa = 10).Phenols react 100% with aqueous NaOH but not with NaHCO3 (pKb = 7.6). This difference is often used differentiate phenols from other stronger organic acids, such as carboxylic acids (pKa = 5).Carboxylic acids react 100% with both NaOH and NaHCO3.
36REACTIONS OF PHENOLSPhenols are 106 times more acidic than alcohols (pKa 10 vs. pKa 16) because the conjugate base, phenoxide ion (pKb = 4), is 106 times more stable than the alkoxide (pKb = -2).In the alkoxide, the negative charge resides on only one atom, the oxygen.In the phenoxide, the negative charge is ‘delocalized’ (spread out) over 4 atoms by resonance throughout the fully conjugated p system of the aromatic ring.Sodium phenoxide has 4 different resonance structures.
37REACTIONS OF PHENOLSPhenols become stronger acids when electron withdrawing groups are attached to the phenyl ring, e.g., -Br, -NO2, -CF3, etc.Phenols become weaker acids when electron donating groups are attached to the phenyl ring, e.g., -CH3, -OCH3, -NH2, etc.Draw these structures
38REACTIONS OF PHENOLSRecall from our study of electrophilic aromatic substitution (EAS) reactions that electron donor groups make the ring a better Nu:- (electron donor); thus accelerating EAS reactions of aromatics.These same ring activators (electron donors) will reduce the acidity of phenols by making conjugate base (phenoxide) less stable.Ring deactivators are electron withdrawing groups. They increase the acidity of phenols by making phenoxides more stable.
39PROBLEMRank the following phenols in order of acidity, where 1 is most acidic.Then name their conjugate bases.
40PROBLEMWrite equations showing how the following transformation can be carried out. More than one step may be necessary. Mechanism are not required but show all reagents used.
41Do the practice problems in your purchased notes.