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Structure of Haloalkanes Haloalkane (alkyl halide): A compound containing a halogen atom covalently bonded to an sp 3 hybridized carbon. often represented.

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1 Structure of Haloalkanes Haloalkane (alkyl halide): A compound containing a halogen atom covalently bonded to an sp 3 hybridized carbon. often represented as RX Haloalkanes

2 Nomenclature of Haloalkanes Locate the parent alkane. Locate each halogen on the parent chain. Number the parent chain to give the substituent encountered first the lower number. Show halogen substituents by the prefixes fluoro-, chloro-, bromo-, and iodo- and list them in alphabetical order with other substituents.

3 Common names of haloalkanes Several polyhaloalkanes are common solvents and are generally referred to by their common or trivial names.

4 Simple haloalkanes can also be named as alkyl halides. The focus is the halogen atom (fluoride, chloride, bromide or iodide) and becomes the second half of the name. The carbon branch attached to the halogen is named as usual and becomes the first half of the name. methyl fluoride IUPAC: fluoromethane ethyl bromide IUPAC: bromoethane t-butyl iodide IUPAC: 2-iodo-2-methyl propane

5 Some Applications of Haloalkanes Refrigerants Freons are chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) Release of CFC gases into the atmosphere contributes to ozone destruction. Montreal Protocol is an international treaty (1989) to phase-out use of CFCs.

6 Much lower ozone-depleting alternatives are the hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and the hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs). Solvents Methylene chloride, chloroform, trichlor, carbon tetrachloride (among others) are used to dissolve grease (in machine shops and dry cleaners!). Propellents HFC-134a (1,1,1,2-tetrafluoroethane) is used as a propellent in “canned air”.

7 Anesthetics Many hydrochlorofluorocarbons are using in anesthesia. The earliest anesthetics were ethers; thus, many modern anesthetics are halogenated ethers. isofluranedesfluranesevoflurane

8 Reactions of Haloalkanes Nucleophilic substitution (S N 1 or S N 2)  -elimination (E1 or E2)

9 Nucleophilic Substitution Substitution takes place on an sp 3 hybridized (tetrahedral) carbon. Nucleophile attacks carbon making a new bond. Functional group that is being replaced is called the leaving group.

10 Examples of Nucleophiles and their Products

11 Nucleophilic Substitution Mechanisms S N 2 Mechanism Chemists propose two limiting mechanisms for nucleophilic substitutions. A fundamental difference between them is the timing of bond breaking and bond forming steps. At one extreme, the bond making and bond breaking take place simultaneously Such a reaction is designated S N 2. S = substitution N = nucleophilic 2 = bimolecular (two species are involved in the rate- determining step) rate = k[haloalkane][nucleophile]

12 Both reactants are involved in the creation of the transition state of the rate-determining step. The nucleophile attacks the reactive center from the side opposite the leaving group. The key step is reaction of a nucleophile and an electrophile to form a new covalent bond. The product of an SN2 reaction at a stereocenter maintains a specific chirality.

13 The Energy Diagram for the S N 2 Reaction Note the transition state has a carbon with 5 bonds (high energy, indeed!). No intermediate is formed.

14 In the other limiting mechanism, bond breaking between carbon and the leaving group is entirely completed before bond forming with the nucleophile begins. This mechanism is designated S N 1 where S = substitution N = nucleophilic 1 = unimolecular (only one species is involved in the rate-determining step) rate = k[haloalkane] S N 1 Mechanism

15 S N 1 is illustrated by the solvolysis of tert-butyl bromide. Step 1: Break a bond to form a stable ion or molecule. Ionization of the C-X bond gives a carbocation.

16 Step 2: Reaction of a nucleophile and an electrophile to form a new covalent bond. Step 3: Take a proton away (deprotonation). Proton transfer to methanol completes the reaction.

17 The Energy Diagram for the S N 1 Reaction

18 Note the formation of two transition states. Note especially the formation of a carbocation intermediate. The formation of the carbocation in an S N 1 reaction is the key distinction between it and an S N 2 reaction.

19 For an S N 1 reaction at a stereocenter, the product is a racemic mixture. The carbocation is planar so that the nucleophile can attack either side of the intermediate.

20 Determination of Reaction Path in S N Reactions Whether an alkyl halide substrate reacts with a nucleophile according to an S N 1 or S N 2 mechanism depends on several factors. 1.Structure of the nucleophile 2.Structure of the haloalkane 3.Structure of the leaving group 4.Polarity of the solvent

21 1. The Nucleophile Nucleophilicity: a kinetic property measured by the rate at which a Nu: attacks a reference compound under a standard set of experimental conditions. For example, nucleophilicity could be measured by examining the rate at which a set of Lewis bases displaces bromide ion from bromoethane in ethanol at 25 °C. Those Lewis bases that yield faster reaction rates are better nucleophiles. OH - will react with CH 3 CH 2 Br faster than NH 3. Therefore, OH - is better nucleophile than NH 3.

22 Judging good nucleophiles from poor A species with a negative charge is a stronger nucleophile than a neutral molecule. RS - is better than RSH. Nucleophilicity usually increases going down a column on the periodic table because of increasing size and polarizability. RO - < RS - < RSe - < RTe - Nucleophilicity vs. basicity. Strong bases are strong nucleophiles, but not all strong nucleophiles are basic. I - is an excellent nucleophile, but a very weak base. A bulkier nucleophile is a weaker nucleophile. (C 2 H 5 ) 3 N is a weaker nucleophile than NH 3. Good vs. poor nucleophiles (An S N 2 reaction needs a good nucleophile; whereas an S N 1 reaction does not.)

23 Common nucleophiles and their nucleophilicity

24 2. The Haloalkane Substrate S N 1 reactions Governed by electronic factors, namely the relative stabilities of carbocation intermediates. Relative rates: 3° > 2° > 1° > methyl Tertiary and secondary alkyl halides get substituted via this mechanism S N 2 reactions Governed by steric factors, namely the relative ease of approach of the nucleophile to the site of reaction. Relative rates: methyl > 1° > 2° > 3° Methyl, primary and sometimes secondary alkyl halides get substituted via this mechanism.

25 Steric factors Compare access to the reaction center in bromoethane and 2-bromo-2-methylpropane (tert- butyl chloride).

26 Effect of electronic and steric factors in competition between S N 1 and S N 2 reactions of haloalkanes.

27 3. The Leaving Group The best leaving groups are very weak bases, e. g., the halogens I –, Br –, and Cl – are excellent leaving groups OH –, RO –, and NH 2 – are such poor leaving groups that they are rarely if ever displaced in nucleophilic substitution reactions.

28 Hydroxide ion, OH –, is a poor leaving group. However, the –OH group of an alcohol can be transformed into an excellent leaving group, H 2 O, if the –OH group is first protonated by an acid to form —OH 2 +.

29 4. The Solvent Protic solvent: a solvent that contains an –OH group and is a hydrogen bond donor.

30 Polar aprotic solvent: A solvent that does not contain an –OH group and is not a hydrogen bond donor. Polar aprotic solvents favor S N 2 reactions. Formation of carbocations is more difficult in polar aprotic solvents.

31 Summary of S N 1 and S N 2 Reactions of Haloalkanes

32 Example: Predict the product of each reaction, its mechanism, and the stereochemistry of the product.

33  -Elimination  -Elimination: Removal of atoms or groups of atoms from adjacent carbons to form a carbon- carbon double bond. We study a type of  -elimination called dehydrohalogenation (the elimination of HX). The label “  ” implies that a functional group and a hydrogen atom on the second carbon away from the functional group are being eliminated.

34 Zaitsev’s rule: The major product of a  - elimination is the more stable (the more highly substituted) alkene. When cis-trans isomerism is possible, the trans isomer is favored.

35 There are two limiting mechanisms for  -elimination reactions. E1 mechanism: at one extreme, breaking of the C-X bond is completed before reaction with base breaks the C-H bond. Only R-X is involved in the rate-determining step. Formation of carbocation makes the reaction rate unimolecular. E2 mechanism: at the other extreme, breaking of the C-X and C-H bonds is concerted. Both R-X and base are involved in the rate-determining step. Since both substances are involved in the creation of the transition state, the reaction is bimolecular.

36 Step 1: Break a bond to give a stable molecule or ion. Rate-determining ionization of C-X gives a carbocation intermediate and halide ion. Elimination Reaction Mechanisms E1 Mechanism

37 Step 2: Take a proton away. Proton transfer from the carbocation to a base (in this case, the solvent) gives the alkene.

38 E2 Mechanism A one-step mechanism; all bond-breaking and bond- forming steps are concerted. Simultaneously (1) take a proton away and (2) break a bond to form a stable ion or molecule.

39 Summary of Elimination Reactions

40 Substitution versus Elimination Because many nucleophiles are also strong bases (OH – and RO – ), S N and E reactions often compete. The ratio of S N /E products depends on the relative rates of the two reactions.

41 S N 1 versus E1 Reactions of 2° and 3° haloalkanes in polar protic solvents give mixtures of substitution and elimination products. Product ratios are difficult to predict.

42 S N 2 versus E2 It is a little bit easier to predict the ratio of S N 2 to E2 products. Stronger bases (such as NH 2 - ), lead to E2. Bulky bases (such as (CH 3 ) 3 CO - ), lead to E2 More branching near the  and  carbons leads to E2. Yuck! We used  instead of a and  instead of b in previous overheads.

43 Summary of S N versus E for Haloalkanes For Methyl and Primary Haloalkanes

44 For Secondary and Tertiary Haloalkanes

45 SN2SN2SN1SN1E2E1 3º << 2º < 1º3º > 2º >> 1º3º < 2º < 1º3º > 2º >> 1º Strong nucleophile Weak nucleophileStrong or bulky base required Weak base Polar aprotic solvent Polar protic solvent Solvent polarity not important Good ionizing solvent Rate = k[halide][Nuc] Rate = k[halide]Rate = k[halide][base] Rate = k[halide] 1 step, concerted, inversion of configuration 2 steps, C+, racemization 1 step, concerted2 steps, C+ Substitution – Elimination matrix

46 Substitution – Elimination flowchart

47 Summary of S N versus E for Haloalkanes Examples: Predict the major product and the mechanism for each reaction.


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