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1 Chapter 17: Benzene and Aromaticity
8-methyl-N-vanillyl-6-nonenamide (Capsaicin) Chapter 17: Benzene and Aromaticity Buckminsterfullerene TNT

2 Key points & objectives:
Aromatic molecules are cyclic, conjugated, flat, and unusually stable 4n + 2 electrons (n = 0, 1, 2, …. Hydrocarbon aromatics: benzene, naphthalene, anthracene, toluene, xylylene Heterocyclics: pyridine, pyrimidine, imidazole, pyrrole, thiophene, furan, indole…. Molecular orbitals using Frost diagrams (inscribed circles) Ring current deshields NMR signals – downfield

3 Benzene 1st isolated by Michael Faraday in 1825
From “Benzoin,” corrupt form of the Arabic "luban jawi” for the “frankincense of Java”

4 Frankincense Not “aromatic” in the technical sense triterpene
Cancer drug anti-inflammatory hepatotoxicity Boswellia sacra

5 Aromatic-fragrant myrth Commiphora myrrha tree
Antiseptic, embalming agent, incense

6 Cinnamon (2E)-3-phenylprop-2-enal cinnamaldehyde Diabetes
Antimicrobial antioxidant

7 Capsaicin 8-methyl-N-vanillyl-6-nonenamide (Capsaicin)
16,000,000 Scovilles psoriasis relieve the pain of peripheral neuropathy trigger apoptosis in human colon and lung cancer

8 Vanilla Tincture (ethanol extract) of vanilla
aphrodisiac and a remedy for fevers catecholamines (including adrenaline) addictive

9 Aromatic molecules Flat Conjugated (4n +2) pi electrons
Unusually stable Ring current (deshielding protons)

10 Anesthetics & analgesics
Advil, and Motrin

11 Sunscreens Only complete UVA block

12 Skin Damage 12 Very high energy radiation (UVC) is currently blocked by the ozone layer (ozone hole issue) High energy radiation (UVB) does the most immediate damage (sunburns) But lower energy radiation (UVA) can penetrate deeper into the skin, leading to long term damage Source: N.A. Shaath. The Chemistry of Sunscreens. In: Lowe NJ, Shaath NA, Pathak MA, editors. Sunscreens, development, evaluation, and regulatory aspects. New York: Marcel Dekker; p

13 Sources and Names of Aromatic Hydrocarbons
From high temperature distillation of coal tar Heating petroleum at high temperature and pressure over a catalyst

14 Aromatics are less reactive than Alkenes

15 Aromatics Nomeclature

16 Aromatics Nomeclature

17 Agent orange

18 Polychlorinatedbiphenyls PCB’s
Thermally stable, electrically insulating heat transfer liquid Casting wax for lost wax process for making metal things

19 dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane
Carson wrote "Dr. DeWitt's now classic experiments [on quail and pheasants] have now established the fact that exposure to DDT, even when doing no observable harm to the birds, may seriously affect reproduction. Quail into whose diet DDT was introduced throughout the breeding season survived and even produced normal numbers of fertile eggs. But few of the eggs hatched." DeWitt's 1956 article (in Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry) actually yielded a very different conclusion. Quail were fed 200 parts per million of DDT in all of their food throughout the breeding season. DeWitt reports that 80% of their eggs hatched, compared with the "control"" birds which hatched 83.9% of their eggs. Carson also omitted mention of DeWitt's report that "control" pheasants hatched only 57 percent of their eggs, while those that were fed high levels of DDT in all of their food for an entire year hatched more than 80% of their eggs. Malaria mosquito Mueller 1948 Nobel Prize in Medicine

20 Thermodynamic stability of benzene: Heats of Hydrogenation

21 Monosubstituted Benzenes
Most monosubstituted aromatics are named using benzene as the parent name preceded by the substituent name (as a prefix; all one word): fluoro nitro ethyl fluorobenzene nitrobenzene ethylbenzene

22 Alkyl-substituted Benzenes
Alkyl substituted benzenes are named according to the length of the carbon chain of the alkyl group. With six carbons or fewer in the alkyl chain, they are named as ‘alkylbenzene.’ e.g., propylbenzene:

23 Alkyl-substituted Benzenes
With more than six carbons in the alkyl chain, they are named as a ‘phenylalkane,’ where the benzene ring is named as a substituent (phenyl) on the alkane chain e.g., 4-phenylnonane 4-phenylnonane

24 The Benzyl Group The benzyl group is a common name for a methyl substituted benzene (toluene) having substitution for one of the hydrogens on the methyl group. the benzyl group benzyl bromide benzyl alcohol

25 Common Names of Subs. Benzenes
There are a number of nonsystematic (common) names commonly used for certain monosubstituted benzenes (see next slide) These ten common names should be memorized. These common names are used as base names when naming more their more highly substituted derivatives. Examples of these will be given later.

26 Mono-substituted Benzene Nomenclature: Common Names

27 Disubstituted Benzenes
Disubstituted benzenes can be named in one of two ways. Each method describes the relative positions of the two groups on the benzene ring. Systematic numbering of the aromatic ring. Using the prefixes ortho-, meta-, or para-. When numbering the ring carbons, carbon # 1 is always a substituted carbon. The substituents are listed alphabetically.

28 Disubstituted Benzenes
ortho- (abbreviated o- ) = 1,2-disubstituted (two groups on adjacent carbons on the ring)

29 Disubstituted Benzenes
meta- (abbreviated m- ) = 1,3-disubstituted (two groups having one unsubstituted carbon between them)

30 Disubstituted Benzenes
para- (abbreviated p- ) = 1,4-disubstituted (two groups on opposite sides of the ring)

31 Disubstituted Benzenes
When one of the substituents changes the base name, either o-, m-, and p- or numbers may be used to indicate the position of the other substituent. Carbon # 1 is always the carbon bearing the substituent that changes the base name. 4 1 3 2 2 1 p-bromoaniline or 4-bromoaniline o-chlorophenol or 2-chlorophenol

32 Common Names of Disubs. Benzenes
There are a few nonsystematic (common) names for disubstituted benzenes that you should be familiar with:

33 Disubstituted Benzenes
Relative positions on a benzene ring ortho- (o) on adjacent carbons (1,2) meta- (m) separated by one carbon (1,3) para- (p) separated by two carbons (1,4) Describes reaction patterns (“occurs at the para position”)

34 Polysubstituted Benzenes
Polysubstituted benzenes must be named by numbering the position of each substituent on the ring (with more than two substituents, o-, m-, and p-can NOT be used.) The numbering is carried out to give the substituents the lowest possible numbers. Carbon #1 always has a substituent. List the substituents alphabetically with their appropriate #s. 2 1 3 4 2-ethyl-1-fluoro-4-nitrobenzene

35 Polysubstituted Aromatics having a Common base name
Common names of the monosubstituted benzenes are used as parent names for polysubstituted aromatics when one of the substituents changes the base name. For such rings with common names, the carbon bearing the substituent responsible for the common name is always carbon #1. The substitutents are listed in alphabetical order. toluene 1 chloro 2 bromo 5 3 4 5-bromo-2-chlorotoluene

36 Polysubstituted Benzenes
4 1 3 2 3 2 5 1 4 4-bromo-2-ethyl-1-nitrobenzene 5-bromo-2-chlorophenol

37 Polysubstituted Benzenes
2 1 1 3 2 6 3 4 6 5 5 4 2-bromo-6-chloro-4-nitrotoluene 1-bromo-3-chloro-2-ethyl-5-nitrobenzene

38 Naming Benzene as a Substituent
A benzene substituent is called a phenyl group, and it can be abbreviated in a structure as “Ph-”. Therefore, benzene can be represented as PhH, and phenol would be PhOH.

39 Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAH)
Metabolic byproducts of benzo [a] pyrene react with DNA to form adducts, leading to carcinogenesis (cancer).

40 Naphthalene Orbitals Three resonance forms and delocalized electrons

41 13C NMR Absorptions of Dibromobenzenes
Figure 17.2 The number of signals (lines) in the 13C NMR spectrum of a disubstituted benzene with two identical groups indicates whether they are ortho, meta, or para to each other.

42 Drugs that Contain a Benzene Ring
Figure 17.5

43 Heterocyclic Aromatics

44 Heterocyclic Aromatics

45 Pyridine A six-membered heterocycle with a nitrogen atom in its ring
 electron structure resembles benzene (6 electrons) The nitrogen lone pair electrons are not part of the aromatic system (perpendicular orbital) Pyridine is a relatively weak base compared to normal amines but protonation does not affect aromaticity

46 Protonation of Pyrroles and Pyridines

47 Pyrrole A five-membered heterocycle with one nitrogen
 electron system similar to that of cyclopentadienyl anion Four sp2-hybridized carbons with 4 p orbitals perpendicular to the ring and 4 p electrons Nitrogen atom is sp2-hybridized, and lone pair of electrons occupies a p orbital (6  electrons) Since lone pair electrons are in the aromatic ring, protonation destroys aromaticity, making pyrrole a very weak base


49 Structure and Stability of Benzene: Molecular Orbital Theory
Benzene reacts slowly with Br2 to give bromobenzene (where Br replaces H) This is substitution rather than the rapid addition reaction common to compounds with C=C, suggesting that in benzene there is a higher barrier

50 Heats of Hydrogenation as Indicators of Stability
The addition of H2 to C=C normally gives off about 118 kJ/mol – 3 double bonds would give off 356kJ/mol Two conjugated double bonds in cyclohexadiene add 2 H2 to give off 230 kJ/mol Benzene has 3 unsaturation sites but gives off only 206 kJ/mol on reacting with 3 H2 molecules Therefore it has about 150 kJ more “stability” than an isolated set of three double bonds

51 32 kcal/mole

52 Benzene’s Unusual Structure
All its C-C bonds are the same length: 139 pm — between single (154 pm) and double (134 pm) bonds Electron density in all six C-C bonds is identical Structure is planar, hexagonal C–C–C bond angles 120° Each C is sp2 and has a p orbital perpendicular to the plane of the six-membered ring

53 The Criteria for Aromaticity
Four structural criteria must be satisfied for a compound to be aromatic: 1. A molecule must be cyclic. To be aromatic, each p orbital must overlap with p orbitals on adjacent atoms.

54 The Criteria for Aromaticity
A molecule must be planar. All adjacent p orbitals must be aligned so that the  electron density can be delocalized. Since cyclooctatetraene is nonplanar and not aromatic, it undergoes addition reactions just like those of other alkenes.

55 The Criteria for Aromaticity
A molecule must be completely conjugated. Aromatic compounds must have a p orbital on every atom.

56 The Criteria for Aromaticity
4. A molecule must satisfy Hückel’s rule, and contain a particular number of  electrons. Hückel's rule: Benzene is aromatic and especially stable because it contains 6  electrons. Cyclobutadiene is antiaromatic and especially unstable because it contains 4  electrons.

57 Hückel’s rule refers to the number of  electrons, not the number of atoms in a particular ring.

58 Why 4n +2? When electrons fill the various molecular orbitals, it takes two electrons (one pair) to fill the lowest-lying orbital and four electrons (two pairs) to fill each of n succeeding energy levels This is a total of 4n + 2

59 Bonding and Antibonding Orbitals
The combination of two p orbitals can be constructive—that is, with like phases interacting—or destructive, that is, with opposite phases interacting. When two p orbitals of similar phase overlap side-by-side, a  bonding molecular orbital results. When two p orbitals of opposite phase overlap side-by-side, a * antibonding orbital results.

60 Formation of π and π* Molecular Orbitals
Two atomic p orbitals combine to form two molecular orbitals. The bonding p MO is lower in energy than the two p orbitals. The * antibonding MO is higher in energy because a destabilizing node results, which pushes nuclei apart when orbitals of opposite phase combine. Figure 17.8

61  Molecular Orbitals for Benzene
Since each of the six carbon atoms in benzene has a p orbital, six atomic p orbitals combine to form six  MOs. Figure 17.9

62 Inscribed Polygon Method of Predicting Aromaticity

63 Inscribed Polygon Method of Predicting Aromaticity
This method works for all monocyclic completely conjugated systems regardless of ring size. The total number of MOs always equals the number of vertices of the polygon. The inscribed polygon method is consistent with Hückel's 4n + 2 rule—there is always one lowest energy bonding MO that can hold two  electrons and the other bonding MOs come in degenerate pairs that can hold a total of four  electrons.

64 Inscribed Polygon Method of Predicting Aromaticity
Figure 17.10

65 Buckminsterfullerene—Is it Aromatic?
Buckminsterfullerene (C60) is a third elemental form of carbon. Buckminsterfullerene is completely conjugated, but it is not aromatic since it is not planar (CAREFULL!!!) It undergoes addition reactions with electrophiles in much the same way as ordinary alkenes.

66 Compounds With 4n  Electrons Are Not Aromatic (May be Antiaromatic)
Planar, cyclic molecules with 4 n  electrons are much less stable than expected (antiaromatic) They will distort out of plane and behave like ordinary alkenes 4- and 8-electron compounds are not delocalized (single and double bonds) Cyclobutadiene is so unstable that it dimerizes by a self-Diels-Alder reaction at low temperature Cyclooctatetraene has four double bonds, reacting with Br2, KMnO4, and HCl as if it were four alkenes

67 Aromatic Ions The 4n + 2 rule applies to ions as well as neutral species Both the cyclopentadienyl anion and the cycloheptatrienyl cation are aromatic The key feature of both is that they contain 6  electrons in a ring of continuous p orbitals

68 Aromaticity of the Cyclopentadienyl Anion
1,3-Cyclopentadiene contains conjugated double bonds joined by a CH2 that blocks delocalization Removal of H+ at the CH2 produces a cyclic 6-electron system, which is stable Removal of H- or H• generates nonaromatic 4 and 5 electron systems Relatively acidic (pKa = 16) because the anion is stable

69 Cycloheptatriene Cycloheptatriene has 3 conjugated double bonds joined by a CH2 Removal of “H-” leaves the cation The cation has 6 electrons and is aromatic

70 NMR and Aromaticity 1H NMR spectroscopy readily indicates whether a compound is aromatic. The protons on sp2 hybridized carbons in aromatic hydrocarbons are highly deshielded and absorb at 6.5–8 ppm, whereas hydrocarbons that are not aromatic absorb at 4.5–6 ppm.

71 Larger Aromatic Rings Completely conjugated rings larger than benzene are also aromatic if they are planar and have 4n + 2  electrons. Hydrocarbons containing a single ring with alternating double and single bonds are called annulenes. To name an annulene, indicate the number of atoms in the ring in brackets and add the word annulene.

72 Hückel’s Rule and Number of  Electrons
[10]-Annulene has 10  electrons, which satisfies Hückel's rule, but a planar molecule would place the two H atoms inside the ring too close to each other. Thus, the ring puckers to relieve this strain. Since [10]-annulene is not planar, the 10  electrons cannot delocalize over the entire ring and it is not aromatic.

73 Biochemically Relevant Aromatics
Amino Acids

74 Biologically Relevant Aromatics
Nicotinamide adeine dinucleotide, the biolgical hydrogenator NADH NAD+

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