Wiley InterScience Backfile Collection 1832-2000
Chemistry and Pharmacology
The kinetics of reactions between 2-phenylethyl benzenesulphonates (2-PEB) and benzylamines in acetonitrile at 65·0°C have been studied; the mechanism was examined on the basis of the sign and magnitude of cross-interaction constants ρij and βij. In contrast to the reactions of 2-PEB with anilines in methanol, participation of the aryl-assisted pathway was negligible, with a strong indication that the reaction proceeds largely by an intermolecular SNi mechanism with a four-centre transition state (TS). The effect of substituents on the TS variation was in accord with the predictions of the quantum mechanical model.
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