Fragmentations observed in the reactions of a-methoxy-c-alkoxyalkyl iodide substrates with super-electron-donors derived from 4-DMAP and N-methylbenzimidazole

Ryan Sword, Luke A. Baldwin, John A. Murphy

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Reactions of super-electron-donors (SEDs) derived from 4-dimethylaminopyridine and from N-methylbenzimidazole with α-methoxy-γ-alkoxyalkyl iodides lead to liberation of the γ-alkoxy groups as their alcohols. This is consistent with generation of alkyl radicals from the alkyl halide precursors, and trapping of these radicals by the radical-cation of the SED, followed by a heterolytic fragmentation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3560-3570
Number of pages11
JournalOrganic and Biomolecular Chemistry
Issue number9
Early online date22 Feb 2011
Publication statusPublished - 2011


  • super-electron-donors
  • SEDs
  • alcohols
  • alkyl radicals
  • heterolytic fragmentation

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