||Chapter 6: Reactions of Alkenes: Addition Reactions
Oxidation of Alkenes
Reaction type: Electrophilic Addition
Reactivity of Borane (and related reagents):
- Overall transformation : C=C to H-C-C-OH
- Reagents (two steps) 1. BH3 or B2H6
then 2) aq. NaOH / H2O2
- Electrophile : B atom
- Regioselectivity : Anti-Markovnikov, since the
B in ultimately converted to the -OH.
- Stereoselectivity : Syn since the C-B and
C-H bonds form simultaneously from the BH3.
- The alcohol is formed over a series of steps involving
the B center (see below), with retention of configuration at the C.
- Compliments simple hydration with opposite regiochemistry
and it is stereospecific.
- More sterically hindered dialkyl boranes (i.e. R2BH) such as 9-BBN can also be used, typically with increased regioselectivity due to increased steric effects.
||The image shows the electrostatic potential map for borane,
The more red an area is, the higher
the electron density and the more blue
an area is, the lower the electron density.
QUESTION : How
many electrons are there around the B in borane ? ANSWER
- The low electron density (blue)
is on B atom, after all, it has an incomplete octet.
- The high electron density (red)
is on the H atoms.
- Electronegativities: B = 2.0, H = 2.1
- Therefore : d- H-B d+ , the B is
the electrophilic center and the H is the nucleophilic center.
A JSMOL image of the transition state for the reaction
of BH3 with propene is shown to the right. The image shows the reaction key features.... concerted formation of B-C and C-H bonds and breaking of C=C and B-H, regiochemistry (B (pink) at the least substituted end of the alkene)
- Borane reacts with alkenes via a concerted mechanism.
- Simultaneous making of C-B and C-H
bonds as C=C and B-H break.
- Electrophilic B atom adds at the least substituted
end of the alkene due to a combination of electronic and steric effects (larger B atom at the less hindered end).
- Although a carbocation is not involved,
the reaction occurs as if the electrophilic B atom were making
the more stable carbocation (think of d+ developing on the C that best stabilises the charge).
| MECHANISM FOR REACTION OF ALKENES
A concerted reaction. The π electrons act as the nucleophile with the
electrophilic B and the H is transferred to the C with syn stereochemistry.
First step repeats twice more so that all of the B-H bonds
react with C=C
Peroxide ion reacts as the nucleophile with the electrophilic B atom.
Migration of C-B bond to form a C-O bond and displace hydroxide.
Stereochemistry of C center is retained.
Attack of hydroxide as a nucleophile with the electrophilic B displacing
An acid / base reaction to form the alcohol.