Title

Experimental And Theoretical Study Of The 2-Alkoxyethylidene Rearrangement

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

3-18-2011

Published In

Journal Of Organic Chemistry

Abstract

The rearrangement of 2-ethoxyethylidene, generated photochemically from a nonnitrogenous precursor, leads to ethyl vinyl ether. Although this product could result, in principle, from a 1,2-hydrogen shift and/or a 1,2-ethoxy shift in the carbene, a deuterium labeling study indicates an essentially exclusive preference for hydrogen migration. The experimental results are in agreement with CCSD and W1BD calculations for the simpler 2-methoxyethylidene system that show a prohibitively large barrier for the methoxy shift and a negligible barrier for the hydride shift.

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