Metal ion photoinitiated addition of acetonitrile and methanol to olefins

Joseph W. Bruno, Tobin J Marks, Frederick D. Lewis

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Abstract

Irradiation of norbornene and silver or thallium trifluoromethanesulfonate in acetonitrile solution results in the efficient formation of exo-2-(cyanomethyl)bicyclo[2.2.1]heptane. Investigation of the scope of this reaction established that (a) copper(I or II) salts are not effective, (b) propionitrile and methanol give analogous norbornene-solvent adducts, and (c) acetonitrile addition is observed for several cyclic and acyclic olefins. Investigation of the mechanism of solvent addition indicates that the reaction is initiated by photoinduced electron transfer to silver(I) from coordinated norbornene. Reaction of the resulting norbornene cation radical with acetonitrile yields norbornyl cation and cyanomethyl radical. Free-radical chain addition of the cyanomethyl radical to norbornene then leads to product formation. In ethereal solvents, metal ion catalyzed photodimerization of norbornene has previously been reported for copper(I) salts. This reaction can also be effected by copper(II) and silver(I) salts, but not by Tl(I) salts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5580-5585
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Volume104
Issue number21
Publication statusPublished - 1982

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Alkenes
Acetonitrile
Olefins
Metal ions
Methanol
Metals
Ions
Salts
Silver
Copper
Positive ions
Thallium
Cations
Heptane
Cycloparaffins
Free radicals
Irradiation
Free Radicals
acetonitrile
2-norbornene

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Metal ion photoinitiated addition of acetonitrile and methanol to olefins. / Bruno, Joseph W.; Marks, Tobin J; Lewis, Frederick D.

In: Journal of the American Chemical Society, Vol. 104, No. 21, 1982, p. 5580-5585.

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Bruno, Joseph W. ; Marks, Tobin J ; Lewis, Frederick D. / Metal ion photoinitiated addition of acetonitrile and methanol to olefins. In: Journal of the American Chemical Society. 1982 ; Vol. 104, No. 21. pp. 5580-5585.
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