Configurational stability of 2-benzoylcyclohexanone: unexpected solvent effects on the rate of racemization.

Abstract

The kinetics of the racemization of 2-benzoylcyclohexanone 1 in hexanes, ethanol, and mixtures thereof have been investigated by time dependence of enantiomeric purity using enantioselective HPLC. In pure hexanes and ethanol, the racemization half-lives were determined as 552 and 23.8 min, respectively, at 66 degrees C. Surprisingly, racemization of 1 in mixtures of hexanes and ethanol was found to involve an induction period followed by a sigmoidal decrease of the enantiomeric excess with half-lives varying between 11.5 and 24.0 min. This unexpected solvent influence on the rate of racemization of 1 was attributed to complex isomerization mechanisms involving three possibly interconverting enol tautomers of 1.

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@article{Tumambac2005ConfigurationalSO, title={Configurational stability of 2-benzoylcyclohexanone: unexpected solvent effects on the rate of racemization.}, author={Gilbert E Tumambac and Christopher J Francis and Christian Wolf}, journal={Chirality}, year={2005}, volume={17 4}, pages={171-6} }