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Organic Chemistry , 6 th Edition L. G. Wade, Jr. Chapter 10 Structure and Synthesis of Alcohols. Structure of Alcohols. Hydroxyl (-OH) functional group Oxygen is sp 3 hybridized. Classification. Primary: carbon with –OH is bonded to one other carbon.

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Chapter 10 structure and synthesis of alcohols

Organic Chemistry, 6th EditionL. G. Wade, Jr.

Chapter 10Structure and Synthesis of Alcohols


Structure of alcohols
Structure of Alcohols

  • Hydroxyl (-OH) functional group

  • Oxygen is sp3 hybridized.

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Classification
Classification

  • Primary: carbon with –OH is bonded to one other carbon.

  • Secondary: carbon with –OH is bonded to two other carbons.

  • Tertiary: carbon with –OH is bonded to three other carbons.

  • Aromatic (phenol): –OH is bonded to a benzene ring.

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Iupac nomenclature
IUPAC Nomenclature

  • Find the longest carbon chain containing the carbon with the -OH group.

  • Drop the -e from the alkane name, add -ol.

  • Number the chain, starting from the end closest to the -OH group.

  • Number and name all substituents.

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Unsaturated alcohols
Unsaturated Alcohols

  • Hydroxyl group takes precedence. Assign that carbon the lowest number.

  • Use alkene or alkyne name.

4-penten-2-ol

pent-4-ene-2-ol

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Naming priority

Acids

Esters

Aldehydes

Ketones

Alcohols

Amines

Alkenes

Alkynes

Alkanes

Ethers

Halides

Naming Priority

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Hydroxy substituent
Hydroxy Substituent

  • When -OH is part of a higher priority class of compound, it is named as hydroxy.

  • Example:

4-hydroxybutanoic acid

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Common names
Common Names

  • Alcohol can be named as alkyl alcohol.

  • Useful only for small alkyl groups.

  • Examples:

sec-butyl alcohol

=>

isobutyl alcohol

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Naming diols
Naming Diols

  • Two numbers are needed to locate the two -OH groups.

  • Use -diol as suffix instead of -ol.

hexane-1,6- diol

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Glycols
Glycols

  • 1, 2 diols (vicinal diols) are called glycols.

  • Common names for glycols use the name of the alkene from which they were made.

ethane-1,2- diol

propane-1,2- diol

ethylene glycol

propylene glycol

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Naming phenols
Naming Phenols

  • -OH group is assumed to be on carbon 1.

  • For common names of disubstituted phenols, use ortho- for 1,2; meta- for 1,3; and para- for 1,4.

  • Methyl phenols are cresols.

4-methylphenol

3-chlorophenol

para-cresol

meta-chlorophenol

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Physical properties
Physical Properties

  • Unusually high boiling points due to hydrogen bonding between molecules.

  • Small alcohols are miscible in water, but solubility decreases as the size of the alkyl group increases.

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Boiling points

=>

Boiling Points

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Solubility in water

Solubility decreases as the size of the alkyl group increases.

Solubility in Water

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Methanol
Methanol

  • “Wood alcohol”

  • Industrial production from synthesis gas

  • Common industrial solvent

  • Fuel at Indianapolis 500

    • Fire can be extinguished with water

    • High octane rating

    • Low emissions

    • But, lower energy content

    • Invisible flame

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Ethanol
Ethanol

  • Fermentation of sugar and starches in grains

  • 12-15% alcohol, then yeast cells die

  • Distillation produces “hard” liquors

  • Azeotrope: 95% ethanol, constant boiling

  • Denatured alcohol used as solvent

  • Gasahol: 10% ethanol in gasoline

  • Toxic dose: 200 mL ethanol, 100 mL methanol

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2 propanol
2-Propanol

  • “Rubbing alcohol”

  • Catalytic hydration of propene

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Acidity of alcohols
Acidity of Alcohols

  • pKa range: 15.5-18.0 (water: 15.7)

  • Acidity decreases as alkyl group increases.

  • Halogens increase the acidity.

  • Phenol is 100 million times more acidic than cyclohexanol!

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Table of k a values
Table of Ka Values

=>

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Formation of alkoxide ions
Formation of Alkoxide Ions

React methanol and ethanol with sodium metal (redox reaction).

React less acidic alcohols with more

reactive potassium.

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Formation of phenoxide ion
Formation of Phenoxide Ion

Phenol reacts with hydroxide ions to form phenoxide ions - no redox is necessary.

O

O

H

O

H

+

+

H

O

H

p

K

=

1

5

.

7

a

p

K

=

1

0.0

a

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Synthesis review
Synthesis (Review)

  • Nucleophilic substitution of OH- on alkyl halide

  • Hydration of alkenes

    • water in acid solution (not very effective)

    • oxymercuration - demercuration

    • hydroboration - oxidation

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Organometallic reagents
Organometallic Reagents

  • Carbon is bonded to a metal (Mg or Li).

  • Carbon is nucleophilic (partially negative).

  • It will attack a partially positive carbon.

    • C - X

    • C = O

  • A new carbon-carbon bond forms.

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Grignard reagents
Grignard Reagents

  • Formula R-Mg-X (reacts like R:-+MgX)

  • Stabilized by anhydrous ether

  • Iodides most reactive

  • May be formed from any halide

    • primary

    • secondary

    • tertiary

    • vinyl

    • aryl

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Organolithium reagents
Organolithium Reagents

  • Formula R-Li (reacts like R:-+Li)

  • Can be produced from alkyl, vinyl, or aryl halides, just like Grignard reagents.

  • Ether not necessary, wide variety of solvents can be used.

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Reaction with carbonyl
Reaction with Carbonyl

  • R:- attacks the partially positive carbon in the carbonyl.

  • The intermediate is an alkoxide ion.

  • Addition of water or dilute acid protonates the alkoxide to produce an alcohol.

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Synthesis of 1 alcohols
Synthesis of 1° Alcohols

Grignard + formaldehyde yields a primary alcohol with one additional carbon.

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Synthesis of 2 alcohols
Synthesis of 2º Alcohols

Grignard + aldehyde yields a secondary alcohol.

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Synthesis of 3 alcohols
Synthesis of 3º Alcohols

Grignard + ketone yields a tertiary alcohol.

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Grignard reactions with acid chlorides and esters
Grignard Reactions with Acid Chlorides and Esters

  • Use two moles of Grignard reagent.

  • The product is a tertiary alcohol with two identical alkyl groups.

  • Reaction with one mole of Grignard reagent produces a ketone intermediate, which reacts with the second mole of Grignard reagent. =>

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Grignard acid chloride 1
Grignard + Acid Chloride (1)

  • Grignard attacks the carbonyl.

  • Chloride ion leaves.

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Grignard and ester
Grignard and Ester

  • Grignard attacks the carbonyl.

  • Alkoxide ion leaves! ? !

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Second step of reaction
Second step of reaction

  • Second mole of Grignard reacts with the ketone intermediate to form an alkoxide ion.

  • Alkoxide ion is protonated with dilute acid.

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Limitations of grignard
Limitations of Grignard

  • No water or other acidic protons like O-H, N-H, S-H, or -C—C-H. Grignard reagent is destroyed, becomes an alkane.

  • No other electrophilic multiple bonds, like C=N, CN, S=O, or N=O.

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Reduction of carbonyl
Reduction of Carbonyl

  • Reduction of aldehyde yields 1º alcohol.

  • Reduction of ketone yields 2º alcohol.

  • Reagents:

    • Sodium borohydride, NaBH4

    • Lithium aluminum hydride, LiAlH4

    • Raney nickel

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Sodium borohydride
Sodium Borohydride

  • Hydride ion, H-, attacks the carbonyl carbon, forming an alkoxide ion.

  • Then the alkoxide ion is protonated by dilute acid.

  • Only reacts with carbonyl of aldehyde or ketone, not with carbonyls of esters or carboxylic acids.

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Lithium aluminum hydride
Lithium Aluminum Hydride

  • Stronger reducing agent than sodium borohydride, but dangerous to work with.

  • Converts esters and acids to 1º alcohols.

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Comparison of reducing agents
Comparison of Reducing Agents

  • LiAlH4 is stronger.

  • LiAlH4 reduces more stable compounds which are resistant to reduction. =>

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Catalytic hydrogenation
Catalytic Hydrogenation

  • Add H2 with Raney nickel catalyst.

  • Also reduces any C=C bonds.

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End of Chapter 10

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