Reversible Friedel-Crafts Acylations of Anthracene: Rearrangements of Acetylanthracenes

Author(s): Tahani Mala'bi, Sergey Pogodin, Israel Agranat.

Journal Name: Letters in Organic Chemistry

Volume 6 , Issue 3 , 2009

Become EABM
Become Reviewer


Treatment of 1-acetylanthracene (1-AcAN) and 9-acetylanthracene (9-AcAN) with PPA at 80-120 °C leads to the nearly complete conversion of these isomers into 2-acetylanthracene (2-AcAN), an illustration of the Agranat-Gore rearrangement of polycyclic aromatic ketones (PAKs). Ab initio MP2/6-31(d) calculations predict the following order of stabilities: for -complexes: 9-AcAN > 1-AcAN > 2-AcAN; for ketones: 2-AcAN > 1-AcAN > 9-AcAN; for O-protonated ketones: 2-AcAN > 1-AcAN > 9-AcAN. Thus, 9-AcAN is the kinetically controlled product, whereas 2-AcAN is the thermodynamically controlled product. No reverse rearrangements of 2-AcAN to either 9-AcAN or 1-AcAN and of 1-AcAN to 9-AcAN were observed. The results strengthen the pattern of reversibility in Friedel-Crafts acylations of PAHs.

Keywords: Friedel-Crafts acetylation, PPA, Overcrowding, Agranat-Gore rearrangement, Deacylation, Ab initio calculations

Rights & PermissionsPrintExport Cite as

Article Details

Year: 2009
Page: [237 - 241]
Pages: 5
DOI: 10.2174/157017809787893118
Price: $65

Article Metrics

PDF: 17