Oxidation of annelated diarylamines: Analysis of reaction pathways to nitroxide diradical and spirocyclic products

Andrzej Rajca, Kouichi Shiraishi, Przemysław J. Boratyński, Maren Pink, Makoto Miyasaka, Suchada Rajca

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Oxidation of diaryldiamine 2, a tetrahydrodiazapentacene derivative, provides diarylnitroxide diradical 1 accompanied by an intermediate nitroxide monoradical and a multitude of isolable diamagnetic products. DFT-computed tensors for EPR spectra and paramagnetic 1H NMR isotropic shifts for nitroxide diradical 1 show good agreement with the experimental EPR spectra in rigid matrices and paramagnetic 1H NMR spectra in solution, respectively. Examination of the diamagnetic products elucidates their formation via distinct pathways involving C-O bond-forming reactions, including Baeyer-Villiger-type oxidations. An unusual diiminoketone structure and two spirocyclic structures of the predominant diamagnetic products are confirmed by either X-ray crystallography or correlations between DFT-computed and experimental spectroscopic data such as 1H, 13C, and 15N NMR chemical shifts and electronic absorption spectra.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)8447-8457
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Organic Chemistry
Issue number20
StatePublished - Oct 21 2011


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  • Organic Chemistry

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