Chapter 19. Aldehydes and Ketones: Nucleophilic Addition Reactions

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Transcript Chapter 19. Aldehydes and Ketones: Nucleophilic Addition Reactions

John E. McMurry
Chapter 19
Aldehydes and Ketones:
Nucleophilic Addition Reactions
Paul D. Adams • University of Arkansas
Aldehydes and Ketones
Aldehydes (RCHO) and ketones (R2CO) are
characterized by the carbonyl functional group (C=O)
The compounds occur widely in nature as intermediates
in metabolism and biosynthesis
Why this Chapter?
Much of organic chemistry involves the chemistry
of carbonyl compounds
Aldehydes/ketones are intermediates in synthesis
of pharmaceutical agents, biological pathways,
numerous industrial processes
An understanding of their properties is essential
19.1 Naming Aldehydes and
Aldehydes are named by replacing the terminal –e of the
corresponding alkane name with –al
 TThe parent chain must contain the –CHO group
 hThe –CHO carbon is numbered as C1
 If the –CHO group is attached to a ring, use the suffix
Naming Ketones
Replace the terminal -e of the alkane name with –one
Parent chain is the longest one that contains the ketone
Numbering begins at the end nearer the carbonyl carbon
Ketones with Common
IUPAC retains well-used but unsystematic names
for a few ketones
Ketones and Aldehydes as
The R–C=O as a substituent is an acyl group, used with
the suffix -yl from the root of the carboxylic acid
CH3CO: acetyl; CHO: formyl; C6H5CO: benzoyl
The prefix oxo- is used if other functional groups are present
and the doubly bonded oxygen is labeled as a substituent on a
parent chain
19.2 Preparing Aldehydes and
Preparing Aldehydes
Oxidize primary alcohols using pyridinium chlorochromate
Alkenes with a vinylic hydrogen can undergo oxidative
cleavage when treated with ozone, yielding aldehydes
Reduce an ester with diisobutylaluminum hydride (DIBAH)
Preparing Ketones
Oxidize a 2° alcohol
Many reagents possible: choose for the specific
situation (scale, cost, and acid/base sensitivity)
Ketones from Ozonolysis
Ozonolysis of alkenes yields ketones if one of the
unsaturated carbon atoms is disubstituted
Aryl Ketones by Acylation
Friedel–Crafts acylation of an aromatic ring with an acid
chloride in the presence of AlCl3 catalyst
Methyl Ketones by Hydrating
Hydration of terminal alkynes in the presence of Hg2+
(catalyst: Section 8.4)
19.3 Oxidation of Aldehydes and
CrO3 in aqueous acid oxidizes aldehydes to carboxylic
acids efficiently
Silver oxide, Ag2O, in aqueous ammonia (Tollens’
reagent) oxidizes aldehydes
Hydration of Aldehydes
Aldehyde oxidations occur through 1,1-diols (“hydrates”)
Reversible addition of water to the carbonyl group
Aldehyde hydrate is oxidized to a carboxylic acid by usual
reagents for alcohols
Ketones Oxidize with
Undergo slow cleavage with hot, alkaline KMnO4
C–C bond next to C=O is broken to give carboxylic acids
Reaction is practical for cleaving symmetrical ketones
19.4 Nucleophilic Addition Reactions
of Aldehydes and Ketones
Nu- approaches
75° to the plane of
C=O and adds to C
A tetrahedral
alkoxide ion
intermediate is
Nucleophiles can be negatively charged ( :Nu) or neutral
( :Nu) at the reaction site
The overall charge on the nucleophilic species is not
Relative Reactivity of Aldehydes
and Ketones
Aldehydes are generally more reactive than ketones in
nucleophilic addition reactions
The transition state for addition is less crowded and lower
in energy for an aldehyde (a) than for a ketone (b)
Aldehydes have one large substituent bonded to the
C=O: ketones have two
Electrophilicity of Aldehydes and
Aldehyde C=O is more polarized than ketone C=O
As in carbocations, more alkyl groups stabilize +
Ketone has more alkyl groups, stabilizing the C=O
carbon inductively
Reactivity of Aromatic
Less reactive in nucleophilic addition reactions than
aliphatic aldehydes
Electron-donating resonance effect of aromatic ring makes
C=O less reactive electrophile than the carbonyl group of
an aliphatic aldehyde
19.5 Nucleophilic Addition of
H2O: Hydration
Aldehydes and ketones react with water to yield 1,1-diols
(geminal (gem) diols)
Hyrdation is reversible: a gem diol can eliminate water
Base-Catalyzed Addition of
Addition of water is
catalyzed by both
acid and base
The base-catalyzed
hydration nucleophile
is the hydroxide ion,
which is a much
stronger nucleophile
than water
Acid-Catalyzed Addition of
Protonation of C=O
makes it more
Addition of H–Y to C=O
Reaction of C=O with H-Y, where Y is electronegative,
gives an addition product (“adduct”)
Formation is readily reversible
19.6 Nucleophilic Addition of
HCN: Cyanohydrin Formation
Aldehydes and unhindered ketones react with HCN to
yield cyanohydrins, RCH(OH)CN
Addition of HCN is reversible and base-catalyzed,
generating nucleophilic cyanide ion, CNAddition of CN to C=O yields a tetrahedral intermediate,
which is then protonated
Equilibrium favors adduct
Uses of Cyanohydrins
The nitrile group (CN) can be reduced with LiAlH4 to
yield a primary amine (RCH2NH2)
Can be hydrolyzed by hot acid to yield a carboxylic acid
19.7 Nucleophilic Addition of Grignard
Reagents and Hydride Reagents: Alcohol
Treatment of aldehydes or ketones with Grignard
reagents yields an alcohol
Nucleophilic addition of the equivalent of a carbon anion,
or carbanion. A carbon–magnesium bond is strongly
polarized, so a Grignard reagent reacts for all practical
purposes as R:  MgX+.
Mechanism of Addition of
Grignard Reagents
Complexation of
C=O by Mg2+,
addition of R: ,
protonation by
dilute acid yields
the neutral
additions are
because a
carbanion is not
a leaving group
Hydride Addition
Convert C=O to CH-OH
LiAlH4 and NaBH4 react as donors of hydride ion
Protonation after addition yields the alcohol
19.8 Nucleophilic Addition of Amines:
Imine and Enamine Formation
RNH2 adds to R’2C=O to form imines, R’2C=NR
(after loss of HOH)
R2NH yields enamines, R2NCR=CR2 (after loss
of HOH) (ene + amine = unsaturated amine)
Mechanism of Formation of
Primary amine adds
to C=O
Proton is lost from N
and adds to O to
yield an amino
Protonation of OH
converts it into water
as the leaving group
Result is iminium ion,
which loses proton
Acid is required for
loss of OH– too much
acid blocks RNH2
Imine Derivatives
Addition of amines with an atom containing a lone pair of
electrons on the adjacent atom occurs very readily,
giving useful, stable imines
For example, hydroxylamine forms oximes and 2,4dinitrophenylhydrazine readily forms 2,4dinitrophenylhydrazones
These are usually solids and help in characterizing liquid
ketones or aldehydes by melting points
Enamine Formation
After addition of
R2NH and loss of
water, proton is lost
from adjacent
19.9 Nucleophilic Addition of Hydrazine:
The Wolff–Kishner Reaction
Treatment of an
aldehyde or ketone
with hydrazine,
H2NNH2, and KOH
converts the
compound to an
Originally carried out
at high temperatures
but with dimethyl
sulfoxide as solvent
takes place near
room temperature
19.10 Nucleophilic Addition of
Alcohols: Acetal Formation
Alcohols are weak nucleophiles but acid promotes
addition forming the conjugate acid of C=O
Addition yields a hydroxy ether, called a hemiacetal
(reversible); further reaction can occur
Protonation of the –OH and loss of water leads to an
oxonium ion, R2C=OR+ to which a second alcohol adds to
form the acetal
Uses of Acetals
Acetals can serve as protecting groups for aldehydes and
It is convenient to use a diol to form a cyclic acetal (the
reaction goes even more readily)
19.11 Nucleophilic Addition of
Phosphorus Ylides: The Wittig Reaction
The sequence converts C=O to C=C
A phosphorus ylide adds to an aldehyde or ketone to yield
a dipolar intermediate called a betaine
The intermediate spontaneously decomposes through a
four-membered ring to yield alkene and
triphenylphosphine oxide, (Ph)3P=O
Formation of the ylide is shown below
Mechanism of the Wittig
Uses of the Wittig Reaction
Can be used for monosubstituted, disubstituted, and
trisubstituted alkenes but not tetrasubstituted alkenes The
reaction yields a pure alkene of known structure
For comparison, addition of CH3MgBr to cyclohexanone
and dehydration with, yields a mixture of two alkenes
19.12 Biological Reductions
The adduct of an aldehyde and OH can transfer hydride
ion to another aldehyde C=O resulting in a simultaneous
oxidation and reduction (disproportionation)
19.13 Conjugate Nucleophilic Addition to
b-Unsaturated Aldehydes and Ketones
A nucleophile
can add to the
C=C double
bond of an ,bunsaturated
aldehyde or
addition, or 1,4
The initial
product is a
enolate ion,
which is then
Conjugate Addition of
Primary and secondary amines add to , b-unsaturated
aldehydes and ketones to yield b-amino aldehydes and
Conjugate Addition of Alkyl Groups:
Organocopper Reactions
Reaction of an ,b-unsaturated ketone with a lithium
diorganocopper reagent
Diorganocopper (Gilman) reagents form by reaction of 1
equivalent of cuprous iodide and 2 equivalents of
1, 2, 3 alkyl, aryl and alkenyl groups react but not
alkynyl groups
Mechanism of Alkyl Conjugate
Addition: Organocopper Reactions
Conjugate nucleophilic addition of a diorganocopper
anion, R2Cu, to an enone
Transfer of an R group and elimination of a neutral
organocopper species, RCu
19.14 Spectroscopy of
Aldehydes and Ketones
Infrared Spectroscopy
Aldehydes and ketones show a strong C=O peak 1660 to
1770 cm1
aldehydes show two characteristic C–H absorptions in the
2720 to 2820 cm1 range.
C=O Peak Position in the IR
The precise position of the peak reveals the exact
nature of the carbonyl group
NMR Spectra of Aldehydes
Aldehyde proton signals are near  10 in 1H NMR distinctive spin–spin coupling with protons on the
neighboring carbon, J  3 Hz
NMR of C=O
C=O signal is at  190 to  215
No other kinds of carbons absorb in this range
Mass Spectrometry – McLafferty
Aliphatic aldehydes and ketones that have
hydrogens on their gamma () carbon atoms
rearrange as shown
Mass Spectroscopy:
Cleavage of the bond between the carbonyl
group and the  carbon
Yields a neutral radical and an oxygencontaining cation
Let’s Work a Problem
The SN2 reaction of (dibromomethyl)benzene,
C6H5CHBr2, with NaOH yields benzldehyde rather
than (dihydroxymethyl)benzene, C6H5CH(OH)2.
Explain this finding.
The SN2 reaction of the OH ion on C6H5CHBr2
results in a very unstable bromoalcohol
intermediate. This intermediate quickly loses HBr
to give benzaldehyde.