Johannes Ammer

Ludwig-Maximilian-University of Munich, München, Bavaria, Germany

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    ABSTRACT: A series of α,β-unsaturated iminium ions derived from substituted cinnamaldehydes and C2- and C5-substituted chiral imidazolidin-4-ones were isolated and characterized in solution and in the solid state. The kinetics of the reactions of the iminium ions with silyl ketene acetals were determined in dichloromethane at 20 °C. The resulting second-order rate constants were used to estimate the electrophilicity E of the iminium ions according to the linear free energy relationship log k2(20 °C)=sN(N+E). The kinetics for the reactions of two of the iminium ions with tributylphosphine were studied by laser flash spectroscopy and their second-order rate constants were found to agree within a factor of 2.2 with those calculated by using the linear free energy relationship above.
    Asian Journal of Organic Chemistry. 04/2014;
  • Johannes Ammer, Herbert Mayr
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    ABSTRACT: The generation of carbocations by laser flash photolysis of suitable precursors provides information about their reactivities toward nucleophiles on the nanosecond and microsecond time scale that cannot be obtained by conventional methods. We discuss the requirements that must be met by the precursors to achieve sufficient yields of the carbocations under the conditions of kinetic experiments. These include (i) efficient photogeneration of the carbocations; (ii) the stability of the precursor in the sample solution; (iii) the absorption of the precursor at the excitation wavelength; and (iv) sufficient lifetimes of the photogenerated carbocations for the observation of their reactivities toward the nucleophiles of interest. We provide an overview of the advantages and disadvantages of some precursors that are commonly employed for the generation of carbocations R+. This includes alkyl halides R–Cl, acetates R–OAc, aryl ethers R–OAr, ammonium salts R–NR′3+, and phosphonium salts R–PR′3+. Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
    Journal of Physical Organic Chemistry 12/2013; 26(12). · 1.58 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The (1) H NMR chemical shifts of the C(α)H protons of arylmethyl triphenylphosphonium ions in CD2 Cl2 solution strongly depend on the counteranions X(-) . The values for the benzhydryl derivatives Ph2 CHPPh3 (+) X(-) , for example, range from δH =8.25 (X(-) =Cl(-) ) over 6.23 (X(-) =BF4 (-) ) to 5.72 ppm (X(-) =BPh4 (-) ). Similar, albeit weaker, counterion-induced shifts are observed for the ortho-protons of all aryl groups. Concentration-dependent NMR studies show that the large shifts result from the deshielding of the protons by the anions, which decreases in the order Cl(-) > Br(-) ≫ BF4 (-) > SbF6 (-) . For the less bulky derivatives PhCH2 PPh3 (+) X(-) , we also find CH⋅⋅⋅Ph interactions between C(α)H and a phenyl group of the BPh4 (-) anion, which result in upfield NMR chemical shifts of the C(α)H protons. These interactions could also be observed in crystals of (p-CF3 -C6 H4 )CH2 PPh3 (+) BPh4 (-) . However, the dominant effects causing the counterion-induced shifts in the NMR spectra are the CH⋅⋅⋅X(-) hydrogen bonds between the phosphonium ion and anions, in particular Cl(-) or Br(-) . This observation contradicts earlier interpretations which assigned these shifts predominantly to the ring current of the BPh4 (-) anions. The concentration dependence of the (1) H NMR chemical shifts allowed us to determine the dissociation constants of the phosphonium salts in CD2 Cl2 solution. The cation-anion interactions increase with the acidity of the C(α)H protons and the basicity of the anion. The existence of CH⋅⋅⋅X(-) hydrogen bonds between the cations and anions is confirmed by quantum chemical calculations of the ion pair structures, as well as by X-ray analyses of the crystals. The IR spectra of the Cl(-) and Br(-) salts in CD2 Cl2 solution show strong red-shifts of the CH stretch bands. The CH stretch bands of the tetrafluoroborate salt PhCH2 PPh3 (+) BF4 (-) in CD2 Cl2 , however, show a blue-shift compared to the corresponding BPh4 (-) salt.
    Chemistry - A European Journal 09/2013; · 5.93 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The nucleophilicity parameters N and sN, as defined by the linear free-energy equation log k(20 °C) = sN(N + E), of the 2-imidazolines 1a–d and the related N-heterocyclic compounds 2–5 have been determined by studying the rates of their reactions with differently substituted benzhydrylium ions in dichloromethane at 20 °C by stopped-flow or laser flash photolysis techniques. It is demonstrated that the N and sN parameters thus obtained can be used to reliably predict the rate constants for their reactions with Michael acceptors of known electrophilicity E. A comparison of the nucleophilicity parameters of the imidazoline derivatives 1 with other commonly used nucleophilic organocatalysts shows that they are 10 to 103 times less nucleophilic than PPh3, 1,8-diazabicyclo[5.4.0]undec-7-ene, or 4-(dimethylamino)pyridine. The structure–reactivity relationships of these heterocycles are discussed.
    Annalen der Chemie und Pharmacie 06/2013; 2013(16). · 3.10 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Bond cleavage and bond formation are central to organic chemistry. Carbocations play a key role in our understanding of nucleophilic substitution reactions that involve both processes. The precise understanding of the mechanism and dynamics of the photogeneration of carbocations and carbon radicals is therefore an important quest. In particular, the role of electron transfer for the generation of carbocations from the radical pair is still unclear. A quantitative femtosecond absorption study is presented, with ultrabroad probing on selected donor and acceptor substituted benzhydryl chlorides irradiated with 270 nm (35 fs) pulses. The ultrafast bond cleavage within 300 fs is almost exclusively homolytic, thus leading to a radical pair. The carbocations observable in the nanosecond regime are generated from these radicals by electron transfer from the benzhydryl to the chlorine radical within the first tens of picoseconds. Their concentration is reduced by geminate recombination within hundreds of picoseconds. In moderately polar solvents this depletion almost extinguishes the cation population; in highly polar solvents free ions are still observable on the nanosecond timescale. The explanation of the experimental findings requires the microscopic realm of the intermediates to be accounted for, including their spatial and environmental distributions. The distance dependent electron transfer described by Marcus theory is combined with Smoluchowski diffusion. The depletion of the radical pair distribution at small distances causes a temporal increase of the mean distance and the observed stretched exponential electron transfer. A close accord with experiment can only be reached for a broad distribution of the nascent radical pairs. The increase in the inter-radical and inter-ion pair distance is measured directly as a shift of the UV/Vis absorption of the products. The results demonstrate that, at least for aprotic solvents, traditional descriptions of reaction mechanisms based on the concept of contact and solvent-separated pairs have to be reassessed.
    ChemPhysChem 03/2013; · 3.35 Impact Factor
  • Johannes Ammer, Herbert Mayr
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    ABSTRACT: First‐order rate constants k 1 for the trapping of various donor‐ and acceptor‐substituted benzhydrylium ions in mixtures of 1,1,1,3,3,3‐hexafluoro‐2‐propanol (HFIP) and water ranging from 50 to 99% HFIP (w/w) were determined by laser flash photolytic generation of benzhydrylium ions from benzhydryl triarylphosphonium salts in these solvents. From these rate constants, we derived the solvent‐specific reactivity parameters N 1 and s N for HFIP/water mixtures as defined by the linear free energy relationship lg k 1(20 °C) = s N(N 1 + E). Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
    Journal of Physical Organic Chemistry 01/2013; 26(1). · 1.58 Impact Factor
  • Tobias A Nigst, Johannes Ammer, Herbert Mayr
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    ABSTRACT: Laser flash irradiation of substituted N-benzhydryl pyridinium salts yields benzhydryl cations (diarylcarbenium ions) and/or benzhydryl radicals (diarylmethyl radicals). The use of 3,4,5-triamino-substituted pyridines as photoleaving groups allowed us to employ the third harmonic of a Nd/YAG laser (355 nm) for the photogeneration of benzhydryl cations. In this way, benzhydryl cations can also be photogenerated in the presence of aromatic compounds and in solvents which are opaque at the wavelength of the quadrupled Nd/YAG laser (266 nm). To demonstrate the scope and limitations of this method, the rate constants for the bimolecular reactions of benzhydryl cations with several substituted pyridines were determined in acetonitrile and with water in acetone. The obtained data agree with results obtained by stopped-flow UV-vis spectroscopic measurements. The rate constants for the reaction of the 4,4'-bis[methyl(2,2,2-trifluoroethyl)amino]benzhydrylium ion with 4-(dimethylamino)pyridine were also determined in dimethyl sulfoxide, N,N-dimethylformamide, and acetone. From the second-order rate constants, we derived the nucleophilicity parameters N and s(N) for the substituted pyridines, as defined by the linear free energy relationship, log k(2) = s(N)(N + E).
    The Journal of Physical Chemistry A 07/2012; 116(33):8494-9. · 2.77 Impact Factor
  • Johannes Ammer, Christoph Nolte, Herbert Mayr
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    ABSTRACT: Second-order rate constants k(2) for the reactions of various donor- and acceptor-substituted benzhydrylium ions Ar(2)CH(+) with π-nucleophiles in CH(2)Cl(2) were determined by laser flash irradiation of benzhydryl triarylphosphonium salts Ar(2)CH-PAr(3)(+)X(-) in the presence of a large excess of the nucleophiles. This method allowed us to investigate fast reactions up to the diffusional limit including reactions of highly reactive benzhydrylium ions with m-fluoro and p-(trifluoromethyl) substituents. The rate constants determined in this work and relevant literature data were jointly subjected to a correlation analysis to derive the electrophilicity parameters E for acceptor-substituted benzhydrylium ions, as defined by the linear free energy relationship log k(2)(20 °C) = s(N)(N + E). The new correlation analysis also leads to the N and s(N) parameters of 18 π-nucleophiles, which have only vaguely been characterized previously. The correlations of log k(2) versus E are linear well beyond the range where the activation enthalpies ΔH(++) of the reactions are extrapolated to reach the value of ΔH(++) = 0, showing that the change from enthalpy control to entropy control does not cause a bend in the linear free energy relationship, a novel manifestation of the compensation effect. A flattening of the correlation lines only occurs for k(2) > 10(8) M(-1) s(-1) when the diffusion limit is approached.
    Journal of the American Chemical Society 07/2012; 134(33):13902-11. · 10.68 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: UV irradiation (266 or 280 nm) of benzhydryl triarylphosphonium salts Ar(2)CH-PAr(3)(+)X(-) yields benzhydryl cations Ar(2)CH(+) and/or benzhydryl radicals Ar(2)CH(•). The efficiency and mechanism of the photo-cleavage were studied by nanosecond laser flash photolysis and by ultrafast spectroscopy with a state-of-the-art femtosecond transient spectrometer. The influences of the photo-electrofuge (Ar(2)CH(+)), the photo-nucleofuge (PPh(3) or P(p-Cl-C(6)H(4))(3)), the counterion (X(-) = BF(4)(-), SbF(6)(-), Cl(-), or Br(-)), and the solvent (CH(2)Cl(2) or CH(3)CN) were investigated. Photogeneration of carbocations from Ar(2)CH-PAr(3)(+)BF(4)(-) or -SbF(6)(-) is considerably more efficient than from typical neutral precursors (e.g., benzhydryl chlorides or bromides). The photochemistry of phosphonium salts is controlled by the degree of ion pairing, which depends on the solvent and the concentration of the phosphonium salts. High yields of carbocations are obtained by photolyses of phosphonium salts with complex counterions (X(-) = BF(4)(-) or SbF(6)(-)), while photolyses of phosphonium halides Ar(2)CH-PPh(3)(+)X(-) (X(-) = Cl(-) or Br(-)) in CH(2)Cl(2) yield benzhydryl radicals Ar(2)CH(•) due to photo-electron transfer in the excited phosphonium halide ion pair. At low concentrations in CH(3)CN, the precursor salts are mostly unpaired, and the photo-cleavage mechanism is independent of the nature of the counter-anions. Dichloromethane is better suited for generating the more reactive benzhydryl cations than the more polar and more nucleophilic solvents CH(3)CN or CF(3)CH(2)OH. Efficient photo-generation of the most reactive benzhydryl cations (3,5-F(2)-C(6)H(3))(2)CH(+) and (4-(CF(3))-C(6)H(4))(2)CH(+) was only achieved using the photo-leaving group P(p-Cl-C(6)H(4))(3) and the counter-anion SbF(6)(-) in CH(2)Cl(2). The lifetimes of the photogenerated benzhydryl cations depend greatly on the decay mechanisms, which can be reactions with the solvent, with the photo-leaving group PAr(3), or with the counter-anion X(-) of the precursor salt. However, the nature of the photo-leaving group and the counterion of the precursor phosphonium salt do not affect the rates of the reactions of the obtained benzhydryl cations toward added nucleophiles. The method presented in this work allows us to generate a wide range of donor- and acceptor-substituted benzhydryl cations Ar(2)CH(+) for the purpose of studying their electrophilic reactivities.
    Journal of the American Chemical Society 05/2012; 134(28):11481-94. · 10.68 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The identification of the transition state or a short-lived intermediate of a chemical reaction is essential for the understanding of the mechanism. For a direct identification typically transient optical spectroscopy is used, preferentially with high temporal resolution. We combine broad-band femtosecond transient absorption measurements and on-the-fly molecular dynamics calculations to decipher the microscopic evolution of the geometry and solvation of photogenerated benzhydryl cations (Ar(2)CH(+), Ar = phenyl, p-tolyl, m-fluorophenyl, or m,m'-difluorophenyl) in bulk solution. From the high level quantum chemical calculations on the microsolvated cation we can deduce a narrowing and blue shift of the cation absorption that is nearly quantitatively equal to the experimental finding. The roughly 300 fs initial increase in the absorption signal found for all investigated combinations of benzhydryl chlorides or phosphonium salts as benzhydryl cation precursors and solvents is therefore assigned to the planarization and solvation of the nascent fragment of the bond cleavage. The actual cleavage time cannot directly be deduced from the rise of the spectroscopic signal. For alcohols as solvent, the cation combines on the picosecond time scale either with one of the solvent molecules to the ether or to a lesser degree geminately with the leaving group. The study shows that the absorption signal attributable to a species like the benzhydryl cation does not mirror the concentration during the first instances of the process. Rather, the signal is determined by the geometrical relaxation of the photoproduct and the response of the solvent.
    The Journal of Physical Chemistry A 04/2012; · 2.77 Impact Factor
  • Christoph Nolte, Johannes Ammer, Herbert Mayr
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    ABSTRACT: A series of p-substituted benzhydryl fluorides (diarylfluoromethanes) were prepared and subjected to solvolysis reactions, which were followed conductometrically. The observed first-order rate constants k(1)(25 °C) were found to follow the correlation equation log k(1)(25 °C) = s(f)(N(f) + E(f)), which allowed us to determine the nucleofuge-specific parameters N(f) and s(f) for fluoride in different aqueous and alcoholic solvents. The rates of the reverse reactions were measured by generating benzhydrylium ions (diarylcarbenium ions) laser flash photolytically in various alcoholic and aqueous solvents in the presence of fluoride ions and monitoring the rate of consumption of the benzhydrylium ions by UV-vis spectroscopy. The resulting second-order rate constants k(-1)(20 °C) were substituted into the correlation equation log k(-1) = s(N)(N + E) to derive the nucleophilicity parameters N and s(N) for fluoride in various protic solvents. Complete Gibbs energy profiles for the solvolysis reactions of benzhydryl fluorides are constructed.
    The Journal of Organic Chemistry 02/2012; 77(7):3325-35. · 4.56 Impact Factor
  • Tobias A. Nigst, Johannes Ammer, Herbert Mayr
    Angewandte Chemie 02/2012; 124(6).
  • Tobias A Nigst, Johannes Ammer, Herbert Mayr
    Angewandte Chemie International Edition 02/2012; 51(6):1353-6. · 11.34 Impact Factor
  • Sami Lakhdar, Johannes Ammer, Herbert Mayr
    Angewandte Chemie 10/2011; 123(42).
  • Sami Lakhdar, Johannes Ammer, Herbert Mayr
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    ABSTRACT: Two at a time: α,β-Unsaturated iminium ions can be generated by laser flash photolysis of enaminophosphonium ions. The rate constants of their reactions with nucleophiles provide the first direct comparison of the electrophilicities of iminium ions derived from MacMillan's first- and second-generation catalysts.
    Angewandte Chemie International Edition 09/2011; 50(42):9953-6. · 11.34 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We investigate the effects of encapsulation on the dynamics after photoinduced bond cleavage of a diphenylmethyl phosphonium salt in acetonitrile reverse micellar nanopools by femtosecond UV/Vis transient absorption. The small volume of the nanopool is just large enough to accommodate one precursor molecule and therefore eliminates the effects of diffusion present in bulk solution. The tight environment keeps the fragments together and prolongs the time for geminate recombination to occur. We therefore observe an enhanced yield of this bimolecular reaction of the ground state photofragments.
    Chemical Physics Letters 01/2011; 512(1):60-65. · 2.15 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: For benzhydryl chloride compounds we observe that photodissociation only leads to radical pairs. The typically observed cations are formed by subsequent electron transfer. Reactions of cations in neat alcohols can then occur within 2.6 ps.
    International Conference on Ultrafast Phenomena; 07/2010
  • Johannes Ammer, Herbert Mayr
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    ABSTRACT: The cumyl cation was generated by laser flash photolysis of cumyl tris(4-chlorophenyl)phosphonium tetrafluoroborate in CH2Cl2 and identified by its UV spectrum. From the decay of its absorbance at λ = 335 nm in the presence of variable concentrations of several nucleophiles with CC double bonds, rate constants for the reactions of the cumyl cation with these π-nucleophiles were determined. The linear free energy relationship log k20°C = s(N + E) (eq 1) was used to calculate the electrophilicity parameter E = 5.74 of the cumyl cation from the rate constants determined in this work and the previously reported N and s parameters of the nucleophilic reaction partners. Substitution of E of the cumyl cation and of the previously reported N and s parameters of α-methylstyrene into eq 1 predicts the temperature-independent rate constant of the addition of the cumyl cation to α-methylstyrene (1.2 × 108 M−1 s−1), which is relevant for the cationic polymerization of α-methylstyrene.
    Macromolecules 01/2010; · 5.93 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The kinetics of the reactions of tertiary amines, triethylamine (1a), N-methylpyrrolidine (1b), N-methylpiperidine (1c), and N-methylmorpholine (1d) with benzhydrylium ions (Ar2CH+) have been studied in acetonitrile and dichloromethane. The benzhydryl cations were generated by laser flash photolysis of quaternary phosphonium and ammonium tetrafluoroborates. For most reactions, exponential decays of the absorbances of the benzhydryl cations were observed because the carbocations were generated in the presence of a high excess of the amines (pseudo-first-order conditions). From the linear plots of kobsversus the amine concentrations, the second-order rate constants k were obtained, which allowed us to calculate N and s for these amines in CH3CN and CH2Cl2. The linear free energy relationship log k = s(N + E) was thus used to integrate 1a–d into our comprehensive nucleophilicity scales. Copyright © 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
    Journal of Physical Organic Chemistry 01/2010; · 1.58 Impact Factor