Electrochemical interconversion of 1-(p-tolyl)-6-methyl-2,4-diphenylpyrimidinium perchlorate and 1-(p-tolyl)-6-methylene-2,4-diphenylpyrimidine
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It is shown that reduction of the 6-methyl-1-(p-tolyl)-2,4-diphenylpyrimidinium cation proceeds in two one-electron stages. In the first stage, an unstable radical is formed, and in the second stage, an unstable anion. As a result of dehydrogenation of the radical, the anhydro base 6-methylene-1-p-tolyl-2,4-diphenyl-6H-pyrimidine is formed. Oxidation of this compound in a single one-electron stage forms an unstable cation radical, the hydrogenation of which leads to the original pyrimidinium cation. Data obtained by cyclic voltametry and electrosynthesis with subsequent identification of the products have shown that, the same as in the reaction with the hydroxide anion, the methyl-substituted pyrimidinium cation acts as a CH-acid.
KeywordsOxidation Hydrogenation Hydroxide Organic Chemistry Pyrimidinium
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