Energetics of tert-Butoxyl Addition Reaction to Norbornadiene: A Method for Estimating the pi-Bond Strength of a Carbon-Carbon Double Bond

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The energetics of tert-butoxyl radical addition reaction to norbornadiene was investigated by time-resolved photoacoustic calorimetry (TR-PAC). The result, together with the C-O bond dissociation enthalpy (BDE) in the addition product, allowed us to calculate the pi-bond dissociation enthalpy in norbornadiene. Quantum chemistry (QC) methods were also used to obtain several enthalpies of reaction of the addition of oxygen-centered radicals to alkenes. The pi-bond dissociation enthalpies in these molecules were calculated by a procedure similar to that used in the case of norbornadiene and were compared with the pi-BDE values obtained by the method proposed by Benson. These two different approaches yield similar values for the pi-BDEs in alkenes, indicating that the addition method proposed in the present study is a valid way to derive that quantity. The influence of strain in the pi-BDEs of cyclic alkenes was investigated and allowed us to justify the difference between the pi-BDE in norbornene and norbornadiene. Finally, the thermochemistry of the addition and abstraction reactions involving these two molecules and tert-butoxyl radical was analyzed.
Original languageUnknown
Pages (from-to)6524-6530
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry A
Issue number23
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2009

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