An ab initio and DFT study of homolytic substitution reactions by oxyacyl radicals at sulfur, selenium, and tellurium
Sonia M Horvat, Carl H Schiesser
Tetrahedron | PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2012
Homolytic substitution reactions of methoxycarbonyl radicals at the sulfur, selenium, and tellurium atoms in dimethyl sulfide, dimethyl selenide, and dimethyl telluride have been investigated using computational techniques. Ab initio and DFT calculations predict that attack of methoxycarbonyl radical at the sulfur and selenium containing molecules proceed via smooth transition states without the involvement of hypervalent intermediates. BHandHLYP/DZP calculated energy barriers (ΔE ) for these reactions range from 58.3 (S) to 34.6 (Se) kJ mol . In contrast, calculations on the analogous reaction involving tellurium predict the involvement of an intermediate at MP2/DZP. BHandHLYP/DZP calcula..View full abstract
This work would not have been possible without the generous support of the Australian Research Council through the Centers of Excellence Scheme. We also gratefully acknowledge the support of the National Facility of the Australian National Computational Infrastructure and the School of Chemistry (The University of Melbourne) High Performance Computing facility.