Journal of Molecular Structure, ( ISI ), Volume (941), Year (2010-2) , Pages (138-143)

Title : ( O-H Bond Cleavage Step of the Wacker Process: A DFT Study )

Authors: Hossein Eshtiagh Hosseini , S. A. Beyramabadi , A. Morsali , Mohammad Reza Housaindokht ,

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The Wacker process consists of several important organometallic reactions. The termination step of this process, i.e., the O-H bond cleavage reaction, was investigated by employing density functional theory (DFT) with modeling the solvent (water) as a polarizable continuum model (PCM) and also assuming that the molecules will directly involve in this reaction. The termination step can proceed either through β-hydrogen elimination from –OH group (βHE) or through direct reductive hydrogen elimination (RHE). As regards βHE, two different pathways were assumed, for both of which the test calculations showed high energy barriers. Therefore, βHE turns out to be implausible. As for the RHE mechanism, in which the solvent molecules have significant effect on the reduction of the activation energies, four different pathways were assumed. Here, the lowest energy barriers (Eas), which are considerably lower than the Eas of rate-determining step, belong to the pathway in which a “chain” of one water molecule assists the H-transfer from –OH group to chloride ligand, (pathway D). This pathway, therefore, can be accepted as a most appropriate mechanism for the -OH bond cleavage step of the Wacker process.


, Wacker process; Density functional theory; PCM; O, H bond cleavage; Palladium; β, hydrogen elimination
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author = {Eshtiagh Hosseini, Hossein and S. A. Beyramabadi and A. Morsali and Housaindokht, Mohammad Reza},
title = {O-H Bond Cleavage Step of the Wacker Process: A DFT Study},
journal = {Journal of Molecular Structure},
year = {2010},
volume = {941},
month = {February},
issn = {0022-2860},
pages = {138--143},
numpages = {5},
keywords = {Wacker process; Density functional theory; PCM; O-H bond cleavage; Palladium; β-hydrogen elimination},


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%T O-H Bond Cleavage Step of the Wacker Process: A DFT Study
%A Eshtiagh Hosseini, Hossein
%A S. A. Beyramabadi
%A A. Morsali
%A Housaindokht, Mohammad Reza
%J Journal of Molecular Structure
%@ 0022-2860
%D 2010