The relative rates of cleavage of ten para-substituted N-methylbenzenesulfonanilides by sodium anthracene in tetrahydrofuran at 25°C were determined. The rates of those with less electronegative substituents (p-dimethylamino through p-fluoro) give a moderately good correlation with σ constants, ρ = 1.91 (r = 0.987). More strongly electron-withdrawing substituents, however, result in a cleavage rate much slower than expected due to reduction of the substituent rather than of the sulfonyl group. Electrochemical reduction in acetonitrile solution at a vitreous carbon electrode proceeds via an irreversible two-electron process. The peak potentials of all the sulfonamides give an excellent correlation with σn constants, ρ = 1.07 V (r = 0.995). Whether this is an eec or ece process is discussed, as well as possible causes for the large differences between homogeneous and electrochemical reduction. A suggested value of σn for the p-methanesulfinyl group is +0.54.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Journal of Organic Chemistry|
|State||Published - 1978|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Organic Chemistry