Anchimeric Assistance (Neighboring Group Participation). The participation of neighboring groups in an SN reaction is revealed by unique stereochemical. Intramolecular reactions, nucleophilic catalysis, anchimeric assistance, epoxide synthesis, Payne rearrangement. When a catalytic functional group or atom is part of the reacting molecule, the catalysis is called intra-molecular catalysis. Anchimeric assistance (anchimeric in .

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Payne rearrangement Here is an example: The reaction rates for ethyl chloride and neopentyl chloride are nearly ancnimeric, but the triphenyl compound reacts 60, times faster. For instance the unsaturated tosylate will react more quickly 10 11 times faster for aqueous solvolysis with a nucleophile than the saturated tosylate. Incidentally, why would an S N 1 mechanism be favored over an S N 2 mechanism for this brosylate?

Since the initial ionization to phenonium intermediates is reversible, we are not surprised to find that unreacted erythro tosylate is unchanged; whereas, unreacted threo tosylate is racemized. In essence, the iodine lowers the activation energy. Without anchimeric assistance mechanism pathway B the stereochemical configuration of the reaction product would be different. For instance in the following alkyl benzenesulfonate the alkene is able to delocalise the carbocation.

Organic chemistry 17: Anchimeric assistance, epoxide transformations

Intramolecular reactions Nucleophilic catalysis Consider the reaction below. The transition state for this rearrangement is colored green.

The carbocationic intermediate will be stabilized by resonance where the positive charge is spread over several anhimeric, in the diagram below this is shown. The I – initiates a nucleophilic attack on the carbon to which the Cl is bound, thus replacing it.


In sugar chemistry efffect assistance is an example of NGP. In this manner a neighboring aromatic ring accelerates the rate-determining endothermic ionization step, an influence called anchimeric assistance Greek: In a second, intermolecular mechanism step, iodide ion attacks the backside of the carbon-sulfur bondresulting in the ancgimeric inversion of configuration at this carbon atom.

This alcohol has two chiral centersand therefore has four stereoisomers in the form of two pairs of enantiomers. However, the increased rate of the phenyl substituted compound is perplexing, especially in view of the greater electronegativity of phenyl groups relative to methyl note that diphenylacetic acid is over nine times more acidic than isobutyric acid.

Anchimeric assistance is when a neighboring group participates in a reaction. Consider anxhimeric reaction below.

Anchimeric Assistance – Chemistry LibreTexts

Similar phenomena as above can occur on an intramolecular level. Walden inversionnucleophileelectrophile. Next, a pair of pi-electrons from the benzene ring bonds to C2 as the tosylate anion departs, generating a phenonium intermediate in brackets.

The curved arrows for the anchimeric assistance step are shown in red. Even if the alkene is more remote from the reacting center the alkene can still act in this way. The following energy profiles for these reactions illustrate the sequence of events.

Consider the case of trans iodocyclohexyl brosylate remember, brosylate is p-bromobenzenesulfonate, a very good leaving group, better even than tosylate why? This mechanism step results in inversion of configuration at the carbon that was bonded to the leaving group.

Retrieved from ” https: The two epoxides being made above could be made from trans and cis butene respectively. The intermediate from the anchimerix tosylate is chiral, but that from the anchimeroc tosylate is achiral note the plane of symmetry bisecting the three-membered ring.


Benzamido is extremely powerful as a leaving group. Consider the following reaction rate data for these molecules reacting with AcO.

By clicking on the diagram the controlling influence of phenyl group anchimeric assistance will be demonstrated. These destroy tissue by alkylating everything. Neighbouring group participation NGP also known as anchimeric assistance in organic chemistry has been defined by IUPAC as the interaction of a reaction centre with a lone pair of electrons in an atom or the electrons present in a sigma bond or pi bond contained within the parent molecule but not conjugated with the reaction centre.

Aliphatic C-C or C-H bonds can lead to charge delocalization if these bonds are close to antiperiplanar to the leaving group.

As a rule, erythro isomers may assume an eclipsed conformation in which identical or similar substituents on the two stereogenic sites eclipse each other. This is feasible only when both the leaving group here the brosylate and the participating nucleophile here the iodo substituent are axial.

In the case of a benzyl halide the reactivity is higher because the S N 2 transition state enjoys a similar overlap effect to that in the allyl system. In this S N 2 reaction the sulfur lone pair displaces iodide ion the leaving group in an intramolecular mechanism step, to give a cyclic sulfonium ion.