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Preparation of an ion with the highest calculated proton affinity: ortho-diethynylbenzene dianion

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Abstract


  • Owing to the increased proton affinity that results from additional negative charges, multiply-charged anions have been proposed as one route to prepare and access a range of new and powerful “superbases”. Paradoxically, while the additional electrons in polyanions increase basicity they serve to diminish the electron binding energy and thus, it had been thought, hinder experimental synthesis. We report the synthesis and isolation of the ortho-diethynylbenzene dianion (ortho-DEB2−) and present observations of this novel species undergoing gas-phase proton-abstraction reactions. Using a theoretical model based on Marcus–Hush theory, we attribute the stability of ortho-DEB2− to the presence of a barrier that prevents spontaneous electron detachment. The proton affinity of 1843 kJ mol−1 calculated for this dianion superbase using high-level quantum chemistry calculations significantly exceeds that of the lithium monoxide anion, the most basic system previously prepared. The ortho-diethynylbenzene dianion is therefore the strongest base that has been experimentally observed to date.

Authors


  •   Poad, Berwyck L. J.
  •   Reed, Nicholas D. (external author)
  •   Hansen, Christopher (external author)
  •   Trevitt, Adam J.
  •   Blanksby, Stephen J. (external author)
  •   Mackay, Emily G. (external author)
  •   Sherburn, Michael S. (external author)
  •   Chan, Bun (external author)
  •   Radom, Leo (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2016

Citation


  • Poad, B. L. J., Reed, N. D., Hansen, C., Trevitt, A. J., Blanksby, S. J., Mackay, E. G., Sherburn, M. S., Chan, B. & Radom, L. (2016). Preparation of an ion with the highest calculated proton affinity: ortho-diethynylbenzene dianion. Chemical Science, 7 (9), 6245-6250.

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  • 2-s2.0-84983456976

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=5118&context=smhpapers

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers/4094

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Number Of Pages


  • 5

Start Page


  • 6245

End Page


  • 6250

Volume


  • 7

Issue


  • 9

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom

Abstract


  • Owing to the increased proton affinity that results from additional negative charges, multiply-charged anions have been proposed as one route to prepare and access a range of new and powerful “superbases”. Paradoxically, while the additional electrons in polyanions increase basicity they serve to diminish the electron binding energy and thus, it had been thought, hinder experimental synthesis. We report the synthesis and isolation of the ortho-diethynylbenzene dianion (ortho-DEB2−) and present observations of this novel species undergoing gas-phase proton-abstraction reactions. Using a theoretical model based on Marcus–Hush theory, we attribute the stability of ortho-DEB2− to the presence of a barrier that prevents spontaneous electron detachment. The proton affinity of 1843 kJ mol−1 calculated for this dianion superbase using high-level quantum chemistry calculations significantly exceeds that of the lithium monoxide anion, the most basic system previously prepared. The ortho-diethynylbenzene dianion is therefore the strongest base that has been experimentally observed to date.

Authors


  •   Poad, Berwyck L. J.
  •   Reed, Nicholas D. (external author)
  •   Hansen, Christopher (external author)
  •   Trevitt, Adam J.
  •   Blanksby, Stephen J. (external author)
  •   Mackay, Emily G. (external author)
  •   Sherburn, Michael S. (external author)
  •   Chan, Bun (external author)
  •   Radom, Leo (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2016

Citation


  • Poad, B. L. J., Reed, N. D., Hansen, C., Trevitt, A. J., Blanksby, S. J., Mackay, E. G., Sherburn, M. S., Chan, B. & Radom, L. (2016). Preparation of an ion with the highest calculated proton affinity: ortho-diethynylbenzene dianion. Chemical Science, 7 (9), 6245-6250.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84983456976

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=5118&context=smhpapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers/4094

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 5

Start Page


  • 6245

End Page


  • 6250

Volume


  • 7

Issue


  • 9

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom