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β-Scission by Direct Electrochemical Oxidation: Proton-coupled Electron Transfer Mechanism Dictated by Synthetic Study and Computations (Supporting Information)

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posted on 2023-03-08, 07:19 authored by Rumi IZUMIYA, Mahito Atobe, Naoki SHIDA

 β-Scission from alkoxy radical enables selective Csp3-Csp3 bond cleavage under ambient conditions, offering a useful method for organic synthesis. Various photocatalytic systems for β-scission have been reported, where proton-coupled electron transfer (PCET) mechanism plays a key role in the generation of alkoxy radical and thus β-scission. Electrochemical β-scission has been mainly pioneered in the presence of mediator, and a direct electrochemical system has rarely been investigated. Here, we investigated the β-scission via direct electrochemical oxidation using a model compound with β-O-4 linkage. Synthetic experiments suggested smooth progress of β-scission in the presence of collidine as a base. Cyclic voltammetry measurement, voltammetric simulation, and quantum simulation suggested the PCET mechanism is responsible for the electrochemical reaction, which is followed by β-scission process. This report provides fundamental insights into the electrochemical β-scission via direct electron transfer on the electrode, which contribute to future applications such as biomass valorization.


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