The mechanism of the acid-dependent interring dehydrogenation in the conversion of the single-bonded 3-phenyl-2H-1,4-benzothiazine dimer 2 to the Δ2,2′-bi(2H-1,4-benzothiazine) scaffold of red hair pigments is disclosed herein. Integrated chemical oxidation and oxygen consumption experiments, coupled with electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) analyses and DFT calculations, allowed the identification of a key diprotonated free-radical intermediate, which was implicated in a remarkable oxygen-dependent chain process via peroxyl radical formation and evolution to give the Δ2,2′-bi(2H-1,4-benzothiazine) dimer 3 by interring dehydrogenation. The critical requirement for strongly acidic conditions was rationalized for the first time by the differential evolution channels of isomeric peroxyl radical intermediates at the 2- versus 3-positions. These results offer for the first time a rationale to expand the synthetic scope of the double interring dehydrogenation pathway for the preparation of novel symmetric double-bond bridged captodative heterocycles.
|Titolo:||Proton-sensitive free-radical dimer evolution is a critical control point for the synthesis of Δ2,2′-bibenzothiazines|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2020|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|