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Probing the internal competition between alpha- and beta-elimination by fluorine substitution in adsorbed ethyl groups on Cu(100).

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Type
Published Article
Journal
The Journal of Physical Chemistry B
1520-5207
Publisher
American Chemical Society
Publication Date
Volume
109
Issue
46
Pages
21486–21488
Identifiers
PMID: 16853787
Source
Medline

Abstract

Key factors affecting the competition between alpha- and beta-elimination channels for adsorbed ethyl groups on a metal surface were probed by fluorine substitution. The thermal desorption products and temperatures resulting from ethyl, 2,2,2-trifluoroethyl, 1,2,2,2-tetrafluoroethyl, 1,1,2,2-tetrafluoroethyl, and pentafluoroethyl moieties adsorbed on Cu(100) provided the information about the dominant reactions and a measure of the relative rates. The alterations of number and positions of the fluorine substituents revealed that the eclipsed interactions and hyperconjugation in the transition states can determine the kinetic barriers and allowed access to the separate pathways.

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