Reduction of tris-(4-methoxyphenyl)methyl chloride (2) by refluxing methanol to tris-(4-methoxyphenyl)methane (3) is, as shown by 2H labelling, accompanied by exchange of methoxy-groups between solvent and substrate. This exchange reaction appears to be the first recognized example of an SN2-Ar reaction of a triarylcarbenium ion and involves the intermediacy of the para-adduct (9a) which implies that in the course of the reduction of triarylcarbenium ions by n-nucleophiles, formation of the related type (1) ortho-adducts is possible as required by the Olah-Svoboda mechanism.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Journal of the Chemical Society, Perkin Transactions 2|
|Publication status||Published - Jan 1 1982|
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