Reactivity of benzoyl chlorides in nonionic microemulsions: Potential application as indicators of system properties

Celia Cabaleiro-Lago, L Garcia-Rio, P Herves, J Perez-Juste

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The solvolysis reactivity of benzoyl chlorides entails a high sensitivity on medium properties. A systematic study of the reaction of a series of these substrates, varying the electron-withdrawing character of the substituent, has been performed in nonionic microemulsions. The kinetic effects due to variation of microemulsion compositions can be assigned to modifications in system properties, to be precise, to modifications in interface properties. Microemulsion properties that are obtained from kinetic analysis of solvolysis show a good agreement with the characterization of the microemulsion that was made via H-1 NMR and solvatochromic fluorescence probes. Benzoyl chlorides with electron-donating groups react through a dissociative mechanism, whereas electron-withdrawing groups favor an associative mechanism. A comparative analysis of reactivity between the different substrates at the interface shows a variation in the contributions of both reaction pathways, associative and dissociative, to the whole reaction mechanism. The confined media shift the point where the mechanism changes from an associative to a dissociative pathway, far away from the turning point in water. Furthermore, the change in mechanism can be modulated by modification of the microemulsion composition.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)22614-22622
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry B
Issue number47
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes

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  • Physical Chemistry (10402)


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  • fluoroescence
  • ionizing power
  • mechanism
  • oil
  • reverse micelles
  • solvolysis
  • water-structure


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