Two different pathways for unimolecular and for catalyzed keto-enol isomerization of ionized acetophenone

Abstract : Studies of the unimolecular reactions in the gas phase of the C6H5COCH3/+. (1) and C6H5C(OH)CH2/+. (2) ions have shown (1) that ion 1 does not convert to ion 2 prior to methyl radical loss, (2) that ion 2 isomerizes into ion 1 prior methyl radical loss, and (3) that this keto-enol isomerization does not occur by a direct 1,3-H transfer but by two successive 1,4-H transfers. Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance experiments show that acetone catalyses the isomerization 1 -> 2. Further, by using labeled reactants, it is demonstrated that this isomerization occurs by a direct catalyzed 1,3-H transfer whereas the less energy demanding pathway connecting bare ions 1 and 2 is a double 1,4-H transfer. This represents the first description of a system for which the pathways connecting two isomeric ions are different for the unimolecular and for the catalyzed isomerizations. (C) 2000 Elsevier Science B.V.
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Julia Chamot-Rooke, Guillaume van der Rest, Philippe Mourgues, Henri Audier. Two different pathways for unimolecular and for catalyzed keto-enol isomerization of ionized acetophenone. International Journal of Mass Spectrometry, Elsevier, 2000, 195-196, pp.385-392. ⟨10.1016/S1387-3806(99)00198-0⟩. ⟨hal-00922257⟩

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