Collect. Czech. Chem. Commun. 1979, 44, 110-122

Mechanism of hydration and isomerisation of 4-ethylidene-2,6-di-tert-butyl-2,5-cyclohexadien-1-one. Kinetics, acid-base catalysis and solvent deuterium isotope effects

Jiří Velek, Bohumír Koutek and Milan Souček

Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry, Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences, 166 10 Prague 6


Competitive hydration and isomerisation of the quinone methide I at 25 °C in an aqueous medium in the region of pH 2.4-13.0 was studied spectrophotometrically. The only reaction products in the studied range of pH are 4-hydroxybenzyl alcohol (II) and 4-hydroxystyrene (III). The form of the overall rate equation corresponds to a general acid-base catalysis. The mechanism of both reactions for three markedly separated pH regions is discussed on the basis of kinetic data and solvent deuterium effect.