Collect. Czech. Chem. Commun. 1981, 46, 2494-2502

Properties of electrochemically generated primary anion radicals of 2,5-dimethyl-1-nitrophenylpyrroles

Pavel Kubáček

Department of Theoretical and Physical Chemistry, University J. E. Purkyně, 611 37 Brno


The first step of electrochemical reduction of 2,5-dimethyl-1-nitrophenylpyrroles on a platinum electrode in anhydrous acetonitrile consists in an one-electron process producing relatively stable anion radicals. The prediction based on HMO calculations concerning an almost complete localization of the LFMO in the nitrophenyl part of the studied molecules is fully confirmed by means of EPR spectroscopy. Magnitude of the found proton splitting constants is very close to the values found for anion radical of nitrobenzene. The splitting by nucleus of nitrogen atom of pyrrole cycle can be explained exclusively by the mechanism of π-σ spin polarization of σ C-N bond and by the spin population at the carbon atom. The EPR method has also been used for following the kinetics of decomposition of anion radicals of the molecules studied.