The unimolecular reactions of methyl acetate and its sulphur analogues, S-methyl and O-methyl monothioacetate and methyl dithioacetate, were investigated using the semi-empirical MNDO method with respect to ketene-thioketene formation and 1,3-methyl migration. For methyl acetate, 1,3-methyl migration of the methyl ester was calculated to be more favourable than ketene formation. S-Methyl monothioacetate undergoes ketene formation preferentially while O-methyl monothioacetate rearranges via 1,3-methyl migration to the more thermodynamically stable S-methyl isomer. Methyl dithioacetate also prefers methyl migration; however, unlike the other three compounds, the theoretical results condtradict earlier reported experimental results.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Journal of the Chemical Society, Perkin Transactions 2|
|State||Published - 1987|
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