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Kinetic solvent effects on acid catalyzed hydrolysis of sucrose in aqueous mixtures of some protic aprotic and dipolar aprotic solvents

Kinetic solvent effects on acid catalyzed hydrolysis of sucrose in aqueous mixtures of some protic aprotic and dipolar aprotic solvents

Canadian Journal of Chemistry 64(8): 1638-1642

Rate constants of acid-catalyzed hydrolysis of sucrose (S) to D-glucose and L-fructose have been determined at 25.degree. C by optical rotation measurements in aqueous mixtures of protophobic protic glycerol (GL), protophilic protic urea (UH), aprotic dioxane (D), and dipolar aprotic dimethyl sulphoxide (DMSO). Transfer free energies of the substrate sucrose, .**GRAPHIC**. have also been determined in the solvents from solubility measurements. These values as well as those of H+, as obtained earlier by use of the widely used tetraphenylarsonium tetraphenylboron (TATB) reference electrolyte assumption, yielded transfer free energies of the transition state. The observed log (ks/kw)-composition profiles reveal that the rates increase monotonically in GL-water mixtures, that decrease more or less monotonically in UH- and DMSO-water mixtures, and decrease up to 10 mol% D in D-water mixtures, beyond which the values tend to increase. Examination of .**GRAPHIC**. profiles for the different species in each case indicates that the initial and transition state solvation get more or less compensated and the observed rates are dictated by the increased solvation of H+ in aqueous UH, DMSO, and D co-solvent systems. But in GL-water mixtures the decreased solvation of the transition state compared with the initial state is overcome by the decreased solvation of H+, thus resulting in the gradual enhancement of the rates of the reaction. The observed linearity of the correlative plots of -.delta. .**GRAPHIC**. [= RT In (ks/kw)] vs. .**GRAPHIC**. with distinctly different slopes in the two cases also substantiates the relative importance of H+ solvation in dictating the rates of the reaction in these widely different aqueous co-solvents.

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