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Quantum Chemical Prediction of Equilibrium Acidities of Ureas, Deltamides, Squaramides, and Croconamides

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posted on 23.08.2017, 00:00 by Junming Ho, Vincent E. Zwicker, Karen K. Y. Yuen, Katrina A. Jolliffe
Robust quantum chemical methods are employed to predict the pKa’s of several families of dual hydrogen-bonding organocatalysts/anion receptors, including deltamides and croconamides as well as their thio derivatives. The average accuracy of these predictions is ∼1 pKa unit and allows for a comparison of the acidity between classes of receptors and for quantitative studies of substituent effects. These computational insights further explain the relationship between pKa and chloride anion affinity of these receptors that will be important for designing future anion receptors and organocatalysts.