Epoxides and Acyclic Ethers

13C-NMR Spectroscopy

1,2-Epoxides

Much basic information on epoxy acids is available in the paper by Bascetta and Gunstone (see a separate webpage for their natural occurrence). Chemical shifts are given for the cis and trans 3,4- to 17,18-epoxyoctadecanoates, for seven cis-epoxy octadecenoates, for three 1,2-epoxyalkanes, and four epoxy cycloalkanes. In general the epoxide carbon atoms have chemical shifts of around 56.9 (cis) and 58.5 ppm (trans), but these may appear as two different signals through the long-range influence of a carboxyl group or the omega methyl function. The effect of the epoxide function on the chemical shifts or nearby carbon atoms has been given the values shown in Table 1 for the approximate chemical shifts and the difference from sp2 carbon atoms not influenced by other functional groups (29.3 ppm):

Table 1
 α (ppm)β (ppm)γ (ppm)
cis 27.6 (-1.71) 26.4 (-2.93) 28.9 (-0.38)
trans 31.9 (+2.57) 25.8 (-3.50) 29.1 (-0.23)
 

 

The values for α carbon atoms are significantly larger than the corresponding values for olefinic compounds (<0.1) and help to identify the epoxide function.

Table 2
 ABCD
1 173.69 173.84 173.81 174.2
2 33.63 33.82 33.75 34.1
3 24.54 24.68 24.63 24.9
4 28.85 28.98 28.80 *
5 29.18 28.98 28.80 *
6 28.85 28.98 28.80 *
7 26.25 25.80 29.20 26.5
8 27.48 31.89 25.99 *
9 56.67 58.44 132.19 56.3, 57.2
10 56.67 58.54 123.78 54.5, 55.3
11 27.48 31.89 25.99 35.0, 35.3
12 26.25 25.80 56.79 70.0, 70.8
13 28.85 28.98 56.16 37.5, 37.9
14 29.18 29.26 27.49 25.6
15 29.18 29.26 27.11 *
16 31.51 31.63 31.46 31.9
17 22.29 22.42 22.27 22.6
18 13.66 13.81 13.63 14.2

*Also unassigned peaks at 28.0, 28.1, 29.0, 29.2, 29.3 This material will be a mixture of two diastereoisomeric products, hence the double signals obtained for some of the carbon atoms.
A, methyl cis-9,10-epoxystearate [Bascetta and Gunstone, 1985].
B, methyl trans-9,10-epoxystearate [Bascetta and Gunstone, 1985].
C, methyl cis-12,13-epoxyoleate (vernolate) and other epoxyoctadecenoates [Gunstone, 1993].
D, methyl cis-9,10-epoxy-12-hydroxystearate (from ricinoleate) [Lie Ken Jie and Wong (1991)- the paper includes information on the 12-oxo and 13-hydroxy derivatives].

 

Alaiz et al. (1989) have given some chemical shifts for the three monoepoxides produced from ethyl linoleate, and Frykman and Isbell (1997) provide incompletely assigned shifts for cis 5,6-epoxyeicosanoic acid.

From a study of epoxidised oils, Gunstone (1993) obtained data for mono-, di-, and triepoxystearates. These were based on the products from palm super olein rich in oleic acid, soybean oil rich in linoleic acid, and linseed oil rich in linolenic acid. The di- and tri-epoxides exist in several stereochemical forms, each with its own chemical shifts. For example one 9,10;12,13-diepoxide has epoxide shifts at 57.19, 57.13, 56.71, and 56.64 ppm and the other stereoisomer at 56.99, 56.93, 54.33, and 54.17.

The cis-epoxide functions at 9,10 from oleate, 12,13 from linoleate, and 15,16 from linolenate have different influences on the ω1-ω3 chemical shifts as set out in the following Table (Gunstone, 1993).

Table 3
Epoxideω-1ω-2ω-3
9,10 14.12 22.68 31.88
9,10;12,13 14.00 22.58 31.68, 31.47
9,10,12,13;15,16 10.61, 10.49 22.57  
 

 

Furanoid Acids/Esters

Furanoid esters occur naturally, they are readily made from ricinoleate, and many have been synthesised (see Lie Ken Jie et al., 1986, 1991); their 13C-NMR spectra have been fully reported. The substituted furan ring has characteristic chemical shifts (ppm), and the ring also affects sp2 carbon atoms some distance along the alkyl chain.

Formula of a furanoid fatty acid

The original paper contains data for the 4-7 through 15-18 C18 furanoids but only the shifts for the most common 9,12 methyl ester are cited here:

174.30 ppm (C1), 34.15 (C2), 24.99 (C3), 29.05 (C4), 28.95 (C5), 29.05 (C6), 28.14 (C7), 28.14 (C8), 154.58 (C9), 104.93 (C10), 104.93 (C11), 154.77 (C12), 28.14 (C13), 28.14 (C14), 29.05 (C15), 31.68 (C16), 22.62 (C17), 14.07 (C18).

Chemical shifts (ppm) for a methyl-substituted furanoid fatty acid are reported by Lie Ken Jie and Wong (1991).

 

Acyclic Ethers

Information on acyclic ethers is limited. Isbell and Mund (1998) have described products of the type -

CH3(CH2)14CHOR(CH2)3COOR

- resulting from the reaction of the C20 δ-lactone with methanol, butanol, 2-ethylhexanol, decanol, and oleyl alcohol. Chemical shifts are listed but only those adjacent to an oxygen atom are assigned. Singh et al. (1999) have reacted methyl vernolate (12,13-epoxyoleate) with mono-, di-, tri-, and tetra-ethylene glycol to give a range of products that contain ether groups in addition to 1,2- or 1,4-epoxides, and they have assigned chemical shifts.

 

References

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  • Bascetta, E. and Gunstone, F.D. 13C Chemical shifts of long-chain epoxides, alcohols, and hydroperoxides. Chem. Phys. Lipids, 36, 253-261 (1985).
  • Frykman, H.B. and Isbell, T.A. Synthesis of 6-hydroxy δ-lactones and 5,6-dihydroxy eicosanoic/docosanoic acids from meadowfoam fatty acids via a lipase-mediated self-epoxidation. J. Am. Oil Chem. Soc., 74, 719-722 (1997).
  • Gunstone, F.D. The study of natural epoxy oils and epoxidised vegetable oils by 13C nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. J. Am. Oil Chem. Soc., 70, 1139-1144 (1993).
  • Isbell, T.A. and Mund, M.S. Synthesis of secondary ethers derived from meadowfoam oil. J. Am. Oil Chem. Soc., 75, 1021-1029 (1998).
  • Lie Ken Jie, M.S.F., Bus, J., Groenewegen, A. and Sies, I. 1H and 13C nuclear magnetic resonance studies of 2,5-disubstituted C18 furanoid ester isomers. J. Chem. Soc. Perkin II, 1275-1278 (1986).
  • Lie Ken Jie, M.S.F. and Wong, K.-P. A novel method for the introduction of a methyl group into the furan ring of a 2,5-disubstituted C18 furanoid fatty ester via a malonic acid function. Lipids, 26, 837-842 (1991).
  • Lie Ken Jie, M.S.F. and Lam, C.K. Ultrasound-assisted epoxidation of long-chain unsaturated fatty esters. Ultrasonics Sonochemistry, 2, S11-S14 (1995).
  • Singh, S. Synthesis of oligoethylene glycol ethers from the seed oil of Vernonia anthelmintica. J. Am. Oil Chem. Soc., 74, 609-611 (1997).
  • Singh, S., Mahajan, S. and Kaur, H. Synthesis of tetrahydrofuran ring containing oligoethylene glycol ethers from the seed oil of Vernonia anthelmintica. J. Am. Oil Chem. Soc., 76, 103-107 (1999).

Updated January 24, 2007