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Understanding the electrophilic aromatic substitution of indole.

Sunday, March 3rd, 2013

The electrophilic substitution of indoles is a staple of any course on organic chemistry. Indoles also hold a soft-spot for me, since I synthesized not a few as part of my Ph.D. studies.[cite]10.1039/P29750001209[/cite],[cite]10.1039/P29770000281[/cite] The preference for substitution in the 3-position is normally explained using the arrows shown below (position 3=green,2=blue,1=red). Here I explore how these arrows might be interpreted in terms of various quantum mechanical properties.