Studies on 8-tertbutyl Caffeine: An in silico approach to mechanistic studies

Renuka Suravajhala, Pritish Kumar Varadwaj


Amminecobalt (III) promoted aerial oxidation of alkyl hydrazines undergoing homolytic alkylation of xanthines selectively at C-8 position. No modeling studies have been done previously on these compounds. An attempt was made to predict the mechanism involved in this spontaneous reaction using molecular modeling. The predictions revealed that homolytic aromatic substitution of alkyl radical exhibits primary isotopic effect. We try to correlate the importance of in silico approaches towards mechanistic studies in such compounds.


Molecular Modeling, Xanthine, Alkylation, Homolytic substitution, Reaction Mechanism

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