Can molecular and atomic descriptors predict the electrophilicity of Michael acceptors?

  • Guillaume Hoffmann
  • Vincent TognettiEmail author
  • Laurent JoubertEmail author
Original Paper
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. International Conference on Systems and Processes in Physics, Chemistry and Biology (ICSPPCB-2018) in honor of Professor Pratim K. Chattaraj on his sixtieth birthday


In this paper, we assess the ability of various intrinsic molecular and atomic descriptors, grounded in the conceptual density functional theory and the quantum theory of atoms-in-molecules frameworks, to predict the electrophilicity of Michael acceptors, which are fundamental organic reagents involved in the formation of carbon–carbon bonds. To this aim, linear and multilinear regressions between these theoretical properties and the experimental values gathered in Mayr-Patz’ scale were performed. The relevance of quantum chemical descriptors are then discussed.


Mayr’s electrophilicity scale Michael additions Molecular descriptors Atomic descriptors Reactivity indices Conceptual DFT Quantum theory of atoms-in-molecules (QTAIM) 



The authors would like to gratefully acknowledge the LABEX SynOrg and the Normandy Region for funding and support, and the Centre Régional Informatique et d’Applications Numériques de Normandie (CRIANN) high-performance computing facility. It is our pleasure to contribute to this special issue honoring the fundamental contributions made in chemistry by Prof. Chattaraj, a pioneer in conceptual density functional theory.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.COBRA UMR 6014 & FR 3038, INSA Rouen, CNRSUniversité de Rouen NormandieMont St AignanFrance

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