Aminolysis of a model carbamate insecticide: a theoretical reaction mechanism study of carbaryl via an isocyanate intermediate

  • Chaoqing Zhang
  • Hui Yin
  • Xiaoling Luo
  • Rong ChenEmail author
  • Guoming Liang
Regular Article


The possible aminolysis pathways of carbaryl are investigated by using the B3LYP/6-311++G(d,p), M06-2X/6-311++G(d,p) and MP2/6-311++G(d,p) levels. The uncatalyzed, base-catalyzed and water-catalyzed aminolyses are explored in our calculation. For each case, three alterative channels, the concerted, addition–elimination (BAC2) and elimination–addition (E1cB) channel via an isocyanate, are evaluated. Our results convincingly demonstrate that the most favorable mechanism is the E1cB channel for all of the aminolysis reactions in the gas phase. For BAC2 and E1cB routes, the first stage is the rate-determining step. The base-catalyzed and water-catalyzed aminolysis reactions have more advantages to the uncatalyzed one. The solvent effect for acetonitrile does not notably alter the mechanism of the aminolysis.


Aminolysis mechanism Carbaryl Catalytic effects PCM 



This work was supported by the Special Funds of the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 11347161) and Chongqing Normal University (Grant No. 14XYY008). We greatly acknowledge the Supercomputing Environment of Chinese Academy Sciences.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of ChemistryChongqing Normal UniversityChongqingPeople’s Republic of China

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