# Diazo coupling of α-naphthol [duplicate]

Why does coupling of α-naphthol take place at δ-position (para to $$\ce{-OH}$$) rather than the β-position (ortho to $$\ce{-OH}$$)?

In the case of β-naphthol, we consider the aromaticity of the entire compound to decide the position.

Aromaticity is not disturbed even when the attack takes place at the ortho position. So I don't find any reason for the diazo compound to not attack there.

• Does this answer your question? Regioselectivity in coupling reactions of α-naphthol – Safdar Faisal Aug 13 '20 at 11:49
• In his picture, the OP says that ortho position is sterically hindered. I don't find any reason why. – DatBoi Aug 13 '20 at 11:55
• OH can cause steric hinderance. Also, there is much greater -I effect on ortho compared to para.. – Safdar Faisal Aug 13 '20 at 13:02
• We dont consider ortho effect in phenols because of the small size of OH. Why here then? – DatBoi Aug 13 '20 at 13:27
• Take second case.. not first – Safdar Faisal Aug 13 '20 at 13:27