# Structural determination of carbohydrates(sucrose)

I recently came across a question in which we have to find out the number of moles of $\ce{HIO4}$(Periodic acid) which are required for cleavage of $\ce{C-C}$ bonds in sucrose.

I went to https://en.m.wikibooks.org/wiki/Structural_Biochemistry/Carbohydrates/Carbohydrate_Structure_Elucidation_through_Periodic_Acid_Cleavage . But this article is rather incomplete and doesnot answer the question. In general what are the things to be kept in mind in order to find out the number of moles of periodic acid required for the structural determination of carbohydrates. Any ideas? Thanks.

• You need to be thinking about titrating your periodic acid before and after reaction. – user1945827 Apr 1 '17 at 8:04
• @user1945827 The amount of periodic acid used before and after reaction is to be neglected in the question. – Pink Apr 1 '17 at 13:10
• you're contradicting your original question, "we have to find out the number of moles of..." vs " The amount of periodic acid used before and after reaction is to be neglected". The number of moles is the amount. ... But I've just realized that this is a homework question. Work out the stoichiometry for each C(OH)-C(OH) group in glucose ... Hope that helps. – user1945827 Apr 1 '17 at 22:09
• The correct term of "number of moles" is amount of substance. – Martin - マーチン Apr 17 '17 at 9:36

First of all, lets be familiar with what per-iodic acid does to organic compounds.

It selects the carbon-carbon bonds that have either an -OH group, a =O(carbonyl) group or if it is the functional group carbon of a carboxylic acid. Both the carbons of the C-C bond must satisfy this condition. Here are some examples of the selection points of per-iodic acid:

Now that per-iodic acid has chosen the center, it cleaves the C-C bond and adds an -OH at each carbon. For every C-C bond, one per-iodic acid molecule is consumed. I am avoiding going throughout the actual mechanism to keep things simple. If any of the carbons has two -OH groups, they will spontaneously dehydrated to give a =O bond instead. For the examples shown above, the final products of the cleavage-oxidation would be:

Now, coming to your main question, the structure of sucrose would be:

By what we have seen, lets mark the C-C bonds that per-iodic acid can cleave:

Since we have 3 centers, so thats why 3 molecules of per-iodic acid are consumed per molecule of sucrose. Now you can even proceed and find out the oxidation products.

I hope this answer helps. Happy carbohydrate breaking!

• That is a great explanation, Balagopal I had just a small doubt... Acetals [including sucrose] can be hydrolysed in acidic medium. Is HIO4 sufficiently acidic to bring about hydrolysis of sucrose... I doubt, if this happens, we need to reconsider the number of moles of HIO4 consumed completely. – Che Mistry Apr 21 '17 at 17:57
• @Che mistry, acetals are hydrolysed? As per Wikipedia, it wasn't mentioned that per-iodic acid cleaves acetals, and neither does my textbook. – Pritt says Reinstate Monica Apr 22 '17 at 2:01
• @Che Mistry, Acetal hydrolysis doesn't involve a $\ce{HIO4}$ molecule. Simply an acidic medium that is. The $\ce{H^+}$ will be returned after hydrolysis is over. – Pritt says Reinstate Monica Apr 22 '17 at 2:04