I would like to know which of the two is the stronger base, tri-(n-butyl)amine or tri-(tert-butyl)amine?
I feel that the one with tert-butyl would be stronger as the inductive effect of tert-butyl on the nitrogen atom is stronger, making the nitrogen atom more electron-rich and better able to act as a base. This is because the carbon atoms in tri-(tert-butyl)amine are closer to the nitrogen atom, with the furthest carbon just 2 carbons away. However, for the other amine, the furthest carbon is 4 carbons away. I am not sure if my reasoning is flawed. Could someone clarify?
I am also not sure if steric hindrance is an important consideration here, considering the bulkiness of the tert-butyl substituent compared to the n-butyl substituent.
Also, pardon me if I had written the names of the chemicals wrongly.