a) Basicity

Quinoline and isoquinoline behave like bases through the lone pair of nitrogen. In acid media they are protonated to form quinolinium and isoquinolinium salts.

quinoline basicity

Substituents modify basicity in a manner analogous to pyridine. Donor groups increase the basicity and attractor groups decrease it.

b) Alkylation and acylation

Quinoline and isoquinoline act as nucleophiles through the nitrogen atom, giving rise to alkylation and acylation reactions that form quinolinium and isoquinolinium salts.

alkylation acylation quinoline

c) Reaction with Lewis acids

Both quinoline and isoquinoline react with Lewis acids via the lone pair on nitrogen.

lewis quinoline acid reaction

d) Formation of N-oxides

Quinoline and isoquinoline react with hydrogen peroxide or peracids to form quinoline or isoquinoline N-oxides.

formation n quinoline oxides

N-oxides can be reduced back to the original molecules with PPh3.