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The unusual reactivity of benzene and monosubstituted benzenes towards tetracyanoethylene oxide: a theoretical study

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Abstract

The cycloaddition of tetracyanoethylene oxide (TCNEO) with benzene and benzene derivatives, and the subsequent evolution of the corresponding cycloadducts is theoretically investigated using DFT and highly correlated ab initio calculations. Both the relative reactivity of the different aromatic compounds, as well as the regioselectivity of the cycloaddition is explained in light of the theoretical study. Insights in the formation of arylmalononitriles, which gives potential synthetic applications to this process, are also offered.

Graphical abstract: The unusual reactivity of benzene and monosubstituted benzenes towards tetracyanoethylene oxide: a theoretical study

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Submitted
17 Jun 2008
Accepted
22 Jul 2008
First published
17 Sep 2008

New J. Chem., 2009,33, 471-478
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The unusual reactivity of benzene and monosubstituted benzenes towards tetracyanoethylene oxide: a theoretical study

G. Jiménez-Osés, J. Elguero and J. I. García, New J. Chem., 2009, 33, 471
DOI: 10.1039/B810220A

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