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Issue 11, 2020
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Establishing linear-free-energy relationships for the quadricyclane-to-norbornadiene reaction

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The kinetics of the thermal quadricyclane-to-norbornadiene (QC-to-NBD) isomerization reaction was studied for a large selection of derivatives where the one NBD double bond contains a cyano and aryl substituent of either electron-withdrawing or -donating character. While the kinetics data did not satisfy a linear-free-energy-relationship for all the derivatives based on Hammett σ values, we found individual linear relationships for derivatives containing either electron-withdrawing or electron-donating para substituents on the aryl group; with the most electron-witdrawing substituent in the one series and with the most electron-donating substituent in the other providing the fastest reaction (corresponding to opposite slopes of the Hammett plots). All data were well described, however, by a linear relationship when using Creary radical Image ID:d0ob00147c-t2.gif values; the correlation could be slightly improved by using a combination of σ and Image ID:d0ob00147c-t3.gif values (used in ratio of 0.104 : 1). The results imply a combination of polar and free radical effects for the isomerization reaction of this specific class of derivatives, with the latter playing the most significant role. The NBD derivatives were prepared by Diels–Alder cycloaddition reactions between cyclopentadiene and 3-arylpropiolonitriles, and in the case of bromophenyl derivatives further cyanation and Sonogashira coupling reactions were performed.

Graphical abstract: Establishing linear-free-energy relationships for the quadricyclane-to-norbornadiene reaction

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22 Jan 2020
25 Feb 2020
First published
25 Feb 2020

Org. Biomol. Chem., 2020,18, 2113-2119
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Establishing linear-free-energy relationships for the quadricyclane-to-norbornadiene reaction

M. Mansø, A. U. Petersen, K. Moth-Poulsen and M. B. Nielsen, Org. Biomol. Chem., 2020, 18, 2113
DOI: 10.1039/D0OB00147C

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