Synthesis of 3,4-Bis(benzylidene)cyclobutenes
Author(s)Swager, Timothy Manning; Parkhurst, Rebecca Rosenberg
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The syntheses of several derivatives of 3,4-bis(benzylidene)cyclobutene are reported. Previously unknown 1,2-dibromo-3,4-bis(benzylidene)cyclobutene was obtained through in situ generation of 1,6-diphenyl-3,4-dibromo-1,2,4,5-tetraene followed by electrocyclic ring closure. Ensuing reduction and metal-catalyzed cross-coupling provided additional derivatives. The effects of ring strain on the geometry and electronics of these derivatives were examined by X-ray crystallography and ¹H NMR spectroscopy, respectively.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Chemistry
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Parkhurst, Rebecca, and Timothy Swager. “Synthesis of 3,4-Bis(benzylidene)cyclobutenes.” Synlett 2011.11 (2011): 1519–1522.
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