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Molecules 2010, 15(6), 4334-4358; doi:10.3390/molecules15064334
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Photochemical Oxidative Cyclisation of Stilbenes and Stilbenoids—The Mallory-Reaction

Received: 2 April 2010; in revised form: 21 May 2010 / Accepted: 9 June 2010 / Published: 14 June 2010
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Photochemistry in Organic Synthesis)
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Abstract: After Mallory described in 1964 the use of iodine as catalyst for the photochemical cyclisation of stilbenes, this reaction has proven its effectiveness in the synthesis of phenanthrenes, other PAHs and phenacenes with a surprisingly large selection of substituents. The “early age” of the reaction was reviewed by Mallory in 1984in a huge chapter in the Organic Reactions series, but the development has continued. Alternative conditions accommodate more sensitive substituents, and isomers can be favoured by sacrificial substituents. Herein the further developments and applications of this reaction after 1984 are discussed and summarized.
Keywords: Mallory-reaction; oxidative photocyclization; stilbene; iodine; photochemistry Mallory-reaction; oxidative photocyclization; stilbene; iodine; photochemistry
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Jørgensen, K.B. Photochemical Oxidative Cyclisation of Stilbenes and Stilbenoids—The Mallory-Reaction. Molecules 2010, 15, 4334-4358.

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Jørgensen KB. Photochemical Oxidative Cyclisation of Stilbenes and Stilbenoids—The Mallory-Reaction. Molecules. 2010; 15(6):4334-4358.

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Jørgensen, Kåre B. 2010. "Photochemical Oxidative Cyclisation of Stilbenes and Stilbenoids—The Mallory-Reaction." Molecules 15, no. 6: 4334-4358.


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