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Molecules 2000, 5(12), 1417-1428; doi:10.3390/51201417
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High-level Computational Study of the Site-, Facial- and Stereoselectivities for the Diels-Alder Reaction Between o-Benzoquinone and Norbornadiene

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Received: 3 November 2000 / Accepted: 6 November 2000 / Published: 22 December 2000
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Abstract

Ab initio and DFT quantum chemical calculations have been applied to a study of the Diels-Alder reaction of o-benzoquinone as diene and norbornadiene as dienophile. Transition states for the different reactions are located and activation energies estimated. The prefered exo-π-facial selectivity and exo,endo-stereoselectivity exhibited in this cycloaddition are readily predicted using RHF/3-21G or higher levels of calculations. Differences between experimentally observed results and calculations may be explained by the postulation of a second, nonconcerted biradical mechanism leading to formation of hetero Diels-Alder products.
Keywords: cycloaddition; inverse electron-demand; o-benzoquinones; ab initio and DFT calculations cycloaddition; inverse electron-demand; o-benzoquinones; ab initio and DFT calculations
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Margetic, D.; Johnston, M.R.; Warrener, R.N. High-level Computational Study of the Site-, Facial- and Stereoselectivities for the Diels-Alder Reaction Between o-Benzoquinone and Norbornadiene. Molecules 2000, 5, 1417-1428.

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